Comedian Jerry Stiller joins wife Anne Meara in heaven after he passed away from natural causes.
Today is a sad day in the history of comedy. The beloved comedian Jerry Stiller has died of natural causes at 92 years old.
The heart-breaking news was shared by his son, Ben Stiller through a twitter post early Monday morning.
"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 shared alongside a photo of his beloved dad 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— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) May 11, 2020
Gerald Isaac Stiller more popularly known as Jerry Stiller was born in New York City. He and his wife Anne Meara ran a successful career as a prominent comedic duo Stiller and Meara in the 1960s and 1970s. Their material often centers on the differences of their ethnic background and improvised comedy routines about their relationship failings.
The two reportedly started performing in nightclubs in New York in 1961 and became a national phenomenon a year after.
The two married in the 1950s and shared a loving connection both as husband and wife and business partners for 61 years until Meara died in 2015.
They appeared numerous times in The Ed Sullivan Show and 2001, Jerry received a Grammy nomination in the Best Spoken Word category for Married To Laughter - A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara.
In 2007, Stiller and Meara shared a star on the Hollywood Walk in Fame.
In 2010, Stiller and Meara worked on a Yahoo comedy series Stiller & Meara which was produced by their son Ben.
But perhaps, some of Jerry Stiller's most legendary performances were his iconic father roles in Seinfeld and The King Of Queens.
Jerry appeared in 26 episodes of Seinfield as the father of George (Jason Alexander) from 1993-98. Starring alongside as Jerry's wife was Estelle Harris. The show was a huge success and Jerry received an Emmy nomination for his role in 1997.
Shortly after, Jerry played another patriarchal role. This time as the sarcastic but hilarious Arthur Spooner, father of Leah Remini's Carrie Heffernan in the American sitcom TV series The King of Queens from 1998 to 2007. The show ran for a total of nine seasons with more than 200 episodes. Coincidentally, three days from now will be the 13th anniversary since King of Queens' last episode which ended on May 14, 2017.
King and Queens aired for almost 9 years and it was the last American sitcom that started in the 90s to end it's run.
Jerry is such a natural and the way he delivers comic lines with a deadpan expression makes everything hysterically funny.
Well indeed, it has been a long, fulfilling life for Jerry. Nine decades, most of which spent bringing laughter and happiness to people, is a meaningful way to live. Now it's time for him to share a star with his beloved wife once again. This time, the two shall shine the brightest as Jerry Stiller joins Anne Meara in heaven.
Thank you for the laughter, Stiller, and Meara. You will be missed.