Jerry Stiller was a legendary comedian and entertainer. He died at the age of ninety-two this year in May. Born as Gerald Isaac Stiller, he performed in the 1960s in a comedy duo with his wife, Anne Meara. He frequently appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and in his mid-60s, Stiller played the role of George Costanza’s voluble father on “Seinfeld.”
Quick Facts about Jerry Stiller
- Birthday: June 8, 1927
- Death: May 11, 2020
- Nationality: American
- Age: 93 Years.
- Sun Sign: Gemini
- Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York City, United States
- Famous As: Comedian, Actor, Author
- Spouse/Ex-: Anne Meara (M. 1954–2015)
- Siblings: Arnold Stiller, Doreen Stiller, Maxine Stiller
- Children: Amy Stiller, Ben Stiller
- Net Worth: $14 million
Early life of Jerry Stiller
Jerry Stiller was born in a Jewish family on June 8, 1927 in Unity Hospital, Brooklyn to Bella and William Stiller. Jerry Stiller has three siblings, all of them are younger to him- Arnold Stiller, Maxine Stiller, and Doreen Stiller.
Jerry Stiller attended the Seward Park High School. He has a major in Drama at Syracuse University, and a degree in Speech and Drama.
Awards and Achievements of Jerry Stiller
Jerry Stiller received a nomination for Emmy in 1997, as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for ‘Seinfeld’. Jerry Stiller for his role of Frank Costanza, in 1997, won the American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Guest Appearance on TV.
In 2000, at the Brooklyn Festival, Jerry Stiller earned the title of The King of Brooklyn and his wife, Meara was titled as The Queen of Brooklyn. Jerry and Meara shared a joint star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.
Major Works of Jerry Stiller
Jerry started his career in movies with the 1970 film ‘Lovers and Other Strangers’. Stiller was cast as Carmine Vespucci in the American film ‘The Ritz’
In the 1986 movie, ‘Seize the Day’, Stiller was starring alongside Robin Williams. Stiller was also a part of the romantic comedy movie ‘Hairspray’, in which he was cast as Wilbur Turnblad,
Simon & Schuster published Jerry’s memoir, ‘Married to Laughter: A Love Story’ which also features his wife, Anne Meara. He has also authored the foreword to the book Festivus by Allen Salkin.
Jerry most well known role is that or Frank Costanza, father of George in the very famous NBC comedy sitcom ‘Seinfeld’. Stiller is also well acclaimed and reviews critically for his five-minute show known as ‘Take Five with Stiller and Meara’along with wife Anne Meara in 1977-78.
Net Worth of Jerry Stiller
Before his death in May, 2020, Stiller was worth a whopping sum of $14 million.