In an interview with the New York Post, comedian Jerry Stiller (Frank Costanza of “Seinfeld”) talked about growing up as a Jewish kid in the 1930s on New York’s Lower East Side. During high school, Stiller revealed, he played a role that affected his career choice.
“I was a very staid guy. My luck of the draw was that I had an English teacher named Mrs. Stiller. She was my father’s aunt, and she cast me in a play called ‘Hitler Goes to Heaven’ in which I played Adolf Hitler,” he said. “It got a huge response from everybody in the school. We had to do it twice. My God! It made me aware of the audience.”