JERRY STILLER (Maury Baulstein) finished five seasons on the classic
television sitcom, "Seinfeld" (receiving an Emmy nomination and
American Comedy Award) in the summer of 1998, segueing right into another hit
show, CBS's "the King of Queens." Juggling the sitcom, movie roles,
and a new book, Married to Laughter, Stiller has entered one of the most
productive and flourishing phases of his long and accomplished career. His
Friars Roast telecast on Comedy Central last year received the highest ratings
of any program in the network's history.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Stiller received a bachelor of science degree in
Speech and Drama at Syracuse University, where he studied with Professor Sawyer
Falk. He made his stage debut in "The Silver Whistle," with Burgess
Meredith, and appeared in the national tour of "Peter Pan,"" with
Lawrence Tibbett and Veronica Lake. As a resident member of the Phoenix Theatre
in its first two years, he appeared in "The Golden Apple" and "Coriolanus."
Stiller first attained national fame with his wife Anne Meara as "Stiller
and Meara," a comedy act they debuted in the "Stiller and Meara,"
a comedy act they debuted in the early 1960s at the Phase II club in New York's
Greenwich Village. The duo went on to play a record-breaking fourteen weeks at
Max Gordon's Blue Angel cabaret, which led to national tours and a total of
thirty-six appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Stiller's long list of Braodway performances includes such highlights as
"Hurlyburly," "The Golden Apple," "Passione,"
"Three Men on a Horse" and "What's Wrong With This Picture?"
He has slo appeared with such distinguished stage companies as the New York
Shakespeare Festival (The Two Gentlemen of Vernona," "Much Ado About
Nothing"); Lincoln Center ("Prairie du Chien"); the Guthrie
(Nathan Detroit in "Guys and Dolls"); and the Westport and Cape
Playhouses (:Beau Geste"). He co-starred in New York with Anne Meara in
Meara's "After-Play," which also toured the Westport and Cape
His many films include "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3," "Those
Lips, Those Eyes," "Airport 1975," "Nadine," "The
Ritz," "Hairspray," "The Pickle" and "A Fish in
the Bathtub." Jerry also stars in "The Independent" with Janeane
Garolfalo and will appear in the soon to be released feature film "On The
Line." On Television he won praise as charlatan psychologist Dr. Tamkin,
opposite Robin Williams in the PBS Great Performances production of Ausl
Bellow's "Seize the Day." He and his son Ben appeared opposite one
another in the Academy Award-nominated short, "Shoeshine."
The audio version of "Married to Laugher" was nominated for a 2000
Grammy Award in the Spoken Word Categroy.
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