Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller

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Birthday: 
30 November 1965, New York City, New York, USA
Birth Name: 
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller
Height: 
170 cm
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism).It's not surprising that Ben has followed in his family's footsteps: his p... Show more »
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism).It's not surprising that Ben has followed in his family's footsteps: his 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 (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. 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 most popular performers. Show less «

Ben Stiller's FILMOGRAPHY

Arrested Development - Season 5

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The Simpsons - Season 30

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The Graham Norton Show - Season 24

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The Graham Norton Show - Season 23

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Saturday Night Live - Season 44

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Running Wild with Bear Grylls - Season 4

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Another Period - Season 3

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American Idol - Season 16

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The Daily Show - Season 23

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Saturday Night Live - Season 43

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Conan - Season 8

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The Red Nose Day Special

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The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

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The Truth Is in the Stars

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Brad's Status

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Sesame Street - Season 48

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The Daily Show - Season 22

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Conan - Season 7

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Saturday Night Live - Season 42

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Don't Think Twice

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Haters Back Off! - Season 1

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Zoolander 2

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Saturday Night Live - Season 41

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Ben Stiller'S roles

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Chas Tenenbaum
Attila
Attila
Alex
Alex
Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
Greg Focker
Greg Focker
Evan
Evan
Arturo Mendes
Arturo Mendes
Sam Sweet
Sam Sweet
Michael Grates
Michael Grates
Reuben Feffer
Reuben Feffer
Alex Rose
Alex Rose
Larry Daley
Larry Daley
Derek Zoolander
Derek Zoolander
Eddie
Eddie
Walter Mitty
Walter Mitty
Mr. Furious
Mr. Furious
Roger Greenberg
Roger Greenberg
Bernard
Bernard
Rabbi Jake Schram
Rabbi Jake Schram
Tim Dingman
Tim Dingman
Det. Dave Starsky
Det. Dave Starsky
Tugg Speedman
Tugg Speedman
Josh
Josh
Guitar Center Guy
Guitar Center Guy
Tony Perkis
Tony Perkis
White Goodman
White Goodman
Ted
Ted
Rich
Rich
Tommy
Tommy
Tony Wonder
Tony Wonder
Charles Ponzi
Charles Ponzi
Matthew
Matthew
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
Himself
Himself
Tony Wonder
Tony Wonder
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
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Various, Michael Cohen, Derek Zoolander, Himself - Host, Bruce Springsteen, Charlie Babbitt, Himself, Mandy Patinkin, Tom Cruise, Touchy...