2020 In Memoriam

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 17: Actor Jerry Stiller arrives at the Actor's Fund Annual Gala Dinner and Tribute on November 17, 2003 at Cipriani's Restaurant in New York City. (Photo by Sara Jaye/Getty Images)

Comedy veteran Jerry Stiller, who started his career in the 1950s and who would later go on to play Frank Costanza on Seinfeld  has died. He was 92.

His son, actor Ben Stiller, announced his father’s passing on Twitter, saying, “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.”


Stiller served in World War II, and then went to Syracuse University where he earned a degree in drama. After that, headed to New York City to launch his career. His career took off after he met comedian Anne Meara in spring 1953. They were married that fall; she died in 2015. He later wrote Married To Laughter about their marriage.

Stiller joined Seinfeld in 1993 and after the show went off the air in 1998, he joined the cast of King of Queens.

The following year, he appeared in Ben Stiller’s spoof on modeling, Zoolander.

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