Ben Stiller

BirthDay:

30 Nov 1965

BirthPlace:

New York City, New York, USA

BirthName:

Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller

Bio:

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.
Filmography

Actor ( 224 credits )

Yeh Din Ka Kissa (2017)
Brad's Status (2017)
Don't Think Twice (2016) Ben Stiller
Zoolander 2 (2016) Derek Zoolander
Maya and Marty in Manhattan (2016)  Dr. Stone (1 episode, 2016)
Being Canadian (2015) Himself
Sweet Micky for President (2015) Himself
Big Time in Hollywood, FL (2015)  Jimmy Staats (unknown episodes)
Another Period (2015)  Charles Ponzi (1 episode, 2015)
Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) Larry Daley
While We're Young (2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Hashtag the Panda / ... (1 episode, 2014)
Running Wild with Bear Grylls (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
73 Questions (2014)  Derek Zoolander (1 episode, 2016)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Walter Mitty
He's Way More Famous Than You (2013) Ben Stiller
The Birthday Boys (2013)  Mr. Turner / ... (1 episode, 2013)
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Le débarquement (2013) (1 episode, 2013)
Weekend Ticket (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
International Ghost Investigators (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Watch (2012) Evan
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) Alex (voice)
Burning Love (2012)  Joe Rutherford (4 episodes, 2012-2013)
Inside Comedy (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Vivir de cine (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Evening Urgant (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Tower Heist (2011) Josh Kovaks
A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation (2011) Himself
Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Division (2011) Himself
Unite for Japan (2011) Himself
The Project (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Piers Morgan Tonight (2011)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011)
Workaholics (2011)  Del Jacobson (1 episode, 2015)
Bear Grylls Wild Weekends (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Trip (2010) Ben Stiller (uncredited)
Little Fockers (2010) Greg Focker
Megamind (2010) Bernard (voice)
I'm Still Here (2010) Himself
A Night of 140 Tweets: A Celebrity Tweet-A-Thon for Haiti (2010) Himself
The Cove: My Friend is... (2010) Himself
Greenberg (2010) Roger Greenberg
Submarine (2010) Soap Opera Star (uncredited)
Conan (2010)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
The Trip (2010)  Ben Stiller (uncredited) (1 episode, 2010)
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Take Two with Phineas and Ferb (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Eagleheart (2010)  Silly Sammy (1 episode, 2012)
Funny or Die Presents... (2010)  Ben (segment "Do You Want to See a Dead Body?") (1 epi
Shalom Sesame (2010)  Himself (2010) (unknown episodes)
In Search of Ted Demme (2010)
The Marc Pease Experience (2009) Jon Gribble
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) Larry Daley
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself (3 episodes, 2010-2012)
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)  Himself (3 episodes, 2009-2010)
The 7PM Project (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Mark at the Movies (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
ES.TV HD (2009)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2012)
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) Alex (voice)
Tropic Thunder (2008) Tugg Speedman - Hot LZ
Nick Nolte: No Exit (2008) Himself
Hotel Gramercy Park (2008) Himself
August (2008) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Press Pass (2008)  Himself
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Mayne Street (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Entertainers with Byron Allen (2008)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
The Heartbreak Kid (2007) Eddie
Phineas and Ferb (2007)  Khaka Peü Peü (1 episode, 2010)
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Himself - Guest / ... (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (4 episodes, 2007-2012)
Storyville (2007)  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 201
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2008-2013)
Night at the Museum (2006) Larry Daley
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006) Guitar Center Guy
School for Scoundrels (2006) Lonnie
Danny Roane: First Time Director (2006) Ben Stiller
Close Up (2006)  Actor / ... (1 episode, 2011)
The Henry Rollins Show (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! (2006) Himself
Madagascar (2005) Alex (voice)
Confessions of an Action Star (2005) Commander (uncredited)
Extras (2005)  Ben Stiller (1 episode, 2005)
The Colbert Report (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
20 to 1 (2005)  Ted Stroemann (1 episode, 2006)
Video on Trial (2005)  Passerby (uncredited) (1 episode, 2006)
In the Cutz (2005)  Guest (1 episode, 2006)
L'hebdo cinéma (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Meet the Fockers (2004) Greg Focker
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) Arturo Mendes
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) White Goodman
Envy (2004) Tim Dingman
Starsky & Hutch (2004) David Starsky
Along Came Polly (2004) Reuben Feffer
At the Movies (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (3 episodes, 2008-2013)
Your Movie Show (2004)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2006)
Duplex (2003) Alex Rose
Nobody Knows Anything! (2003) Peach Expert (uncredited)
Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003) Ben Stiller (uncredited)
Arrested Development (2003)  Tony Wonder (5 episodes, 2005-2013)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (6 episodes, 2003-2012)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (6 episodes, 2003-2013)
