Ben Stiller

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Real Name: Benjamin Edward Stiller
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Birth Date: November 30, 1965
Occupation: Actor, Producer, Writer

Ben Stiller Biography


Ben Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York, New York to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. It's not surprising that Ben Stiller has followed in his family's footsteps. Ben's parents made no real effort to keep their son away from the Hollywood lifestyle and he grew up among the stars, wondering just why his parents were so popular. At a young age, he and his sister Amy Stiller would perform plays at home, wearing Amy's tights to perform Shakespeare. Ben also picked up an interest in being on the other side of the camera and, at age 10, began shooting films on his Super 8 camera. The plots were always simple: someone would pick on the shy, awkward Stiller...and then he would always get his revenge. This desire for revenge on the popular, good-looking people may have motivated his teen-angst opus Reality Bites (1994) later in his career. He both directed and performed in the film, which costarred Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke.Before he even got his start in Hollywood, Ben put in several consistently solid years in the theater. After dropping out of UCLA, he performed in the Tony Award winner, "The House of Blue Leaves". While working on the play, Stiller shot a short spoof of The Color of Money (1986) starring him (in the Tom Cruise role) and his "American Playhouse: The House of Blue Leaves (#6.8)" (1987) costar John Mahoney (in the Paul Newman role). The short film was so funny that Lorne Michaels purchased it and aired it on "Saturday Night Live" (1975). This led to Ben spending a year on the show in 1989.Ben made his big screen debut in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun (1987) in 1987. Demonstrating early on the multifaceted tone his career would take, he soon stepped behind the camera to direct Back to Brooklyn for MTV. The network was impressed and gave Stiller his own show, "The Ben Stiller Show" (1992). He recruited fellow offbeat comedians Janeane Garofalo and Andy Dick and created a bitingly satirical show. MTV ended up passing on it, but it was picked up by Fox. Unfortunately, the show was a ratings miss. Stiller was soon out of work, although he did have the satisfaction of picking up an Emmy for the show after its cancellation.For a while, Ben had to settle for guest appearance work. While he was doing this, he saved up his cash and in the end was able to scrape enough together to make Reality Bites (1994), now a cult classic which is looked upon favorably by the generation it depicted. Ben continued to work steadily for a time, particularly in independent productions where he was more at ease. However, he never quite managed to catch a big break. His first big budget directing job was Jim Carrey's The Cable Guy (1996). Although many critics were impressed, Jim Carrey's fans were not.In 1998, There's Something About Mary (1998) had propelled Ben into the mainstream spotlight. With his wince-inducing turn in the Farrelly brothers' gross-out film, Ben really "struck a nerve" with mainstream America. In recent years, Ben has starred in such hit movies as Keeping the Faith (2000) and Meet the Parents (2000). Ben excels at cerebral comedy, but he knows how to get down and lowbrow when he needs to, making him one of America's currently most popular performers.

Ben Stiller Movies / TV-Shows


In the Dark (2019)
The Truth Is in the Stars (2017)
The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)
Brad's Status (2017)
The Polka King (2017)
Zoolander 2 (2016)
Don't Think Twice (2016)
Why Him? (2016)
The First Monday in May (2016)
Haters Back Off! (2016)
Big Time in Hollywood, FL (2015)
Being Canadian (2015)
Crash Test: With Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer (2015)
StarTalk (2015)
Red Nose Day (2015)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
Sweet Micky for President (2015)
While We're Young (2014)
Penguins of Madagascar (2014)
Harmontown (2014)
Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story (2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail (2014)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)
Running Wild with Bear Grylls (2014)
He's Way More Famous Than You (2013)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Madly Madagascar (2013)
Another Period (2013)
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
The Watch (2012)
Burning Love (2012)
The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012)
Inside Comedy (2012)
The Living Room (2012)
Piers Morgan Live (2011)
The Big Year (2011)
30 Minutes or Less (2011)
Tower Heist (2011)
Workaholics (2011)
Little Fockers (2010)
Megamind (2010)
Greenberg (2010)
Submarine (2010)
I'm Still Here (2010)
The Trip (2010)
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010)
The Trip (2010)
Funny or Die Presents... (2010)
Eagleheart (2010)
Conan (2010)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)
The Marc Pease Experience (2009)
Merry Madagascar (2009)
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)
The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009)
The 7PM Project (2009)
Funny People (2009)
The 7PM Project (2009)
Watch What Happens: Live (2009)
August (2008)
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
The Ruins (2008)
Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness (2008)
Mayne Street (2008)
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis (2008)
Blades of Glory (2007)
The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)
Phineas and Ferb (2007)
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2007)
Chelsea Lately (2007)
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (2006)
Night at the Museum (2006)
School for Scoundrels (2006)
Danny Roane: First Time Director (2006)
Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner (2006)
Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! (2006)
Madagascar (2005)
Confessions of an Action Star (2005)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jimmy Fallon (2005)
Confessions of an Action Star (2005)
The Colbert Report (2005)
Extras (2005)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Meet the Fockers (2004)
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
Along Came Polly (2004)
Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Envy (2004)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
Duplex (2003)
Nobody Knows Anything! (2003)
Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003)
Arrested Development (2003)
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003)
Crooked Lines (2003)
American Idol (2002)
Orange County (2002)
Run Ronnie Run (2002)
Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 (2002)
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)
Zoolander (2001)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Playboy Exposed: Playboy Mansion Parties Uncensored (2001)
Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music (2001)
America: A Tribute to Heroes (2001)
The Andy Dick Show (2001)
Undeclared (2001)
Keeping the Faith (2000)
Meet the Parents (2000)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000)
Mystery Men (1999)
Black & White (1999)
The Suburbans (1999)
Hooves of Fire (1999)
Heat Vision and Jack (1999)
Family Guy (1999)
Freaks and Geeks (1999)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999)
There's Something About Mary (1998)
Your Friends and Neighbors (1998)
Zero Effect (1998)
Permanent Midnight (1998)
The King of Queens (1998)
The View (1997)
King of the Hill (1997)
The Daily Show (1996)
Happy Gilmore (1996)
The Cable Guy (1996)
If Lucy Fell (1996)
Flirting with Disaster (1996)
Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond (1996)
Heavyweights (1995)
NewsRadio (1995)
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (1995)
Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995)
Reality Bites (1994)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994)
Friends (1994)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
WWE Raw (1993)
Frasier (1993)
Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1993)
WWE Raw (1993)
The Nutt House (1992)
The Larry Sanders Show (1992)
Highway to Hell (1991)
Maury (1991)
Stella (1990)
Working Tra$h (1990)
Next of Kin (1989)
The Simpsons (1989)
Fresh Horses (1988)
Hot Pursuit (1987)
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Biography (1987)
Miami Vice (1984)
Kate & Allie (1984)
Live with Kelly and Ryan (1983)
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Sesame Street (1969)
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