Jerry Stiller, Comedy Legend Who Played Short-Tempered Dad On “Seinfeld,” Dies At 92 – Jerry Stiller — best known for his role as Frank Costanza in the popular show, “Seinfeld” and about a decade later, as Arthur Spooner in the sitcom “The King of Queens,” — has died.
Jerry Stiller, Comedy Legend Who Played Short-Tempered Dad On “Seinfeld,” Dies At 92 | Jerry Stiller Cause Of Death:
Jerry Stiller, the Emmy award-winning “Seinfeld” actor and comedian, died from natural causes on Monday, his son, actor Ben Stiller, confirmed in a tweet.
“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” Ben tweeted on Monday morning. “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.”
A classically trained actor Jerry Stiller, who had a long and successful career as a comedian, including in the comedy duo Stiller and Meara with his wife Anne Meara, as well as playing the high-strung Frank Costanza on the classic sitcom “Seinfeld” and he also starred alongside his son Ben in films including Zoolander.
Gerald Isaac Stiller was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 8, 1927, the first of four children born to William Stiller, the son of immigrants from Galicia, and Bella (Citron) Stiller.
Jerry Stiller served in the U.S. army during the Second World War. Once he returned from combat, Stiller began acting in the theater, before meeting his future wife Anne Meara in an agent’s office and embarking on a career in comedy.
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 Stiller, Half Of The Comedy Duo Stiller And Meara Dead | Jerry Stiller And Anne Meara:
Jerry Stiller married actor-comedian Anne Meara in 1954. The comedy team Stiller and Meara, composed of Stiller and wife, Anne Meara, was for many years a familiar presence in nightclubs, on television variety and talk shows, and in radio and television commercials, most memorably for Blue Nun wine and Amalgamated Bank.
Stiller and Meara became regulars on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” appearing more than 30 times from 1963 to 1971, according to IMDB.
The 92-year-old comedy veteran left on a younger generation through his role as Frank Costanza, the short-tempered father of George Costanza in the sitcom Seinfeld from 1993 to 1998.
Jerry Stiller was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 1997, and won the American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a TV Series for his portrayal of Frank Costanza, the creator of the “Festival for the rest of us” on the popular sitcom, “Seinfeld.”
Kevin James, who played the leading role of Doug Heffernan, asked Jerry Stiller to join the cast of “The King of Queens,” as James needed him in order to have a successful show.
Stiller agreed, and played another dad, the basement-dwelling Arthur Spooner, on the long-running CBS sitcom The King of Queens that ran from September 1998 to May 2007.
Jerry Stiller was more visible on “The King of Queens,” the blue-collar sitcom as he said this role tested his acting ability more than any others have and that, before being a part of “The King of Queens,” he only saw himself as a “decent actor.”
Stiller’s memoir, “Married to Laughter: A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara,” was published by Simon & Schuster.
Jerry Stiller’s autobiography, “Married to Laughter: A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara” (2000), is about his 50-plus year marriage to soul mate and comedic cohort Meara, who died in 2015.
Stiller was married to Anne Meara from 1954 until her death. Jerry Stiller’s wife of 61 years and frequent comedy partner, Meara died on May 23, 2015, at her home in Manhattan at the age of 85, having suffered multiple strokes.
Jerry Stiller is survived by his children, actor-comedian Ben Stiller (born 1965) and daughter is actress Amy Stiller (born 1961), and two grandchildren through Ben.