Ben Stiller shared a touching tribute: "He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for 62 years. He will be missed."
Jerry Stiller, iconic comedian and Ben Stiller's dad, has died at the age of 92. His death was due to natural causes, according to Ben. He had shared the unfortunate news of his father's demise on Monday. Ben wrote on Twitter: "He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for 62 years. He will be missed. Love you Dad." Jerry Stiller had his most popular moment on-screen starring as George Costanza's father Frank on NBC's renowned sitcom Seinfeld. He later went on to play Arthus Spooner on the CBS comedy series The King of Queens, The Independent reports.
I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes. He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad. pic.twitter.com/KyoNsJIBz5— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) May 11, 2020
Jerry went on to star in many films with Ben, including Zoolander, Heavyweights, Hot Pursuit, The Heartbreak Kid, and Zoolander 2. Through his career in the 60s and the 70s, Jerry and his wife Anne Meara who he married in 1954, were a successful comedy duo. They were happily married for over 6 decades before she passed away in 2015. Jerry was born in a Brooklyn Jewish household in 1927 and then made his acting debut at the age of 15.
Before making it onto TV circuits where he had over 36 notable appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, he even had short performances in nightclubs. He was a classically-trained actor, making use of the G.I Bill that he had previously earned by briefly serving in the U.S army during World War 2. He went on to graduate from Syracuse University with a B.S degree in speech and drama whilst also simultaneously studying drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, according to the NY Times.
Jerry Stiller, father of actor Ben Stiller and best known for his Emmy-nominated portrayal of the outrageous and combustible Frank Costanza on NBC’s “Seinfeld,” has died of natural causes. He was 92. https://t.co/x6bBRTGddK— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) May 11, 2020
BBC reports that Jerry made his Broadway debut in 1954 in the musical comedy The Golden Apple, going on to earn roles in a quite few Broadway productions throughout the fifties. He made his screen debut in 1956 in a segment of Studio One in Hollywood. It was during this time that Jerry met his wife Anne in a casting agent's office, offering to take her out for coffee after she was perturbed during an altercation with an agent.
Jerry went on to convince Anne to try her luck out in comedy as they joined the Chicago improvisational company 'The Compass Players' together where they formed their iconic comedy duo. Through the years, the show declined in popularity, and the couple started featuring themselves in commercials, both writing and starring in a run of ads through the 70s and 80s. Jerry and his wife share a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was awarded to them in 2007.
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 https://t.co/U8ZdlIyjIC pic.twitter.com/MkAjmTwLYv— Reuters (@Reuters) May 11, 2020
Through his accomplished career, what will have fans remembering him forever would be his amazing portrayal of Frank Costanza in Seinfeld. You will be missed, Jeffrey! Thank you for all the memories!