Comedian Jerry Stiller is being remembered in tributes after he died of natural causes this week. He was 92.
His son, actor Ben Stiller, confirmed his death in a statement, writing, “I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes.”
“He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years,” he wrote.
Stiller, who appeared in “Seinfield” as Frank Costanza and later in “King of Queens” as Arthur Spooner, was remembered fondly on social media.
“So sorry for your loss, Ben,” wrote Ricky Gervais. Hank Azaria also added a message: “He was a lovely man—always so kind to me. Condolences Ben.”
“We send you all love and our condolences, Ben. Every B’way show I every did your folks would come back to say hello and it didn’t matter if the show was a hit or a flop, the light and love they brought was always the highlight of the day. Thanks for sharing them with us. Godspeed,” wrote Peter Gallagher.
“King of Queens” stars Kevin James and Leah Remini also remembered him in Instagram posts.
I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes. 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. pic.twitter.com/KyoNsJIBz5
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) May 11, 2020
“One of the most kind, loving, and funny people to ever grace this earth. Thank you for so many incredible memories. I love you and miss you,” James wrote.
“I was lucky enough to work with Jerry Stiller, playing his daughter for nine years on ‘The King Of Queens,’ but even luckier to know him, the man, the husband, the father, the grandfather. I am only comforted knowing that Anne and Jerry, the great comedy duo of Stiller and Meara are back together. I will be forever grateful for the memories, the fatherly talks off screen and for the many years of laughter, the kindness he had shown to me and my family… You will be so very missed Jerry,” wrote Remini.
Jason Alexander, who played George Costanza in “Seinfeld,” told the Hollywood Reporter: “He was perhaps the kindest man I ever had the honor to work beside. He made me laugh when I was a child and every day I was with him. A great actor, a great man, a lovely friend.”