‘Seinfeld’ Star Jerry Stiller, Father Of Ben Stiller, Dies At 92
“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” Ben wrote. “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.”
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 was best known for his role as Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, and then later known for playing Arthur Spooner on The King of Queens.
Stiller’s wife, Anne Meara, died five years ago this month. They performed together in the 1960s as a comedy duo, “Stiller and Meara,” and performed on variety shows like the Ed Sullivan Show. Before meeting Meara, Stiller served in the Army, and then received a drama degree from Syracuse University. They met in 1953 at a casting call.
The couple was married in 1954, and waited 10 years before having their children, Ben and Amy, who also both work in entertainment. Jerry appeared in Ben’s movie Zoolander in 2001.
Friends and fellow comedians remembered Stiller on social media, sharing clips and condolences:
Captain’s Log Stardate 54: As we begin a new week it is sad to hear about the passing of Jerry Stiller; a comedic genius, fellow actor & friend. He will be missed. Condolences to his family.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) May 11, 2020
DAAAMN RIP JERRY STILLER THE COMEDY GAWD
— THE KID MERO 🇩🇴 (@THEKIDMERO) May 11, 2020
Seeing Jerry Stiller on screen instantly made you happy. Just a beloved person in comedy, in NYC, in show business in general. Sending love and condolences to @RedHourBen.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) May 11, 2020
RIP Jerry Stiller. Some of TV’s best moments. pic.twitter.com/4CceJTvhhz
— Scott Galloway (@profgalloway) May 11, 2020