|Jerry Stiller as Arthur Spooner
Jerry Stiller played the irascible Frank Costanza
in "Seinfeld" from 1993 to 1998. The role earned
him an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Guest Actor in a
Comedy Series in 1997 and an American Comedy Award as
Outstanding Guest Star in 1998.
Stiller has long been known as half of the husband-and-wife
comedy team Stiller and Meara. He and his wife, Anne Meara,
were part of the improvisational group the Compass Players,
which later became Second City. Stiller and Meara have
played every major nightclub in the United States and
appeared on CBS's "The Ed Sullivan Show" 36
Stiller was a charter member of the Phoenix Theatre Company
and worked for John Houseman at the Stratford Shakespeare
Festival. He was in the national company of "Peter
Pan" and also spent two seasons at the Erie Playhouse.
He toured with Joseph Papp's Shakespeare Festival during
its first season and played Launce in John Guare's musical
version of "Two Gentlemen of Verona" and Dogberry
in "Much Ado About Nothing." On Broadway, he
appeared in "Hurlyburly," directed by Mike Nichols,
"The Ritz," "Passione," "The
Golden Apple," "Unexpected Guests," "Three
Men on a Horse" (with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman),
"What's Wrong with This Picture?" and "Three
Sisters." At Lincoln Center, he appeared in David
Mamet's "Prairie du Chien." Off Broadway, he
starred with Anne Meara in "Afterplay." He has
taught at the Herbert Berghof Studio and studied with
His television credits include guest-starring roles in
"Archie Bunker's Place," "In the Heat of
the Night," "Murder, She Wrote" and "Touched
by an Angel," all on CBS, "The Love Boat"
and "L.A. Law." He also starred in the PBS production
of "Seize the Day" with Robin Williams and "The
Among Stiller's other credits is "Shoeshine,"
a short film also starring his son, Ben Stiller, which
was nominated for an Academy Award in 1988. His feature-film
credits include "Zoolander," "The Taking
of Pelham One Two Three," "Airport '75,"
"Nadine," "The Ritz," "Hairspray,"
"The Pickle" and "Those Lips, Those Eyes."
He and Meara also starred in the Joan Micklin Silver film
"The Fish in the Bathtub" and with Janeane Garofalo
in "The Independent."
Stiller's autobiography, Married to Laughter, was published
by Simon and Schuster. The audio version, released by
Random House, was nominated for a 2000 Grammy in the Spoken
Stiller has received the George Ahrents Award from Syracuse
University, his alma mater, where he studied drama with
professor Sawyer Falk. He is a recipient of the Ellis
Island Medal of Honor, and he and Anne Meara were honored
with the Fourth Annual Alan King Award in American Jewish
Humor, given by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.
He was born and raised in New York, where he lives today.
His birth date is June 8.