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Ben Stiller

Mostly Credited As: Ben Stiller
Birth Name: Benjamin Edward Stiller
Date Of Birth: November 30, 1965 (Age 49)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York City, New York
Height: 5' 6 ½" (1.68 m)

Ben Stiller

To be an actor is one thing, but to be an actor, writer, producer, and director is another. To many people this would be an impossible feet to accomplish, but not for Ben Stiller.

On November 30, 1965, Ben Stiller was born into a family of comedians, his parents being famous entertainers Jerry Stiller, and Anne Meara. Stiller began his interest in acting at an early age, as he and his older sister Amy Stiller would preform plays around their house, some of which were written by Shakespear. Ben would often try to learn from his parents, and admired their ability to make others laugh. Their Upper West Side apartment was often packed with celebrities coming to and fro', giving Ben a chance to try and entertain them. At the age of 8 Stiller was able to join his parents on screen, along with his sister when Jerry and Anne co-hosted "The Douglas Show".

Obviously being famous comedians, Ben's parents were almost always busy, leaving little time to spend with their son. Ben, along with his sister Amy, were often looked after by their Jamaican house keeper Hazel. Stiller was also bullied quite harshly, and always felt like a mis-fit. He proclaimed that he wasn't well adjusted between the ages 13 and 19. At the age of 10 he had recieved a Super 8 camera, which he would shoot short films starring himself. Because of being bullied, the films would usually feature Ben getting bloody revengence on the tough-jock type kids who picked on him. As Ben got older, his interest in being an actor and director became stronger. He eventually moved to L.A. and attended the Universety of California as a film student. He later dropped out and moved back to his hometown of New York City.

While back in New York Stiller started looking for places to preform, as well as trying to land himself an agent. He eventually played a role in the Tony Award winner, "The House of Blue Leaves". During that same time he played the part of Tom Cruise in a spoof of the movie "The Color of Money" along with his costar John Mahoney, who played Paul Newman's role. Lorne Michaels thought the film to be hilarious, and aired it on Saterday Night Live, as well as giving Ben a writers position for the show for the entire year of 1989. Stiller soon moved on to make his big screen debute by playing a small role in Steven Spielberg's film "Empire of the Sun. Ben began to see how his career was beginning to unfold, and helped direct "Back to Brooklyn" for MTV. Impressed, MTV allowed Ben to write his own show, given the unoriginal name "The Ben Stiller Show". MTV ended up passing on it, but luckily Fox was there to pick it up. The show didn't last very long though, only airing 12 episodes, but it helped launch the careers of his fellow collaborators Bob Odenkirk, Andy Dick, and Janeane Garofalo. Stiller was also able to win an emmy for the show after it was cancled.

After the cancellation of his previous show, Stiller began directing others such as "Reality Bites" and "The Cable Guy". Later Stiller began acting again after puting aside his directing ambitions to star in the Farrelly brothers film, "There's Something About Mary" - where he played the role of Ted Stroehmann; a man who's still in love with his old high school prom date. The movie launched Ben's career, as millions around America began to notice him as a celebrity, but he didn't stop there. In 2000, Stiller starred in his best known movie of all time, the hilarious "Meet the Parents", which made $166,225,040 in U.S. Box Office. In 2001 Stiller came out with the movie "Zoolander", which he directed himself, making him even more well known. During the time period of 1990 during his success, he had relations with actress Jean Tripplehorn. But the relation didn't last long, and he soon ended up marrying actress Christine Taylor, whom he met while filming a never airing television pilot for Fox, "Heat Vision and Jack".

Stillers career continued to go off like a bomb shell as he began to get parts in big movies, such as "Along Came Polly" (2004), "Starsky and Hutch" (2004), "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" (2004), and the hilarious sequal "Meet the Parents" (2004) - Where Ben played Gay Lord Focker, a man who has a terrible time getting his real Parents to get to know his soon-to-be Parents in law. Stiller has just recently finished his voice acting movie, "Madagascar", and is scheduled to play in the sequal as well, announced for release in 2008.

Ben has made quite a name for himself over the years, starring in many well known movies, as well as directing and producing some of his own. It seems as though the comedy stardom blood line in his family has been passed on down to him, giving him the fame and fortune of which he already has. If Ben continues what he's doing, there's no doubt this big director, actor, producer, and writer will continue to be a big star for years and years to come.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Big Time In Hollywood, FL (2015)As: Jimmy Staats
Elmo's Christmas Countdown (2007)As: Stiller the Elf
Liberty's Kids (2002)As: Thomas Jefferson -- [Voice]
The Andy Dick Show (2000)As: Himself
The Ben Stiller Show (1992)As: Himself (Host)
MTV Movie Awards (1992)As: Himself (Co-Host 1996)
Kids' Choice Awards (US) (1988)As: Himself (Host - 2005)
Episode Cast Credits 

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) 
  Ben Stiller, Tim Gunn, Rixton 02x42: (Mar/19/2015) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Ben Stiller, Brie Larson, Damon Wayans 01x184: (Dec/19/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Chris Rock, Chris Christie, Kacey Musgraves 01x74: (Jun/12/2014) As Hashtag the Panda 