4Pop (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Ruby Wax with... (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Legs to Stand On (2002) Larry
Orange County (2002) The Firefighter (uncredited)
Run Ronnie Run (2002) Himself
Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 (2002)  Thomas Jefferson (1 episode, 2003)
Prehistoric Planet (2002)  Narrator (voice)
Player$ (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
HypaSpace (2002)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006)
American Idol (2002)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2007-2009)
Reel Comedy (2002) (1 episode)
Hollywood, Inc. (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Chas Tenenbaum
Zoolander (2001) Derek Zoolander
Undeclared (2001)  Rex (1 episode, 2002)
Primetime Glick (2001)  Himself (2 episodes, 2002)
The Andy Dick Show (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)  Himself (3 episodes, 2004-2009)
The Movie Loft (2001)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Meet the Parents (2000) Gaylord 'Greg' Focker
Keeping the Faith (2000) Rabbi Jake Schram
The Independent (2000) Cop
Rove Live (2000)  Himself (2 episodes, 2001-2004)
Black & White (1999) Mark Clear
Mystery Men (1999) Mr. Furious
The Suburbans (1999) Jay Rose
Family Guy (1999)  Ben Stiller (uncredited) (1 episode, 2007)
Freaks and Geeks (1999)  Agent Meara (uncredited) (1 episode, 2000)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999)  Ben Stiller (4 episodes, 2004-2007)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
TV total (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
The Mike & Ben Show (1999)  Himself
Permanent Midnight (1998) Jerry Stahl
Your Friends & Neighbors (1998) Jerry
There's Something About Mary (1998) Ted
Zero Effect (1998) Steve Arlo
The King of Queens (1998)  Jerry - Arthur Spooner's Father (1 episode, 2002)
Fox and Friends (1998)  Himself (2 episodes, 2013)
The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
T4 (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
King of the Hill (1997)  Rich (1 episode, 2004)
The View (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
The Roseanne Show (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Viva Variety (1997)  Ben Stiller (1 episode, 1997)
The Cable Guy (1996) Sam Sweet / Stan Sweet
Flirting with Disaster (1996) Mel Coplin
If Lucy Fell (1996) Bwick Elias
Happy Gilmore (1996) Hal L. - Orderly in Nursing Home (uncredited)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
Comedy Central Canned Ham (1996)  Himself (2 episodes)
Saturday Night Special (1996)  Himself - Host (1 episode, 1996)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (6 episodes, 1998-2010)
Heavy Weights (1995) Tony Perkis / Tony Perkis Sr.
NewsRadio (1995)  Vic (1 episode, 1996)
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (1995)  Ben Stiller (1 episode, 1998)
Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995)  Jimmy (1 episode, 1996)
Reality Bites (1994) Michael Grates
Friends (1994)  Tommy (1 episode, 1997)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994)  Harry Medfly (1 episode, 1995)
Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Howard Stern (1994)  Himself (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
Dennis Miller Live (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Cartelera (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Bravo Profiles (1994) (1 episode, 2001)
Frasier (1993)  Barry (1 episode, 1993)
WWF Raw (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself - Guest / ... (11 episodes, 1996-2013)
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
GMTV (1993)  Himself (3 episodes, 2004-2009)
Quelli che... il calcio (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (12 episodes, 1994-2006)
The Nutt House (1992) Pie thrower (uncredited)
The Ben Stiller Show (1992)  Various Characters / ... (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
The Larry Sanders Show (1992)  Ben Stiller (1 episode, 1997)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (5 episodes, 1996-2008)
The Big Breakfast (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself - director (1 episode, 2014)
Highway to Hell (1991) Pluto's Cook / Attila the Hun
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2013)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (6 episodes, 1996-2013)
Stella (1990) Jim Uptegrove
The Ben Stiller Show (1990)  Himself - Various (6 episodes, 1990)
Elvis Stories (1989) Bruce
Next of Kin (1989) Lawrence Isabella
That's Adequate (1989) Chip Lane
The Simpsons (1989)  Garth Motherloving (1 episode, 2002)
Troldspejlet (1989)  Himself - Actor / ... (1 episode, 2009)
Fresh Horses (1988) Tipton
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself / ... (6 episodes, 2006-2013)
This Morning (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Inside Edition (1988)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
Empire of the Sun (1987) Dainty
Hot Pursuit (1987) Chris Honeywell
Biography (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Weekend Today (1987)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Shoeshine (1987) Investment Banker
Larry King Live (1985)  Himself (5 episodes, 2009-2010)
Miami Vice (1984)  Fast Eddie Felcher (1 episode, 1987)
Kate & Allie (1984)  Peter (1 episode, 1986)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (4 episodes, 2008-2013)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007)
American Playhouse (1981)  Ronnie Shaughnessy (1 episode, 1987)
Wetten, dass..? (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Various / ... (9 episodes, 1987-2011)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Kate McShane (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 1975)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2004-2013)
Sesame Street (1969)  Himself (2 episodes, 2000-2007)
The Mike Douglas Show (1961)  Himself (2 episodes, 1972)
Today (1952)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2010)

