Stiller filming Tower Heist, 2010
Benjamin Edward Stiller
November 30, 1965
New York City, United States
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, director producer, screenwriter|
(m. 2000; separated 2017)
Anne Meara (deceased)
|Family||Amy Stiller (sister)|
Benjamin Edward "Ben" Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an American actor, comedian, voice actor, screenwriter, movie director, and producer. He is best known for his roles in There's Something About Mary, Zoolander (2001), Meet the Parents (2001) (and its 2004 sequel Meet the Fockers). Stiller has also starred in Flirting with Disaster (1996), Duplex (2003) and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) among others. One of the first movies he starred in was Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun (1987) Tropic Thunder (2008).
Early life[change | change source]
Stiller was born in New York City in 1965. His father, Jerry Stiller, is from a Jewish family that immigrated from Poland and Galicia, in Eastern Europe. His mother, Anne Meara, who was of Irish Catholic background, converted to Reform Judaism after marrying his father. She died in 2015. The family celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas, and Stiller had a Bar Mitzvah. He has said that he is "half Jewish and half Irish Catholic." Stiller's parents frequently took him on the sets of their appearances, including The Mike Douglas Show when he was six. He stated in an interview that he considered his childhood unusual: "In some ways, it was a show-business upbringing—a lot of traveling, a lot of late nights—not what you'd call traditional."
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Filmography[change | change source]
|1987||Hot Pursuit||Chris Honeywell|
|1987||Empire of the Sun||Dainty|
|1989||That's Adequate||Chip Lane|
|1989||Next of Kin||Lawrence Isabella|
|1990||Working Tra$h||Freddy Novak|
|1991||Highway to Hell||Pluto's Cook/Attila The Hun|
|1992||The Nutt House||Pie Thrower||Cameo|
|1994||Reality Bites||Michael Grates|
|1995||Heavyweights||Tony Perkis/Tony Perkis Sr.|
|1996||Happy Gilmore||Hal L. (The Evil Nursing Home Orderly Worker)||Uncredited|
|1996||If Lucy Fell||Bwick Elias|
|1996||Flirting with Disaster||Mel|
|1996||The Cable Guy||Sam Sweet/Stan Sweet|
|1998||Zero Effect||Steve Arlo|
|1998||There's Something About Mary||Ted Stroehmann|
|1998||Your Friends & Neighbors||Jerry|
|1998||Permanent Midnight||Jerry Stahl|
|1999||The Suburbans||Jay Rose|
|1999||Mystery Men||Mr. Furious|
|1999||Black and White||Mark Clear|
|2000||Keeping the Faith||Rabbi Jake Schram|
|2000||Meet the Parents||Gaylord "Greg" Focker|
|2001||The Royal Tenenbaums||Chas Tenenbaum|
|2002||Orange County||The Firefighter||Cameo|
|2002||Run Ronnie Run||Himself|
|2003||Nobody Knows Anything!||Peach Expert||Cameo|
|2003||Pauly Shore Is Dead||Himself||Cameo|
|2004||Along Came Polly||Reuben Feffer|
|2004||Starsky & Hutch||David Starsky|
|2004||DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story||White Goodman|
|2004||Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||Arturo Mendes||Cameo|
|2004||Meet the Fockers||Gaylord "Greg" Focker|
|2005||Sledge: The Untold Story||Commander|
|2005||Madagascar||Alex the Lion||Voice role|
|2005||A Christmas Caper||Voice role; uncredited|
|2006||Danny Roane: First Time Director||Himself|
|2006||School for Scoundrels||Lonnie|
|2006||Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny||The Guitar Center Store SalesGuy||Cameo; also producer|
|2006||Night at the Museum||Lawrence "Larry" Daley|
|2006||In Search of Ted Demme||Himself|
|2006||Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!||Himself|
|2007||The Heartbreak Kid||Edward "Eddie" Cantrow|
|2007||Elmo's Christmas Countdown||Stiller the Elf (voice)|
|2008||Tropic Thunder||Tugg Speedman|
|2008||Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa||Alex||Voice role|
|2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||Lawrence "Larry" Daley|
|2009||The Marc Pease Experience||Jon Gribble|
|2010||Submarine||Soap Opera Star||Cameo|
|2010||The Trip||Himself||Cameo; uncredited[source?]|
|2010||Megamind||Bernard||Cameo voice role|
|2010||Little Fockers||Gaylord "Greg" Focker|
|2011||Tower Heist||Josh Kovaks|
|2012||Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted||Alex||Voice role|
|2012||The Watch||Evan Trautwig|
|2013||He's Way More Famous Than You||Himself|
|2013||Turbo||Chet's boss||Voice role; uncredited[source?]|
|2013||The Secret Life of Walter Mitty||Walter Mitty|
|2014||While We're Young||Josh|
|2014||Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb||Lawrence "Larry" Daley/Laaa|
|2016||Zoolander 2||Derek Zoolander|
|2016||Zoolander: Super Model|
|2016||Don't Think Twice||Himself|
|2017||The Meyerowitz Stories||Matthew Meyerowitz|
|2017||Brad's Status||Brad Sloan|
References[change | change source]
- "Ben Stiller Biography". A&E Television Networks. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Stiller, Jerry (2000). Married to Laughter: A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara - Jerry Stiller. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-1146-8. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
- Wallace, Debra (November 19, 1999). "Stiller 'softy' in real life". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. Retrieved January 10, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "Finding an Afterlife as a Playwright". Los Angeles Times. Mar 1, 1998. Retrieved Aug 10, 2013.
- O'Toole, Lesley (December 22, 2006). "Ben Stiller:'Doing comedy is scary'". The Independent. London. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Longsdorf, Amy (December 3, 2010). "Christine Taylor: Sweet for the holidays". The Morning Call. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
- Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2001
- Ben Stiller on "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross"[dead link]
- McIntee, Michael Z. "Monday, May 30, 2005, Show #2366 recap". Late Show with David Letterman. Archived from the original on May 14, 2007. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Masello, Robert (November 28, 2006). "What makes Ben Stiller funny?". Parade. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Shoard, Catherine (October 4, 2016). "Ben Stiller speaks about diagnosis with prostate cancer". The Guardian. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
- Hautman, Nicholas (October 4, 2016). "Ben Stiller Reveals He Was Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer". Us Weekly. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
- "Hollywood actor Ben Stiller reveals he had prostate cancer but is now cancer-free". BBC News. October 4, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
Ben Stillerat the Jonathan Ross Show.
Other websites[change | change source]