Jerry Stiller took over the role of George Costanza's neurotic father Frank in Seinfeld. It was one lousy episode.”, In a 2005 interview with the Archive of American Television, Stiller said his “Seinfeld” experience encompassed “the best years of my life as an actor.” The show led to another recurring TV role, again as a crotchety father, on “The King of Queens.”. In an introduction to O’Keefe’s 2005 book, “The Real Festivus,” actor Jason Alexander, who played George Costanza, marveled at the joke’s broad appeal. Seinfeld fans took to social media on Wednesday to honor the late Jerry Stiller on the first Festivus since his death. T he world lost a comedy legend when Jerry Stiller died at 92, a loss his son Ben Stiller announced on Monday. He earned an Emmy nomination in 1997 for his “Seinfeld” performance. There was a brief involvement in Shakespearean theater, including a $55 a week job with Jack Klugman in “Coriolanus.”, Stiller was considerably quieter and reflective in person than in character — although just as funny. They worked together for the first time in 1956, with Charles Nelson Reilly, in a series of one-act plays. Stiller and Meara were considered a top comedy act in the 1960s, appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” roughly 36 times. After "Seinfeld," Stiller co-starred as the father to Leah Remini's character, Carrie Heffernan in the sitcom "The King of Queens," which aired from 1998 to 2007. Stiller joined "Seinfeld" in 1993, and moved on to "King of Queens" when the other Jerry & co. went off the air in 1998. "Frank Costanza is played by Jerry Stiller and is George's father in the sitcom Seinfeld. Best known for his memorable roles as George Costanza's father on "Seinfeld… Actor Ben Stiller, announcing the death on Twitter, said his father died of natural causes. The Festivus idea was brought to “Seinfeld” by writer Dan O’Keefe, whose father had come up with it in the 1960s. Ben Stiller confirmed his father’s death early Monday morning, writing on Twitter: ̶… Comedian Jerry Stiller, who was best known for his role on 'Seinfeld' as the high strung father of George Constanza, has died of natural causes, his son, actor Ben Stiller confirmed. Cyberpunk Patch Boosts CD Projekt as PlayStation Return Nears, Fenerbahce Signs German World Cup Winner Ozil From Arsenal, Hillman Is Said to Reach Deal With Tilman Fertitta’s Landcadia SPAC, Seychelles Imposes Curfew as New Coronavirus Cases Rise. Stiller, who was Jewish, and Meara, a Brooklyn-born actress raised Roman Catholic, married in 1953. “It wasn’t a major story point,” he wrote. After serving in the U.S. Army reserves during World War II, he studied drama at Syracuse University in New York on the GI Bill, graduating in 1950. Even after “Seinfeld” left the air in 1998, Festivus lived on, celebrated in real life in homes across the U.S. Estelle Harris as Estelle Costanza, Jason Alexander as George Costanza, and Jerry Stiller as Frank Costanza in 'Seinfeld. In 1962, Stiller and Meara were invited to bring their sketch comedy to Sullivan’s much-watched variety show. Co-stars Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have shared somber tributes to the late, great Jerry Stiller, who died of natural … Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Stiller, who for decades teamed with wife Anne Meara in a beloved comedy duo and then reached new heights in his senior years as the high-strung Frank Costanza on the classic sitcom “Seinfeld” and the basement-dwelling father-in-law on “The King of Queens,” died at 92, his son Ben Stiller announced Monday. 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