Workaholics (2011) 
  Front Yard Wrestling 05x02: (Jan/21/2015) As Del Jacobson (Landlord) 

Surprise, Surprise (2012) (2012) 
  Christmas Special 03x08: (Dec/21/2014) As Himself 

Today (US) (1952) 
  Season 63, Episode 245 63x245: (Dec/19/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Ben Stiller. 56x78: (Dec/20/2006) As Himself 

The Graham Norton Show (2007) 
  Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Danny Dyer, Usher 16x12: (Dec/19/2014) As Himself 
  Ben Stiller, Jamie Oliver, Martin Freeman, Rebecca Ferguson 14x09: (Dec/13/2013) As Himself 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Ben Stiller, Olivia Munn, LaLa Brooks 21x233: (Dec/09/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Ben Stiller, Whitney Cummings 19x34: (Nov/01/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Ben Stiller, Dario Franchitti, the Strokes 18x108: (Mar/23/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Ben Stiller, Jamie Oliver, Justin Bieber 17x115: (Mar/23/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Access (2011) 
  Mel Brooks, Ben Stiller 03x177: (Sep/09/2014) As Himself 

Running Wild with Bear Grylls (2014) 
  Ben Stiller 01x02: (Aug/04/2014) As Himself 

Live with Kelly & Michael (1983) 
  Ben Stiller, Trans-Siberian Orchestra 32x82: (Dec/24/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Repeat segments: actor Ben Stiller; Jewel performs; professional soccer player David Beckham; actress Jennifer Garner; Patti Wood discusses sleep styles 28x05: (Sep/11/2009) As Himself 
  Ben Stiller, Jesse James 27x187: (May/19/2009) As Himself 
  Season 19, Episode 355 27x50: (Nov/07/2008) As Himself 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  December 20, 2013 14x354: (Dec/20/2013) As Himself 

The Colbert Report (2005) 
  Ben Stiller, the Blind Boys of Alabama 10x40: (Dec/19/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Arrested Development (2003) 
  Blockheads 04x15: (May/26/2013) As Tony Wonder 
  A New Attitude 04x11: (May/26/2013) As Tony Wonder 
  Colony Collapse 04x07: (May/26/2013) As Tony Wonder 
  S.O.B.s (Save Our Bluths) 03x09: (Jan/02/2006) As Himself, [Uncredited]

Inside Comedy (2012) 
  Ben Stiller / Mike Meyers 02x08: (Apr/01/2013) As Himself 

Watch and Listen (2012) 
  Watch - Episode 26 01x55: (Oct/14/2012) As Himself, [Co-Guest Stars]
  Watch - Cannes Film Festival Special Episode 2 (May/27/2012) As Himself, [Co-Guest Stars]
  Watch - Cannes Film Festival Special Episode 1 (May/27/2012) As Himself, [Featuring]

Conan (2010) 
  Something, Something Japanese 02x120: (Jul/26/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Ben Stiller, Rose Byrne, Missy Higgins 20x123: (Jul/20/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Martin Short, Aubrey Plaza, Def Leppard 20x94: (Jun/04/2012) Voiced  Alex (Footage from “Madagascar 3”) 
  Ben Stiller, Jonas Brothers 16x164: (Aug/04/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Ben Stiller, Tony Snow, Raul Midon 16x09: (Sep/27/2007) As Himself 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Ben Stiller/Foster The People 37x03: (Oct/08/2011) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]
  Alan Cumming/Jennifer Lopez 25x11: (Feb/05/2000) As Himself, [Uncredited]
  Ben Stiller/Alanis Morissette 24x04: (Oct/24/1998) As Himself (Host) 
  Charlton Heston/Wynton Marsalis 12x15: (Mar/28/1987) As Himself 

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (1996) 
  Ben Stiller 15x41: (Mar/29/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Ben Stiller 03x117: (Sep/16/1998) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Ben Stiller 03x11: (Jan/21/1998) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Ben Stiller 13x106: (Aug/14/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009) 
  Robin Williams, Barry Manilow 01x144: (Jan/21/2010) As Himself 
  Ben Stiller, "Top Chef" winner Michael Voltaggio, 30 Seconds To Mars 01x121: (Dec/10/2009) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001) 
  Ben Stiller, Paul O'Grady, Cheryl Cole 15x03: (Sep/19/2008) As Himself 
  Liza Tarbuck, John Lydon, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Starsailor 06x01: (Mar/12/2004) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Early Show (1999) 
  Ben Stiller 09x244: (Aug/14/2008) As Himself 
  Ben Stiller. 08x79: (Dec/21/2006) As Himself 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Ben Stiller, Danica McKellar, Airbourne 06x113: (Aug/08/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) 
  The N Word 06x08: (Oct/28/2007) As Himself 
  The Blind Date 04x03: (Jan/18/2004) As Himself 

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) 
  Ben Stiller, Will.i.am, hip hop violinist Paul Dateh 05x19: (Sep/28/2007) As Himself 
  Ben Stiller/Sara Rue/Sarah McLachlan 02x76: (Jan/03/2005) As Himself 

