I heard about Stiller's passing earlier today and was sad to hear it as well. I am just old enough to remember "Stiller and Meara." My earliest TV memories come from the early 70's, watching cartoons, afternoon re-reruns (I Dream of Jeannie, Gilligan's Island), and afternoon talk shows (Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas - years before the time of Oprah and Phil Donahue). I think it was on those talk shows that I saw Stiller and Meara.
Like most people, I became aware of "Seinfeld" as it was catching fire around its third season. My favorite Frank Costanza episode might have to be the one where George is the "bad boy." "Is this your Fiber-Con?" The confrontation between Frank and Elaine at the end is still hilarious (there is also an outtake clip in which Elaine/Julia Louis Dreyfuss can't stop cracking up during the scene).
Originally posted by Raven: In the middle of all this stress, this one really makes me feel bad.
Jerry Stiller just passed away at 92, natural causes.
Not too many people go back far enough to remember the time of the Stiller and Meara act and I don't either. But just about everyone knew him from his two signature TV fathers, Frank Costanza on Seinfeld and Arthur Spooner on King of Queens. His wife Anne Meara, who died in 2015, also guested on King of Queens. They worked in TV and films throughout their lives starting in the mid-50s. They both guest starred on dozens of TV shows. How many actors have had that kind of career for that long?
I am a big fan of both those big series and Jerry Stiller made his supporting role as important as those of any main cast member. He didn't do it with the punch lines like so many other comedians, he did it with the character. He played the character straight and we laughed because we knew him.
I was surprised to see that where Stiller appeared in 195 episodes of King of Queens, he only appeared in 26 episodes of Seinfeld. That's nearly every episode of KoQ and just over one season's worth of shows for the 9 season Seinfeld. Yet I can probably name every one of his appearances, especially since Seinfeld still plays nightly in NY. The one we all know, Festavist For The Rest of Us.
The world is a sad place now and it feels even sadder for the passing of someone we all felt we knew. Rest in peace Stiller and Meara.
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Heard yesterday that Taryn Power passed away from leukemia at the age of only 67 on 26th June. She was Tyrone Power's daughter.
As I am currently working through all of Ray Harryhausen's films to celebrate his centenary on the 29th June, this news prompted me to watch 'Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger' in which she played the part of Dione.
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It appears that Linda Cristal of High Chapparal fame died on 27th June aged 86. She is pictured in the High Chapparal set issued by A & BC cards. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 restrictions I am unable to access some of my card collection and therefore unable to post a picture. Perhaps one of you intrepid internet users can find sa suitable image.
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