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Ben Stiller, All you want to know about a great actor star

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Ben Stiller, All you want to know about a great actor star

Ben Stiller, All you want to know about a great actor star

 

Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller

(born November 30, 1965) is an American actor, comedian, producer, director, and screenwriter. He is the son of the comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.

After beginning his acting career with a play, Stiller wrote several mockumentaries and was offered his own show, titled The Ben Stiller Show, which he produced and hosted for its 13-episode run. Having previously acted in television, he began acting in films.

He made his directorial debut with Reality Bites. Throughout his career he has written, starred in, directed, or produced more than 50 films including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Zoolander, The Cable Guy, There’s Something About Mary, the Meet the Parents trilogy, DodgeBall, Tropic Thunder, the Madagascar series, and the Night at the Museum trilogy. He has also made numerous cameos in music videos, television shows, and films.

Stiller is a member of a group of comedic actors colloquially known as the Frat Pack. His films have grossed more than $2.6 billion in Canada and the United States, with an average of $79 million per film. Throughout his career, he has received various awards and honors, including an Emmy Award, multiple MTV Movie Awards, a Britannia Award and a Teen Choice Award.

 

Early life

Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City[6] and raised on the Upper West Side. His father, comedian and actor Jerry Stiller, was from a Jewish family that emigrated from Poland and Galicia in Central Europe. His mother, actress and comedian Anne Meara, who was from an Irish Catholic background, converted to Reform Judaism after marrying his father. While they “were never a very religious family”, they celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas,[16] and Stiller had a Bar Mitzvah.

His parents frequently took him on the sets of their appearances, including The Mike Douglas Show when he was 6. He considered his childhood unusual, stating: “In some ways, it was a show-business upbringing—a lot of traveling, a lot of late nights—not what you’d call traditional.” His older sister, Amy, has appeared in many of his productions, including Reality Bites, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, and Zoolander. Stiller displayed an early interest in filmmaking and made Super 8 movies with his sister and friends.

At age 9, Stiller made his acting debut as a guest on his mother’s short-lived television series, Kate McShane. In the late 1970s, he performed with the New York City troupe NYC’s First All Children’s Theater, playing several roles, including the title role in Clever Jack and the Magic Beanstalk.

After being inspired by the television show Second City Television while in high school, Stiller realized that he wanted to get involved with sketch comedy. During his high school years, he was also the drummer of the post-punk band Capital Punishment, which released the studio album Roadkill in 1982.

The band’s bassist, Peter Swann, went on to become (as of 2018) an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge. The band reunited in 2018 to release a new EP, titled This is Capital Punishment, for Record Store Day. The current status of the band is unknown.

Stiller attended The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine and graduated from the Calhoun School in New York in 1983. He started performing on the cabaret circuit as opening act to the cabaret siren Jadin Wong. Stiller then enrolled as a film student at the University of California, Los Angeles. After nine months, Stiller left school to move back to New York City. He made his way through acting classes, auditioning and trying to find an agent.

 

Personal life

Stiller dated several actresses during his early television and film career, including Jeanne Tripplehorn, Calista Flockhart, and Amanda Peet.

In May 2000, Stiller married actress Christine Taylor at an oceanfront ceremony in Kauai, Hawaii. They met in 1999, while filming a never-broadcast television pilot for the Fox Broadcasting network called Heat Vision and Jack. Taylor and Stiller appeared together in the films Zoolander, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Tropic Thunder, Zoolander 2 and in the TV series Arrested Development and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

They live in Westchester County, New York and have a daughter Ella Olivia (b. 2002) and a son Quinlin Dempsey “Quinn” Stiller (b. 2005). Both adopted a vegetarian diet for health reasons. After 17 years of marriage, Taylor and Stiller separated in 2017. The couple later reconciled, after living together during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

In 2001, Stiller appeared as a celebrity contestant on the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He won $32,000 for his charity Project ALS, after incorrectly answering his $250,000 question in an attempt to equal Edie Falco’s $250,000 win.

Stiller is a supporter of the Democratic Party and donated money to John Kerry’s 2004 U.S. presidential campaign. In February 2007, Stiller attended a fundraiser for Barack Obama and later donated to the 2008 U.S. presidential campaigns of Democrats Obama, John Edwards, and Hillary Clinton.

Stiller supports such charities as Declare Yourself, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation. In 2010, Stiller, together with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Robin Williams, and others, starred in The Cove PSA: My Friend is… , in an effort to stop the slaughter of dolphins. He was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR on July 2, 2018.

Stiller frequently impersonates such performers as Bono, Tom Cruise, Bruce Springsteen, and David Blaine. In an interview with Parade, he commented that Robert Klein, George Carlin, and Jimmie Walker were inspirations for his comedy career.

