Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller

Nov. 30th, 1965
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
5' 6 1/2"

Ben Stiller's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Primetime Glick TV Show
Primetime Glick
Kate McShane TV Show
Kate McShane

Main Movie Roles

2016 - Zoolander 2
2015 - Being Canadian
2015 - Sweet Micky For President
2015 - While We're Young
2014 - Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
2014 - Harmontown
2014 - Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
2013 - He's Way More Famous Than You
2013 - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
2012 - The Watch
2012 - Madagascar 3 - Europe's Most Wanted
2011 - Submarine
2011 - The Trip
2011 - Tower Heist
2010 - Little Fockers
2010 - Greenberg
2010 - Megamind
2009 - The Marc Pease Experience
2009 - Funny People
2009 - The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story
2009 - Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
2008 - Tropic Thunder
2008 - Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
2008 - August
2007 - The Heartbreak Kid
2006 - Night at the Museum
2006 - School for Scoundrels
2005 - Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
2005 - Madagascar
2004 - Meet the Fockers
2004 - Envy
2004 - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
2004 - Starsky & Hutch
2004 - Along Came Polly
2004 - DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story
2003 - Duplex
2002 - Orange County
2001 - The Royal Tenenbaums
2001 - Zoolander
2000 - Keeping the Faith
2000 - Meet the Parents
1999 - The Suburbans
1999 - Mystery Men
1998 - Your Friends & Neighbors
1998 - Permanent Midnight
1998 - There's Something About Mary
1998 - Zero Effect
1996 - Happy Gilmore
1996 - The Cable Guy
1996 - Flirting with Disaster
1996 - If Lucy Fell
1996 - The Cable Guy
1995 - Heavy Weights
1995 - Heavy Weights
1994 - Reality Bites
1990 - Stella
1989 - Next of Kin
1988 - Fresh Horses
1987 - Hot Pursuit
1987 - Empire of the Sun
1900 - Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Various Characters
Tom Cruise
Tony Wonder
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
Ben Stiller
Joe Rutherford
Himself - Guest
[Complete List]


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 The House of Blue Leaves (1987) (TV) costar John Mahoney (I) (in the Paul Newman (I) 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 (I) 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.

  • Is a big fan of _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv). He named his production company "Red Hour Films" after an alien riot featured in the episode _"Star Trek" (1966) {The Return of the Archons (#1.21)}_ (qv). Has a humorous, You Tube website "gag" episode of "Star Trek" where he is imitating Shatner's Captain Kirk.
  • His favorite actress of all time is 'Diane Keaton' (qv). He even wrote an article about her for Premiere magazine in 1997.
  • Has played two very similar characters in the movies _Heavy Weights (1995)_ (qv) and _Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)_ (qv). In both films he plays an obnoxious, slightly insane and formerly overweight fitness instructor who's hell-bent on getting others into shape, and perhaps also on making other peoples' lives miserable.
  • Revealed in 2005 that he has bipolar disorder and that it runs in his family.
  • Is a member of, what the media refers to as, "The Frat Pack," along with 'Will Ferrell' (qv), 'Jack Black (I)' (qv), 'Vince Vaughn' (qv), 'Steve Carell' (qv), 'Owen Wilson (I)' (qv), and 'Luke Wilson (I)' (qv). The "Frat Pack" name is a reference to the film, _Old School (2003)_ (qv), featuring Vaughn, Ferrell and Luke Wilson, due to the wide number of films featuring the seven actors. Stiller's "Frat Pack" films include _Zoolander (2001)_ (qv), _Envy (2004)_ (qv), _The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)_ (qv) and _Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)_ (qv)..
  • Was considered for the role of "Willy Wonka" in _Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)_ (qv).
  • 2007 - Ranked #20 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
  • Frequent co-star of 'Vince Vaughn' (qv), appearing with him in three movies in 2004 alone.

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