RIP Jerry Stiller!
Today we say goodbye to one of the world’s finest comedians. Jerry Stiller better known as dad to Larry Daley himself, Ben Stiller has died at the grand old age of 92. The comedian’s death comes almost five years after that of his wife, Anne Meara who died in 2015.
The comedian, who is well loved by generations of fans is best known for his roles in Seinfeld, The Lion King 1 1/2, the original Hairspray movie where he played Wilbur Turnblad. He also appear in the remake Hairspray where he played Mister Pinky in a scene with John Travolta and Nikki Blonsky where he gets to sing…. kinda… Honestly? It was one of the best scenes in the whole movie!
Stiller’s son, Ben posted the following tweet about his father’s death:
Jerry is survived by his daughter Amy, son Ben and his grandchildren.
The world is mourning one of its finest funny men and we’re grieving alongside the Stiller family. We’re thinking of you, Ben and Amy and the rest of the Stiller clan! Film will never be the same with that energy that Jerry Stiller always provided with every character he played.
We love you, Jerry Stiller and your work will always remembered as original, classic, and timely! Also, all we can hear as we write this tribute to you is your voice as you played Timon’s Uncle Max in The Lion King 1 1/2 and something about… predators ripping meerkats limb from limbs and clapping without any hands? Been a while since we watched it!
You will forever be in our thoughts as you inspired so many of us to embrace our funny bones. RIP you legend! Did we just mention the world lost one of its great comedy legends? Oh, we did? Okay.