Jerry Stiller, Legendary Comedian, Dead at 92

The actor best known as Frank Costanza died of natural causes overnight

Jerry Stiller attends "The Who's Tommy" 15th Anniversary Concert at the August Wilson Theatre on December 15, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage)
Jerry Stiller attends "The Who's Tommy" 15th Anniversary Concert at the August Wilson Theatre on December 15, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage)
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By Bonnie Stiernberg / May 11, 2020 9:36 am

Legendary comedian Jerry Stiller — one half of the 1960s husband-and-wife comedy team Stiller and Meara and perhaps best known as Frank Costanza on Seinfeld — has passed away at the age of 92.

The actor’s son, Ben Stiller, confirmed the news on Twitter early Monday morning, 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 will be greatly missed. Love you Dad.”

Stiller appeared in fewer than 30 of the 180 episodes of Seinfeld, yet his performance as Frank Costanza stands as one of the series’ most iconic. He’ll forever be linked to the made-up holiday of “Festivus,” and he’s responsible for many of the show’s most memorable moments, including his mysterious conversation with a man in a cape , his quest for “serenity now” and a confrontation with Elaine that led to the show’s most famous blooper. (You can watch that clip below.)

After Seinfeld, Stiller went on to portray another famous TV father, appearing as Arthur Spooner on The King of Queens for nine seasons. Tributes to him began to pour in on social media Monday morning; actor Josh Gad wrote, “There was nobody who quite turned a phrase like Jerry Stiller, and Hank Azaria said, “He was a lovely man — always so kind to me.”

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