October 14, 2008

Sitcom Moms and Dads: George and Carrie's Dad

Many of our favorite sitcom characters have parents who make recurring appearances on the show. These parents are usually very funny characters, and are usually played by very talented older actors. However, what most people do not know, is that very often these actors were very famous back in their day! To start off this recurring segment, I'm going to start by talking about the ultimate sitcom father, Jerry Stiller! Presently, Jerry Stiller is most famous for his Emmy-nominated reccurring role as George Costanza's father on Seinfeld role as Carrie's father on The King of Queens, and his real life role of being the father of Ben Stiller (with whom he has recently appeared in many films). However, 30 years before Seinfeld, back in the 1960's, Jerry Stiller and his wife Anne Meara formed the very successful comedy team of Stiller and Meara, who were popular guests on The Ed Sullivan Show. So here is the great Jerry Stiller, then and now:

Additionally, Jerry Stiller's wife Anne Meara appeared in Sex and the City as the alcoholic mother of Miranda's husband Steve!

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