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Jerry Stiller

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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
80% Deli Man
  • Actor
$0.5M 2015
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue
  • Harvey
$42.7M 2014
No Score Yet Those Lips, Those Eyes
  • Actor
2014
53% 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 (Heavy Weights)
  • 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 Nasty Habits
  • P.R. Priest
1977
50% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Judge Felix Afterman
  • 2011
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2010
29% Mercy
2009-2010
  • Joe Thalberg
  • 2009
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Frank Costanza Frank
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1990
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Tobis Michael Tobis Sam Pokras
  • 1996
  • 1992

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