On May 11, comedic actor, who worked on many projects but is best known for his iconic role in the hit sitcom Seinfield, Jerry Stiller, has passed away. Stiller is the father of fellow comedic actor Ben Stiller.
Shortly after news of his death was made public, Ben took to his official Twitter account to comment on the news of his beloved father’s passing. Stiller was 92 at the time of his passing.
“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” Ben began. “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.”
The funny actor’s passing comes five years after his wife, Anne Meara’s passing, in 2015. Anne was also a comedic actor and the pair became a duo on and off the stage after meeting in 1953 at New York casting call, CNN reports.
One of his The King Of Queens co-stars, Leah Remini, took to Instagram to share a few anecdotes about their friendship after working with each other for nine years. “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.”
Now the cast of Seinfield is also been sharing their own words of admiration for the late actor.
Along with a video of one of their scenes together, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who played Elaine, took to Twitter with some thoughtful words about the actor.
As did Jason Alexander, who played his son.
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.
And Jerry Seinfield, who said, “Jerry Stiller’s comedy will live forever.”
Stiller, who is also an army veteran, is survived by two of his children, Amy and Ben, and a number of grandchildren. Our thoughts are with the Stiller family during this difficult time.
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