Salt and Pepper
New York City, New York, USA
Claim to Fame
Seinfeld, The King of Queens
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Profile Bio Text
As the short, hypertensive male counterpart of the stellar husband-and-wife comedy team "Stiller & Meara," Jerry Stiller and wife Anne Meara were on top of the comedy game in the 1960s, a steady and hilarious presence on TV variety, notably "Toast of the Town" (1948) (aka "The Ed Sullivan Show"), on which they appeared 36 times. Decades later his career was revitalized in the role of the raucous, gasket-blowing Frank Costanza on the sitcom classic "Seinfeld" (1990). The New York-born Stiller was, in the beginning, a drama major at the University of Syracuse. Though he`d played rather uneducated, blue-collar sorts for most of his career, he received a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Drama before making his 1951 acting debut on stage with Burgess Meredith in "The Silver Whistle." While a member of the improvisational team The Compass Players (the company later evolved into the well-known Second City troupe), he met Anne. They married in 1954 and began touring together on the national club circuit while giving new and inventive meaning to the term spousal comedy. After well over a decade of fame together, they decided to pursue individual successes and both found it. A Broadway favorite in such shows as "Hurlyburly," "The Ritz" (he later recreated his role on film), "The Golden Apple," "Three Men on a Horse," "What`s Wrong with This Picture," and "The Three Sisters," Stiller even appeared with Kevin Kline and Blythe Danner as Dogberry in William Shakespeare`s "Much Ado About Nothing" in 1988. Musicals were not out of his range, either, as he created the role of Launce in "Two Gentlemen of Verona" and co-starred as Nathan Detroit in a production of "Guys and Dolls." Although he kept afloat on TV as a `70s regular on "The Paul Lynde Show" (1972) and "Joe and Sons" (1975), he had some rocky years and Anne`s pilot fizzled when they reunited for a possible "Stiller & Meara" sitcom. Then came eight seasons as Frank Costanza and his character star was reborn. Nominated for a 1997 Emmy Award and the recipient of the 1998 American Comedy Award, Stiller found back-to-back sitcom hits with "The King of Queens" (1998) as the irascible Arthur Spooner. He has also appeared in a number of his successful son, Ben Stiller`s, comedy pictures including Heavy Weights (1995) and Zoolander (2001). Daughter Amy Stiller is also a thriving actress. He and Anne have written, performed and produced award-winning radio commercials together for such products as Blue Nun Wine, United Van Lines and Amalgamated Bank, among others. His autobiography "Married to Laughter" came out in 2000.
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Full Name at Birth
Gerald Isaac Stiller
Gerald Isaac Stiller (born June 8, 1927) is an American comedian and actor. He spent many years in the comedy team Stiller and Meara with his wife, Anne Meara. He later played Frank Costanza on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld and Arthur Spooner on the CBS comedy series The King of Queens. Stiller and Meara are the parents of actor Ben Stiller, with whom Stiller co-starred in the films Zoolander, Heavyweights, Hot Pursuit, The Heartbreak Kid and Zoolander 2. Stiller is known for his angry, yelling acting style.
Actor, Comic, Producer
Seward Park High School, Manhattan, NY
BS Speech and Drama, Syracuse University (1950)
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Hartig-Hilepo Agency, Ltd.
(1998) TV commercial (voice): Nissan Pathfinder, (1995) TV commercial: AT&T True USA, (1997) TV commercial: Marriot Hotels, (2000) TV commercial: Total cereal, (2001) TV commercial: Glad Cling Wrap, (1990s) Radio commercials: Amalgamated Bank (with Anne Meara), (2003) TV commercial: AOL 9.0, (1996) TV commercials: Nike (as Vincent Lombardi)., (2004) TV commercial: Pizza Hut, (early 1980s) Radio commercials: Blue Nun Wine (with wife Anne Meara), (2010) TV Commercial for CapitalOne credit cards, (2011) TV commercials for Capital One Bank., (2012) TV commercial for "Misubishi Electric".
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