Jerry Stiller, a comedy legend who was a fixture on the Upper West Side, has died at the age of 92. His son Ben Stiller announced the news on Monday.
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
Jerry first gained fame in the 1960’s and 70’s as part of the comedy duo Stiller & Meara with his wife Anne Meara.
He was also a successful Broadway actor before becoming a TV star again as Frank Costanza on Seinfeld. Stiller’s character was so iconic that people he saw on the Upper West Side would ask him about his son George, Jerry told us in an interview in 2016.
In that interview, we asked Jerry how he got his apartment on the UWS. “I started by shtupping all the janitors on Riverside Drive. I did this every time I saw a janitor who looked like he might come through for me. And the further down Riverside you went, the more you had to shtup.”
R.I.P. Jerry Stiller, thanks for so so many laughs.