Ben Stiller
Actor, Comedian, Director, Writer
Ben Stiller
Benjamin Edward "Ben" Stiller is an American comedian, actor, voice actor, screenwriter, film director, and producer. He is the son of veteran 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 entitled The Ben Stiller Show, which he produced and hosted for its entire run: 13 episodes.
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Ben Stiller shares stories from meeting refugees in Jordan
ABC News - 9 days
Actor and director Ben Stiller is using his star power to draw attention to the global refugee crisis
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Ben Stiller Shares Stories From Meeting Refugees in Jordan
ABC News - 15 days
Actor and director Ben Stiller is using his star power to draw attention to the global refugee crisis
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Flat Analog Records Are Back This Christmas
Huffington Post - 2 months
Listening to music on my Sonos connected via Bluetooth to my smart phone is easy to use and enjoyable. On a recent visit to Urban Outfitters I was presently surprised to see for the holidays, a selection of analog record players at the center of the store for today's refined music listener. Another nod to this new trend for the younger crowd tiring of digital music players: the Ben Stiller movie 'While We Were Young." The analog record is back, but where did it start? Not the recent trend. The original flat analog record? Something worth digging into while we have a little extra holiday time on our hands. Over the course of music history, innovation did much to spread the sounds of the times and flat analog records were one of the big breakthrough. As Kenny Herzog pointed our in Rolling Stone Magazine: We've come a long way in capturing and reproducing sound, and in many ways, the journey has been a poetic and literal full circle. From Thomas Edison's first experiments with ...
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Alan Thicke, TV Icon, Dead At 69
Huffington Post - 2 months
TV icon Alan Thicke, who endeared himself to audiences through his role as the father on the ABC sitcom “Growing Pains,” died on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his son. He was 69. Thicke’s son Robin told the Los Angeles Times that his father had a heart attack while playing with another son, Carter. TMZ, which first reported the news, said that Thicke was pronounced dead at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, California. Thicke’s agent Tracy Mapes confirmed his death to The Huffington Post. “He was charming, witty, talented, an icon,” Mapes said in a statement. “I was so blessed to have him in my life. Today is a very sad day.” In addition to his most well-known role as dad Jason Seaver on the 1980s hit “Growing Pains,” Thicke hosted game and talk shows, and wrote theme songs for shows including “Diff’rent Strokes” and “Wheel of Fortune.” Thicke received three Emmy nominations for his writing on Barry Manilow’s talk ...
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The ‘Friends' Theme Song, Performed By Your Favorite Film Characters
Huffington Post - 4 months
This mashup of the “Friends” theme song will be there for you ― when the rain starts to pour. Movie characters appear to belt out The Rembrandts’ 1995 hit song “I’ll be there for you” in YouTuber Ross Thompson’s glorious new supercut. The British movie critic chopped up clips from films featuring John Travolta, Ben Stiller, Arnold Schwarzenegger and a whole host of other Hollywood stars, editing them together to make it seem as if they were, in fact, singing along. Thompson posted the clip to his YouTube channel, “The Unusual Suspect,” on Wednesday. “Here’s a quick little ‘Cinema Sings’ video I did while on holiday,” he wrote. “Nothing crazy here but hope you like it anyway.” It follows his similar movie remixes of songs by Blink 182, The Offspring, Paramore and The Village People.    Check it out in the clip above, and see how it compares to the original below: H/T Laughing Squid type=type=RelatedArticl ...
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Winnetka doctor who treated Ben Stiller urges screening for prostate cancer
Chicago Times - 4 months
In 2014, actor Ben Stiller was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Stiller's case required surgery, and with referrals, he was soon a patient of Edward Schaeffer, who moved to Winnetka less than a year ago. "Ultimately, I found a wonderful surgeon named Edward Schaeffer who I felt comfortable with,"...
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It's time for a new dialogue about prostate cancer screening
Fox News - 4 months
In recent days Ben Stiller made headlines for his courageous and honest account of his prostate cancer diagnosis.
