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Ben Stiller

Storm’s Filmography: Ben Stiller

Date of Birth

30 November 1965, New York City, New York, USA

Birth Name

Benjamin Edward Stiller

Height

5′ 8″ (1.73 m)

Mini Biography

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 (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. 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.

Spouse

Christine Taylor   (13 May 2000 – present) 2 children

Trade Mark

His characters are often arrogant and short tempered

Sarcastic Deadpan Disposition

Films (Excluding TV Episodes/Mini Series)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Walter Mitty – 2013 (Pre-Production)

While We’re Young – 2012 (Pre-Production)

Neighbourhood Watch – 2012 (Filming)

Madagascar 3 – Alex [Voice] – 2012 (Post Production)

He’s Way More Famous Than You – Ben Stiller – 2012 (Post Production)

Tower Heist – Josh Kovacs – 2011

Will Ferrell: Mark Twain Prize – 2011 (TV Movie)

Little Fockers – Greg Focker – 2010

Megamind – Bernard [Voice] – 2010

Submarine – Soap Opera Star [Uncredited] – 2010

Greenberg – Roger Greenberg – 2010

The Marc Peas Experience – Jon Gribble – 2009

Night at the Museum 2 – Larry Daley – 2009

Madagascar 2 – Alex [Voice] – 2008

Tropic Thunder – Tugg Speedman – Hot LZ – 2008

Elmo’s Christmas Countdown – Stiller the Elf [Voice] – 2007

The Heartbreak Kid – Eddie – 2007

Night at the Museum – Larry Daley – 2006

Tenacious D in The pick of Destiny – Guitar Centre Guy – 2006

Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Event for Autism Education – David Blaine – 2006 (TV Movie)

School for Scoundrels – Lonnie – 2006

Danny Roane: First Time Director – 2006

Madagascar – Alex [Voice] – 2005

Sledge: The Untold Story – Commander (Uncredited) – 2005

Meet the Fockers – Greg Focker – 2004

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy – Arturo Mendes – 2004

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story – White Goodman – 2004

Envy – Tim Dingman – 2004

Starsky & Hutch – David Starsky – 2004

Along Came Polly – Reuben Feffer – 2004

Nobody Knows Anything! – Peach Expert (Uncredited) – 2003

Our House – Alex Rose – 2003

Pauly Shore Is Dead – Ben Stiller (Uncredited) – 2003

 Orange County – The Firefighter (Uncredited) – 2002

The Royal Tenenbaums – Chas Tenenbaum – 2001

Zoolander – Derek Zoolander – 2001

Meet the Parents – Gaylord ‘Greg’ Focker – 2000

Keeping the Faith – Rabbi Jake Schram – 2000

The Independent – Cop – 2000

Black and White – mark Clear – 1999

Mystery Men – Mr. Furious – 1999

The Suburbans – Jay Rose – 1999

Permanent Midnight – Jerry Stahl – 1998

Your Friends & Neighbours – Jerry – 1998

There’s Something About Mary – Ted – 1998

Zero Effect – Steve Arlo – 1998

The Cable Guy – Sam Sweet/ Stan Sweet – 1996

Flirting with Disaster – Mel Coplin – 1996

If Lucy Fell – Bwick Elias – 1996

Happy Gilmore – Hal. L. – Orderly in Nursing Home (Uncredited) – 1996

Heavy Weights – Tony Perkis – 1995

Reality Bites – Michael Grates – 1994

The nutt House – Pie Thrower (Uncredited) – 1992

Highway to Hell – Pluto’s Cook/Attila the Hun – 1991

Working Trash – Freddy Novak – 1990

Stella – Jim Uptegrove – 1990

Next of Kin – Lawrence Isabella – 1989

That’s Adequate – Chip Lane – 1989

Fresh Horses – Tripton – 1988

Empire of the Sun – Dainty – 1987

The House of Blue Leaves – Ronnie Shaughnessy – 1987

Hot Pursuit – Chris Honeywell – 1987

Too Late the Rebel – Peter – 1986

© Marcus De Storm 2011

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