Stiller is also a self-professed Trekkie and appeared in the television special Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond to express his love of the show, as well as a comedy roast for William Shatner. He frequently references the show in his work, and named his production company Red Hour Productions after a time of day in the original series episode, “The Return of the Archons”.

Stiller considers Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to be his “hero”, and he visited him in Kyiv in June 2022; on the same trip Stiller visited Lviv, Irwin and Makarov to bring attention to the humanitarian need of refugees in Poland and Ukraine.

Stiller was diagnosed with prostate cancer in June 2014 and was declared cancer-free in September 2014 following the surgical removal of his prostate.

 

Ben Stiller Biography

Overview

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth Name Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller
Height 5′ 7½” (1.71 m)

 

 

Family

Spouse Christine Taylor (13 May 2000 – present)  (2 children)
Children Ella Olivia Stiller
Quinn Dempsey Stiller
Parents Anne Meara
Jerry Stiller
Relatives Amy Stiller (sibling)

 

Trade Mark

His characters are often arrogant and short tempered
Sarcastic deadpan disposition
Often plays characters who frequently find themselves in very embarrassing, awkward situations
Short but muscular frame
Judaism is an often theme in his movies.

Salary

There’s Something About Mary (1998) $3,000,000
Zoolander (2001) $2,500,000
Meet the Fockers (2004) $10,000,000
Greenberg (2010) $6,000,000
Little Fockers (2010) $20,000,000
The Big Year (2011) $1,000,000 (producer)
Tower Heist (2011) $15,000,000

 

FILMOGRAPHY

 

Movies

CREDIT
42% 27% Locked Down Guy (Character) 2021
91% 85% Dinner in America Producer 2020
19% 24% Friendsgiving Producer 2020
81% 69% Alex Strangelove Producer 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Madagascar 4 Unknown (Character) 2018
67% 49% The Polka King Executive Producer 2017
93% 72% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Matthew (Character) 2017
79% 55% Brad’s Status Brad Sloan (Character) $2.1M 2017
39% 51% Why Him? Producer $60.2M 2016
22% 20% Zoolander No. 2 Derek Zoolander (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$28.8M 2016
67% 81% Sweet Micky for President Unknown (Character) 2015
33% 46% Being Canadian Self 2015
No Score Yet 89% Burning Love 2 Producer 2014
83% 51% While We’re Young Josh Srebnick (Character) $7.6M 2014
47% 57% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Larry Daley/Laaa (Character) $113.6M 2014
52% 71% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Walter Mitty (Character),
Director,
Producer
$58.2M 2013
16% 39% The Watch Evan Troutwig (Character) $34.4M 2012
78% 72% Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Alex (Voice) 2012
68% 48% Tower Heist Josh Kovaks (Character) $78.0M 2011
42% 41% The Big Year Executive Producer $7.2M 2011
45% 40% 30 Minutes or Less Producer $37.1M 2011
9% 34% Little Fockers Greg Focker (Character) $148.4M 2010
72% 72% Megamind Bernard (Voice),
Executive Producer
$148.3M 2010
76% 42% Greenberg Roger Greenberg (Character) $4.2M 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Megamind Executive Producer $148.3M 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Megamind Executive Producer 2010
18% 14% The Marc Pease Experience Jon Gribble (Character) $2.6K 2009
90% 87% The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story Executive Producer $54.9K 2009
44% 47% Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Larry Daley (Character) $177.2M 2009
No Score Yet 56% Merry Madagascar Unknown (Character) 2009
No Score Yet 46% Nick Nolte: No Exit Self 2008
64% 66% Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Alex (Voice) 2008
82% 70% Tropic Thunder Tugg Speedman (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$110.4M 2008
49% 30% The Ruins Executive Producer $17.4M 2008
29% 37% The Heartbreak Kid Eddie (Character) $36.8M 2007
70% 68% Blades of Glory Producer 2007
76% 79% Awesome; I F… Shot That! Unknown (Character) $161.4K 2006
No Score Yet 28% Danny Roane: First Time Director Self 2006
43% 67% Night at the Museum Larry Daley (Character) $113.7M 2006
52% 67% Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny Guitar Store Dude (Character),
Executive Producer
$8.3M 2006
26% 52% School for Scoundrels Lonnie (Character) $17.8M 2006
54% 66% Madagascar Alex the Lion (Voice) $193.1M 2005
8% 27% Envy Tim Dingman (Character) $12.2M 2004
57% 29% Pauly Shore Is Dead Ben Stiller (uncredited) (Character) 2004
38% 58% Meet the Fockers Greg Focker (Character) $279.2M 2004
71% 76% Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story White Goodman (Character),
Producer
$114.3M 2004
63% 49% Starsky & Hutch Dave Starsky (Character),
Executive Producer
$88.2M 2004
27% 47% Along Came Polly Reuben Feffer (Character) $87.9M 2004
35% 40% Duplex Alex (Character) $9.7M 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Our House Alex Rose (Character) 2003
No Score Yet 44% Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire and the Legend of the Lost Tribe Unknown (Character) 2002
81% 89% The Royal Tenenbaums Chas Tenenbaum (Character) $52.4M 2001
65% 80% Zoolander Derek Zoolander (Character),
Director,
Writer,
Producer
$45.2M 2001
60% 49% The Independent Cop (Character) $238.4K 2000
84% 79% Meet the Parents Greg Focker (Character) $166.2M 2000
69% 59% Keeping the Faith Rabbi Jacob “Jake” Schram (Character) $37.0M 2000
38% 30% Black and White Mark Clear (Character) $5.2M 1999
0% 22% The Suburbans Jay Rose (Character) $5.8K 1999
61% 57% Mystery Men Mr. Furious (Character) $29.8M 1999
58% 54% Permanent Midnight Jerry Stahl (Character) $1.2M 1998
77% 64% Your Friends & Neighbors Jerry (Character) $4.7M 1998
83% 61% There’s Something About Mary Ted Stroehmann (Character) $176.5M 1998
64% 77% Zero Effect Steve Arlo (Character) $2.0M 1998
87% 69% Flirting With Disaster Mel Coplin (Character) $14.8M 1996
55% 51% The Cable Guy Sam Sweet/Stan Sweet (Character),
Director
$60.2M 1996
18% 52% If Lucy Fell Bwick Elias (Character) $2.2M 1996
29% 77% Heavyweights Tony Perkis/Tony Perkis Sr. (Character) $17.7M 1995
64% 74% Reality Bites Michael Grates (Character),
Director
$20.0M 1994
No Score Yet 53% Highway to Hell Pluto’s Cook/Attila the Hun (Character) $12.3K 1991
No Score Yet 61% Working Trash Freddy Novak (Character) 1990
33% 76% Stella Jim Uptegrove (Character) $20.1M 1990
50% 45% Next of Kin Lawrence Isabella (Character) $15.4M 1989
0% 32% Fresh Horses Tipton (Character) $6.4M 1988
0% 43% Hot Pursuit Chris Honeywell (Character) $2.9M 1987
75% 90% Empire of the Sun Dainty (Character) $22.0M 1987

