The comedy world lost a legend on Sunday, as actor and comedian Jerry Stiller passed away from natural causes at the age of 92. Ben Stiller released the news on social media, along with a short, sweet tribute.
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
“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,” his tweet read.
Stiller had a long show business career, but most of The Dad audience probably remembers him from his role as the great Frank Costanza on “Seinfeld”. The younger generation may remember him from “King of Queens”, where he played Kevin James’ father-in-law. Stiller once said in an interview that James had to beg him to come out of retirement to do King of Queens, where he found his second major memorable TV role.
Still, in a lengthy entertainment career, it was his role as Frank Costanza that made him a household name. He was a scene-stealer on the long-running sitcom, and the entertainment world was outpouring with respect and tributes Monday morning at the news.
We’re celebrating the life of Jerry Stiller, who passed away at the age of 92. The comedian and actor died of natural causes according to his son Ben Stiller. https://t.co/59ZWkmtKxj pic.twitter.com/1Kz33IuZrW
— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 11, 2020
He will always be remembered for Festivus, but Jerry Stiller is also responsible for Seinfeld’s funniest blooper. RIP. pic.twitter.com/bDQiGtTx5c
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) May 11, 2020
Sending you love, Ben. What a giant. So grateful for him, and Anne, and you. ❤️❤️❤️
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) May 11, 2020
Stiller, who first found fame as part of a husband-wife comedy team with his wife Anne, had a career that spanned Broadway, TV, and film. Here’s Stiller talking about his iconic role on Seinfeld.
Rest in peace Jerry, you shall be missed.