Jerry Stiller died today from natural causes. He was 92. Most folks know Jerry Stiller as the father of either Ben Stiller, George Costanza . Ben is, of course, Mr. Stiller’s real-life son and George was his son on Seinfeld. Others may recognize Jerry Stiller as Arthur Spooner, Carrie Heffernan’s dad on The King of Queens.
I first knew Jerry Stiller as one half of the comedy team Stiller and Meara. You’ve probably figured out that he made up the Stiller half of the duo, but did you know his wife, Ann Meara, made up the other 50%? I can’t tell you how many times I saw them turn up on The Ed Sullivan Show and other variety series. I enjoyed their humorous routines. It was (and still is) unusual to see a husband and wife comedy team. Especially one that lasts over 60 years.
Mr. Stiller’s resume contains 115 acting credits but it was his roles on Seinfeld and The King of Queens that I’ll remember best. Often Jerry Stiller got the biggest laughs and considering the talent involved that’s saying a lot. From all accounts Jerry Stiller was a humble, giving man and one that made everything he appeared in better.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.