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Morning Rounds: Prostate cancer, holiday weight gain, and more
CBS News - 5 months
CBS News contributor Dr. Tara Narula and registered dietitian and nutritionist Frances Largeman-Roth join "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss the dangers of prostate cancer, after actor Ben Stiller revealed his diagnosis this week. With the holidays fast approaching, they also discuss a new study about the dreaded holiday weight gain, and more.
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Ben Stiller Encourages Men to Get Prostate Cancer Screening, but Should They? - Healthline
Google News - 5 months
Healthline Ben Stiller Encourages Men to Get Prostate Cancer Screening, but Should They? Healthline The well-known actor says a PSA test detected prostate cancer and saved his life. Medical experts say the test is flawed and often unnecessary. Ben Stiller prostate screening. Despite actor Ben Stiller's recommendation, many medical professionals are ... PSA for prostate screening unaffected by changes in screening guidelines UT Southwestern Medical CenterEurekAlert (press release) Ben Stiller And Howard Stern Talk About Prostate Cancer Screening. Great!Forbes Ben Stiller's plea for early prostate cancer screening has experts worried about 'Jolie effect'National Post Fred Hutch News Service -TravelersToday -GoErie.com -Cancer Therapy Advisor all 57 news articles »
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What Is the Cancer Test That May Have Saved Ben Stiller's Life?
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
Actor Ben Stiller disclosed Tuesday that he has recovered from prostate cancer, and says that getting an early blood test called the "prostate specific antigen" saved his life. But at what age should men start getting tested for the disease? WSJ's Lee Hawkins reports.
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Ben Stiller: Prostate cancer test 'saved my life'
CNN - 5 months
Actor Ben Stiller revealed on Tuesday he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014. The tumor was surgically removed three months later, in September 2014, and Stiller has been cancer-free since.
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Actor Ben Stiller reveals past cancer diagnosis
Yahoo News - 5 months
(Reuters) - Actor and director Ben Stiller said on Tuesday that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago, and said a controversial early screening test had saved his life. The "Zoolander" star, 50, said he was diagnosed in June 2014 and that after surgery he was declared cancer free three months later. "So, I had cancer a couple of years ago and I wanted to talk about it.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ben Stiller
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 47
    Stiller produced, directed, and starred in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which was released in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Stiller has been described as the "acknowledged leader" of the Frat Pack, a core group of actors that have worked together in multiple films. The group includes Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, and Steve Carell. 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. He has appeared the most with Owen Wilson—in twelve films. Of the 35 primary films that are considered Frat Pack films, Stiller has been involved with 20, in some capacity. Stiller is also the only member of this group to have appeared in a Brat Pack film (Fresh Horses). Stiller himself rejects the "Frat Pack" label, saying in a 2008 interview that the concept was "completely fabricated".
  • 2011
    Age 45
    In 2011, Stiller starred with Eddie Murphy and Alan Alda in Tower Heist, about a group of maintenance workers planning a heist in a residential skyscraper.
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  • 2010
    Age 44
    In 2010, Stiller made a brief cameo in Joaquin Phoenix's mockumentary I'm Still Here and played the lead role in the comedy-drama Greenberg.
    More Details Hide Details He again portrayed Greg Focker in the critically panned yet successful Little Fockers, the second sequel to Meet the Parents. Stiller had planned to voice the main character in Megamind, but later dropped out while still remaining a producer and voicing a minor character in the film.
  • 2009
    Age 43
    In 2009, he starred with Amy Adams in the sequel Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian.
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  • 2008
    Age 42
    2008 saw the release of Tropic Thunder, a film Stiller directed, co-wrote and co-produced, and in which he starred with Robert Downey, Jr. and Jack Black; Stiller had originally conceived of the film's premise while filming Empire of the Sun in 1987.
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  • 2007
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Stiller is also a supporter of several charities, including Declare Yourself, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation. Stiller is actively involved in support of animal rights. In 2010, Stiller joined Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Robin Williams, and other Hollywood stars in "The Cove PSA: My Friend is... ", an effort to stop the slaughter of dolphins and protect the Japanese population from the toxic levels of mercury found in dolphin meat. Stiller frequently does impersonations of many of his favorite performers, including 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 Star Trek episode "The Return of the Archons".
