Friday, September 18, 2020
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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Jerry Stiller

May 19, 2020 --

LPR vaguely recalls the appearances of Jerry Stiller and his wife Anne Meara on the Ed Sullivan TV Show.  Reportedly there were some three dozen appearances, and LPR has a hunch they may have had something to do with Stiller and Meara being the mirror image of Ed Sullivan and his wife Sylvia Weinstein Sullivan.  Where Stiller was Jewish and Meara Catholic; Sullivan was Catholic and his wife was Jewish.

LPR once saw Stiller and Meara on the 57th Street crosstown bus in Manhattan.  They were not heading to a showbiz appearance.  Jerry was not pleased.  They were heading to the pier where illegally parked cars were towed.  Outside the 2004 Tonys, at Radio City, LPR caught this image of Jerry signing his autograph.  The New York Times obit of Jerry, who passed away on passed away pointed out that he appeared less than 30 of the Seinfeld tv shows.  Amazingly, in restrospect, his character, Frank Costanza, father of George, in mind's eye, seemed to be a much more major, and hysterically funny, personality on the program.  And how well loved a Seinfeld character he was.

From the LPR Archives: June 6, 2004 - The Tonys - Jerry Stiller.


 

A belated Seinfeld idea

The last Seinfeld had Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine going off to jail, just as Jerry was about to get an NBC series.  Too bad, years, later, there was never a Seinfeld special, about their release from jail, going directly to the studio to arrange the start of the series disrupted when they were sent to the hoosegow.