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Ben Stiller

Lowest Rated:   0% The Suburbans (1999)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York, USA
As the son of comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara Ben Stiller's decision to establish himself as a comic writer and actor surprised almost no one.Born in New York City on November 30, 1965, Stiller began to shoot his own comic films from the age of ten. After high-school graduation, Stiller attended UCLA and landed bit parts in several features, notably the Steven Spielberg-directed, Tom Stoppard and Menno Meyjes-scripted, late 1987 opus Empire of the Sun.Meanwhile, Stiller continued to turn out comedy shorts, including the 30-minute Elvis Stories (1989), a spoof of obsessive Elvis fans featuring an already-established John Cusack. One of Stiller's shorts, a Tom Cruise parody called The Hustler of Money, won him a spot as a writer and player on Saturday Night Live in 1989. His stint on the show was short-lived, but led to his own eponymous series, The Ben Stiller Show, first on MTV (1990) and later on Fox (1992-1993). The program failed to draw a substantial audience, and folded within a couple of months on each network, but Stiller netted an Emmy for comedy writing in 1993.The following year, Stiller debuted as a feature film director with the twentysomething angst romcom Reality Bites (1994), in which he also starred alongside Winona Ryder and a memorably grungy Ethan Hawke. The film was a relative critical and commercial success and scored with Gen-Xers; unfortunately, Stiller's next directorial effort, 1996's The Cable Guy failed to register with critics and audiences. After a small part as nursing-home orderly Hal in the Adam Sandler comedy Happy Gilmore (1996), Stiller rebounded with a starring role in David O. Russell's Flirting With Disaster (1996). The relatively positive reception afforded to that comedy helped to balance out the relative failure of Stiller's other film that year, If Lucy Fell. It was not until two years later, however, that Stiller truly stepped into the limelight. Thanks to starring roles in three wildly, wickedly different films, he emerged as an actor of versatility, equally adept at playing sensitive nice guys and malevolent hellraisers. In the smash gross-out comedy There's Something About Mary (1998), Stiller appeared as the former type, making comic history for outrageous sight gags that involved misplaced bodily fluids and mangled genitalia. That same summer, Stiller did time as a gleefully adulterous theatrical instructor in Neil LaBute's jet-black evisceration of contemporary sexual mores, Your Friends and Neighbors. Finally, Stiller starred in the intensely graphic and disturbing addiction drama Permanent Midnight, earning critical acclaim for his portrayal of writer-cum-heroin addict Jerry Stahl -- a personal friend of the Stiller family from Stahl's days scripting the TV series ALF. Now fully capable of holding his own in Hollywood, with the license to prove it, Stiller starred alongside William H. Macy, Paul Reubens, Hank Azaria, and pal Janeane Garofalo in the fantasy comedy Mystery Men (1999) as the leader of a group of unconventional superheroes. Stiller also landed a supporting role in The Suburbans, a comedy about the former members of a defunct new wave band. The following year, Stiller starred as a rabbi smitten with the same woman as his best friend, a Catholic priest (Edward Norton), in the well-received romantic comedy Keeping the Faith (2000), which Norton also co-produced and directed. Stiller found his widest audience up to that point, however, with the Jay Roach-directed madcap comedy Meet the Parents. As the tale of a nutty father-in-law to be (Robert De Niro) who wreaks unchecked havoc on his daughter's intended (Stiller) via covert CIA operations and incessant interrogation, this disastrously humorous tale of electrical interference gone wild scored with ticket-buyers and qualified as the top box-office draw during the holiday season of 2000.In the autumn of 2001, Stiller brought one of his most popular MTV Video Music Awards incarnations to the big screen in the ou

