Jerry Stiller

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Real Name: Gerald Isaac Stiller
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Birth Date: June 08, 1927
Occupation: Actor, Producer, Soundtrack

Jerry Stiller Biography

As the short, hypertensive male counterpart of the stellar husband-and-wife comedy team "Stiller & Meara," Jerry Stiller and wife Anne Meara were on top of the comedy game in the 1960s, a steady and hilarious presence on TV variety, notably "The Ed Sullivan Show" (1948) (aka "The Ed Sullivan Show"), on which they appeared 36 times. Decades later his career was revitalized in the role of the raucous, gasket-blowing Frank Costanza on the sitcom classic "Seinfeld" (1990). The New York-born Stiller was, in the beginning, a drama major at the University of Syracuse. Though he'd played rather uneducated, blue-collar sorts for most of his career, he received a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Drama before making his 1951 acting debut on stage with Burgess Meredith in "The Silver Whistle." While a member of the improvisational team The Compass Players (the company later evolved into the well-known Second City troupe), he met Anne. They married in 1954 and began touring together on the national club circuit while giving new and inventive meaning to the term spousal comedy. After well over a decade of fame together, they decided to pursue individual successes and both found it. A Broadway favorite in such shows as "Hurlyburly," "The Ritz" (he later recreated his role on film), "The Golden Apple," "Three Men on a Horse," "What's Wrong with This Picture," and "The Three Sisters," Stiller even appeared with Kevin Kline and Blythe Danner as Dogberry in William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" in 1988. Musicals were not out of his range, either, as he created the role of Launce in "Two Gentlemen of Verona" and co-starred as Nathan Detroit in a production of "Guys and Dolls." Although he kept afloat on TV as a '70s regular on "The Paul Lynde Show" (1972) and "Joe and Sons" (1975), he had some rocky years and Anne's pilot fizzled when they reunited for a possible "Stiller & Meara" sitcom. Then came eight seasons as Frank Costanza and his character star was reborn. Nominated for a 1997 Emmy Award and the recipient of the 1998 American Comedy Award, Stiller found back-to-back sitcom hits with "The King of Queens" (1998) as the irascible Arthur Spooner. He has also appeared in a number of his successful son, Ben Stiller's, comedy pictures including Heavy Weights (1995) and Zoolander (2001). Daughter Amy Stiller is also a thriving actress. He and Anne have written, performed and produced award-winning radio commercials together for such products as Blue Nun Wine, United Van Lines and Amalgamated Bank, among others. His autobiography "Married to Laughter" came out in 2000.

Jerry Stiller Movies / TV-Shows

Zoolander 2 (2016)
Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)
How Murray Saved Christmas (2014)
Deli Man (2014)
When Comedy Went to School (2013)
Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley (2013)
Excuse Me for Living (2012)
Foodfight! (2012)
Swinging with the Finkels (2011)
Fish Hooks (2010)
Mercy (2009)
Ice Dreams (2009)
The Good Wife (2009)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)
Celebrity Ghost Stories (2008)
Pioneers of Television (2008)
Hairspray (2007)
Head Case (2007)
The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Teacher's Pet (2004)
The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata (2004)
Serving Sara (2002)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)
On the Line (2001)
Zoolander (2001)
Chump Change (2000)
My 5 Wives (2000)
The Suburbans (1999)
Hooves of Fire (1999)
A Fish in the Bathtub (1998)
The King of Queens (1998)
Sex and the City (1998)
Hercules (1998)
SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground (1997)
The View (1997)
Stag (1997)
The Deli (1997)
The Daily Show (1996)
Deadly Games (1995)
Heavyweights (1995)
Touched by an Angel (1994)
Baseball (1994)
The Pickle (1993)
Homicide: Life on the Street (1993)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
The Larry Sanders Show (1992)
Ricki Lake (1992)
Highway to Hell (1991)
Law & Order (1990)
Seinfeld (1989)
Monsters (1988)
Hairspray (1988)
In the Heat of the Night (1988)
Biography (1987)
Hot Pursuit (1987)
Nadine (1987)
Seize the Day (1986)
L.A. Law (1986)
The Equalizer (1985)
Murder, She Wrote (1984)
Reading Rainbow (1983)
Tales from the Darkside (1983)
Simon & Simon (1981)
Archie Bunker's Place (1979)
Trapper John, M.D. (1979)
Hart to Hart (1979)
Nasty Habits (1977)
The Love Boat (1977)
The Ritz (1976)
Alice (1976)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
Airport 1975 (1974)
Rhoda (1974)
Great Performances (1971)
Lovers and Other Strangers (1970)
The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969)
The Carol Burnett Show (1967)
Studio One in Hollywood (1948)

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