60 Facts About Ben Stiller

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Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965 and is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker.

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Ben Stiller is the son of the comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.

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Ben Stiller was a member of a group of comedic actors colloquially known as the Frat Pack.

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Ben Stiller then appeared on shows such as Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Arrested Development.

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Ben Stiller made his directorial debut with Reality Bites and continued directing films and often starring in them, such as with The Cable Guy, Zoolander (2001), Tropic Thunder (2008), and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013).

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Ben Stiller is known for his performances in independent films such as David O Russell's Flirting with Disaster, Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Noah Baumbach's' Greenberg (2010), While We're Young (2014), and The Meyerowitz Stories (2017).

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Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City and raised on the Upper West Side.

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Ben Stiller 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.

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Ben Stiller displayed an early interest in filmmaking and made Super 8 movies with his sister and friends.

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At age 9, Ben Stiller made his acting debut as a guest on his mother's short-lived television series, Kate McShane.

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Ben Stiller attended The Cathedral School of St John the Divine and graduated from the Calhoun School in New York in 1983.

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Ben Stiller started performing on the cabaret circuit as opening act to the cabaret siren Jadin Wong.

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Ben Stiller then enrolled as a film student at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Ben Stiller made his way through acting classes, auditioning and trying to find an agent.

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When he was approximately 15, Ben Stiller obtained a small part with one line on the television soap opera Guiding Light, although in an interview he characterized his performance as poor.

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Ben Stiller was later cast in a role in the 1986 Broadway revival of John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves, alongside John Mahoney; the production would garner four Tony Awards.

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In 1989 Ben Stiller wrote and appeared on Saturday Night Live as a featured performer.

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Ben Stiller then put together Elvis Stories, a short film about a fictitious tabloid focused on recent sightings of Elvis Presley.

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In 1992, Ben Stiller was approached to direct Reality Bites, based on a script by Helen Childress.

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Ben Stiller devoted the next year and a half to rewriting the script with Childress, fundraising, and recruiting cast members for the film.

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21.

Ben Stiller joined his parents in the family film Heavyweights, in which he played two roles, and then had a brief uncredited role in Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore (1996).

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22.

In 1996, Stiller had a small role as Hal L, the sadistic orderly running the nursing home in the movie Happy Gilmore.

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23.

In 1998 Ben Stiller put aside his directing ambitions to star in a surprise hit with a long-lasting cult following, the Farrelly Brothers' There's Something About Mary, alongside Cameron Diaz.

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Ben Stiller was invited to take part in hosting the Music Video awards, for which he developed a parody of the Backstreet Boys and performed a sketch with his father, commenting on his current career.

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In 2000, Ben Stiller starred in three more films, including one of his most recognizable roles, a male nurse named Gaylord "Greg" Focker in Meet the Parents, opposite Robert De Niro.

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Also in 2000, MTV again invited Ben Stiller to make another short film, and he developed Mission: Improbable, a spoof of Tom Cruise's role in Mission: Impossible II and other films.

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In 2001, Ben Stiller directed his third feature film, Zoolander, starring himself as Derek Zoolander.

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28.

Ben Stiller made a guest appearance on World Wrestling Entertainment's WWE Raw.

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Ben Stiller made extended guest appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development in the same year.

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30.

In 2005, Ben Stiller appeared in Madagascar, which was his first experience as a voice actor in an animated film.

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31.

In 2006, Ben Stiller had cameo roles in School for Scoundrels and Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny; he was executive producer of the latter.

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32.

In 2007, Ben Stiller starred alongside Malin Akerman in the romantic comedy The Heartbreak Kid.

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In 2008, Ben Stiller directed, co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in the film Tropic Thunder, with Robert Downey Jr.

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In 2010, Ben Stiller made a brief cameo in Joaquin Phoenix's mockumentary I'm Still Here and played the lead role in the comedy-drama Greenberg.

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Ben Stiller again portrayed Greg Focker in the critically panned but financially successful Little Fockers, the second sequel to Meet the Parents.

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36.

Ben Stiller originally had planned to voice the titular protagonist of Megamind along with Robert Downey Jr.

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37.

Ben Stiller produced, directed, and starred in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which was released in 2013.

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38.

In 2018 and 2019, Ben Stiller played Michael Cohen on Saturday Night Live for 6 episodes.

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39.

Ben Stiller has been described as the "acknowledged leader" of the Frat Pack, a core group of actors who have worked together in multiple films.

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Ben Stiller has been acknowledged as the leader of the group because of his multiple cameos and for his consistent use of the other members in roles in films which he produces and directs.

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Ben Stiller is the only member of this group to have appeared in a Brat Pack film.

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Ben Stiller rejects the "Frat Pack" label, saying in a 2008 interview that the concept was "completely fabricated".

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43.

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

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44.

In May 2000, Ben Stiller married actress Christine Taylor at an oceanfront ceremony in Kauai, Hawaii.

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Taylor and Ben 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.

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46.

In 2001, Ben Stiller appeared as a celebrity contestant on the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

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Ben Stiller 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.

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Ben Stiller was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR on July 2, 2018.

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Ben Stiller is 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.

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

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51.

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.

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52.

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

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Ben Stiller is an Emmy Award winner for his television show, The Ben Stiller Show.

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54.

Ben Stiller has been nominated twelve times for the Teen Choice Awards, and won once, for "Choice Hissy Fit" for his work in Zoolander.

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Ben Stiller has been nominated for the MTV Movie Awards thirteen times, and has won three times: for "Best Fight" in There's Something About Mary, "Best Comedic Performance" in Meet the Parents, and "Best Villain" in DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story.

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56.

Ben Stiller received the MTV Movie Awards' MTV Generation Award, the ceremony's top honor, in 2009.

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On March 31, 2007, Ben Stiller received the "Wannabe Award" at the Kids' Choice Awards.

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58.

On February 23, 2007, Ben Stiller received the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award from Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

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In 2014, Ben Stiller was nominated for Best Actor at the 40th Saturn Awards for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

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On February 2, 2019, Ben Stiller won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series for his miniseries, Escape at Dannemora.

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