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Ben Stiller (born Benjamin Edward Stiller 30.11.65) is an American actor, comedian and filmmaker, best known for his roles in 'Zoolander', 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty', the 'Madagascar' series, and the 'Night at the Museum' series.

Net Worth: In 2013, Celebrity Net Worth claimed that Ben Stiller has a net worth of 120 million USD.

Childhood: Ben Stiller was born in New York City to the comedian and actor couple, Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller. As both of his parent had busy work schedules, he spent a lot of time with them when they visited sets. He developed a love for filmmaking at an early age, and began making short movies on a video camera with his older sister and her friends. At the age of 9, Stiller made his acting debut in a television series starring his mother, entitled 'Kate McShane'. Stiller studied at The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine before graduating from the Calhoun School in New York in 1983. He spent time participating in New York City's first All Children's Theatre. He later studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, as a film student for nine months, before leaving to pursue a career in acting in New York.

Career: When Stiller was 21, he appeared in the Broadway show, 'The House of Blue Leaves', alongside John Mahoney. While working on the show, Stiller produced a mockumentary about Mahoney, which was well received by the cast and crew. It prompted Stiller and Mahoney to work on a six minute short film entitled 'The Hustler of Money', a parody of 'The Color of Money' from Martin Scorsese in the style of a movie trailer. The short film was picked up by 'Saturday Night Live', who aired the film in 1987. Two years later, Stiller was invited to work as a writer for 'Saturday Night Live'. Stiller worked for 'SNL' for four episodes, as they did not want him to just make short films. He went on to work with John Cusack on the short film 'Elvis Stories' which was also considered a success. MTV was brought to develop the film 'Back to Brooklyn'. The channel was so impressed, that they offered Stiller the chance to have his own show, 'The Ben Stiller Show' in 1990. The show only appeared for one season on MTV, before it was then taken up again by Fox. The show earned an Emmy award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program, despite low ratings. In 1998, Stiller appeared in the film 'There's Something About Mary' alongside Cameron Diaz, which went on to gain a strong cult following. He also appeared in 'Zero Effect', 'Your Friends & Neighbors', and 'Permanent Midnight' in the same year. In 2000, Stiller appeared in 'Meet the Parents', before directing his third feature film the next year, with him playing the titular role in 'Zoolander'. In 2004, he appeared in six films, 'Starsky & Hutch', 'Envy', 'DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story', 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy', 'Along Came Polly' and the sequel to 'Meet the Parents', 'Meet the Fockers'. The following year, he appeared in the animated film 'Madagascar'. In 2006, Stiller starred in 'Night at the Museum', which earned a strong box-office following. Two years later, he directed and starred alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black in 'Tropic Thunder'. The following year, he appeared in the sequel to 'Night at the Museum', entitled 'Battle of the Smithsonian'. In 2013, he directed, produced and starred in a personal passion project 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'.

Personal Life: In 2000, Stiller married actress Christine Taylor, in Hawaii. In 2002, the couple had a daughter, Ella Olivia, and in 2005 they had a son, Quinlin Dempsey.



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'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' And 'Zoolander 2' Dominate Razzie Nominations


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The nominees for the 37th annual Golden Raspberry Awards, aka the Razzies, have been revealed and according to organisers 2016 was so bad for movies there’s more contenders than ever.

Leading the pack with nine nominations is Zoolander 2, described as a "15-years-too-late sequel”, which is up for nine awards, followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a "WTF comic-book battle royale,” which has eight nods.

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Why Him? Review

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Writer-director John Hamburg continues to recycle the formula that made his first hit Meet the Parents so wildly popular, as this comedy pits two very different men against each other. And while it's never terribly clever, at least James Franco and Bryan Cranston are imaginatively cast as opposite forces. So audiences in search of escapism will find plenty to chuckle at as things spiral ludicrously out of control.

