Stiller reveals how he and father spent his final days together

And, just due to the fact that he didn’t have a coronavirus-related illness, and he had been ailing for a while, we were able to be with him, which I’m very, very grateful for,” the Meet the Parents actor, 54, told The New Yorker in an interview published on Tuesday, May 19. The Emmy winner also noted that his dad, who was best known for his comedy on shows including Seinfeld and King of Queens, still had that in him. The Escape at Dannemora producer revealed that although he’s a comic actor now, that wasn’t always the plan, especially since both his parents — Jerry and Anne Meara — were so great at it. “I’ve never really felt a competition because I would lose, hands down.” The Secret Life of Walter Mitty star announced his father’s death on May 11, via Twitter. “I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” the Reality Bites director wrote.