Actor / Filmmaker
Date Of Birth:
30 November 1965
Place Of Birth:
New York City, New York
The son of the New York comedy team Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller, Ben Stiller went from making short comedy films in the early 1990s to starring in box office hits such as There's Something About Mary (1998) and Meet the Parents (2000, opposite Robert DeNiro). Stiller started out in the movies in a bit part in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun (1988). He had a short-lived stint on MTV in 1990, and in 1992 landed his own comedy sketch show on the Fox network. A critic's favorite that helped launch the careers of Andy Dick and Janeane Garofalo, the show was nonetheless cancelled after 12 episodes. Ben Stiller then directed Reality Bites (1994, with Winona Ryder), and its success led to directing Jim Carrey in The Cable Guy (1996). Stiller has since become a staple of box office comedies, appearing in about four movies a year and popping up on TV on shows such as Arrested Development and The Simpsons. His films include Mystery Men (1999, with William H. Macy); Zoolander (2001, with frequent co-star Owen Wilson); The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, co-starring Gene Hackman); Along Came Polly (2004, with Jennifer Aniston); Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004, with Vince Vaughn; Meet the Fockers (2004, with Barbra Streisand; Madagascar (2005, as the voice of Alex); the Night at the Museum movies (2006 and 2014); Tropic Thunder (2008, starring Robert Downey, Jr.); The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013); Zoolander 2 (2016); and Brad's Status (2017).
For Mystery Men, BenStiller reunited with former TV co-star and writing partner Janeane Garofalo (the film also featured Hank Azaria and Paul Reubens)… Ben Stiller is married to actress Christine Taylor, who played Marcia in The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) and Matilda in Zoolander.
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