Cranston plays Ned, who travels with his wife Barb (the fabulous Megan Mullally) and teen son Scotty (Griffin Gluck) to Silicon Valley to spend the holidays with older daughter Steph (Zooey Deutch) and meet her boyfriend Laird (Franco). What they don't know is that Laird is an internet millionaire with absolutely no filter in how he interacts with people. Almost everything he says is inappropriate, and yet it's so honest that it's disarming. Still, Ned and Barb aren't too happy that their daughter is so serious about dating this guy. And with the help of his sidekick Gustav (Keegan-Michael Key), Laird goes completely over-the-top to impress them.

Much of the humour is of the gross-out variety, with the main running gag centring on an actual toilet. But at least the jokes aren't about embarrassment this time; they're about the clash between people who prefer to keep their true feelings bottled up inside and someone who can't help but be real, despite the fact that he shocks everyone he meets. This makes each person a little more complex than expected, and gives the actors some texture to work with, even though the script never bothers to even crack the surface. And while Cranston and Franco have more obvious comedy set-pieces to contend with, the film is stolen by Mullally and Key in roles that are more subtly hilarious and broadly amusing, respectively.

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Ben Stiller Reveals Secret Battle With Prostate Cancer


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Ben Stiller has revealed in a candid new interview that he was diagnosed with “immediately aggressive” prostate cancer two years ago, at the age of 48.

The actor, speaking on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show on Tuesday (October 4th), went public with his secret battle for the first time.

“It came out of the blue for me,” Stiller, now 50 year old, said. “I had no idea. At first, I didn't know what was gonna happen. I was scared. It just stopped everything in your life because you can't plan for a movie because you don't know what's gonna happen.”

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Stiller And Wilson Enjoyed Finding The Old Groove In Zoolander 2


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So why did it take so long for Ben Stiller to return to one of his most beloved, iconic characters? "We probably would have made a sequel the year after the movie came out," he says, "but nobody came to see the first one in the theatre really, so no one wanted it."

Penelope Cruz joins Wilson and Stiller in Zoolander 2

Of course, the film is considered a cult classic around the world. So the time finally seemed right for the actors to revisit the characters. "Comedies don't always translate cross-culturally," says Owen Wilson, who plays Derek Zoolander's fellow supermodel Hansel. "But the characters of Derek and Hansel have a level of ridiculousness I think people appreciate. And a kind of following developed. I noticed when I was travelling that there were a lot of people who came up to me quoting Zoolander."

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Ben Stiller - 'Zoolander 2' World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall - Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 9th February 2016

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Blue Steel Hits The Big Time: Derek Zoolander Lands First Vogue Cover


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Derek Zoolander is the cover star for February’s issue of Vogue, alongside Penelope Cruz. With Zoolander 2 hitting cinemas on February 12th it’s about time the ridiculously good-looking male model landed on the cover of the world’s biggest style magazine and inside actor Ben Stiller spills on getting some of fashion’s biggest names onboard for the comedy.

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10 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016


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As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but surely some will be worth the effort. (Release dates are subject to change.)

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10. The Hateful Eight
Tarantino kicks off the year with an epic Western starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell (Jan). And there's more manly action with Charlie Hunnam in Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur (Jul), Jack Huston in Ben-Hur (Aug), Chris Pratt in The Magnificent Seven (Sep). 

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Petition Calls For Boycott Of 'Zoolander 2' Over 'Harmful' Trans Character


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Just days after its first trailer hit, the upcoming Zoolander sequel has come under fire due to Benedict Cumberbatch’s character. Cumberbatch plays an androgynous model named Ali in the film, but some LGBT activists have labelled the portrayal ‘a 'cartoonish mockery' of transgender, androgyne and non-binary individuals’.

Benedict Cumberbatch in Zoolander 2Benedict Cumberbatch’s Zoolander 2 character is the subject of an online petition to boycott the movie.

