Seinfeld co-hosts post tributes.
Ben Stiller broke the sad news on Monday that his father, the famous and beloved comedian Jerry Stiller had passed away, aged 92.
“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” Stiller tweeted. “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.”
Of course, we all know the talented Jerry Stiller as the hot-headed Frank Costanza (George's dad) on Seinfeld, and Arthur Spooner in King of Queens, but he also had an illustrious comedy career which started in the late 50's with his wife Anna Meara. They performed as a duo in Vegas and on The Ed Sullivan Show, and even released comedy records.
He also wrote an autobiography, Married to Laughter, about his 50-plus year marriage to soulmate and comedic cohort Meara, who died in 2015.
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
Members of Seinfeld including Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, shared precious memories of Stiller.
Such sad news that my beloved friend, Jerry Stiller, has passed. He was perhaps the kindest man I ever had the honor to work beside. He made me laugh when I was a child and every day I was with him. A great actor, a great man, a lovely friend. #RIPJerryStiller I Love you.— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) May 11, 2020
The truth is that this happened all the time with Jerry Stiller. He was so funny and such a dear human being. We loved him. RIP Jerry Stiller.https://t.co/kXL14zMKeX— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) May 11, 2020
Ben Stiller was so touched by the outpouring of tributes for his father, he thanked everyone in another Twitter post.
Thanks so much for the incredible outpouring of love and appreciation for Jerry. I know how much it would mean to him. And he would have loved this beautifully written obit in the @nytimes. https://t.co/s1PwUkX0qh— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) May 11, 2020
Source: Twitter/BenStiller/JuliaLouisDreyfus/jerry Seinfeld