Friday, June 21, 2024

Jerry Stiller, Gifted Comedian, Actor, Who Made The World Laugh with Wife Anne Meara, Dies at 92


Jerry Stiller has passed away at age 92. The gifted comedian and actor was also half of the genius married comedy duo of Stiller and Meara. I was very lucky to have known them in their later years and was in awe of both of them. Of course, they were also the parents of Ben Stiller, which is how they were known to some over the last couple of decades, and his sister, actress Amy Stiller.

But to me, and a lot of others, Stiller and Meara were right up there with Joan Rivers, Alan King, Freddie Roman and a host of acts that appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in the 60s. That Jerry would go on to such an incredible success in the 90s on “Seinfeld” and “King of Queens” was just icing on the cake. Rest in peace, Jerry. Serenity now!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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