Jerry Stiller Wiki – Biography
Jerry Stiller was an American comedian, actor, and author. He spent many years as part of the comedy duo Stiller and Meara along with his wife, Anne Meara, whom he was married to for over 60 years, until her death in 2015.
Stiller saw a late-career resurgence starting in 1993, playing George Costanza’s father Frank on the sitcom Seinfeld, a part which would earn Stiller an Emmy nomination. The same year Seinfeld went off the air, Stiller began his role as the eccentric Arthur Spooner on the CBS comedy series The King of Queens, another role which would garner Stiller widespread acclaim.
Upon his return from service in the U.S. Army during World War II, Stiller attended Syracuse University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Drama in 1950. In the 1953 Phoenix Theater production of Coriolanus (produced by John Houseman) Stiller, along with Gene Saks and Jack Klugman formed (as told by Houseman in the 1980 memoir Front and Center) “the best trio of Shakespearian clowns that I have ever seen on any stage”.
Also in 1953, Stiller met actor-comedian Anne Meara, and they married in 1954. Until Stiller suggested it, Meara had never thought of doing comedy. “Jerry started us being a comedy team,” she said. “He always thought I would be a great comedy partner.” They joined the Chicago improvisational company The Compass Players (which later became The Second City), and after leaving, began performing together. In 1961, they were performing in nightclubs in New York, and by the following year were considered a “national phenomenon”, said the New York Times.
Stiller wrote the foreword to the 2005 book Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us (ISBN 0-446-69674-9) by Allen Salkin. The book discussed Festivus, the fictional holiday promulgated by Stiller’s Seinfeld character Frank Costanza.
Jerry Stiller Age
Jerry Stiller was 92 years old. He was born on June 8, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, United States. He died on May 11, 2020.
Stiller was married to Anne Meara for over 60 years: from 1954 until her death on May 23, 2015. The two met in an agent’s office. Anne was upset about an interaction with the casting agent, so Jerry took her out for coffee—all he could afford—and they were together ever since.
Their son is actor-comedian Ben Stiller (born 1965) and their daughter is actress Amy Stiller (born 1961). He has two grandchildren through Ben.
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Cause of Death
He died on May 11, 2020, at the age of 92, The comedian’s cause of death was natural causes.
Ben Stiller wrote: “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.”
Comedian Ricky Gervais replied on Ben Stiller’s tweet and said “so sorry for your loss.”
“Sending you love, Ben,” the Hamilton creator tweeted. “What a giant. So grateful for him, and Anne, and you.”
“He was a lovely man – always so kind to me. Condolences Ben,” tweeted Azaria, who worked with Ben Stiller on films like Dodgeball and Night at the Museum.
General Hospital actor Parry Shen shared a story about working with Stiller on an episode of The King of Queens in 1998.
“After the table read, I was canned & your father talked to the producers & got me my job back,” Shen tweeted. “When I thanked him, he said, ‘Hey, it’s not Shakespeare!’ A class act & a legend. What a gift to the world. Deepest condolences.”
Jerry’s net worth is to be $12.5 million.