The veteran actor and comedian has passed away. He was 92.
News of his passing was confirmed by his son, actor Ben Stiller, on social media on Monday.
“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” he wrote on Twitter. “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.”
The New York native launched his career in the 1950s. He was best known for his role as Frank Costanza in Seinfeld. During an Archive of American Television Interview in 2011, he admitted that at first, he didn’t find the writing very funny. But during rehearsal opposite Jason Alexander, who played his son George everything changed.
“Jason comes over and says ‘Don’t be afraid to hit me,'” Stiller recalled. “So he says ‘Dad can I have the keys to the car.’ Bang I gave him a real smack and (the room) absolutely fell apart. At that point Estelle Harris said to Larry (David, the show’s creator) ‘Can I hit him too?’”
Stiller most recent starring on King of Queens.