He spent many years as part of the comedy duo Stiller and Meara with his wife, Anne Meara, to whom he was married for over 60 years until her death in 2015. In The King of Queens (1998) episode, The King of Queens: Shrink Wrap (2002), his character's father was played by his real-life son, Ben Stiller. Stiller got another chance at the role a few months later and took it. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. Love you Dad,” he added. Much of their humor was marriage-based and focused on height (Stiller was 5-foot-4, Meara was considerably taller) and ethnicity (he was Jewish, she was of Irish heritage). 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But he was in his mid-60s when he got what would become his signature acting role - Frank Costanza, father of ne’er-do-well George Costanza (played by Jason Alexander) on “Seinfeld,” a tense, bombastic man always on the verge of apoplexy. He was 92. He was 92. In the wake of Jerry Stiller’s passing, Jason Alexander — who played his son on Seinfeld — pays tribute to the comedy icon as “perhaps the kindest man” he ever worked with. His actor son, Ben Stiller, broke the news of his father's death in a heartfelt statement posted over social media today. Jerry Stiller at New York's Apollo Theatre in 2013. Credit: AP Jerry Stiller was a multi-talented performer who appeared in an assortment of movies, playing … The show, one of the most highly regarded in U.S. TV history, was in its fourth season at the time but Stiller said he had never watched a minute of it and had to ask, “Who’s Seinfeld?”. In the early 1970s, Stiller and Meara began working separately. Jerry Stiller has died aged 92 of "natural causes". All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes. After serving in the U.S. Army, Stiller studied drama at Syracuse University and then sought acting jobs. Jerry Stiller was part of a 1960s comedy team with wife Anne Meara. Writing and reporting by Bill Trott; Editing by Will Dunham, Andrew Heavens and Nick Zieminski. When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. The year Seinfeld went off the air, Stiller began his role as the eccentric Arthur Spooner on the She made the movies “The Out-of-Towners” and “Lovers and Other Strangers” and had a one-year run starring on the television show “Kate McShane.” He did some Broadway work and appeared in films including “Airport 1975” and “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.”, Stiller also had roles in both the 1998 and 2007 versions of the movie “Hairspray” and appeared in films starring son Ben such as “Zoolander” and “The Heartbreak Kid.”. As a comedian and actor, Jerry Stiller raised his son, Ben Stiller, in the industry, giving the Zoolander star an early interest in film. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP) Comedy veteran Jerry Stiller, who launched his career opposite wife Anne Meara in the 1950s and reemerged four decades later as the hysterically high-strung Frank Costanza on the smash television show Seinfeld, died at 92, his son Ben Stiller announced Monday. Comedian Jerry Stiller has died at the age of 92 from natural causes. They married a few months later. The comic was known for his role in husband and wife comedy duo Stiller And Meara, as well as Seinfeld and The King Of Queens. He will be greatly missed. Ben shared the heartbreaking news with fans on … See here for a complete list of exchanges and delays. The US actor and comedian is best remembered for his iconic role on the TV show Seinfeld, playing George Costanzas' father Frank, and on The King of Queens. In the 60s and 70s, he grew to acclaim as part of the comedy duo "Stiller and Meara," along with his wife, Anne Meara. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Jerry Stiller in 2011 with son Ben, who announced his death Credit: Getty Images. Julia Louis-Dreyfus posted a clip of old bloopers from the sitcom, while Alexander called him “the kindest man I ever had the honor to work beside.”. Love you Dad.". The US star, who was father to Ben Stiller, rose to fame in the comedy duo Stiller and Meara, and on TV shows Seinfeld and The King of Queens. Parents to two children – Ben and his actor sister Amy Stiller – Jerry and Anne were happily married until her tragic death in 2015. US actor Jerry Stiller has died at the age of 92. “I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” wrote Ben, a Hollywood comedian who appeared with his father in “Zoolander” and other movies. Ben Stiller's father Jerry Stiller has died at the age of 92. Family business. “Our marriage has lasted because we have the same feelings of insecurity about being an actor. Stiller said he was originally told to play Frank in a meek, understated manner in contrast to the character’s loud, shrill wife. Jerry Stiller in 2011 with son Ben, who announced his death Credit: Getty Images Jason Alexander, who worked with Jerry on Seinfeld, playing his son George for many years, tweeted: "Such sad news that my beloved friend, Jerry Stiller, has passed. He was a … He was a … Ben wrote: "I'm sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes. Jerry was best known for his roles in Seinfeld and The King Of Queens. He was performing in a play at the time and had to turn down the TV job. In 2000, Stiller wrote a memoir about his life and happy marriage, titled: Married to Laughter: A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara. Jerry Stiller has passed away at the age of 92. In the 90s and early 2000s, his roles on Seinfeld and The King of Queens – playing Arthur Spooner – made him a household name with the younger generations. He also co-starred with his Hollywood