Date of Birth : Jun 8th 1927
As Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, Jerry Stiller was nominated for a 1997 Emmy Award and won the 1998 American Comedy Award for ‘Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a Television Series’. He has just completed a nine year run as Arthur on the hit CBS series, King of Queens.
Jerry and his wife, Anne Meara were part of The Compass Players (which later became Second City). Then as Stiller and Meara, they performed at David Gordon’s Phase II in Greenwich Village. They went on to play record-breaking engagements at Max Gordon’s Blue Angel and The Village Vanguard. They toured the country playing Mr. Kelly’s, The Hungry i, The Crescendo, The Flamingo and The Sands, working with Count Basie, the original Supremes, Billy Eckstine and Diahann Carroll. Anne and Jerry performed at The Establishment in London, and appeared thirty-six times on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Stiller made his legit debut in The Silver Whistle with Burgess Meredith then appeared with Lawrence Tibbett and Veronica Lake in the National Company of Peter Pan. T. Hambleton and Norris Houghton cast him as a resident in the first two seasons at the Phoenix Theatre, where he appeared in The Golden Apple and later Coriolanous for John Houseman. He worked again for Mr. Houseman at the Stratford Festival.