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Jerry Stiller’s Friends and Colleagues Remember His Dedication to Craft: ‘He Was an Actor Through and Through’

Jerry Stiller’s Friends and Colleagues Remember His Dedication to Craft: ‘He Was an Actor Through and Through’

Jerry Stiller was known for playing irascible loudmouths and high-strung hotheads.

In truth, the actor and comedian, who died May 11 of natural causes at the age of 92, could not have been more different than the TV personas of his later years: the ultra-neurotic Frank Costanza of “Seinfeld” or the miscreant Arthur Spooner of “The King of Queens.”

Friends and colleagues remember Stiller as an actor who was dedicated to his work and grateful for a long career in show business after growing up in difficult circumstances during the Depression. The father of filmmaker Ben Stiller, actor Amy Stiller and widower of Anne Meara — his longtime comedy partner and wife of 62 years — was respected throughout the industry.

“One of the sweetest and kindest men I’ve ever known, not to mention one of the funniest,” “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David says of Stiller, who had a recurring role as the father of Jason Alexander’s George Costanza.

See full article on Variety