Jerry Stiller (born June 8, 1927) is an American comedian, actor, and father of Ben Stiller. He also spent many years as a comedy team with his wife Anne Meara.
Stiller, one of four children, was born Gerald Stiller in New York City, to William Stiller, a bus driver, and Bella (née Citrin). His paternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants and his maternal grandparents were Russian Jews. A drama major at Syracuse University, he gained a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Drama. He is a brother of Tau Delta Phi fraternity, Tau Zeta chapter.
Beginning in the 1990s his career experienced a resurgence with a recurring role as George Costanza's father Frank in the situation comedy Seinfeld from 1993 to 1998 and as the very similar character of Arthur Spooner in the situation comedy The King of Queens from 1998 until 2007. Stiller and Anne Meara are the parents of actor Ben Stiller (with whom he co-starred in the movies Zoolander, Heavyweights, and Hot Pursuit'), and actress Amy...
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The Heartbreak Kid is an upcoming 2007 film starring Ben Stiller and will be released on October 5th. The title of the movie was named after a nickname of WWE Superstar Shawn Michaels. Single and indecisive, Eddie (Ben Stiller) feels lonely after attending yet another one of his friend’s weddings. Being teased by his friends and family about being the only remaining bachelor, Eddie decides to take the plunge. In only a week of dating, with significant pressure from his father and best friend (Rob Corddry), Eddie proposes to Lila (Malin Akerman), fearing it may be his last chance for love and marriage. After the hastily prepared Hawaiian themed wedding, the newlyweds embark on a three week honeymoon to Cabo, Mexico. It is then that Eddie realizes what a horrible mistake he has made. Lila turns out not to be the girl of his dreams, but a girl from his nightmares. As soon as the honeymoon road trip starts, she begins to drive Eddie crazy with her outlandish and sometimes outright abusive...,
Chump Change is a 2001 film written by, directed by and starring Stephen Burrows. It is a comedy based on Burrows' own experiences as a screenwriter.
Other cast members include:
Zoolander is a 2001 comedy film based on a pair of short films directed by Ben Stiller and written by Drake Sather and Ben Stiller for the VH1 Fashion Awards television show in 1996 and 1997. The short films and the movie feature Derek Zoolander, a dimwitted male model. The title role is played by Ben Stiller, and in the feature film (which Stiller directed), Zoolander's agent, Maury Ballstein, is played by Jerry Stiller.
In Zoolander, the supremacy of Derek Zoolander as the world's top male model is challenged by the up-and-coming Hansel (Owen Wilson), an acid-tripping, Great Spirit-worshiping throwback to the '60s. Derek is publicly embarrassed at the VH1 Fashion Awards when he tries to accept an award given to his erstwhile rival. Thereafter, Derek is the subject of a Time Magazine cover and article mocking his and other models' lack of intelligence. After Derek's roommates — fellow male models — are killed in a freak gasoline-fight accident, Derek announces his retirement...,
On the Line is a 2001 American romantic comedy starring Lance Bass and Emmanuelle Chriqui. The film was directed by Eric Bross. The film was written by Eric Aronson and Paul B. Stanton and was based upon their short film also entitled On The Line.
Bass plays Kevin, an advertisement employee, who meets a girl named Abbey (Chriqui) on Chicago's El train and is too shy to ask for her phone number.
When he first sees the girl he is on stage performing and becoming nervous, ends up seeing himself naked in front of everyone and faints. His dateless roommates — aspiring musician Rod, played by Joey Fatone; Eric, played by GQ; and art nut Randy, played by James Bulliard — soon begin a search for the girl, but mainly for dates for themselves, putting up posters around Chicago describing Kevin's conversation with Abbey on the train, and the phone number to their apartment. Kevin actually never gave permission for this — at least, willingly. Eric has the idea shot down when he...,
The Independent is a mockumentary comedy film made in 2000, directed by Stephen Kessler, starring Jerry Stiller as an independent film maker, who makes little-known B movies with titles like Twelve Angry Men and a Baby. The film is spoofs independent directors and independent film. The film features Janeane Garofalo, Max Perlich, and cameos by Anne Meara, Ron Howard, Roger Corman, Peter Bogdanovich, John Lydon, Ben Stiller, Andy Dick, Fred Dryer, Jonathan Katz, Fred Williamson, Karen Black, Nick Cassavetes, and adult film actress Ginger Lynn. The fictional career of Morty Fineman (Stiller) is said to have made 427 films. It is not specified as to whether he directed them all, or if it refers to films produced or written by the Fineman character.
