Best known for playing the cantankerous Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, this veteran actor has been a constant presence on film and television screens since the late 1950s. But fans may still be surprised by how little they know about this TV icon and comedian. This is the untold truth of Jerry Stiller.
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara were aspiring young actors when they met in 1953. The couple were married for 61 years, before Meara's passing in 2015 at age 85. Married in 1954, it wasn't until 1961 that the two would begin working as a comedy duo, using their marriage as a source of material. Meara told The New York Times in 2008,
"Jerry started us being a comedy team. He always thought I would be a great comedy partner. At that time in my life, I disdained comedians."
Initially performing in New York City nightclubs, Stiller and Meara became nationally known within a year, going on to perform numerous times on The Tonight Show and making 36 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.
In a 1977 interview with People, the couple revealed why they decided to put the brakes on the act around 1970. Stiller explained,
"I love Anne, but if I had depended on her in my professional life, I would have lost her as a wife."
"I didn't know where the act ended and our marriage began." Keep watching to learn The Untold Truth Of Jerry Stiller.
A married comedy duo | 0:21
A Star on the Walk of Fame | 1:29
Selling wine with radio commercials | 2:31
Tumultuous relationship with the Knicks | 3:29
Seinfeld's second Frank Costanza | 4:24
Questioning his Seinfeld character's ethnicity | 5:44
"Seinfeld" - the best years | 6:58
Appearing in Ben Stiller movies | 7:35
Always giving money to panhandlers | 8:38
Marital disagreement over Donald Trump | 9:20
A health scare at 91 | 10:21
The same apartment for 50 years | 10:56
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