Jerry Stiller, ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Seinfeld’ Actor, Dies at 92


Actor and Comedian Jerry Stiller, father of Ben Stiller, has died of natural causes at age 92.


Born in 1927, In New York City, Stiller and his wife, Anne Meara rose to fame as the comedy duo ‘Stiller and Meara’ in the 1960s. After a long career appearing on Broadway and as a TV series guest-star, Stiller went on to roles in both the 1988 film Hairspray and it’s 2007 remake, as George Costanza’s father, Frank, in Seinfeld from 1993-1998 and as the manager of Derek Zoolander (played by his son) in 2001’s Zoolander and its 2016 sequel.


Jerry starred in more than a dozen films with Ben and countless more skits, guest-appearances and movies with Anne. They worked together all the way up to 2014’s Planes: Fire and Rescue (a spin-off of Pixar’s Cars) where they voiced a married RV couple. Anne passed away the following year after 62 years of marriage. The couple were awarded a shared star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.


As a man recognized by young and old due to such a long career in comedy he will be missed. The news of his death was confirmed by Ben Stiller early Monday morning on Twitter. “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.”