Actor and comedian Jerry Stiller, best known for his roles on “Seinfield” and “The King of Queens,” passed away on May 11 at his home in Manhattan.
“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” wrote Ben Stiller, Jerry’s son and fellow actor and comedian, known for his roles in movies like “Night at the Museum and “Zoolander,” which he starred in alongside his father. “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.”
Jerry Stiller was born Gerald Isaac Stiller June 8, 1927 at Unity Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. After serving in World War II, Stiller attended Syracuse University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Drama in 1950.
In 1953, Stiller met actress-comedienne, Anne Meara, and they married in 1954. They came together to form comedy team, Stiller and Meara, which earned great success throughout the 1960s.
From 1993 to 1998, Stiller played the part of Frank Costanza, father of George Costanza, on the sitcom “Seinfeld.” For this role, he was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 1997 and winning an American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a TV Series in 1998.
After Seinfeld ended, Stiller had planned on retiring. However, Kevin James asked him to join the cast of the show, “The King of Queens,” playing Arthur Spooner, father-in-law of James’ character, Doug Heffernan. Stiller played this role from 1998 until 2007.
Stiller leaves his two children, Ben and Amy Stiller, and grandchildren to cherish his memory. He is preceded in death by his wife, Anne Meara.