Anne Meara

Actor, Comedian, Writer
As one-half of the country's most renowned and universally beloved comedy duos, Anne Meara charmed millions with her hilarious and sometimes absurd banter with real-life husband Jerry Stiller. Known by many simply as ... Read more »
Born: 09/20/1929 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (85)

Bombshell 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Planes: Fire and Rescue 2014 (Movie)

Winnie (Voice)

Sweet Flame 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2004, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley 2012 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

All My Children 1969 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Another Harvest Moon 2011 (Movie)

Ella (Actor)

Gravity 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Head Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mercy 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fired! 2007 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Legends: Rodney Dangerfield 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Night at the Museum 2006 (Movie)

Debbie (Actor)

Sex and the City 2002 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The King of Queens 1972 - 1973, 1986 - 1990, 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 1999, 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Love the '70s 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crooked Lines 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Like Mike 2002 (Movie)

Sister Theresa (Actor)

There's Something About Ben Stiller 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ed 1972 - 1973, 1986 - 1990, 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Get Well Soon 2001 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

In the Heat of the Night 1972 - 1973, 1986 - 1990, 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Independent 2001 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

Judy Berlin 2000 (Movie)

Bea (Actor)

A Fish in the Bathtub 1999 (Movie)

Molly (Actor)

Chump Change 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1972 - 1973, 1986 - 1990, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1972 - 1973, 1986 - 1990, 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murphy Brown 1972 - 1973, 1986 - 1990, 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Southie 1999 (Movie)

Mrs Quinn (Actor)

Jitters 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Daytrippers 1997 (Movie)

Rita Malone - Eliza's Mother (Actor)

The Search For One-Eye Jimmy 1996 (Movie)

Holly Hoyt (Actor)

Going, Going, Almost Gone! Animals in Danger 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Heavyweights 1995 (Movie)

Alice Bushkin (Actor)

Kiss of Death 1995 (Movie)

Bev's Mother (Actor)

The Mother 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Advice 1972 - 1973, 1986 - 1990, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reality Bites 1994 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

Women Aloud 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Off Limits 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Avenue Z Afternoon 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Highway to Hell 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Through an Open Window 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Sunset Gang 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Alf 1972 - 1973, 1986 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Awakenings 1990 (Movie)

Miriam (Actor)

Colin Quinn Back in Brooklyn 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Adequate 1989 (Movie)

Charlene Lane (Actor)

My Little Girl 1987 (Movie)

Mrs Shopper (Actor)

The Day They Came to Arrest the Book 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Longshot 1986 (Movie)

Madge (Actor)

The Perils of P.K. 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Stiller and Meara Show 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Archie Bunker's Place 1979 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

In Our Hands 1983 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Other Woman 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Fame 1980 (Movie)

Mrs Sherwood (Actor)

Rhoda 1974 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

'Twas the Night Before Christmas 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Take Five With Stiller and Meara 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boys From Brazil 1978 (Movie)

Mrs Curry (Actor)

Nasty Habits 1977 (Movie)

Sister Hildegarde (Actor)

The Mad Mad Mad Mad World of the Super Bowl 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebration: The American Spirit 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

This Better Be It 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Kate McShane 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Don Rickles -- Alive and Kicking 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Corner Bar 1972 - 1973 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Paul Lynde Show 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Irish Whiskey Rebellion 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lovers and Other Strangers 1970 (Movie)

Wilma (Actor)

The Out-of-Towners 1970 (Movie)

Irate Woman (Actor)

The Perry Como Christmas Show 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Jitters (Movie)

(Actor)

Kate McShane (TV Show)

Actor

The Greatest Gift (TV Show)

Actor

What Makes a Family (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

As one-half of the country's most renowned and universally beloved comedy duos, Anne Meara charmed millions with her hilarious and sometimes absurd banter with real-life husband Jerry Stiller. Known by many simply as Stiller and Meara, the pair incorporated their personal anecdotes - from relationship squabbles, to personality differences and cultural clashes - into their decades-long comedy act. Stiller and Meara's routine garnered national attention after numerous appearances on the seminal variety series "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS, 1948-1971). Apart from her husband, Meara also established a successful career as a hardworking actress, appearing in feature films and making memorable guest appearances on shows such as "The King of Queens" (CBS, 1998-2007) and "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004) throughout her career. Dedicated not only to her craft, but also to her family - raising their son, blockbuster movie star Ben Stiller - Meara shared her life with the world and made it collectively laugh, a feat that could only be accomplished by a true comedy legend. Her death on May 23, 2015 at the age of 85 was mourned by fans and fellow performers alike.

