Comedian and actor Jerry Stiller died May 11, 2020 in New York City as a result of natural causes at the age of 92.

Stiller, along with his partner and wife Anne Meara entertained audiences for decades with their comedy routines.

Stiller is best known for his most recent roles in “Seinfeld” and “King of Queens”, but he appeared in over 100 Hollywood productions including his 1957 debut in “The Hoax”, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”, 36 episodes of “The Ed Sullivan Show”, “Love, American Style”, the original “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three”, “Airport 1975”, “Rhoda”, “The Love Boat”, “Reading Rainbow”, “Tales from the Darkside”, the Israeli version of “Sesame Street” “Shalom Sesame”, “Hairspray”, “Murder, She Wrote”, a rabbi in the television series “In the Heat of the Night”, “Law & Order”, “Touched by an Angel”, and “The Good Wife”.

Stiller also wrote his autobiography “Married to Laughter”.

Gerald Isaac Stiller was born January 8, 1927 in New York City. After serving in the United States Army during World War II, Stiller returned home to earn a drama degree from Syracuse University before going back to New York City to begin his acting career.

Before making his way to Hollywood Stiller spent a little time with the Shakespearean Theater that included performances in “Coriolanus” with Jack Klugman. He has also spent some time on Broadway in “The Golden Apple”, “Threepenny Opera”, “The Carefree Tree”, “Diary of a Scoundrel”, “The Good Woman of Setzuan”, “Measure for Measure”, “The Taming of the Shrew”, “The Power and the Glory”, “The Ritz”, “Unexpected Guests”, “Passione”, “Hurlyburly”, “Three Men on a Horse”, “What’s Wrong with this Picture?”, and “The Three Sisters”.

He met his future wife Anne in 1953 and were married before the year was over. Along with their comedy routines, the duo appeared in radio ads.

Stiller’s son Ben followed in his father’s footsteps; father and son appeared together in a number of productions including the Academy Award winning film “Shoeshine”, “The Heartbreak Kid”, and “Zoolander”.

Predeceased by his wife of over 60 years, Stiller is survived by his children Amy and Ben and grandchildren.

Feature photo credit: By Daniel Krieger (Smoothdude), CC BY 3.0,