‘What a giant’: Ricky Gervais, Hank Azaria, Lin-Manuel Miranda, more react to Jerry Stiller’s death

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Hollywood is mourning the death of veteran actor and comedian Jerry Stiller.

Best known for his memorable roles as George Costanza’s father on “Seinfeld” and Leah Remini’s father on “The King of Queens,” Stiller also had a lengthy career that spanned the big screen, Broadway and the comedy scene with his wife of over 60 years, Anne Meara.
The actor’s son, Ben Stiller, confirmed early Monday morning his father had “passed away from natural causes” at age 92. After he shared the news on social media, fellow stars paid tributes to the comedy star.

“Sending you love, Ben,” “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote. “What a giant. So grateful for him, and Anne, and you.”
“He was a lovely man – always so kind to me. Condolences Ben,” wrote actor Hank Azaria, who starred alongside Ben Stiller in multiple films including “Dodgeball” and “Night at the Museum.”

Comedian Ricky Gervais replied he was “so sorry for your loss.”
“I’m so sorry, Ben,” comedian Mike Birbiglia responded to Stiller’s tweet.

“General Hospital” actor Parry Shen shared a sweet story from his time working with Stiller in an episode of “The King of Queens” in 1998.

“After the table read, I was canned & your father talked to the producers & got me my job back,” Shen wrote to Stiller. “When I thanked him, he said, ‘Hey, it’s not Shakespeare!’ A class act & a legend. What a gift to the world. Deepest condolences.”

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