star son in Zoolander, Hot Pursuit, The Heartbreak Kid and Zoolander 2. Gerald Isaac Stiller (June 8, 1927 – May 11, 2020) was an American comedian, actor, and author. The US actor and comedian is best remembered for his iconic role on the TV show Seinfeld, playing George Costanzas' father Frank, and on The King of Queens. Stiller and Meara worked together in the Compass Players comedy troupe before forming their own team. A few days in, however, Stiller responded to one of the wife’s rants with an improvised tirade of his own and the show’s producers and cast liked it. "He was a great dad … NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Stiller, who for decades teamed with wife Anne Meara in a beloved comedy duo and then reached new heights in his senior years as the high-strung Frank Costanza on the classic sitcom “Seinfeld” and the basement-dwelling father-in-law on “The King of Queens,” died at 92, his son Ben Stiller announced Monday. 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Comedian and actor Jerry Stiller has died aged 92. Stiller was born and grew up in New York, inspired by comedian Eddie Cantor and the vaudeville shows he saw with his father, a bus driver. JERRY Stiller – Seinfeld star and father of Hollywood star Ben – has died aged 92. Jerry Seinfeld on Monday paid tribute by posting a photo of himself holding “The Last Two People in the World,” a 1967 comedy album from Stiller and his wife. NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jerry Stiller, who played two of American television’s most cantankerous fathers on the sitcoms “Seinfeld” and “The King of Queens,” has died aged 92, his son Ben Stiller said on Twitter on Monday. Actor and comedian Jerry Stiller – the father of Ben Stiller – has died aged 92. He announced: "I'm sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes. The actor and comedian's death was announced by his son, actor Ben Stiller. The tragic news was announced by his son, who paid moving … (CNN)Actor and comedian Jerry Stiller has died due to natural causes, his son, actor Ben Stiller said in a tweet. He was 92. Stiller saw a late-career resurgence starting in 1993, playing George Costanza's father Frank on the sitcom Seinfeld, a part which earned him an Emmy nomination. He was 92. On Monday, May 11, Jerry's son Ben Stiller announced via Twitter that his father passed away "from natural causes" at the age of 92. The beloved comic won several awards for his role in Seinfeld, including an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 1997, as well as winning the American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a TV Series. As the short, straight man counterpart of the stellar husband-and-wife comedy team "Stiller & Meara," Jerry Stiller and wife Anne Meara were on top of the comedy game in the 1960s, a steady and hilarious presence on television variety, notably The Ed Sullivan Show (1948), on which they appeared 36 times. Stiller was in only 26 of the 172 “Seinfeld” episodes but each appearance was memorable, whether he was screaming “serenity now!” in a tense situation, trying on a bra for men or explaining the odd rituals of Festivus, the Dec. 23 holiday he established as an alternative to Christmas. 18. 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Stiller and Meara’s daughter, Amy, also is an actress. He is survived by his children, Amy and Ben, and his two grandchildren. Jerry Stiller, legendary actor and comic of Seinfeld and The King of Queens, passed away on Monday morning.He was 92 years old. “And from that day on, it was the best years of my life as an actor because I worked with people who were the most generous actors in the world,” Stiller said in an interview with the Archive of American Television. He was working with a woman comedy partner when he met Meara in 1953 at an agent’s office. Ben and his dad Jerry regularly starred alongside one another in Hollywood films, including Zoolander, Heavyweights, Hot Pursuit, The Heartbreak Kid and Zoolander 2. Jerry Stiller, son Ben Stiller, wife Anne Meara and daughter UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 01: Jerry Stiller, son Ben Stiller, wife Anne Meara and daughter Amy Stiller (l. to r.) at Friars Club Roast for Jerry … Born in Brooklyn, Stiller launched his acting career after returning from service in the US army during World War II. Jason Alexander, who worked with Jerry on Seinfeld, playing his son George for … JERRY STILLER - comedian, Seinfeld star and the dad of actor Ben Stiller - has died aged 92 from natural causes, his son has confirmed. Jerry Stiller, the beloved comedy legend who starred in “Seinfeld” and “The King of Queens,” has died, his son, Ben Stiller, announced Monday. Our. The star’s death was announced on Twitter by his son, … He will be greatly missed. Comedian veteran Stiller died at 92, his son Ben Stiller announced Monday. A genetic basis for comedy is yet to be proved, but the couple’s two kids both joined the family business: their daughter, Amy, is a comedian, and their son, Ben, … Jerry Stiller, the Emmy award-winning Seinfeld actor and comedian, has died. “He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. His son Ben Stiller, confirmed the news on social media, writing, "I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes. By Samantha Masters PUBLISHED: 09:47, Mon, May 11, 2020 Jerry Stiller, who played two of American television's most cantankerous fathers on the sitcoms "Seinfeld" and "The King of Queens," has died aged 92, his son Is one of the four actors who appeared in both Hairspray (1988) and Hairspray (2007). 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