- 12 May 20
Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Kimmel, Cynthia Nixon, Mark Hamill and more pay tribute to the iconic actor and comedian.
Ben Stiller leads tributes for his father, Jerry Stiller, who has died of natural causes, aged 92. The actor and comedian will be remembered for iconic roles in Seinfeld, The King of Queens, Zoolander, and Hairspray. Jerry also spent many years as one half of the comedy duo Stiller and Meara, alongside his wife Anne Meara.
"He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years," Ben wrote on Twitter, "He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad."
Many of Jerry's fans, friends and peers have also paid tribute to the iconic actor, including his Seinfeld co-star Jerry Seinfeld, who wrote that "Jerry Stiller's comedy will live forever".
Jerry Stiller's comedy will live forever.
— Jerry Seinfeld (@JerrySeinfeld) May 11, 2020
Jimmy Kimmel remembers Jerry as "a brilliant actor and a particularly kind man".
My first roast was of Jerry Stiller on Comedy Central. After the show, he sent me a lovely letter that I will keep forever. Jerry was a brilliant actor and a particularly kind man. I am sorry Ben - best to you and your family. https://t.co/2wXu1BX0RG
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 11, 2020
Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo noted the actor was "as New York as they come".
Jerry Stiller was as New York as they come. To my friend Ben who, like his father, is a New Yorker through and through I extend my deepest condolences. Jerry will be missed. https://t.co/KXLi9eEk7c
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 11, 2020
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill thanked Jerry "for the lifetime of laughs".
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 11, 2020
Fellow New York actor Cynthia Nixon described Jerry as "one of the kindest, most loving men I have ever known".
#JerryStiller was one of the kindest, most loving men I have ever known. I worked with him when I was 17 and he and his dear wife #AnneMeara remained fairy godparents in my life for the next 35 years. I loved this man and his big heart. I only hope he and Anne are together now. pic.twitter.com/NoriRps1kK
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) May 11, 2020