Ben Stiller Biography

Birthday: 1965-11-30
Place of Birth: New York City, New York USA
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Wiki 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 (#6.16)" (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.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Starsky & Hutch David Starsky 1976 - 1977 Comedy
The Ben Stiller Show 1992 - 2010 Comedy
Next of Kin 1995 - 1997 Action
Starsky and Hutch David Starsky 2004 Comedy
Hot Pursuit 2006 - Comedy
Merry Madagascar Alex 2009 Animation
The Ben Show Himself - Host 2013
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Next of Kin 1982 Game Show, 0
Empire of the Sun 1987 0, 0
Fresh Horses 1988 0, Biography
Highway to Hell Attila the Hun 1992 Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Reality Bites 1994 Comedy, Drama, Romance
If Lucy Fell Bwick Elias 1996 0
Flirting with Disaster Mel Coplin 1996 Comedy
The Cable Guy Sam Sweet 1996 Comedy, Drama
Permanent Midnight Jerry Stahl 1998 0
Zero Effect Steve Arlo 1998 Comedy, Thriller, Mystery
There's Something About Mary Ted Stroehmann 1998
There's Something About Mary Ted 1998 Comedy, Romance
Mystery Men Mr. Furious 1999 Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Meet the Parents Gaylord 'Greg' Focker 2000 0
The Suburbans 2000 Comedy, Drama
Keeping the Faith Rabbi Jake Schram 2000 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Zoolander Derek Zoolander 2001
The Royal Tenenbaums Chas Tenenbaum 2001 0
Duplex Alex Rose 2003
Starsky & Hutch David Starsky 2004 0, Comedy
Along Came Polly Reuben Feffer 2004 Comedy, Romance
Envy Tim Dingman 2004
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story White Goodman 2004 Comedy, Sport
Meet the Fockers Greg Focker 2004 Comedy, Romance
Night at the Museum Larry Daley 2006 0, 0, 0
School for Scoundrels Lonnie 2006 Comedy, Romance
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Guitar Center Guy 2006 Adventure, Comedy, Music
Used Guys 2007
The Heartbreak Kid Eddie 2007 Comedy, Romance
Tropic Thunder Tugg Speedman - Hot LZ 2008 0, 0
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Alex 2008
Hotel Gramercy Park Himself 2008
The Marc Pease Experience 2009
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Larry Daley 2009 Action, Adventure, Comedy
Greenberg Roger Greenberg 2010
Megamind Bernard 2010 Drama, 0, 0, 0
A Night of 140 Tweets: A Celebrity Tweet-A-Thon for Haiti Himself 2010 Comedy
Little Fockers Greg Focker 2010 Comedy
Tower Heist Josh Kovacs 2011
Madagascar Alex 2011 0, 0, 0
The Watch Evan 2012 0, 0
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Alex 2012 Drama, 0, 0
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Walter Mitty 2013 Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Hot Pursuit 2015 0, 0
The Penguins of Madagascar Alex 2015 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Zoolander 2 Derek Zoolander 2016 Comedy