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Jerry Stiller, comedy legend and 'Seinfeld' veteran, dies at 92

Stiller claimed fame in the 1950s and 60s before becoming a pop culture icon as the hot-headed Frank Costanza on "Seinfeld."
/ Source: TODAY

Jerry Stiller, the comedic actor best remembered for his work on “Seinfeld,” has died, his son, Ben Stiller, said in a tweet Monday morning. He was 92.

“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,” Stiller captioned a photo of his father.

Stiller played the highly volatile Frank Costanza on “Seinfeld,” the father of George Costanza, played by Jason Alexander.

Jerry Stiller, along with Estelle Harris and Jason Alexander, on "Seinfeld."NBC

Fans of the sitcom remember him for his temperamental nature that often rubbed George the wrong way, as well as his such accomplishments as creating a bra for men and the fictional holiday Festivus, in addition to coining the term "Serenity now!" in a bid to remain calm.

The recurring role netted Stiller an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 1997.

Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
When Jerry Stiller and wife Anne Meara received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007, they were joined by daughter Amy Stiller and son Ben Stiller.M. Tran / FilmMagic

Shortly after “Seinfeld” ended its run, he latched onto another popular series, playing Arthur Spooner, the father of Leah Remini’s character, Carrie, on the “The King of Queens,” a popular sitcom that, like "Seinfeld," ran for nine seasons.

He also teamed up with son Ben in the 2001 film "Zoolander," playing the title character's manager, Maury Ballstein.

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Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara on a 1970 episode of "Kraft Musical Hall: Love & Marriage, Part 1 & 2.'"NBC

While Stiller is remembered mostly for his small screen work in the ‘90s and 2000s, he was a comedy stalwart long before that.

In the 1950s, he and wife Anne Meara, who passed away in 2015, developed their own live act, Stiller & Meara, that enjoyed success appearing on a string of programs, including “The Ed Sullivan Show.”