The ending credits of The Independent features a side column of the complete filmography of this fictitious trash auteur, Morty Fineman. The following is a list of all 427 fake titles, only a few of which were depicted in the film with faux...
The Suburbans is a 1999 drama that satirizes the 1980s revival hype around the turn of the century. It stars Jennifer Love Hewitt and Donal Lardner Ward, who also co-wrote and directed the movie.
The Suburbans premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 1999. It was released on a very limited number of screens on October 29 of the same year, but quickly proved to be a critical and commercial failure.
In 1998 Danny, Mitch, Gil and Rory, formerly known as long-forgotten, early 80's one-hit wonder The Suburbans, reunite to perform their only hit single at one of the band members' wedding. After the gig Cate, an up-and-coming record company executive, approaches them and suggests to shoot a pay per view reunion show that would eventually re-establish the band's claim to fame. The four, more reluctantly than not, agree and subsequently face the ramifications on their personal lives as the show's production contrasts their former rock 'n' roll image with their now middle-class,...
Heavyweights is a 1995 comedy film about a fat camp for kids that is taken over by a fitness guru named Tony Perkis (Ben Stiller, who would later play a similar role in 2004's Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story).
As school ends for the Summer, Gerald Garner (Aaron Schwartz) is sent by his parents to Camp Hope, a weight loss camp for boys. Despite worrying at first, Gerry makes friends easily at camp and learns that Camp Hope is actually a lot of fun and won't be nearly as bad as he thinks. He also discovers that the other campers have smuggled in enough junk food to easily stave off the hunger pangs and probably counteract any weight loss that the camp programs cause.
But all is not well at Camp Hope. The first night of the summer brings the revelation that the orignal owners of Camp Hope have entered bankruptcy and the camp has been bought by fitness entrepreneur Tony Perkis (Ben Stiller), who announces his plan to make the camp's new exercise regime into the top weight loss infomercial...,
Hot Pursuit was a 1987 comedy film starring John Cusack, Robert Loggia, Jerry Stiller, Ben Stiller and Keith David. The plot centers around a student named Dan Bartlett (John Cusack) who is planning to go on a vacation in the Caribbean with his rich girlfriend's family, when there is a sudden change of plans.The scenes at Dan's school ("Burnham preparatory school for boys") were filmed at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. A "Victoria Taxi" logo is visible on the cab that Dan takes to the airport....
Airport 1975 is a 1974 disaster film and the first sequel to the successful 1970 hit Airport. Unlike the original film, Airport 1975 was a bona fide "blockbuster" disaster film, with an "all-star" cast and extensive promotional campaign. The film is one among many of a class of campy 1970s disaster movies. Its plot devices and shallow characterizations, including a singing nun (Helen Reddy), a former glamorous star (Gloria Swanson), an alcoholic (Myrna Loy), a child in need of an organ transplant (Linda Blair), and a chatterbox (Sid Caesar) were parodied in part in 1980's Airplane!. The characteristics of Airport 1975 were also used in numerous similar films to come, including the film's own sequels: Airport '77 and The Concorde: Airport '79.
Though derided by the critics upon its release, Airport 1975 was ultimately a success. With a budget of US$3 million, the film made over US$47 million  at the box office. Helen Reddy was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising...,
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (also known as The Taking of Pelham 123) is a thriller movie released in 1974. It stars Walter Matthau, Jerry Stiller, Martin Balsam and Robert Shaw; it was directed by Joseph Sargent, produced by Edgar J. Scherick, and was based on the novel of the same title by John Godey. Peter Stone wrote the screenplay, which takes its basics from the novel but is highly different in its approach, embracing a kind of NYC cynicism.Matthau portrays the cynical and grumpy Lieutenant Zachary Garber, a New York City Transit Authority policeman. His routine is interrupted by an unexpected hijacking of a subway train (on the number 6 line). The police are confused by the hijacking because:The police rush to deliver the ransom of one million dollars in unmarked bills of low denominations in an hour's time, dispatching a squad car for a frantic drive uptown from the financial district, as Lieutenant Rico Patrone (Jerry Stiller) attempts to negotiate by radio from transit...,
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Jerry Stiller was born in New York, New York, United States