Jerry Stiller has been making all of laugh over these last 50 years. Stiller was a was the type of comedic presence that was always a joy to watch in a myriad TV and film projects. Most know him as father figure: Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, Arthur Spooner on King of Queens, and finally, as Ben Stiller’s Dad.
He is probably best known as the cantankerous patriarch to Jason Alexander’s tortured and insidious George. Stiller’s Frank Costanza was so unpredictably hilarious and capable of erupting with incredible rage by delivering staccato-style dialogue like pure comic gunfire. Check out Vulture’s tribute
As popular as he was playing George’s dad on Seinfeld, Stiller was more visible on The King of Queens, the blue-collar sitcom that ran on CBS for nine seasons. His irascible character lived with his daughter, Carrie, and son-in-law, Doug (Leah Remini and Kevin James), after burning down his home in the pilot. His comedy partner and wife, Anne Meara, appeared in the series.
According to Hollywood Reporter news of his passing was first announced by his famous filmmaker son, Ben. He tweeted “I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” actor-director Ben 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.”
Best way to honor this very funny man is to remember all the good times he delivered to us. Videos below is a tribute to his most iconic TV personas.
Best of Frank costanza
Seinfeld Bloopers - Frank Costanza
Best of Arthur Spooner
Ben & Jerry on Conan