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Jerry Stiller Biography

Birth Name:
Gerald Stiller
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Actor, comedian

Fast Facts

  • Formed the comedy team Stiller & Meara with his wife, Anne Meara, in the 1950s
  • They were regulars on the variety-show circuit during the 1960s and '70s, most notably appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show three dozen times
  • Made his Broadway debut in Terence McNally's The Ritz in 1975
  • Produced and performed humorous radio commercials with Meara, including ads for the wine Blue Nun, one of which won a Clio Award in 1975
  • Hosted, along with Meara, a 1993 video on the business of acting, titled So You Want to Be an Actor? Roasted by the New York Friars Club in 1999
  • Received an Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2000
  • In 2000, released the autobiography Married to Laughter: A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara and received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio version of the book
  • Received a star with Meara on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007
  • In 2010, launched the Yahoo Web series Stiller & Meara, in which the pair discuss current events from their living room
  • Their son, Ben, produced the segments


  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated