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Remembering Beloved Comedian And Native New Yorker Jerry Stiller

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

Remembering Beloved Comedian And Native New Yorker Jerry Stiller

We lost another great New Yorker today: none other than famous Seinfeld father and comedian Jerry Stiller.

Stiller passed away this morning due to natural causes at the age of 92 years old. He was a New Yorker through-and-through: born in Brooklyn and grew up on the Lower East Side. He was perhaps best known for his role as George’s father, Frank Costanza, on Seinfeld, where he lived in Queens (in a house you can still see located at 22-37 37th St. in Astoria).

He passed in his home on the Upper West Side on May 11, as his son fellow actor Ben Stiller announced on Twitter earlier today:

Stiller actually began his career as a dramatic actor with roles in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions. Then he joined forces with his wife, fellow comedian Anne Meara, and they performed as a duo act in NYC clubs and on late night shows. Meara passed away in 2015; they had been married for almost 62 years.

After Seinfeld, Stiller played another famous New York father: Leah Remini’s character’s dad in King of Queens.

Of course, his past coworkers were quick to jump in with memories and kind words:

The Governor and Mayor even chimed in with their own condolences:

In case you forget:

He will be greatly missed.

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