‘The King of Queens’ Cast Honors Late Jerry Stiller During Reunion

(L-R) Actress Leah Remini and actors Kevin James and Jerry Stiller attend the “King of Queens” get together celebrating the present’s 2 hundredth episode at Sony Studios on January 25, 2007 in Culver Metropolis, California.
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The King of Queens forged remembered their late costar Jerry Stiller as they reunited for the present’s twenty fifth anniversary.

Kevin James, Leah Remini, Gary Valentine, Victor Williams, Patton Oswalt and Ray Romano shared fond recollections of Stiller as they got here collectively on Tuesday, October 10, to reminisce concerning the sit-com, which premiered in September 1998.

James, 58, who starred as Doug Heffernan, mentioned about Stiller, “I miss him a lot. … He was an angel. He was an awesome man.”

Stiller portrayed Arthur Spooner, the widowed father of Remini’s character Carrie. Forward of his dying at age 92 in Might 2020, Stiller’s performing profession spanned 60 years.

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Remini, 53, who performed Doug’s spouse, remembered Stiller staying on the set to greet followers hours after he completed his scenes.

“Jerry knew that most individuals who got here to the present wished to satisfy him,” she recalled. “They’d get our image and signal the script they usually’d be like, ‘Is Jerry right here? Is Jerry right here?’ As a result of he talked to everyone.”

Remini additionally appreciated how Stiller would hold your complete forged laughing between takes when he would shut his eyes and clap his fingers.

“Jerry would open his eyes and be like, ‘What’s so humorous?’” she mentioned. “And we’d be like, ‘You, Jerry, you!’”

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The King of Queens ran on CBS from September 1998 to Might 2007, producing a complete of 9 seasons and 207 episodes.

Stiller’s son, Ben Stiller, additionally appeared throughout Tuesday’s reunion. “Appearing was what stored him younger, what stored him going, and the camaraderie that he had together with his fellow actors on [The King of Queens], I do know, meant a lot to him,” he mentioned of his late father.

The dynamic duo appeared in a number of movies collectively, together with Zoolander, Heavyweights, Scorching Pursuit, The Heartbreak Child and Zoolander 2.

Romano, 65, who generally appeared on The King of Queens as his All people Loves Raymond character, Raymond Barone, mirrored on his first day with Jerry on the set.

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“Essentially the most thrilling half was getting to satisfy Jerry Stiller, my favourite character,” Romano mentioned. “Kevin James — very humorous! Very humorous! However undoubtedly, Jerry Stiller was my favourite character on the present.”

The emotional reunion was full of tears as sequence cocreator and government producer Michael Weithorn known as Jerry the guts of The King of Queens.

“He was the soul of the present in a really possible way,” he mentioned. “He grounded us. He was a veteran who I believe on digicam and off digicam actually had a historical past and a professionalism that I believe all of us fed off of and made the present simply develop deeper.”

Weithorn, 66, added: “He was a phenomenal, lovely man, and he was liable for the truth that we’re all right here doing this proper now. It by no means would’ve occurred with out him.”