    In 2007, Stiller starred alongside Malin Åkerman in the romantic comedy The Heartbreak Kid.
    More Details Hide Details The film earned over $100 million worldwide despite receiving mostly negative reviews.
  • 2006
    Age 40
    In December 2006, he had the lead role in Night at the Museum.
    More Details Hide Details Although not a critical favorite, it earned over $115 million in ten days.
    In 2006, Stiller had cameo roles in School for Scoundrels and Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, for which he served as executive producer.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 39
    In 2005, Stiller appeared in Madagascar, which was his first experience as a voice actor in an animated film.
    More Details Hide Details Madagascar was a massive worldwide hit, and spawned the sequels Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa in 2008 and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted in 2012.
  • 2004
    Age 38
    Stiller is a supporter of the Democratic Party and donated money to John Kerry's 2004 U.S. Presidential campaign.
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    In 2004, Stiller appeared in six different films, all of which were comedies, and include some of his highest-grossing films: Starsky & Hutch, Envy, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (in which he had an uncredited cameo), Along Came Polly and Meet the Fockers.
    More Details Hide Details While the critical flop Envy only grossed $14.5 million, the most successful film of these was Meet the Fockers, which grossed over $516.6 million worldwide. As well as these, he also made extended guest appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development in the same year.
  • 2001
    Age 35
    In 2001, Stiller directed his third feature film, Zoolander, starring himself as Derek Zoolander.
    More Details Hide Details The film featured multiple cameos from a variety of celebrities, including Donald Trump, Paris Hilton, Lenny Kravitz, Heidi Klum, and David Bowie, among others. The film was banned in Malaysia (as the plot centered on an assassination attempt of a Malaysian prime minister), while shots of the World Trade Center were digitally removed and hidden for the film's release after the September 11 terrorist attacks. After Stiller worked with Owen Wilson in Zoolander, they joined together again for The Royal Tenenbaums. Over the next two years, Stiller continued with the lackluster box office film Duplex, and cameos in Orange County and Nobody Knows Anything! He also guest-starred on several television shows, including an appearance in an episode of the television series The King of Queens in a flashback as the father of the character Arthur (played by Jerry Stiller). He also made a guest appearance on World Wrestling Entertainment's WWE Raw.
  • 2000
    Age 34
    Stiller dated several actresses during his early television and film career, including Jeanne Tripplehorn, Calista Flockhart, and Amanda Peet. In May 2000, Stiller married Christine Taylor at an oceanfront ceremony in Kauai, Hawaii.
    More Details Hide Details He met her while filming a never-broadcast television pilot for the Fox Broadcasting network called Heat Vision and Jack. The couple have appeared onscreen together in Zoolander, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, Tropic Thunder, Zoolander 2, and Arrested Development. He and his wife reside in Westchester County, New York. The couple have two children, a daughter, Ella Olivia, born April 9, 2002, and a son, Quinlin Dempsey, born July 10, 2005. Quinlin was a voice actor at age 3 in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, playing his father's character, Alex, as a cub, a role he shared with another boy, Declan Swift.
    Also in 2000, MTV again invited 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 2000, 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.
    More Details Hide Details The film was well received by critics, grossed over $330 million worldwide, and spawned two sequels.
  • 1999
    Age 33
    In 1999, he starred in three films, including Mystery Men, where he played a superhero wannabe called Mr. Furious.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to directing with a new spoof television series for Fox titled Heat Vision and Jack, starring Jack Black; however, the show was not picked up by Fox after its pilot episode and the series was cancelled.
  • 1998
    Age 32
    In 1998, 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, which accelerated Stiller's acting career.
    More Details Hide Details That year, he also starred in several dramas, including Zero Effect, Your Friends & Neighbors, and Permanent Midnight. 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.
  • 1997
    Age 31
    It was so well received that he developed another short film about the character for the 1997 VH1 Fashion Awards and finally remade the skit into a film.
