Born In: New York, New York, United States
Ben Stiller is an American comedian, actor, writer, director, producer, and musician. He is best known for playing ‘Larry Daley’ in Shawn Levy's ‘Night at the Museum’ trilogy. Ben is one of the few bankable actors who can pull off comic roles with ease. His movies have raked in over $2.6 billion in the United States and Canada, with an average of $79 million per movie. After starting his career as an actor, he went on to write several mockumentaries, before producing and hosting his own show titled ‘The Ben Stiller Show.’ He made his directorial debut in 1994 when he directed the romantic comedy-drama film ‘Reality Bites.’ Ben often impersonates performers, such as David Blaine, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Cruise, and Bono. He has cited comedians like Jimmie Walker, George Carlin, and Robert Klein as his inspiration. Over the years, Ben has received several prestigious awards, including an ‘Emmy Award’ for his sketch comedy TV series ‘The Ben Stiller Show.’ He is an active supporter of various charities like the ‘Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.’ In 2018, UNHCR appointed him as its goodwill ambassador.
Also Known As: Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller
Spouse/Ex-: Christine Taylor (m. 2000 – Sep. 2017)
father: Jerry Stiller
mother: Anne Meara
siblings: Amy Stiller
children: Ella Olivia Stiller, Quinlin Dempsey Stiller
Born Country: United States
Ancestry: Polish American, Austrian American, Irish American
Notable Alumni: UCLA Film School
U.S. State: New Yorkers
education: UCLA Film School
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Ben Stiller's minor role on the TV soap opera ‘Guiding Light’ led to him being cast in the ‘Tony’ award-winning 1986 Broadway revival of John Guare's play ‘The House of Blue Leaves.’ Around that time, he produced a satirical mockumentary on actor John Mahoney.
His 10-minute short titled ‘The Hustler of Money,’ a parody of Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Color of Money,’ caught the attention of ‘Saturday Night Live’ which aired it in 1987.
In 1987, he played a small part in Steven Spielberg's ‘Empire of the Sun.’
In 1989, he appeared on ‘Saturday Night Live’ as a featured performer, but left after four episodes. He came up with ‘Elvis Stories,’ a short film which inspired another film titled ‘Going Back to Brooklyn’ for MTV.
In the early-1990s, he landed small roles in ‘Stella,’ ‘Highway to Hell,’ and a cameo in ‘The Nutt House.’
Starting from 1992, ‘Fox Network’ aired the 12-episode ‘Ben Stiller Show’ which failed to make a mark. However, it eventually received critical appreciation and won the ‘Emmy Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program’ award.
In 1995, his parents joined him on-screen in ‘Heavyweights.’ The following year, he starred in Adam Sandler's ‘Happy Gilmore.’
Next, he played lead roles in ‘If Lucy Fell’ and ‘Flirting with Disaster.’
‘The Cable Guy,’ his second directorial effort, starring Jim Carrey garnered mixed reviews.
1998 was the year that catapulted him to superstardom. That year, he starred in films like ‘There’s Something About Mary,’ ‘Zero Effect,’ ‘Your Friends & Neighbors,’ and ‘Permanent Midnight’ which were all received well.
In 1999, Ben Stiller starred in three films: ‘Mystery Men,’ ‘Black and White,’ and ‘The Suburbans.’ The same year, he directed a spoof TV series titled ‘Heat Vision and Jack’ which was canceled as it was not picked up by ‘Fox.’
He starred in three films in 2000: ‘Meet the Parents,’ ‘Keeping the Faith,’ and ‘The Independent.’ Later that year, he developed ‘Mission: Improbable,’ a spoof of ‘Mission: Impossible II’ and other films for MTV.
In 2001, he directed ‘Zoolander’ which was initially developed as a short skit for ‘VH1 Fashion Awards’ five years earlier. It featured multiple celebrity cameos.
Over the next two years, he appeared in ‘Duplex,’ ‘Orange County,’ ‘Nobody Knows Anything!,’ and ‘The King Of Queens.’
From 2003 to 2004, he appeared in six blockbusters: ‘Starsky & Hutch,’ ‘Envy,’ ‘DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story,’ ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,’ ‘Along Came Polly,’ and ‘Meet the Fockers,’ all of which saw commercial and critical success.
‘Madagascar,’ which released in 2005, was his first attempt at a computer-animated film. The movie grossed more than $532 million at the box office.
In 2006, Ben Stiller played cameo roles in ‘School for Scoundrels’ and ‘Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny’; he was also an executive producer of the latter. In December that year, Stiller played the lead role in ‘Night at the Museum.’
‘Heartbreak Kid,’ starring Malin Akerman, released in 2007. Although it was critically panned, it earned more than $100 million worldwide.
He co-wrote, co-produced, and directed ‘Tropic Thunder’ in 2008.
The following year, ‘Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian,’ a sequel to his 2006 movie, was released.
In 2010, he played a cameo role in ‘I'm Still Here,’ and played the lead role in ‘Greenberg.’
In 2011, Ben Stiller starred alongside Eddie Murphy and Alan Alda in ‘Tower Heist.’
2012 saw the release of the final movie in the ‘Madagascar’ franchise.
In 2014, he reprised his role as ‘Larry Daley’ in ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,’ the final installment in the ‘Night at the Museum’ movie series.
In 2016, he appeared in three films, namely ‘Zoolander 2,’ ‘Zoolander: Super Model,’ and ‘Don't Think Twice.’
In 2017, he was seen in movies like ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ and ‘Brad's Status.’
Ben Stiller played ‘Michael Cohen’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in six episodes in 2018 and 2019.
He was seen in cameo roles in the movies ‘Hubie Halloween’ (2020) and ‘Locked Down’ (2021).
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|1993||Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program||The Ben Stiller Show (1992)|
|2005||Best Villain||Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)|
|2001||Best Comedic Performance||Meet the Parents (2000)|
|1999||Best Fight||There's Something About Mary (1998)|
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