The petition was started on change.org by Sarah Rose, has has so far received over 7,500 signatures. It reads: ‘In the Zoolander 2 trailer, an androgynous character played by Benedict Cumberbatch is asked by Zoolander and Hansel if he is a ‘male or female model’, and if they ‘have a hot dog or a bun’.’

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Benedict Cumberbatch Shuns Gender Norms As 'Zoolander 2' Supermodel [Trailer + Pictures]


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The significance of that hilarious selfie poster for 'Zoolander 2' has finally been made clear with the new trailer; it seems that there's a murderer out there intent on wiping out all the hot celebs and all of them have adopted Derek Zoolander's signature pose.

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A movie about the modelling industry - we knew that selfies had to come into it somewhere and we were not disappointed when the new poster was unveiled. Now it seems there's more significance to that than just a passing pop reference.

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Ben Stiller And Owen Wilson Snap Selfies In 'Zoolander 2' [Posters]


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'Zoolander' returns next year (finally, we've waited long enough) and it seems Hansel and Derek have updated with the times and adopted the selfie craze that we all know and love in the brand new poster for the upcoming 'Zoolander 2'. So you can stop worrying about your all-important ambi-turn.

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Modelling is a serious business, so naturally your posing has to be on point at all times - even if it's yourself taking the picture. At least, that's the philosophy of Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson's characters, who both gave a furrowed brow, duck-face pout to their smart phones in one of the new posters. Their dress sense is as outlandish as ever, Ben in a black sequined jacket and Owen - sporting an on trend curly bob - in a white fur number. 

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Zoolander 2 - Teaser Trailer


After a disastrous return to the fashion industry following his retirement, which almost ended in the death of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Derek Zoolander is once again ready to make a comeback. This time he has his former rival turned best friend Hansel by his side, and a better reputation after he exposed the evil behind the fashion industry and went on to work with children. Life may be good; he has a wife and son, and a bucket load of runway talent; but things are about to get messy once again. Derek and Hansel aren't as relevent as they used to be in the industry, and their careers face series threats when it becomes clear that a rival organisation is planning to take down their new modelling agency. Can the duo save the day once again? Or will they be forced to give up the strut for good?

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Ben Stiller

Date of birth

30th November, 1965

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

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Ben Stiller Movies

Why Him? Movie Review

Why Him? Movie Review

Writer-director John Hamburg continues to recycle the formula that made his first hit Meet the...

Zoolander 2 Movie Review

Zoolander 2 Movie Review

With virtually the same blend of wit and idiocy as the 2001 original, this fashion-scene...

Zoolander 2 - Relax Trailer

Zoolander 2 - Relax Trailer

Though Derek and Hansel have left the world of fashion modelling behind them, a part...

Zoolander 2 - Trailer Trailer

Zoolander 2 - Trailer Trailer

Derek, Hansel and some other familiar faces are back in Zoolander 2! After offering their...

Zoolander 2 - Teaser Trailer

Zoolander 2 - Teaser Trailer

After a disastrous return to the fashion industry following his retirement, which almost ended in...

While We're Young Movie Review

While We're Young Movie Review

Writer-director Noah Baumbach once again taps into a specific point in life with astute observational...

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Movie Review

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Movie Review

Now in its third instalment, it's clearer than ever that this franchise is based on...

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While We're Young Trailer

While We're Young Trailer

Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) are a middle-aged married couple struggling to keep...

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Trailer

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Trailer

Larry Daley, the former security guard at the American Museum of Natural History in New...

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Trailer

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Trailer

Following on from the discovery that New York Natural History Museum's exhibits come to life...

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Movie Review

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Movie Review

One of those swoony American dramas that explores life in all its wondrousness, this film...

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Trailer

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Trailer

Walter Mitty is an exceptionally ordinary man who has never dared venture out into the...

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Trailer

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Trailer

Walter Mitty is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life; he wakes up, eats breakfast,...

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Movie Review

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Movie Review

Instead of developing the characters or situations for comedy gold, the filmmakers instead just crank...

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