Comedian and Father of Ben Stiller, Jerry Stiller, Dies Aged 92 | 22 Words

The news has come in today that comedian, Jerry Stiller has passed away.

His son, Ben Stiller, was the one to break the devastating news with a touching, yet heartbreaking tribute to his father.

The world has lost a legend.

At the age of ninety-two, the much-loved actor and comedian, Jerry Stiller, has sadly passed away.

Jerry lived quite the life.

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Upon graduating from high school, the Brooklyn-born Jerry served briefly in the U.S military during the Second World War. Upon his return from service, he went on to pursue his love for acting by achieving a degree in Speech and Drama in the 1950s.

And, little did he know, he was to become one of the most recognizable comedy actors of our time.

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In 1953, Jerry met his wife-to-be, Anne Meara. The pair met in an agent’s office when Anne was upset about not having been given a part, so Jerry took her out for a coffee - which was all he could afford at the time - to cheer her up. They remained together from that day forward until her death in 2015.

And, after much persuasion on his part...

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The couple started performing comedy performances together across New York.

The comedy team, Stiller and Meara was a roaring success across the 1970s...

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And, together, they made numerous appearances on television variety programs, comedy sketch shows, and radio commercials.

But most of us will probably recognize Jerry from the hit sitcom, Seinfield.

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Jerry played the role of George Costanzas' father, Frank, on the NBC sitcom.

Jerry played the much-loved role of Frank for 5 years...

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And he also went on to play Arthur Spooner on the CBS comedy series The King of Queens.

Jerry also appeared in a number of other hit blockbusters.

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His career also saw him appear in HeavyweightsHot Pursuit, The Heartbreak Kid, and both Zoolanders, alongside his son, fellow actor Ben Stiller.

Jerry shared an incredibly close relationship with his son...

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So it was only right that he was the one to break the heartbreaking news of his death.

Ben took to Twitter today to share a photo of his father and to write a heartfelt tribute.

He wrote, "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." Rest in peace, Jerry Stiller.