Ben Stiller revealed via social media that his father, Jerry Stiller, had died due to natural causes.
Beloved comedian and actor Jerry Stiller has died at age 92 on Monday, his son Ben Stiller revealed in a Tweet, reports CNN. 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. Many of us knew Jerry Stiller as Frank Costanza in the show Seinfeld. A decade later he appeared before us as Arthur Spooner in the sitcom, The King of Queens. Stiller was born in 1927 in Brooklyn, where he went on to attend Seward Park high school, reports The Guardian.
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. pic.twitter.com/KyoNsJIBz5— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) May 11, 2020
In 1953, Stiller met his wife Anna Meara, and the pair soon got married. He was often accompanied by his wife as he enjoyed a long career, both on stage and screen. The two of them regularly performed together in clubs and other improv sketches. They also appeared together on The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV programmes. Stiller lost his wife Meara in 2015. USA Today reports that Stiller and Meara had two children, Ben, 54, and Amy, 58. Both of them went on to become actors as well. Ben Stiller also had the opportunity to act with his father in the 1988 Academy Award nominee Shoeshine.
Very sorry to hear this. He was a tremendous talent and it was clear to us, your fans, how much affection there was between you two. I hope you and your family are surrounded by love and may your father rest in peace.— Wajahat "Social Distance Yourself" Ali (@WajahatAli) May 11, 2020
"What words of wisdom can I give my children?" Stiller wrote in his 2001 book "Married to Laughter: A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara." "See past the hype and the glitz and ask yourself why you want to perform. It may take years to arrive at the answers, but understanding the reasons will help you to keep the dream alive and reach your goals." Even though Stiller was only a supporting actor in Sienfield, some of his scenes are still fondly remembered by his fans (Serenity Now!). However, during an interview with Esquire dating back to 2005, Stiller revealed that he was out of work and that he wasn't even the first choice for the role.
So very sorry to hear this, Ben. He was always a joy to be around, as was your wonderful mother. Sending love and condolences to you and your family— Morgan Fairchild (@morgfair) May 11, 2020
“My manager had retired,” he said. “I was close to 70 years old, and had nowhere to go.” The initial role he was offered wasn't too appealing so Stiller suggested tweaking it a bit, and that's how Frank was born. That role plummeted his career. His most recent role was again with his son in Zoolander. Ricky Gervais offered Ben Stiller his condolences, writing: So sorry for your loss, Ben. Hank Azaria added: He was a lovely man - always so kind to me. Condolences Ben. Jane Kennedy shared: I spent a wonderful evening with your mum and dad. They were protective of me and so funny. It was a night I will never forget. My sincere condolences xx.
I had the honor of working with your Dad on “TKOQ”. After the table read, I was canned & your father talked to the producers & got me my job back. When I thanked him, he said, “Hey, it’s not Shakespeare!” A class act & a legend. What a gift to the world. Deepest condolences. pic.twitter.com/Uynoyoj20M— Parry Shen (@parryshen) May 11, 2020