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Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism). It's not surprising that Ben has followed in his family's footsteps: his 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) 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. 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 most popular performers.  See full bio on IMDb »

Ben Stiller Admits He's Nervous Before Testifying on Syrian Refugees

Ben Stiller
Senate Testimony's Making Me Nervous But, Refugees Need Me!!!

Ben Stiller is on Capitol Hill with a stomach full of butterflies ... admitting to us he's nervous to go before lawmakers and testify on the humanitarian crisis in Syria.  We got Ben… READ MORE >

Ben Stiller Says He Apologized for 'Simple Jack,' Supports Shaun White

Ben Stiller
I Apologized for 'Simple Jack' ... Stands By Shaun White

How does Ben Stiller feel about Shaun White getting heat for an offensive Halloween costume based off his "Tropic Thunder" movie?  He's sorry. Still.  TMZ Sports broke the story ...… READ MORE >

- 229 days ago
Shaun White Apologizes to Special Olympics for 'Insensitive' Simple Jack Costume

Shaun White
Apologizes to Special Olympics For 'Insensitive' Costume

3:58 PM PT -- Shaun White has pulled the photo of his "Simple Jack" costume off of his social and has issued an apology. "I owe everyone in the Special Olympics community an apology… READ MORE >

- 230 days ago
Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro Play Michael Cohen and Robert Mueller on SNL

Ben Stiller & Robert De Niro
Cohen Meets the Special Counsel ... For SNL's Cold Open

Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro did their best Michael Cohen and Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Saturday Night Live ... while also plugging their old comedy together. Stiller played President… READ MORE >

- 428 days ago
Ben Stiller Spearheads Homes for Our Troops Auction for Veterans Day

Ben Stiller
Let's Build Homes for Our Troops In Honor of Veterans Day

Wanna hang on set with Ben Stiller? Score a pair of Cher's Louboutins or a golf bag signed by George Clooney? Ben's giving you a shot at all of the above. Stiller and a bunch of other celebs are… READ MORE >

- 583 days ago
Ben Stiller Calls Out Bieber, 'My Balls In Your Face!'

Ben Stiller (White Goodman)
Calls Out Bieber 'My Balls In Your Face!'

White Goodman is BACK -- and he wants slam his dodgeballs right into Justin Bieber's pretty little unblemished grill!!!  Yes, Ben Stiller's legendary 'Dodgeball' villain is calling out… READ MORE >

- 718 days ago
Ben Stiller Wastin' Away in Margherita-Ville After Separation (PHOTO)

Ben Stiller
Wastin' Away in Margherita-Ville After Separation

Ben Stiller apparently does what lots of people do when they have relationship trouble ... eat. In Ben's case, he's eating the best in the world ... what appears to be a delicious Margherita… READ MORE >

- 751 days ago
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor Separating

Ben Stiller & Christine Taylor
Separating After Nearly 20 Years

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor are splitting up. The longtime couple announced their breakup with a joint statement -- "With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent… READ MORE >

- 751 days ago
Colin Kaepernick Gets AIRPLANE to Ship Food, Water to Somalia (VIDEOS + PHOTO)

Colin Kaepernick
Gets AIRPLANE To Ship Food, Water to Somalia

Big victory for Colin Kaepernick ... the NFL quarterback -- along with other activists -- was able to convince Turkish Airlines to donate a plane for a much needed humanitarian mission to… READ MORE >

- 822 days ago
Ben Stiller -- I Battled Prostate Cancer, Don't Fear the Finger Test (AUDIO)

Ben Stiller
I Battled Prostate Cancer ... Don't Fear the Finger Test

Ben Stiller is revealing his prostate cancer diagnosis, and delivering an important message for men -- don't avoid your doctor's finger ... 'cause it could save your life. Ben went on "The Howard… READ MORE >

- 986 days ago
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