Jerry Stiller

American actor and comedian (1927–2020)

Gerald Isaac "Jerry" Stiller (June 8, 1927 – February 5, 2020) was an American comedian and actor. He spent many years in the comedy team Stiller and Meara with his wife Anne Meara. Stiller and Meara are the parents of Ben Stiller (with whom he co-starred in the movies Zoolander, Heavyweights, Hot Pursuit, and The Heartbreak Kid) and Amy Stiller. He is best known for his recurring role as Frank Costanza in Seinfeld and his supporting role as Arthur Spooner in The King of Queens.

Jerry Stiller
Stiller in 2006
Gerald Isaac Stiller

(1927-06-08)June 8, 1927
DiedFebruary 5, 2020(2020-02-05) (aged 92)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Cause of deathNatural causes
Alma materSyracuse University (B.A.)
  • Comedian
  • actor
Years active1953–2020
Anne Meara
(m. 1954; died 2015)
Children2; including Ben Stiller

Early life


Stiller was the oldest of four children,[1] Stiller was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Jewish parents, Bella (nee Citrin) and William Stiller, a bus driver.[2] His paternal grandparents immigrated from Galicia, and his mother was born in Poland.[3]

Marriage and family


Stiller is married to Anne Meara since 1954 and have two children together, Ben Stiller and Amy Stiller.

Personal life


Stiller lived in New York City, New York.

On February 5, 2021, Stiller died at his home in New York City, New York of natural causes at the age of 93.[4][5]


  1. "Jerry Stiller - Internet Accuracy Project".
  2. "Jerry Stiller Biography (1927-)".
  3. Jerry Stiller (8 August 2000). Married to Laughter: A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara. Simon & Schuster. pp. 19–. ISBN 978-0-7432-1146-8.
  4. Stiller, Ben (2021-02-05). "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". @RedHourBen. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  5. CNN, Alta Spells and Lisa Respers France. "Actor and comedian Jerry Stiller has died of natural causes, Ben Stiller says". CNN. Retrieved 2021-02-05. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)

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