Outstanding comedy actor Jerry Stiller breathed his last on May 11, 2020. Gerals Isaac Stiller was his real name. He was an American comedian, actor and author. He spent many years as part of the comedy duo Stiller and Meara with his wife, Anne Meara.
Stiller was actor Ben Stiller’s father. The father and son appeared together in films such as Zoolander, Heavyweights, Hot Pursuit, The Heartbreak Kid, and Zoolander 2. In his later career, Stiller earned fame for playing grumpy and eccentric characters who were loved.
Emmy, Academy and everything else
Stiller saw a late-career resurgence starting in 1993. He was playing George Costanza’s father Frank on the sitcom Seinfeld, a part which earned him an Emmy nomination.
Ben confirmed his father’s death early Monday morning, writing he “passed away from natural causes” on Twitter. “He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years,” he added. “He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad” added Ben. Jerry was 92 years old.
Stage and Screen
The actor appeared on both stage and screen, starring in several musicals and plays on Broadway. Stiller earned a drama degree at Syracuse University after serving in World War II. He then headed to New York City to launch his career. His wife Meara died on May 23, 2015.
The couple had two children Ben and Amy. Jerry and Ben performed together in “Shoeshine”. It was nominated for a 1988 Academy Award in the short subject category.
He also played Wilbur Turnblad in the 1988 “Hairspray” and Mr. Pinky in the 2007 adaptation. Most recently, Stiller reprised his role as his real-life son’s manager in the “Zoolander” sequel in 2016.