RIP Jerry Stiller, 92...

Reply Mon 11 May, 2020 04:55 am
Jerry Stiller, Comedian With Enduring Appeal, Is Dead at 92

Jerry Stiller, a classically trained actor who became a comedy star twice — in the 1960s in partnership
with his wife, Anne Meara, and in the 1990s with a memorable recurring role on “Seinfeld” — has died.
He was 92.

His death was confirmed on Monday by his son, the actor Ben Stiller, in a tweet, who said his father
had died of natural causes.

Mr. Stiller’s accomplishments as an actor were considerable. He appeared on Broadway in Terrence
McNally’s frantic farce “The Ritz” in 1975 and David Rabe’s dark drama “Hurlyburly” in 1984. Off
Broadway, he was in “The Threepenny Opera”; in Central Park, he played Shakespearean clowns for
Joseph Papp; onscreen, he was seen as, among other things, a police detective in “The Taking of
Pelham One, Two, Three” (1974) and Divine’s husband in John Waters’s “Hairspray” (1988). But he was
best known as a comedian.

The team of Stiller and Meara was for many years a familiar presence in nightclubs, on television variety
and talk shows, and in radio and television commercials, most memorably for Blue Nun wine and
Amalgamated Bank.

Years after the act broke up, Mr. Stiller captured a new generation of fans as Frank Costanza, the
short-tempered and not entirely sane father of Jason Alexander’s George, on the NBC series “Seinfeld,”
one of the most successful television comedies of all time.
Reply Mon 11 May, 2020 06:08 am
@Region Philbis,
The founder of Festivus has left us. his Frank Castanza was the best.
Reply Mon 11 May, 2020 06:25 am
Been a fan since I was a kid.
Reply Mon 11 May, 2020 08:32 am
farmerman wrote:

The founder of Festivus has left us. his Frank Castanza was the best.

Serenity now.

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Reply Mon 11 May, 2020 11:07 am
Ditto n that. Saw the husband/wife team on Ed Sullivan shoo and Johnny Carson. Great early routine on nascent computer dating. Later on, watched them in the Blue Nun commercials.
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Reply Mon 11 May, 2020 11:09 am
I liked him in King of Queens.

I have to see if there are videos of him and wife somewhere.
Region Philbis
Reply Mon 11 May, 2020 01:57 pm

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bobsal u1553115
Reply Tue 12 May, 2020 06:55 am
Spent yesterday watch Stiller and Meara standup. They still work well. Loved his PBS series "Julius Knipl: Real Estate Photographer"


The most well balanced and nice crazy guy ever.
Reply Tue 12 May, 2020 05:00 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
Ah yes. Hershy Horowitz meets Mary Elizabeth Doyle.
bobsal u1553115
Reply Tue 12 May, 2020 05:52 pm
60 years later and the comedy still fires on all cylinders and still keeps up in traffic. Its sad he's left us but he left behind a lot of memories and laughs.

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