Jerry Stiller Once Chased a Kid Through New York For Stealing Ben Stiller’s Bike

by Jeremy Spirogis
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People proceed telling humorous, heartwarming tales about Jerry Stiller within the weeks since his passing on May 11. His son, Ben, has one of many largest archives of Jerry Stiller tales.

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Ben went on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on May 20 to inform extra. He went all the best way again to childhood to inform a narrative about how his father ont solely took care of him, however appeared out for different youngsters too.

How a child grew to become the perp in a Jerry Stiller chase

Ben advised the story of how one other child stole his bike. Remember, earlier than cell telephones, a motorcycle was a toddler’s lynchpin to the whole lot till they might drive.

“Growing up in the ’70s in New York, first of all it was a whole other world,” Stiller advised Fallon. “I had my bike stolen when I was about 11 years old, 11 or 12 in Riverside Park. I was with a friend and this kid came over and said, ‘Hey, can I take a ride on your bike?’ My friend said that kid was cool. The kid took the bike and never came back.”

Jerry Stiller instantly took Ben Stiller to purchase a brand new again

Jerry was already supplier by the point Ben was a child. His comedy act together with his spouse, Anne Meara, already put meals on the desk earlier than that they had youngsters.

So my dad took me to purchase one other bike, to purchase a secondhand bike, get a Schwinn three velocity,” Stiller mentioned. “We were at the bike store on Amsterdam Avenue and I saw the kid who took my bike riding on my bike. I said, ‘Dad, that’s the kid.’”

Jerry wouldn’t let this bicycle thief get away with it. 

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Jerry Stiller | Mike Pont/Getty Images

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“He started running after the kid,” Stiller mentioned. “He chased him down. The kid’s riding the bike and saw that my dad’s running after him, like three, four blocks on Amsterdam Avenue and turned down 86th Street. A long run. He used to run at the Y all the time so he’d trained for it I guess.”

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Jerry caught up with the bicycle thief and went in to confront him. Ben waited outdoors, however all he is aware of is one thing modified his father’s thoughts. 

Jerry Stiller | Brian Ach/Getty Images for Henri Bendel

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“The kid went into this lower level of a walkup on 86th Street,” Stiller mentioned. “My dad said, ‘Wait here. I’m going to go in.’ He went in. 10 minutes go by and he comes out and he doesn’t have the bike. He said, ‘We’re going to let him keep the bike. He needs it. I’ll go get you another one.’ He let the kid keep the bike because he felt bad. I wasn’t happy at the time. I wanted my bike back.”

Jerry Stiller was grandpa too

When Ben had youngsters, Jerry was grandfather to them too. He got here to Ella Stiller’s fourth grade play, though he had some notes for the category when it was over. 

Ben Stiller and Ella Stiller | Bruce Glikas/WireImage

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“Afterwards I said, ‘Dad, what did you think?’” Stiller mentioned. “And he said, ‘I didn’t care for it. I didn’t care for it.’ ‘Dad, What are you talking about?’ He goes, ‘Ella had the commitment and she was shining up there, but I didn’t feel the rest of the kids were up to it.’ He wasn’t kidding and my mom was like, ‘Jerry, what the hell are you talking about? It’s a fourth grade play.’ ‘I just didn’t feel it.’ It really bothered him.”

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