Zoolander actor and comedian Jerry Stiller has died

Zoolander actor and comedian Jerry Stiller has died

Zoolander actor and comedian Jerry Stiller has died

Jerry Stiller may be best known to modern audiences for playing George Costanza's cranky father Frank in Seinfeld. He will be greatly missed.

Stiller did not heed his father's advice and went on to have a long career in show business.

In addition to his TV work, starting with comedy appearances with his wife Anne Meara, Stiller had memorable turns in movies, playing Walter Matthau's NYPD partner in 1974's "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" and the mild-mannered husband of Divine's Edna Turnblad in John Waters' original 1988 comedy "Hairspray".

Veteran actor Jerry Stiller left for his heavenly abode today. The Austin Chronicle said: "A man has not fully lived, comedically speaking, until his eyes and ears have been blessed with the experience of octogenarian Jerry Stiller as Doc, the crustily libidinous father of Ben Stiller's 40-year-old non-virgin bachelor, Eddie Cantrow".

His other roles included Arthur Spooner in TV sitcom The King of Queens.

He died of pure causes, his son - a comedy star himself - stated in a tweet. The pair have a joint star on the Hollywood walk of fame since 2007. They married a few months later.

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Jerry and Anne had two kids: Ben and Amy Stiller.

The seemingly mismatched pair - he a short, stocky Jewish guy from Brooklyn, she a tall, Irish Catholic from the Long Island suburbs - shared an immediate onstage chemistry, too. The duo's adverts boosted gross sales by 500 per cent. The couple also made-up a comedy team, starring on 1960s and 1970s television variety programs. One of them was After-Play, a 1995 off-Broadway show written by Meara.

He appeared opposite his son in several films, including Zoolander, where he played the gold lamé-clad Maury Ballstein.

Jerry Stiller was nominated for Emmy award in 1997 for his role in "Seinfeld".

The stubborn, passionate Costanza, often appearing alongside his wife, Estelle (Estelle Harris), over five seasons of the hit NBC series, helped propel the secular, fictional holiday Festivus ("for the rest of us") to pop culture stardom and actual ritual.

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