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Jerry Stiller

Jerry StillerAKA Gerald Isaac Stiller

Born: 8-Jun-1927
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Died: 11-May-2020
Cause of death: Natural Causes

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Frank Costanza on Seinfeld

Jerry Stiller has been a mainstay of American comedy for almost 50 years. Stiller's first performance was in a Chicago production of Showboat, but his biggest success came from performing as "Stiller & Meara" with his Irish bride, Anne Meara. Their schtick: he was the Jewish guy married to an Irish bride. They performed as a team for over 20 years, appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show more than 30 times. They weren't confined to comedy, either -- they performed in Joseph Papp's "Shakespeare in the Park" in New York city in the 1950s.

Stiller started appearing in films in the 1970s, playing serious and comedic roles from a drunken passenger in Airport 1975 to Divine's husband in Hairspray. Stiller & Meara had a television show of their own in 1986, and Stiller played delightful loudmouths Frank Costanza on Seinfeld and Arthur Spooner on King of Queens.

Father: William Stiller (bus driver, b. 1897, d. 1999)
Mother: Bella Citron (homemaker)
Brother: Arnold Stiller
Sister: Doreen Stiller
Sister: Maxine Stiller
Wife: Anne Meara (actress, m. 14-Sep-1954, d. 23-May-2015, one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Amy Stiller (actress, b. 9-Aug-1961)
Son: Ben Stiller (actor, b. 30-Nov-1965)

    High School: Seward Park High School, Manhattan, NY
    University: BS Speech and Drama, Syracuse University (1950)

    Al Franken for Senate
    Endorsement of Capital One 2010
    Endorsement of Pizza Hut 2004
    Endorsement of AOL 2003
    Endorsement of AT&T 1995
    Endorsement of Nike 1996
    Endorsement of Marriott 1997
    Camp: Surprise Lake

    Fish Hooks Principal Stickler (2010-)
    The King of Queens Arthur Spooner (1998-2007)
    Seinfeld Frank Costanza (1993-98)
    Tattingers Sid Wilbur (1988-89)
    Joe and Sons Gus Duzik (1975-76)
    The Paul Lynde Show Barney Dickerson (1972-73)

    Planes: Fire & Rescue (15-Jul-2014) [VOICE]
    When Comedy Went to School (6-Jun-2013) · Himself
    Excuse Me for Living (12-Oct-2012)
    Foodfight! (3-May-2012) [VOICE]
    Swinging with the Finkels (17-Jun-2011) · Mr. Winters
    The Heartbreak Kid (4-Oct-2007)
    Hairspray (20-Jul-2007)
    The Lion King 1 (10-Feb-2004) [VOICE]
    Chump Change (20-Jan-2004) · The Colonel
    Teacher's Pet (16-Jan-2004) [VOICE]
    Serving Sara (20-Aug-2002)
    On the Line (9-Oct-2001) · Nathan
    Zoolander (28-Sep-2001)
    My 5 Wives (8-Sep-2000) · Don Giovanni
    The Independent (12-Mar-2000)
    The Suburbans (25-Jan-1999)
    A Fish in the Bathtub (1999) · Sam
    The Deli (7-Nov-1997)
    Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground (17-Aug-1997)
    Stag (27-Jun-1997)
    Camp Stories (18-Apr-1997)
    A Rat's Tale (27-Mar-1997)
    Heavyweights (17-Feb-1995) · Harvey Bushkin
    The Pickle (30-Apr-1993)
    Highway to Hell (13-Mar-1992) · The Desk Cop
    Little Vegas (16-Nov-1990)
    That's Adequate (Jan-1989)
    Hairspray (16-Feb-1988)
    Nadine (7-Aug-1987) · Raymond Escobar
    Hot Pursuit (8-May-1987)
    Seize the Day (9-Sep-1986)
    The Other Woman (22-Mar-1983)
    Madame X (16-Mar-1981)
    Those Lips, Those Eyes (15-Aug-1980) · Mr. Shoemaker
    Nasty Habits (10-Oct-1977)
    The Ritz (8-Jul-1977)
    Airport 1975 (18-Oct-1974) · Sam
    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (2-Oct-1974) · Lt. Rico Patrone

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Author of books:
Married to Laughter: A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara (2000)

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