To many, comedian Jerry Stiller, who died Monday at age 92, is best remembered as the irascible father of George Costanza on “Seinfeld.” His trademark shout, “Serenity Now,” still gets a laugh from anyone who enjoyed the show.

However, Stiller’s work in another, larger role in a TV show often gets overlooked: as Arthur Spooner, the equally cranky father-in-law living in the basement on “King of Queens.”

Stiller and his wife, Anne Meara, were a popular comedy duo in the 1960s and 1970s, but it was not until “Seinfeld,” followed by “King of Queens,” that the 70-something Stiller made a lasting connection with the public. That’s a pretty good way to finish a performing career.

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