American Idol (2002) 
  Idol Gives Back (Apr/25/2007) As Himself 
  Season 5 Finale 05x41: (May/24/2006) As Himself 

The Henry Rollins Show (2006) 
  Ben Stiller, Ryan Adams 02x02: (Apr/20/2007) As Himself 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Ben Stiller, Ving Rhames, Joshua Bell 14x61: (Dec/19/2006) As Himself 
  Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Meredith Vieira, Cee-lo 11x85: (Mar/05/2004) As Himself 
  Ben Stiller, Sarah Ferguson, Rich Hall 11x59: (Jan/15/2004) As Himself 

Extras (2005) 
  Ben Stiller 01x01: (Jul/21/2005) As Himself 

Kids' Choice Awards (US) (1988) 
  18th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 18x01: (Apr/02/2005) As Himself (Host) 

On Air With Ryan Seacrest (2004) 
  3/1/04 01x37: (Mar/01/2004) As Himself 
  1/16/04 01x06: (Jan/16/2004) As Himself 
  1/13/04 01x03: (Jan/13/2004) As Himself 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 76th Annual Academy Awards 52x01: (Feb/29/2004) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 74th Annual Academy Awards 50x01: (Mar/24/2002) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 49x01: (Mar/25/2001) As Presenter, [Featuring]

King of the Hill (1997) 
  That's What She Said 08x10: (Feb/08/2004) Voiced  Rich, [Special Guest Stars]

The View (1997) 
  Season 7, Episode 17 07x17: (Sep/24/2003) As Himself, [Interviewees]

E! True Hollywood Story (1996) 
  Andy Dick 07x02: (Sep/15/2002) As Himself 

The King of Queens (1998) 
  Shrink Wrap 04x25: (May/20/2002) As Seamus Spooner 

Undeclared (2001) 
  Eric's POV 01x16: (Mar/12/2002) As Rex 

Primetime Glick (2001) 
  Tom Hanks / Ben Stiller 02x01: (Feb/23/2002) As Himself 

The Simpsons (1989) 
  Sweets and Sour Marge 13x08: (Jan/20/2002) Voiced  Garth Motherloving 

Inside the Actors Studio (1994) 
  Ben Stiller 08x01: (Sep/30/2001) As Himself 

Freaks and Geeks (1999) 
  The Little Things 01x14: (Jul/08/2000) As Agent Meara, [Uncredited]

MTV Video Music Awards (1984) 
  15th Annual MTV Video Music Awards 15x01: (Sep/10/1998) As Himself (Host) 

Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (1995) 
  Ticket 05x05: (Jul/13/1998) Voiced  Himself 

Friends (1994) 
  The One With the Screamer 03x22: (Apr/24/1997) As Tommy 

NewsRadio (1995) 
  The Trainer 03x11: (Dec/19/1996) As Vic, [Special Guest Stars]

Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995) 
  If You're Going to Write a Comedy Scene, You're Going to Have Some Rat Feces in There 02x05: (Dec/06/1996) As Jimmy 

MTV Movie Awards (1992) 
  1996 MTV Movie Awards 05x05: (Jun/13/1996) As Himself (Host) 

Saturday Night Special (1996) 
  Ben Stiller, Salt-N-Pepa, Max Perlich, Alice in Chains, D'Angelo 01x02: (Apr/20/1996) As Himself 

Duckman (1994) 
  Clip Job 02x09: (May/08/1995) Voiced  Harry Medfly 

Frasier (1993) 
  Miracle on Third or Fourth Street 01x12: (Dec/16/1993) Voiced  Barry 

Late Night With David Letterman (1982) 
  Show #1688 11x104: (Sep/24/1992) As Himself 

Miami Vice (1984) 
  Amen... Send Money 04x02: (Oct/02/1987) As Fast Eddie Felcher 

Kate & Allie (1984) 
  Too Late The Rebel 03x15: (Jan/27/1986) As Peter 

Kate McShane (1975) 
  Conspiracy of Silence 01x07: (Oct/29/1975) As Unknown 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

The Ben Stiller Show (1992)• Producer
The Station (2009)• Executive Producer
compliKATEd (2013)• Executive Producer
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail (2014)• Executive Producer
The Birthday Boys (2013)• Executive Producer
Big Time In Hollywood, FL (2015)• Executive Producer
Reality Bites (2014)• Executive Producer
Another Period (2015)• Executive Producer
Super Sad True Love Story (2015)• Executive Producer

Episode Crew

The Ben Stiller Show (1992) (Credited in 9 episodes from this show) 
Show all 9 episode crew credits
Episode #110 01x10 Dec/20/1992 As: Writer
Episode #109 01x09 Dec/13/1992 As: Director, Writer
Episode #108 01x08 Dec/06/1992 As: Director
Episode #107 01x07 Nov/15/1992 As: Writer
Episode #105 01x05 Nov/01/1992 As: Writer

Ben Stiller once appeared in the episode "Shrink Wrap" of "The King of Queens", and played the part of Jerry Stiller's (Arthur) father. In reality Jerry Stiller is Ben Stillers father.

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