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Madagascar 4
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet Brad's Status
  • Brad
2017
88% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
  • Actor
2017
40% Why Him?
  • Producer
$60.4M 2016
23% Zoolander 2
  • Screenwriter
  • Derek Zoolander
  • Director
  • Producer
$29.8M 2016
67% Sweet Micky For President
  • Actor
2015
33% Being Canadian
  • Actor
2015
84% While We're Young
  • Josh
$7.1M 2015
48% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • Larry Daley
$81.6M 2014
78% Harmontown
  • Actor
2014
51% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
  • Producer
  • Walter Mitty
  • Director
$33.3M 2013
No Score Yet Rentaghost
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Madly Madagascar
  • Alex
2013
17% The Watch
  • Evan
$34.1M 2012
79% Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
  • Alex
$216.4M 2012
No Score Yet Burning Love
  • Producer
2012
67% Tower Heist
  • Josh Kovacs
$78.1M 2011
40% The Big Year
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
$7.2M 2011
44% 30 Minutes or Less
  • Producer
$37.1M 2011
86% Submarine
  • Executive Producer
$0.5M 2011
No Score Yet Dreamworks Holiday Classics
  • Actor
2011
10% Little Fockers
  • Greg Focker
$148.4M 2010
73% Megamind
  • Executive Producer
  • Bernard
$148.3M 2010
53% I'm Still Here
  • Actor
$0.5M 2010
75% Greenberg
  • Roger Greenberg
$2.3M 2010
No Score Yet Nick Nolte: No Exit
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Merry Madagascar
  • Actor
2009
17% The Marc Pease Experience
  • Jon Gribble
2009
44% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • Larry Daley
$177.2M 2009
89% The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story
  • Executive Producer
2009
64% Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  • Alex
$180M 2008
82% Tropic Thunder
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Speedman
  • Screenwriter
$110.5M 2008
No Score Yet Rain of Madness
  • Tugg Speedman
2008
48% The Ruins
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
$17.5M 2008
29% The Heartbreak Kid
  • Eddie Cantrow
$36.8M 2007
69% Blades of Glory
  • Producer
$118.2M 2007
43% Night at the Museum
  • Larry Daley
$249.3M 2006
54% Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
  • Guitar Store Guy
  • Executive Producer
$8.2M 2006
25% School for Scoundrels
  • Lonnie
$17.8M 2006
No Score Yet Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Danny Roane: First Time Director
  • Himself
2006
55% Madagascar
  • Alex
$193.2M 2005
No Score Yet All Aboard The Crazy Train
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Sledge: The Story of Frank Sledge
  • Actor
2004
39% Meet the Fockers
  • Greg Focker
$279.2M 2004
70% Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story
  • Producer
  • White Goodman
$114.2M 2004
8% Envy
  • Tim Dingman
$12.2M 2004
No Score Yet Sesame Street: What's the Name of That Song
  • Actor
2004
64% Starsky & Hutch
  • Executive Producer
  • David Starsky
$87.2M 2004
25% Along Came Polly
  • Reuben Feffer
$87.9M 2004
35% Duplex
  • Alex Rose
  • Producer
2003
57% Pauly Shore Is Dead
  • Himself
2003
No Score Yet Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire and the Legend of the Lost Tribe
  • Robbie the Reindeer [US Version]
2002
No Score Yet Prehistoric Planet: The Complete Dino Dynasty
  • Actor
2002
39% Black and White
  • Mark Clear
2002
46% Orange County
  • Firefighter (uncredited)
$41.1M 2002
80% The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Chas Tenenbaum
$52.4M 2002
71% Run Ronnie Run!
  • Himself
2002
60% The Independent
  • Cop
2001
64% Zoolander
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Derek Zoolander
$44.8M 2001
84% Meet the Parents
  • Greg Focker
$164.5M 2000
69% Keeping the Faith
  • Rabbi Jake Schram
2000
0% The Suburbans
  • Jay Rose
1999
60% Mystery Men
  • Mr. Furious (Roy)
1999
58% Permanent Midnight
  • Jerry Stahl
1998
77% Your Friends & Neighbors
  • Jerry
1998
83% There's Something About Mary
  • Ted Stroehmann
1998
No Score Yet Derek Zoolander University
  • Actor
1997
64% Zero Effect
  • Steve Arlo
1997
No Score Yet Derek Zoolander: Male Model
  • Actor
1996
54% The Cable Guy
  • Sam Sweet
  • Director
1996
87% Flirting With Disaster
  • Mel Coplin
1996
18% If Lucy Fell
  • Bwick Elias
1996
60% Happy Gilmore
  • Hal L.
1996
No Score Yet For Better or Worse
  • Actor
1996
29% Heavyweights (Heavy Weights)
  • Tony Perkis
1995
65% Reality Bites
  • Director
  • Michael Grates
1993
No Score Yet Highway to Hell
  • Pluto's Cook/Attila the Hun
1991
No Score Yet Working Trash
  • Freddy Novak
1990
No Score Yet Stella
  • Jim Uptegrove
1990
50% Next of Kin
  • Lawrence Isabella
1989
No Score Yet That's Adequate
  • Chip Lane
1989
No Score Yet Elvis Stories
  • Director
  • Bruce
1989
0% Fresh Horses
  • Tipton
1988
70% Empire of the Sun
  • Dainty
1987
No Score Yet Hot Pursuit
  • Chris Honeywell
1987
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - The Best of Jon Lovitz
  • Actor
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
42% Maya & Marty
2016
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet StarTalk
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
75% Another Period
2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Charles Ponzi
  • Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
73% Big Time in Hollywood, FL
2015
  • Jimmy
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Running Wild With Bear Grylls
2014
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
100% The Birthday Boys
2013-2014
  • Guest
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Burning Love
2012-2013
  • Executive Producer
  • 2013
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2002
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 2011
  • 1998
  • 1989
  • 1988
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2014
  • Voice
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2006
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet Extras
2005-2007
  • Guest
  • Himself
  • 2005
No Score Yet Arrested Development
2003-2013
  • Tony Wonder
  • 2005
  • 2004
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Himself
  • 2004
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000
  • Himself
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2002
No Score Yet Freaks and Geeks
1999-2000
  • Guest
  • Secret Service Agent
  • 2000
No Score Yet Mr. Show With Bob and David
1995-1998
  • Performer
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Barry
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Ben Stiller Show
1992-1993
  • Performer
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Producer
  • 1993
  • 1992
77% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
  • Guest

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