Jerry Stiller

Birthday: Jun 8, 1927
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
To the public at large, Jerry Stiller is best known as the husband and comedy partner of actress/director Anne Meara, and as the father of comedian Ben Stiller. For those addicted to the NBC sitcom Seinfeld, Stiller will never be anyone else than Frank Costanza, the eternally kvetching father of born-loser George Costanza (Jason Alexander). While Stiller would be the first to welcome recognition on these terms, to acknowledge him for the above-mentioned reasons alone would be grossly unfair. A stage performer from the age of 10, Stiller majored in drama at the University of Syracuse, then took to the road in a touring company of Peter Pan. Honing his comic timing to perfection under the tutelage of revue director Billy Barnes, Stiller chose to concentrate his laughmaking skills in the Classics, specifically Shakespeare. He made his off-Broadway debut in a 1953 production of Coriolanus, and subsequently paid homage to the Bard of Avon as a member of such prestigious troupes as the Stratford (Connecticut) Shakespeare Festival and Joseph Papp's Shakespeare in the Park. Stiller made his Broadway bow in 1975 as ill-tempered gangster Carmine Vespucci in Terence McNally's The Ritz, a part he recreated in the 1976 film version. Among his many other film credits are Lovers and Other Strangers (1970), Hairspray (1988) and the made-for-television Seize the Day (1987). The actor's series-TV resumé includes the roles of Barney Dickerson in The Paul Lynde Show (1972), Gus Duzik in Joe and Sons (1975) and Sid Wilbur in Tattinger's (1988). He also co-starred with wife Anne Meara in the syndicated Take Five with Stiller and Meara (1977), and provided voiceovers for the animated Linus the Lionhearted (1964) and the multipart Ken Burns TV special Baseball (1994). Jerry Stiller has been honored with the Radio Advertising Bureau's Voice of Imagery Award for his persuasive radio and TV spots on behalf of the Public Broadcasting System.Notable later roles included an extended run on the hit TV series The King of Queens starting in 1998, as well as appearances in son Ben's 2001 male model comedy Zoolander, and the 2007 musical Hairspray. In 2000 Stiller received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio version of his autobiographical book "Married to Laughter: A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara." Stiller and Meara received a joint star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007, and three years later, Stiller and his wife launched the YahooWeb series Stiller & Meara, in which the pair discuss current events from their living room, which ran until Meara's death in 2015. Their son, Ben, produced the segments.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
81% Deli Man Actor $0.5M 2015
43% Planes: Fire And Rescue Harvey $42.7M 2014
55% When Comedy Went to School Actor $0.4M 2013
14% Excuse Me for Living Morty 2012
0% Swinging With The Finkels Mr. Winters 2011
No Score Yet When the World Breaks Actor 2010
29% The Heartbreak Kid Doc $36.8M 2007
91% Hairspray Mr. Pinky $118.9M 2007
76% The Lion King 1 1/2 Uncle Max 2004
76% Teacher's Pet Pretty Boy $6.3M 2004
No Score Yet Bitter Jester Actor 2003
40% F**k the Disabled Actor 2002
No Score Yet Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire and the Legend of the Lost Tribe Old Jingle [US Version] 2002
4% Serving Sara Milton the Cop $16.9M 2002
No Score Yet Secret of the Andes Actor 2001
60% The Independent Morty Fineman 2001
19% On the Line Nathan 2001
64% Zoolander Maury Ballstein $44.8M 2001
0% My 5 Wives Don Giovanni 2000
No Score Yet Chump Change The Colonel 2000
0% The Suburbans Speedo Silverberg 1999
No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Jerry Stiller Actor 1999
No Score Yet A Fish in the Bathtub Sam 1999
No Score Yet A Rat's Tale Prof. Plumpingham 1998
No Score Yet The Deli Petey Cheesecake 1997
No Score Yet Subway Stories Old Man 1997
No Score Yet SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground Actor 1997
40% Stag Ted 1997
29% Heavyweights Harvey Bushkin 1995
20% The Pickle Phil Hirsch 1993
No Score Yet Women & Men 2 Actor 1991
No Score Yet Highway to Hell Desk Cop 1991
No Score Yet Little Vegas Sam 1990
No Score Yet That's Adequate Sid Lane 1989
98% Hairspray Wilbur Turnblad 1988
45% Nadine Raymond Escobar 1987
No Score Yet Hot Pursuit Victor Honeywell 1987
No Score Yet Seize the Day Dr. Tamkin 1986
No Score Yet McGuffin Marty de Rezke 1985
No Score Yet In Our Hands Actor 1984
No Score Yet Camp Stories Schlomo 1980
No Score Yet Those Lips, Those Eyes Mr. Shoemaker 1980
No Score Yet Nasty Habits P.R. Priest 1977
43% The Ritz Carmine Vespucci 1976
29% Airport 1975 Drinker 1974
100% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Lt. Rico Patrone 1974
No Score Yet A Memory of Two Mondays Actor 1971

TV

CREDIT
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Judge Felix Afterman
  • 2011
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2010
27% Mercy
2009-2010
Joe Thalberg
  • 2009
No Score Yet The King of Queens
1998-2007
Arthur Spooner
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Crashbox
1999-2005
Voice
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Maury
  • 1998
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1998
  • 1997
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
Frank Costanza Frank
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1990
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
McGonigle
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Tobis Michael Tobis Sam Pokras
  • 1996
  • 1992
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
1994-2010
Voice
  • 1994
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Lt. Sidney Bimbaun
  • 1989
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Seymour

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