The King of Queens cast will reunite for a virtual table read in honor of Jerry Stiller, and the late actor's son Ben Stiller will be stepping in to perform his father's lines. Hosted by Sony Pictures Television, the special charity event has been put together to raise money and awareness for New York City health care and arts organization Henry Street Settlement. Jerry, who played Arthur Sooner on the popular comedy series, passed away from natural causes last year at the age of 92.
"Those of us who made The King of Queens are incredibly excited to reunite in honor of our recently departed friend - the uniquely funny, sweet, incomparable Jerry Stiller. We have no doubt Jerry will be watching and screaming down at us from heaven," said series co-creator and executive producer Michael J. Weithorn, who will be directing the event.
Ben Stiller will be reading for Arthur in the table read, joining series stars Kevin James (Doug Heffernan), Leah Remini (Carrie Heffernan), Victor Williams (Deacon Palmer), Patton Oswalt (Spence Olchin), Nicole Sullivan (Holly Shumpert), and guest star Rachel Dratch. A tribute to Jerry will also be featured followed by a Q&A with Weithorn and the King of Queens cast.
"I'm sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes," Ben posted on Twitter when Jerry passed away last May. "He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad."
"I was lucky enough to work with Jerry Stiller, playing his daughter for 9 years on The King Of Queens, but even luckier to know him, the man, the husband, the father, the grandfather," Remini said in a tribute post on Instagram. "I am only comforted knowing that Anne & Jerry, the great comedy duo of Stiller & Meara are back together. I will be forever grateful for the memories, the fatherly talks off screen and for the many years of laughter, the kindness he had shown to me and my family...You will be so very missed Jerry."
Kevin James added: "One of the most kind, loving, and funny people to ever grace this earth. Thank you for so many incredible memories. I love you and miss you. Requiescat in pace."
The King of Queens ran from 1998 to 2007 on CBS for a total of nine seasons. The series followed Doug and Carrie Heffernan, a working-class couple in Queens, with Jerry playing Carrie's father Arthur. The role had earned Stiller widespread acclaim from viewers and critics with Arthur serving as one of the show's standout characters. This followed Stiller's prior Emmy-nominated role as George Costanza's father on Seinfeld.
The cast reunion with the table read, Jerry Stiller tribute, and Q&A will be posted on the official Facebook page for The King of Queens on Friday, March 12, at 11 a.m. PT. You can find out more about the charity by visiting the official website for Henry Street Settlement. This news comes to us from Deadline.