Jerry Stiller dead at 92 – Seinfeld star and father of Hollywood star Ben passes away – The Sun

JERRY Stiller – Seinfeld star and father of Hollywood star Ben – has died at 92.

The tragic news was announced by his son, who paid moving tribute to the “great dad and grandfather”.


He tweeted: “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.”

Comedy veteran Jerry launched his career opposite wife Anne Meara in the 1950s and reemerged four decades later as the hysterically high-strung Frank Costanza on the smash television show Seinfeld.

The multi-talented performer appeared in a string of films, playing Walter Matthau’s police sidekick in the thriller The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and Divine’s husband Wilbur Turnblad in John Waters twisted comedy Hairspray.

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He also wrote an autobiography, Married to Laughter, about his 50-plus year marriage to soul mate and comedic cohort Meara, who died in 2015.

And his myriad TV spots included everything from Murder She Wrote to Law and Order along with 36 appearances alongside Meara on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Stiller, who was born in New York in 1927, served in the US Army during World War Two, before going on to marry comedian Meara in 1953.

The couple raised two children in New York – daughter Amy, who became an actress, and son Ben, who became a writer, director and actor in such films as Dodgeball, Theres Something About Mary and Meet the Parents.

He and Ben performed together in Shoeshine, which was nominated for a 1988 Academy Award in the short subject category.

He also appeared in Ben Stiller's modelling spoof movie, Zoolander.

 


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