Hollywood has lost yet another icon, as famed actor and comedian Jerry Stiller has passed away at the age of 92. Since news of his death became public, tributes have been pouring in from various figures from the film and TV industries. This includes Stiller’s former Seinfeld and The King of Queens co-stars.
Many fans remember Jerry Stiller for playing George Costanza’s short-tempered father, George, on Seinfeld for several seasons. Following news of his death, his TV son, Jason Alexander, took to Twitter to pay tribute to his late co-star and share a photo. In his message, Alexander called him a great actor, a great man and a lovely friend and referred to him as the kindest man he’s ever gotten to work with:
Jerry Seinfeld himself also took time to remember Stiller by simply posting a photo of himself holding a copy of The Last Two People In the World, a vintage comedy record of Stiller and wife and comedy partner Anne Meara:
The King of Queens star Kevin James, who played son-in-law Doug Heffernan to Jerry Stiller’s eccentric Arthur Spooner, called him a “kind, loving and funny” person and thanked him for the memories:
Stiller’s on-screen King of Queens daughter, Leah Remini, also took to Instagram to praise her TV dad and express her gratitude for having had both a professional and personal relationship with Stiller:
The outpouring of love for Jerry Stiller didn’t stop with the casts of his former shows, either. William Shatner remembered the comedian using a cheeky, Star Trek-inspired Twitter post:
Billy on the Street star Billy Eichner took a moment to remember Stiller’s presence on screen and express his condolences to his family:
Jerry Stiller passed away due to natural causes overnight, with the news being confirmed by son Ben Stiller this morning. Stiller is preceded in death by his wife, Anne Meara, and is survived his son and daughter Amy Stiller.
It’s not hard to see just how impactful Jerry Stiller was on Hollywood, especially within the comedy world. His career began in earnest in the ‘60s when he and Anne Meara formed the Stiller and Meara comedy duo. While their careers would eventually dwindle over time, Stiller would see a resurgence in the ‘90s, thanks in no small part to Seinfeld and The King of Queens. He would also become a mainstay on television, making guest appearances in numerous TV shows.
It’s never easy to lose a loved one, but Jerry Stiller’s former castmates seem to be handling things well by choosing to celebrate his life and achievements. And for a man who accomplished so much, it’s definitely fitting that this would be the case.
We here at CinemaBlend continue to extend our thoughts to Jerry Stiller’s family, friends and loved ones at this time.