Jerry Stiller made generations laugh. He is unforgettable and will live in the hearts of his fans forever.
The world of comedy has lost one of its iconic comedians. Popular American actor and comedian Jerry Stiller passed away at 92, according to Variety.
His son and actor Ben Stiller took to Twitter to confirm the news. “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," wrote Ben.
Over the years, Stiller has contributed to some of the best performances on television. He started off by performing comedy routines with his wife, Anne Meara. The couple were known for their comedy acts in the 1960s and has appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show around 36 times. The couple was also part of the improv group the Compass Players, which later changed its name to Second City.
Eventually, Stiller went on to appear on Broadway in 1954 in the musical comedy, The Golden Apple. Eventually, the actor made his way into television. He became widely popular for his role in Seinfeld as Frank Constanza from 1993-98.
Stiller even received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 1997 for the role. He later secured the American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a TV Series for the role, according to Daily Mail.
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
His role as Leah Remini’s father on The King of Queens and as Zoolander’s manager also increased his popularity. The talented actor also made his appearance in movies like Heavyweights, The Heartbreak Kid, and Hot Pursuit. Recently, he played a guest role in The Good Wife in 2011.
Jerry brought so much laughter to us all, just as you do. Just watched ‘Heavyweights’ the other evening—one of my favorites. May he Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/cCnFnk03W6— Cleveland Sports Fans (@CLE_SPORTS_FANS) May 11, 2020
Many took to Twitter to share the grief and sorrow. "This is heartbreaking. So sorry for your Loss. I'm in the middle of a Seinfield Covid-19 binge. An absolute genius," wrote one fan.
Many followers recalled how his humor that was a significant part of their childhood. One wrote, "I am so sorry. So many of us grew up with Stiller & Meara and loved them. He will be missed. May his memory be a blessing." While another user said, "Jerry brought so much laughter to us all, just as you do. Just watched ‘Heavyweights’ the other evening—one of my favorites. May he Rest In Peace," wrote another follower.
Jerry Stiller was a great dad. R.I.P pic.twitter.com/uGTX37A6VK— Mr Ives (@real_MrIves) May 11, 2020
Journalist Mehdi Hassan stated, "Oh man, so so sorry to hear this Ben. Your father, as Arthur in King of Queens, brought so much laughter & joy to my wife & I. Just a few weeks ago we introduced him/his character to our kids and they loved him, laughed with him, too. He was such a talent, so sorry for your loss." Others shared pictures, memes and videos from the star's famous shows.