"I'll never forget, on the first day of the shoot in front of the audience, Julia Louis, Larry, Michael Richards, and the whole cast surrounded me, wishing me well. They were rooting for me. They were protecting me from the fear, 'cause this was something. From that day on, those were the best years of my life as an actor."
About This Interview
In his three-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Jerry Stiller is interviewed for two hours solo, and for over one hour with his wife and comedy partner Anne Meara. He chronicles his notable work in the long form production Seize the Day, and details the role for which he is most associated, that of "Frank Costanza" on Seinfeld. He explains working with the regular cast members and recalls memorable Seinfeld episodes "The Doorman," "The Fusilli Jerry," and "The Strike." He also recounts his regular appearances as "Arthur Spooner" on The King of Queens. Stiller and Meara describe how they met as working actors in New York City and talk about getting together as an act. They discuss their many appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, outline their comedy routines, and talk of the interactions that they had with Ed Sullivan himself. Gary J. Rutkowski conducted the interview on December 12, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA.