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Who Is Jerry Stiller? Wiki, Bio, Age, Early Life, Career, Faimly & Children, Death, Net Worth And Many More Facts You Need To Know

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Gerald Isaac ” Jerry Stiller” (June 8, 1927 – May 11, 2020) was an American comedian, actor, and author. He had spent many years on the Stiller and Meara comedy team with his wife, Anne Meara, later playing George Costanza’s father, Frank, in the NBC sitcom Seinfeld and Arthur Spooner in the CBS comedy series The King of Queens. Stiller and Meara were the parents of actor Ben Stiller, with whom Stiller co-starred in the films Zoolander, Heavyweights, Hot Pursuit, The Heartbreak Kid, and Zoolander 2. Stiller frequently portrayed frenzied and angry, but contemplative and understanding characters.


He was 92 years old.

Early life

The oldest of four children, Stiller was born at Unity Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, to Bella (née Citron) and William Stiller, a bus driver.  His family is Jewish. Her paternal grandparents emigrated from Galicia (south-eastern Poland and western Ukraine), and her mother was born in Poland. He lived in the Williamsburg and East New York neighborhoods before his family moved to the Lower East Side,  where he attended Seward Park High School.  Upon his return from service in the US Army. USA During World War II,  Stiller attended Syracuse University, earning a BA in Speech and Drama in 1950. In the 1953 production at the Phoenix Theater in Coriolanus (produced by John Houseman) Stiller, alongside with Gene Saks and Jack Klugman they formed (as Houseman recounted in the 1980 memoir Front and Center) “the best trio of Shakespearean clowns I have ever seen on any stage.”  Also in 1953, Stiller met actor and comedian Anne Meara, and they were married in 1954. Until Stiller suggested it, Meara had never thought about making a comedy. “Jerry started being a comedy team,” he said. “He always thought he would be a great comedy buddy.”  They joined the Chicago improv company The Compass Players (which later became The Second City), and after leaving, they began performing together. In 1961, they performed at nightclubs in New York, and for the following year they were considered a “national phenomenon,” said the New York Times.


The Stiller and Meara comedy team, made up of Stiller and his wife, Anne Meara, was successful in the 1960s and 1970s, with numerous appearances on television variety shows, primarily on The Ed Sullivan Show. Their career declined as the variety series gradually disappeared, but they later forged a career in radio commercials, in particular the campaign for Blue Nun wine. They starred in their own five-minute comedy show, Take Five with Stiller and Meara (1977–1978). From 1979 to 1982, Stiller and Meara hosted HBO Sneak Previews, a monthly half-hour show produced describing the movies and shows that will be featured in the coming month. They also did some comedy sketches in between the show’s discussions. The duo’s own 1986 comedy television comedy The Stiller and Meara Show, in which Stiller portrayed the New York City Deputy Mayor and Meara portrayed his wife, a television commercial actress, was unsuccessful.

Stiller portrayed the short temper Frank Costanza, the father of George Costanza in the comedy Seinfeld from 1993 to 1998. He was nominated for an Emmy for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 1997, and won the American Comedy Award for Guest funniest male Appearance in a television series for his portrayal of Frank Costanza

After Seinfeld finished, Stiller had planned to retire. Kevin James asked him to join the cast of The King of Queens. James, who played the lead role of Doug Heffernan, had told Stiller that he needed him to have a successful show. Stiller agreed, and played the role of Arthur Spooner, Carrie Heffernan’s father, from 1998 to 2007. Stiller said that this role tested his acting ability more than any other and that, before being part of The King of Queens, he only saw himself as a “decent actor”

Stiller played himself in filmed skits, opening and closing Canadian rock band Rush’s 30th Anniversary Tour concerts in 2004. These appearances are seen on the band’s DVD R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour, released in 2005. Stiller later appeared in cameos in later in-concert films for the band’s 2007–2008 Snakes & Arrows Tour. Stiller appeared on Dick Clark’s $10,000 Pyramid show in the 1970s, and footage of the appearance was edited into an episode of The King of Queens to assist the storyline about his character being a contestant on the show, but that after losing, he was bitter about the experience as he never received his parting gift, a lifetime supply of “Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco Treat”. He also made several appearances on the game show Tattletales with his wife Anne. In the late 1990s, Stiller appeared in a series of Nike television commercials as the ghost of deceased Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi. Stiller has appeared in various motion pictures, most notably Zoolander (2001) and Secret of the Andes (1999). On February 9, 2007, Stiller and Meara were honored with a joint star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On October 28, 2010, the couple appeared on an episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Stiller voiced the announcer on the children’s educational show Crashbox. Starting in October 2010, Stiller and Meara began starring in a Yahoo web series, Stiller & Meara from Red Hour Digital, in which they discussed current topics. Each episode was about two minutes long. As of 2012, Stiller has been a spokesman for Xfinity.

Stiller wrote the foreword to the book Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us (ISBN 0-446-69674-9) by Allen Salkin, released on October 26, 2005. Stiller’s memoir, Married to Laughter: A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara, was published by Simon & Schuster ISBN 0-684-86903-9.

Marriage And Family

Stiller has been married to Anne Meare since 1954 and they have two children together, Ben Stiller and Amy Stiller..

Personal life

Stiller was married to Anne Meara from 1954 until her death on May 23, 2015. The two met at an agent’s office. Anne was upset by an interaction with the delivery agent, so Jerry took her out for coffee, as much as he could afford, and they had been together ever since. Her son is actor and comedian Ben Stiller (born 1965) and her daughter is actress Amy Stiller (born 1961). He has two grandchildren through Ben.


On May 11, 2020, Stiller died at his home in New York City, New York of natural causes at the age of 92.

Jerry Stiller’s net worth

At the time of his death, Jerry Stiller had a net worth of $ 12.5 million, according to estimates by Celebrity Net Worth.

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