Relationships

Edward Meara

Father

Mary Meara

Mother

Jerry Stiller Actor

Husband
Married Sept. 14, 1954; formed the comedy duo Stiller and Meara; father of Ben Stiller and Amy Stiller

Ben Stiller Actor

Son
Born Nov. 30, 1965; father, Jerry Stiller; starred in "Zoolander" (2001) and "Tropic Thunder" (2008); also wrote and directed several films including "Reality Bites" (1994)

Amy Stiller Actor

Daughter
Born Aug. 9, 1961; father, Jerry Stiller; appeared onscreen together in films like "Zoolander" (2001), directed by Ben Stiller

Christine Taylor Actor

Daughter-In-Law
Taylor married Anne's son Ben Stiller in 2000; appeared onscreen together in "Zoolander" (2001), directed by Stiller

EDUCATION

Herbert Berghof Studio

New York , New York 1953 - 1954
school renamed HB Studio

Milestones

2010

Co-starred with husband Stiller on the Web series "Stiller & Meara"

2006

Directed once again by her son Stiller in the family comedy "Night at the Museum"

2002

Landed a recurring role on HBO's "Sex and the City" as Miranda Hobbes' (Cynthia Nixon) quirky mother-in-law Mary Brady

2001

Made a cameo as a protestor in son Ben Stiller's comedy feature "Zoolander"

1999

Made cameo appearance in "Judy Berlin"

1999

Second play, "Down the Garden Paths" premiered at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse; daughter Amy had featured role in play; produced Off-Broadway in 2000 with Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach

1999

Acted opposite her husband Stiller, Kevin James, and Leah Remini on "The King of Queens" (CBS)

1999

Starred opposite husband Stiller and Mark Ruffalo in the comedy film "A Fish in the Bathtub"

1997

Co-starred as Hope Davis' mother in "The Daytrippers"

1995

Made off-Broadway debut as a playwright with "After-Play"

1994

Directed by son Ben Stiller in his first feature "Reality Bites"

1990

Acted opposite Robert De Niro and Robin Williams in Penny Marshall directed drama "Awakenings"

1987

Landed recurring role of Grandma Dorothy on the NBC sitcom "ALF"

1986

Co-starred with husband Stiller in the TV-movie "The Stiller & Meara Show"

1979

Cast as a regular on "Archie Bunker's Place" (CBS)

1976

Joined the cast as a regular on the sitcom spin-off "Rhoda" (CBS)

1975

Starred in the first network dramatic series to feature a woman lawyer, playing the title role on CBS' "Kate McShane"

1972

Starred in the drama feature "Irish Whiskey Rebellion"

1972

Cast as a TV series regular on the ABC sitcom "The Paul Lynde Show"

1969

Made feature film debut in "The Out of Towners" as a woman in a police station

1969

Starred on Broadway in award-winning play "House of Blue Leaves"

1968

Appeared as a regular on TV game show, "You're Putting Me On"

1962

Formed comedy act with husband Stiller and made first of many appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS)

1960

Made her TV-movie debut in ABC's "Ninotchka"

1959

Joined St. Louis improvisational theater The Compass with husband Jerry Stiller

1958

Appeared in Broadway debut in "Ulysses in Nighttown"

1954

Made TV debut as regular on short-lived series "The Greatest Gift" (NBC)

1954

Made off-Broadway debut in "A Month in the Country"

1950

Apprenticed in summer stock in Long Island and Woodstock, NY

Formed own production company writing, producing and recording award-winning radio and TV commercials

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