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Afterbuzz TV Remembers Jerry Stiller
People around the world are mourning the passing of Jerry Stiller, the father of Ben Stiller, and the iconic, memorable comedian from television shows like King of Queens, Seinfeld and such popular films as Zoolander, The Heartbreak Kid, and Hairspray just to name a few.
Jerry Stiller’s career spans over six decades and his comedy career skyrocketed with his wife, Anne Meara, by his side as the comedy-gold duo, “Stiller & Meara”. They appeared together dozens of times on the Ed Sullivan Show as well as the late night circuit including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and the Carol Burnett Show.
I can’t imagine late night comedy, the craft of sketch comedy and television without the influence of Jerry and Meara. The ultimate couple goal, they have an enduring love story and career journey that is one we can all aspire to.
If you want to enjoy a few clips of the duo that were way ahead of their time, here’s a few from the Ed Sullivan Show and the Carol Burnett Show:
Some of the best television roles and moments have come from the creative mind and craft of Jerry Stiller. As I look back at his career there are too many to pick from but here’s a few of my favorites that I hope you enjoy in his memory.
You can’t forget the iconic role in Seinfeld as George Costanza’s father. Check out these bloopers first where Julia Louis-Dreyfus can’t stop laughing:
Frank Costanza is a hilarious character that jumps at you on the tv screen, here’s a behind the scenes interview from Jerry Stiller on the role and how he embraced it.
One of his other iconic roles is from Zoolander, as Derek’s agent, Maury Ballstein. I loved seeing Jerry in films with Ben because you could tell that they really enjoyed working together and making people laugh together. This series of movies make me laugh so hard every time!
His career continued even after his success in Seinfeld including starring as Arthur Spooner in King of Queens with Leah Remini and Kevin James. Here’s a compilation of moments when it aired on TV Land.
You can also enjoy him as Wilbur Turnblad in the 1988 version of Hairspray or the 2007 version as Mr. Pinky.
The news of his passing spread quickly after Ben Stiller posted the news on Twitter.
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
#JerryStiller was one of the kindest, most loving men I have ever known. I worked with him when I was 17 and he and his dear wife #AnneMeara remained fairy godparents in my life for the next 35 years. I loved this man and his big heart. I only hope he and Anne are together now. pic.twitter.com/NoriRps1kK
The whole AfterBuzz family sends condolences to the Stiller family during this difficult time. I hope he’s reunited with Meara in heaven and doing their comedy routines together. May the Festivus Miracle live on forever!
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Emily Mae Heller is an Emmy-nominated film, tv, live events, and theatre producer, born and raised in Los Angeles with a deep passion for storytelling, sports, and entertainment.
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