Ben Stiller Says Jerry Stiller ‘Dragged’ Anne Meara Into Comedy

by Jeremy Spirogis
Anne Meara, Ben Stiller, and Jerry Stiller attend the premiere of

With a profession that spanned a long time, comic Jerry Stiller turned a fixture within the leisure trade. Best recognized for his roles as Frank Costanza on Seinfeld and Arthur Spooner on King of Queens his son, actor-comedian-director Ben Stiller has been sharing reminiscences of him since his passing. 

Ben Stiller introduced the demise of Jerry Stiller on Twitter

Stiller shared that his father had handed away on May 11, 2020, by way of Twitter

“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” he tweeted together with an image. “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.”

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Celebrities, actors, comedians, and followers have been all fast to reply with heartfelt messages concerning the late Stiller who died on the age of 92. At publication, the Dodgeball star’s tweet about his father had upwards of 1.four million likes. 

Ben Stiller talks about his dad and mom

Since his dad’s demise, Stiller has been telling tales about his dad and mom. The elder Stiller and Meara weren’t solely married for practically 62 years however they have been comedic companions. They’re among the many uncommon {couples} in Hollywood capable of work collectively and keep a profitable romantic relationship.

Anne Meara, Ben Stiller, and Jerry Stiller attend the premiere of 'Flirting with Disaster'
Anne Meara, Ben Stiller, and Jerry Stiller attend the premiere of ‘Flirting with Disaster’ | Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive by way of Getty Images

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During an look on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the Zoolander actor reminisced on humorous tales about his dad. In speaking about his dad’s profession in comedy, his mother, Anne Meara, got here up. Meara died in 2015 after an extended profession within the leisure trade that began along with her performing as a duo along with her husband.

But, in accordance with Stiller, comedy didn’t curiosity his mom. During their 10-minute dialog, Stiller shared his mother hadn’t initially needed to get into comedy. In truth, she needed to be “dragged” into it by his dad. 

He recalled his dad and mom received into comedy within the early 1960s to attempt to make some cash as a result of they have been “starving actors.” 

“My dad always wanted to do comedy, my mom never really did,” Stiller instructed Fallon. He continued, saying, “She was a serious actress so my dad dragged her into it and of course she was brilliant at it.”

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Stiller went on to say his mother didn’t just like the excessive stakes of comedy that meant having to get invited again to seem on The Ed Sullivan Show. Everything labored out as a result of because the Tropic Thunder actor stated, his dad and mom ended up showing on the famed selection present greater than 30 instances. According to Country Living, they have been on this system a complete of 36 instances. 

Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara labored collectively many instances

After they received their begin as a comedy duo, the couple went their separate methods professionally to concentrate on their solo careers. But through the years they reunited and appeared collectively on display screen. Audiences received to see them on exhibits comparable to Rhoda, Archie Bunker’s Place, and King of Queens.

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