Comedian Jerry Stiller dies at age 92
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/11/20, 11:12 am
Jerry Stiller, the punchy Jewish comedian who delivered some of the most memorable scenes on the 1990s sitcom Seinfeld, has died of natural causes at age 92. His Emmy-nominated role as the cantankerous father of Jerry Seinfeld’s best friend George Costanza assured him a spot in the annals of modern comedy: People still mock-celebrate the fake holiday of Festivus the character Frank Costanza promoted as a Christmas alternative. But the World War II veteran and Brooklyn, N.Y., native was getting laughs years earlier as a stand-up comic alongside his wife, Anne Meara, who died in 2015. The couple performed together 36 times on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Where else have I heard the name “Stiller”? His son Ben Stiller is a well-known film actor, writer, and producer, known for Zoolander, Dodgeball, and Meet the Parents. “He was a great dad and grandfather and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years,” Stiller tweeted early Monday. “He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad.”
Dig deeper: Read my report in Muse about the resurgence of “clean” stand-up comics.
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