Jerry Stiller died of natural causes on May 11th, 2020, famous for his roles in “Seinfeld“ and “King of Queens“. Many people know Stiller for his role in the sitcom “King Of Queens“, where Jerry Stiller plays the eccentric Arthur Spooner, the father of Carrie Heffernan (Leah Remini). In “King Of Queens“, Arthur Spooner lives together with his son-in-law Doug Heffernan (Kevin James) and his daughter Carrie. The series is hardly imaginable without the father who rocks the boat and represents conflict potential for Doug and Carrie.
It’s remarkable that Jerry Stiller wanted to end his career after finishing “Seinfeld“. In “Seinfeld“, Stiller also played a father figure and was very successful. Rumour has it that “King of Queens“-Star Kevin James persuaded Stiller to play a part in “King of Queens“ even though he was planning to retire.
Jerry Stiller was a classical trained actor. After his service in the US Army during the Second World War he completed an actor’s training during which he gained knowledge about greek theatre plays and Shakespearean drama. In 1953, three years after Stiller had performed for the first time, he met his wife-to-be Anne Meara. The two weren’t only connected due to their marriage, they also performed together as an acting duo in the nightclubs of New York.
The viewers loved Stiller for his role in “King of Queens“ because he had the ability to madden his environment in the series. Due to his acting skills, he managed to portray the mostly unbearable Arthur Spooner.
Stiller once said: “You must never jump right into the punch line. On the way there, you may find something much better.“ This is certainly one of the many secrets behind Jerry Stiller’s acting.
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