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet 71% In the Dark Executive Producer 2019-2022
97% 93% Severance Executive Producer,
Director
2022
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 20152022
No Score Yet 43% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014-20172019-20202022
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2008-200920122018-2020
78% No Score Yet Gone Mental With Lior Unknown (Character) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2019
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 20132019
No Score Yet 66% Desus & Mero Guest 2019
88% 90% Escape at Dannemora Director 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2018
No Score Yet 45% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 20162018
74% 85% Arrested Development Tony Wonder (Voice),
Unknown (Guest Star)
200520132018
75% 89% Another Period Executive Producer 20162018
No Score Yet 100% The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail Executive Producer 2015-2016
38% 78% Maya & Marty Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2016
No Score Yet 25% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2016
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star),
Host
198919982010-20112016
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2013-20142016
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2013-2015
100% 93% The Birthday Boys Executive Producer 2014
No Score Yet 91% Running Wild With Bear Grylls Self 2014
No Score Yet 83% Burning Love Executive Producer 2013-2014
No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Guest 2013
No Score Yet 87% Conan Unknown (Character),
Guest
2012-2013
No Score Yet 100% Inside Comedy Unknown (Character) 2013
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 20102012
100% No Score Yet Funny or Die Presents Ben (Character) 2011
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2003200620082010
92% 92% Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself (Guest Star) 20042007
No Score Yet 96% Sesame Street Unknown (Character),
Music Performer
20002007
No Score Yet 63% Family Guy Himself (Guest Voice) 2007
88% 90% Extras Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 56% King of the Hill Rich (Guest Voice) 2004
No Score Yet 80% The King of Queens Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
85% 75% The Simpsons Garth Motherloving (Guest Voice) 2002
100% 96% Freaks and Geeks Agent Meara (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Space Ghost: Coast to Coast Guest 1998
79% 94% Friends Tommy (Guest Star) 1997
95% 67% NewsRadio Vic (Guest Star) 1996
91% 100% The Ben Stiller Show Unknown (Character) 1992-19931995
95% 94% Frasier Barry (Guest Voice) 1993
71% 91% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kate & Allie Unknown (Guest Star) 1986