Jerry Stiller

Jerry Stiller

Jun. 8th, 1927
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
5' 4

Jerry Stiller's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The King of Queens TV Show
The King of Queens
Teacher's Pet TV Show
Teacher's Pet
The Galloping Gourmet TV Show
The Galloping Gourmet
The Paul Lynde Show TV Show
The Paul Lynde Show
That's Life (1968) TV Show
That's Life (1968)
How Murray Saved Christmas TV Show
How Murray Saved Christmas
Joe and Sons TV Show
Joe and Sons
Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean TV Show
Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Deli Man
2007 - Hairspray
2007 - The Heartbreak Kid
2004 - Teacher's Pet
2004 - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
2002 - Serving Sara
2001 - On the Line
2001 - Zoolander
2000 - My 5 Wives
1999 - Secret of the Andes
1999 - The Suburbans
1997 - Camp Stories
1997 - Stag
1995 - Heavy Weights
1993 - The Pickle
1988 - Hairspray
1987 - Hot Pursuit
1987 - Nadine
1974 - Airport 1975
1970 - Lovers and Other Strangers

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Principal Stickler (Voiced)
Bud Hanrahan
Sam Pokras
Leonard Ferguson (segment "Love and the Clinical Problem")
Sergeant Joe Capriotti
Lloyd Zimmer
[Complete List]


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 television variety, notably The Ed Sullivan Show (1948), 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 (1989). The New York-born Stiller was, in the beginning, a drama major at the University of Syracuse. Though he had 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.

  • Half of the mixed marriage (Jewish/Irish) comedy team of Stiller & Meara active during the 1960s and 1970s, with his wife 'Anne Meara' (qv).
  • He and wife 'Anne Meara' (qv) appeared on _"Toast of the Town" (1948)_ (qv) (aka The Ed Sullivan Show) as Stiller & Meara every two months for a total of 36 times.
  • Holds a BS in Speech and Drama from Syracuse University (1950)
  • Was named as "King of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 2000. His wife, 'Anne Meara' (qv), was named "Queen of Brooklyn" at the same festival.
  • He is one of the four actors who appeared in both _Hairspray (1988)_ (qv) and _Hairspray (2007)_ (qv).
  • Brother of the Tau Delta Phi Fraternity
  • Grandfather of Ella Olivia Stiller and Quinlin Dempsey Stiller (daughter and son of 'Ben Stiller' (qv) and wife 'Christine Taylor (I)' (qv)).
  • Awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (October, 1999)

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