Early this week America lost one of it’s most legendary comedians. Jerry Stiller dies at 92 from natural causes. The Hollywood actor was famous for his unique performances in movies and sitcoms. So in order to honor him, we selected his Top 5 performances. In addition to that, you can start streaming some of those movies today!
5. The Ed Sullivan Show
At the start of his career Jerry and his wife Meara had their comedy duo act portraying husband and wife. They performed together at The Ed Sullivan Show during the 60’s and 70’s. Later in 1986 they got their own comedy show. Unfortunately, The Stiller and Meara Show were not very popular at the time but it was their first show together.
Hairspray is a great musical film that tells a wonderful story about equality. Besides, Jerry is the only actor that appeared in both Hairspray movies. On the 1988 version he played Wilbur Turnblad and in the remake he appeared as Mr. Pinky. Both roles were filled with Stiller’s charismatic performances and dazzled us.
3. The King of Queens
The never ending rivalry between a man and his father in law can provide an impressive amount of comedy. In this one, Jerry decides to move in with his daughter and her husband after becoming a widower. Besides, his temper and questionable stories makes him one of the best characters in the show.
It is not often that you get to be in a movie with your son. But Jerry Stiller apparently doesn’t know that since he appeared in more than 10 movies with his son. So for our number 2 spot we chose that best one. Besides, this amazing film can go from comedy drama to assassination plots and also features Owen Wilson and Will Ferrel.
Undoubtedly the most famous role of Jerry Stiller is Frank Costanza from Seinfeld. Frank’s hot headed temper helped make Seinfeld the huge success it was. So in order to remember him let’s celebrate his made up holiday “Festivus” while streaming the show! Even though Jerry Stiller dies, his work will forever be remembered.
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