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  • 1996
    Age 30
    Also in 1996, MTV invited Stiller to host the VH1 Fashion Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Along with SNL writer Drake Sather, Stiller developed a short film for the awards about a male model known as Derek Zoolander.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 28
    It was eventually released in early 1994, directed by Stiller and featuring him as a co-star.
    More Details Hide Details The film was produced by Danny DeVito, who would later direct Stiller's 2003 film Duplex and produce his 2004 film Along Came Polly. Reality Bites debuted as the highest-grossing film in its opening weekend and received mixed reviews. Stiller joined his parents in the family film Heavyweights (1995), in which he played two roles, and then had a brief uncredited role in Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore (1996). Next, he had lead roles in If Lucy Fell and Flirting with Disaster, before tackling his next directorial effort with The Cable Guy, which starred Jim Carrey. Stiller once again was featured in his own film, as twins. The film received mixed reviews, but was noted for paying the highest salary for an actor up to that point, as Carrey received $20 million for his work in the film. The film also connected Stiller with future Frat Pack members Jack Black and Owen Wilson.
  • 1992
    Age 26
    In 1992, Stiller was approached to direct the film Reality Bites, based on a script by Helen Childress.
    More Details Hide Details Stiller devoted the next year and a half to rewriting the script with Childress, fundraising and recruiting cast members for the film.
    Although the show was canceled after its first season, it led to another show titled The Ben Stiller Show, on the Fox Network in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details The series aired 12 episodes on Fox, with a 13th unaired episode broadcast by Comedy Central in a later revival. Among the principal writers on The Ben Stiller Show were Stiller and Judd Apatow, with the show featuring the ensemble cast of Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Dick, and Bob Odenkirk. Both Denise Richards and Jeanne Tripplehorn appeared as extras in various episodes. Throughout its short run, The Ben Stiller Show frequently appeared at the bottom of the ratings, even as it garnered critical acclaim and eventually won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program" posthumously. Stiller had a few minor roles in the early 1990s, in films such as Stella, Highway to Hell and in a cameo, The Nutt House.
  • 1989
    Age 23
    In 1989, Stiller wrote and appeared on Saturday Night Live as a featured performer.
    More Details Hide Details However, since the show did not want him to make more short films, he left after four episodes. He then put together Elvis Stories, a short film about a fictitious tabloid focused on recent sightings of Elvis Presley. The film starred friends and co-stars John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Mike Myers, Andy Dick, and Jeff Kahn. The film was considered a success, and led him to develop the short film Going Back to Brooklyn for MTV; it was a music video starring comedian Colin Quinn that parodied LL Cool J's recent hit "Going Back to Cali". Producers at MTV were so impressed with Back to Brooklyn that they offered Stiller a 13-episode show in the experimental "vid-com" format. Titled The Ben Stiller Show, this series mixed comedy sketches with music videos and parodied various television shows, music stars, and films. It starred Stiller, along with main writer Jeff Khan and Harry O'Reilly, with his parents and sister making occasional appearances.
  • 1986
    Age 20
    He 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.
    More Details Hide Details During its run, Stiller produced a satirical mockumentary whose principal was fellow actor Mahoney. His comedic work was well received by the cast and crew of the play, and he followed up with a 10-minute short called The Hustler of Money, a parody of the Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money. The film featured him in a send-up of Tom Cruise's character and Mahoney in the Paul Newman role, only this time as a bowling hustler instead of a pool shark. The short got the attention of Saturday Night Live, which aired it in 1987, and two years later offered him a spot as a writer. In the meantime, he also had a bit part in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1983
    Age 17
    Stiller attended The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine and graduated from the Calhoun School in New York in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details 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. When he was approximately 15, 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.
  • 1982
    Age 16
    During his high school years, he was also the drummer of the punk band Capital Punishment, which released a studio album named Roadkill in 1982.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965 in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details His father, comedian and actor Jerry Stiller (born 1927), is from a Jewish family that emigrated from Poland and Galicia in Eastern Europe. His mother, actress/comedian Anne Meara (1929-2015), who was from an Irish Catholic background, converted to Reform Judaism after marrying his father. While the family was "never very religious", they celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas, 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 six. 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 elder 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 nine years old, he 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.
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