Jerry Stiller has died today at the age of 92.
His son, movie star Ben Stiller, confirmed the news in a Tweet on Monday morning.
Ben wrote: "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 Dad."
Jerry was an American comedian and actor. He spent many years in the comedy team Stiller and Meara with his wife, Anne Meara. He later played George Costanzas' father Frank, on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld and Arthur Spooner on the CBS comedy series The King of Queens.
Stiller was a multi-talented performer who appeared in an assortment of movies. He played Walter Matthau’s police sidekick in the thriller “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” and Divine’s husband Wilbur Turnblad in John Waters’ twisted comedy “Hairspray.”
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 Dad. pic.twitter.com/KyoNsJIBz5— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) May 11, 2020
Celebrities have taken to social media to pay their respects to the well-loved actor and friend.
Such sad news that my beloved friend, Jerry Stiller, has passed. He was perhaps the kindest man I ever had the honor to work beside. He made me laugh when I was a child and every day I was with him. A great actor, a great man, a lovely friend. #RIPJerryStiller I Love you.— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) May 11, 2020
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I was lucky enough to work with Jerry Stiller, playing his daughter for 9 years on The King Of Queens, but even luckier to know him, the man, the husband, the father, the grandfather. I am only comforted knowing that Anne & Jerry, the great comedy duo of Stiller & Meara are back together. I will be forever grateful for the memories, the fatherly talks off screen and for the many years of laughter, the kindness he had shown to me and my family...You will be so very missed Jerry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Amy & Ben. #JerryStiller #stillerandmeara
So sorry for your loss, Ben.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) May 11, 2020
I’m in tears. So sorry, and thank you for the joy and the laughter Jerry Stiller, you were, and will always be, comedy gold. RIP https://t.co/9zYfHREM2R— Christopher Titus (@TitusNation) May 11, 2020
Jerry Stiller not just brilliant but he and his beloved wife + partner in comedy Anne Meara as warm, lovely, & ego-free as anyone in the business. RIP— Frank Rich (@frankrichny) May 11, 2020
RIP Jerry Stiller - So many laughs. And what a family.— David Muir (@DavidMuir) May 11, 2020
Pre-9/11, on a plane @ LAX after taping Hollywood Squares, departure delayed due to fog in NY. Flight attendants put on King of Queens. As I'm laughing I realize I'm being watched. I turn and Jerry Stiller is staring at me. "I love watching people enjoy my work." #RIPJerryStiller— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) May 11, 2020
So sorry. He made me laugh till I cried on many many occasions.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) May 11, 2020