Duane 'Dog' Chapman, Lin-Manuel Miranda and More Mourn Comedy Legend Jerry Stiller
Celebrities pay tribute to the beloved comedian Jerry Stiller, best-known his roles in "King of Queens" and "Seinfeld," after his son, Ben Stiller, announced the news of his death.
On Monday, comedian-actor Ben Stiller announced the news of his father's passing at the age of 92 on social media with great sadness.
BEN'S ANNOUNCEMENT ON MONDAY
Stating that Jerry died from natural causes, Ben said that he was a "great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband."
The dedication and love Jerry had for his wife Anne Meara is evident in their marriage of over six decades, only broken by Anne's passing, also due to natural causes at the age of 85 almost five years ago.
Anne and Jerry also frequented shows like the "Ed Sullivan Show" during the 60s and 70s when they became a popular comedy duo after meeting at a casting agent's office during the mid-1950s.
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
TRIBUTES TO JERRY
Since then, Jerry became a constant on television, and celebrities took to social media soon after Ben announced the news to pay tribute to his beloved dad.
"Sending you love, Ben. What a giant. So grateful for him, and Anne, and you," Lin Manuel Miranda wrote in response to the sad announcement.
Ricky Gervais sent his condolences to Ben, while his father's former co-stars on "The King of Queens," Leah Remini shared that she will be "forever grateful for the memories," and Kevin James described Jerry as "one of the most loving, kind, and funny people" that ever walked the earth.
We send you all love and our condolences, Ben. Every B'way show I every did your folks would come back to say hello and it didn't matter if the show was a hit or a flop..the light and love they brought was always the highlight of the day. Thanks for sharing them with us. Godspeed— Peter Gallagher (@petergallagher) May 11, 2020
JERRY DIDN'T LISTEN TO HIS FATHER
Despite Jerry's success as an actor, his father initially thought that he wouldn't be good enough to make it big in Hollywood.
During an interview back in 2007, Jerry said that his dad advised him to become a stagehand if he insisted on entering that world, so he would at least have work "every night."
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I was lucky enough to work with Jerry Stiller, playing his daughter for 9 years on The King Of Queens, but even luckier to know him, the man, the husband, the father, the grandfather. I am only comforted knowing that Anne & Jerry, the great comedy duo of Stiller & Meara are back together. I will be forever grateful for the memories, the fatherly talks off screen and for the many years of laughter, the kindness he had shown to me and my family...You will be so very missed Jerry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Amy & Ben. #JerryStiller #stillerandmeara
MORE CELEBRITIES PAY TRIBUTE
The bounty hunter Duane Chapman also reached out to Ben with condolences writing that Jerry and his wife Anne "brought joy to so many." Kelly Ripa felt the same having worked with Jerry and Anne on "All My Children" many times and reportedly added:
"But his acting was, like, in another dimension. He could go into a far off place and bring out things in a scene that would never occur to you.”
This is heartbreaking news and I'm very sorry, Ben. We all loved him so much. This picture of your poppa and my daughters, Amanda and AJ was taken at a restaurant in New York. I thought you might like to have it because pictures help a heal broken heart. Godspeed, Jerry. 💔😢 pic.twitter.com/i4ZVEWSMBG— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) May 11, 2020
A LIFE FILLED WITH REWARDS
If Jerry had listened to his father, he would never have earned the awards for his superb acting either, which consisted of an Emmy nomination in 1997, a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in 2007, and a Critics' Choice Award the following year.
However, Jerry Stiller's pursuit of an acting career also directly led to him meeting Anne. The pair fell in love instantly, and they consequently tied the knot shortly after in the fall of 1953.
Oh I’m so sorry, Ben. What an essential fountain of joy, just like your mom. What a legacy they began. Love to you and your family. pic.twitter.com/eaRsUAjmVi— Jimmi Simpson (@jimmisimpson) May 11, 2020
The couple soon realized they had very different outlooks on life, but their love for each other persisted, and lead to the birth of the only son Ben, and a daughter named Amy.