Legendary Actor and Comedian Jerry Stiller Dies at 92
Jerry Stiller, actor, comedian, and father to Ben Stiller, has died of natural causes at age 92.
Ben Stiller and his father, Jerry Stiller, attend party hosted by NBC at Sconset Playhouse on June 19, 1998 in Massachusetts | Photo: Getty Images
While noting that Jerry died of natural causes, Ben wrote that “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 is survived by Ben, his daughter, Amy Stiller, and two grandchildren from Ben.
Metro U.K. recalled that before his wife, Anne Meara’s passing in 2015, the pair had entertained fans during the ‘60s and ‘70s as part of the comedic duo, “Stiller and Meara.”
Jerry and Anne had regular appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and in February 2007, the comedy duo was honored with a joint star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Despite the success that came from being part of the comedy team, it wasn’t until he landed the role of Frank Costanza on “Seinfeld” that Jerry found his fame.
In addition to that, the late actor also marked a milestone when he starred in “Zoolander” alongside Ben. Jerry also took on the role of Arthur Spooner on “The King of Queens.”
As regards his earlier life, Deadline revealed that the 92-year-old star served in the U.S. Army during the Second World War.
It was when he returned from the war front that he took up acting in the theatre, met his future wife, and then commenced a career in comedy. Jerry is survived by Ben, his daughter, Amy Stiller, and two grandchildren from Ben.