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“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” his famous son, Ben Stiller, tweeted Monday. “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.”
(Anne Meara, Jerry Stiller’s wife of 61 years and frequent comedy partner, died in May 2015. In addition to actor-director Stiller, survivors include their daughter Amy Stiller, an actress.)
After Ben Stiller’s tweet, more notable names took to social media to pay tribute to his beloved father.
“Sending you love, Ben,” tweeted Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. “What a giant. So grateful for him, and Anne, and you.”
Hank Azaria, who has co-starred in films like Night at the Museum and Dodgeball with Ben Stiller, wrote, “He was a lovely man — always so kind to me. Condolences Ben.”
Ricky Gervais replied to Ben Stiller’s tweet, writing, “so sorry for your loss.”
“Such sad news that my beloved friend, Jerry Stiller, had passed,” wrote Jerry Stiller’s Seinfeld co-star Jason Alexander. “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. #RIPJerryStiller I Love you.”
Stiller’s other Seinfeld co-star Jerry Seinfeld later added, “Jerry Stiller’s comedy will live forever.”
See more reactions to Stiller’s death below.
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
Sending you love, Ben. What a giant. So grateful for him, and Anne, and you.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) May 11, 2020
So sorry for your loss, Ben.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) May 11, 2020
He was a lovely man – always so kind to me. Condolences Ben.
— Hank Azaria (@HankAzaria) May 11, 2020
This is sad news and a great loss. Not only was he a marvelous comedian and actor, but if you had Jerry Stiller in your corner, you had an implacable advocate and friend #RIPJerry https://t.co/VM5AalImc2
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) May 11, 2020
I’m in tears. So sorry, and thank you for the joy and the laughter Jerry Stiller, you were, and will always be, comedy gold. RIP https://t.co/9zYfHREM2R
— Christopher Titus (@TitusNation) May 11, 2020
Jerry Stiller not just brilliant but he and his beloved wife + partner in comedy Anne Meara as warm, lovely, & ego-free as anyone in the business. RIP
— Frank Rich (@frankrichny) May 11, 2020
RIP Jerry Stiller – So many laughs. And what a family.
— David Muir (@DavidMuir) May 11, 2020
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) May 11, 2020
I’m so sorry, Ben.
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) May 11, 2020
#JerryStiller has passed. I had the distinct honor of working with him on “The King of Queens” in 1999.
After the table read, the next day my part was reduced to 2 lines and the role was given to another (older) actor. (Continued) pic.twitter.com/fPTXnVwLhY
— Parry Shen (@parryshen) May 11, 2020
Such sad news that my beloved friend, Jerry Stiller, has passed. 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. #RIPJerryStiller I Love you.
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) May 11, 2020
Pre-9/11, on a plane @ LAX after taping Hollywood Squares, departure delayed due to fog in NY. Flight attendants put on King of Queens. As I’m laughing I realize I’m being watched. I turn and Jerry Stiller is staring at me. “I love watching people enjoy my work.” #RIPJerryStiller
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) May 11, 2020
So sorry. He made me laugh till I cried on many many occasions.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) May 11, 2020
Jerry Stiller’s comedy will live forever.
— Jerry Seinfeld (@JerrySeinfeld) May 11, 2020
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
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
The Seinfeld family lost a legend today. Rest in peace, Jerry Stiller. pic.twitter.com/6sJUDNsoXW
— Seinfeld (@SeinfeldTV) May 11, 2020
The late Jerry Stiller was – and always will be – a NYC icon. He & Anne Meara were legendary entertainers, and I had the good luck to present them with a “Made in New York” Mayor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2012. Now they’re back together, & Heaven just got a lot funnier. pic.twitter.com/VcsEmQXnqr
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) May 11, 2020
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 11, 2020
#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
The truth is that this happened all the time with Jerry Stiller. He was so funny and such a dear human being. We loved him. RIP Jerry Stiller.https://t.co/kXL14zMKeX
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) May 11, 2020
From Stiller and Meara to Seinfeld, Jerry Stiller made us laugh. Out loud and a lot. And in times like these, we remember how important that is. Godspeed, Jerry. We’ll miss you. https://t.co/WeRt2OpVFI
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 11, 2020
I was lucky enough to work with Jerry Stiller, playing his daughter for 9 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 & Jerry, the great comedy duo of Stiller & 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. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Amy & Ben. #JerryStiller #stillerandmeara
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