Producer ( 30 credits )

The Polka King (2017) executive producer
Why Him? (2016) producer
Zoolander 2 (2016) producer
Another Period (2015) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Big Time in Hollywood, FL (2015) executive producer (5 episodes, 2015)
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail (2014) executive producer (unknown episodes)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) producer
The Birthday Boys (2013) executive producer (10 episodes, 2013)
Burning Love (2012) executive producer (35 episodes, 2012-2013)
The Big Year (2011) executive producer
30 Minutes or Less (2011) producer
Next Time on Lonny (2011) executive producer (10 episodes, 2014)
Megamind (2010) executive producer
A Night of 140 Tweets: A Celebrity Tweet-A-Thon for Haiti (2010) executive producer
Submarine (2010) executive producer
Stiller & Meara (2010) producer (22 episodes, 2010-2011)
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) executive producer
Tropic Thunder (2008) producer
The Ruins (2008) executive producer
Blades of Glory (2007) producer
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006) executive producer
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) producer
Starsky & Hutch (2004) executive producer
Duplex (2003) producer
Crooked Lines (2003) executive producer
Zoolander (2001) producer
The Ben Stiller Show (1992) producer (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Dodgeball 2 (0) producer
Space Jam 2 (0) producer
Super Sad True Love Story (0) executive producer

Writer ( 8 credits )

Zoolander 2 (2016) (character Derek Zoolander) &
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Zoolander (2001)
Saturday Night Special (1996) (2 episodes, 1996)
The Ben Stiller Show (1992) (creator) (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
The Ben Stiller Show (1990) (5 episodes, 1990)
Elvis Stories (1989) (writer)
Saturday Night Live (1975) (unknown episodes)

Director ( 12 credits )

Zoolander 2 (2016)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Stiller & Meara (2010) (5 episodes, 2010-2011)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Zoolander (2001)
The Cable Guy (1996)
Reality Bites (1994)
The Ben Stiller Show (1992) (9 episodes, 1992-1993)
The Ben Stiller Show (1990) (1 episode, 1990)
Elvis Stories (1989)
Saturday Night Live (1975) (unknown episodes)
Super Sad True Love Story (0)