The veteran comedian and actor Jerry Stiller passed away at the age of 92, confirmed his son and actor Ben. “I’m sad to say that my father passed away from natural causes,” Ben wrote on Twitter calling him “a great dad and grandfather” and “dedicated husband”.
“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” his son said in a tweet.
“He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years,” Stiller added. “He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad.”
He was born in 1927 in New York, and and attended Seward Park high school. He spent many years in a comedy team with his wife Anne Meara. The couple starred on the stage and TV in the 1960s, writing and performing comedy sketches and routines together. His wife died in 2015. His role in Broadway and later in the smash US show “Seinfeld” became very popular and he was admired for his excellent performance.
His other roles included Arthur Spooner in TV sitcom The King of Queens. Stiller also appeared with son Ben in several film comedies, among them Zoolander, Zoolander 2 and The Heartbreak Kid. He will be best remembered as Jason Alexander’s on-screen father in Seinfeld, a role he played for six years. He will also be remembered for his role in Airport 1975 and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.
He received an Emmy in 1997 for playing Frank from 1993 to 1998. In 2001 he was nominated for a Grammy award or best spoken word album for Married to Laughter: A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara. He appeared in two versions of Hairspray: as the father of Ricki Lake’s character in John Waters’ 1988 original and, in the 2007 movie of the musical, as dress-shop owner Mr Pinky.