Jerry Stiller, a legendary actor who appeared in hit sitcoms such as “Seinfeld” and “The King of Queens,” has passed away at age 92.
Monday on Twitter, Jerry’s son Ben Stiller announced that his father died of natural causes.
“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,” Ben wrote.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Jerry married Anne Meara in 1954, and the two performed as the comedy team Stiller and Meara. The husband-wife duo made appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and had their own 1986 sitcom, “The Stiller and Meara Show.”
Jerry would go on to play Frank Costanza, the father of Jason Alexander’s George Constanza on “Seinfeld,” and Arthur Spooner, the father of Leah Remini’s Carrie Heffernan on “The King of Queens.”
Jerry and Anne also appeared in 2001’s “Zoolander,” alongside son Ben, who starred, directed, and co-wrote the quotable action comedy film.
Following Anne’s death in 2015, Jerry’s final acting role was in “Zoolander 2,” released the next year.
After news of Jerry’s passing went viral, both Jason and Leah paid respects to their TV dad on social media.
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
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I was lucky enough to work with Jerry Stiller, playing his daughter for 9 years on The King Of Queens, but even luckier to know him, the man, the husband, the father, the grandfather. I am only comforted knowing that Anne & Jerry, the great comedy duo of Stiller & Meara are back together. I will be forever grateful for the memories, the fatherly talks off screen and for the many years of laughter, the kindness he had shown to me and my family...You will be so very missed Jerry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Amy & Ben. #JerryStiller #stillerandmeara
While sharing his father’s obituary from The New York Times, Ben thanked fans for their kind messages of support.
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
Jerry and Anne were also parents to daughter Amy Stiller, a fellow actor.
May Jerry and Anne rest in peace.