Ben Stiller Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


21st February 2016

Quote: "We actually started thinking about doing a sequel when he was conceived and we waited for him to grow. When he reached puberty, we started going into pre-production. In the first draft of the script, we wrote him into it back in 2010. He was in it back then as 'young Justin Bieber'." Ben Stiller jokes about Bieber's birth inspiring the Zoolander sequel, in which the pop star appears as himself.


27th January 2016

Quote: "I think they all want to be him, they all want to be Justin Bieber. They all want Justin Bieber's life, let's face it. He's a great kid and I was very fortunate to have him in the movie." Ben Stiller defends his Zoolander 2 co-star from all the haters.


14th January 2016

Tweet: "What a wonderful actor Alan Rickman was. He literally created his own genre of character. #RIP". Ben Stiller adds his tribute to the British star, who died from cancer on Thursday (14Jan16), aged 69.


25th May 2015

Tweet: "@RedHourBen so sorry to hear of your mom's passing, Ben. I adored her on and off stage and she will be in my heart. My condolences to u&dad." Seinfeld star Jason Alexander sends his condolences to Ben Stiller and his family following the death of his mother, comedienne Anne Meara. Alexander portrayed Jerry Stiller's onscreen son in the hit sitcom.


25th May 2015

Tweet: "I did 2 films with Anne Meara, a lovely, gracious & Funny Lady. We lost one of the Good Ones! RIP Ms Anne." Samuel L. Jackson pays tribute to Ben Stiller's comedienne mother, who died on Saturday (23May15). Jackson and Meara worked together on 1990s films The Search for One-eye Jimmy and Kiss of Death.


29th April 2015

Fact: Ben Stiller has hinted at a possible cameo appearance from Justin Bieber in the forthcoming sequel to ZOOLANDER. The funnyman took to Instagram.com to post a black and white image of him in character as fashion model Derek Zoolander looking intently at Bieber. He added the caption, "#Zoolander2 @justinbieber".


25th March 2015

Quote: "It was actually really scary and fun... It's very binary, I feel. It's either they're gonna attack you, or they're not... The craziest thing was then getting in the cage with a great white shark, which was even more scary... You're trapped in there and then the shark comes... It doesn't feel totally safe, really... The whole thing is a very surreal experience, but I think I would do it again." Actor Ben Stiller enjoyed swimming with sharks during a recent trip to South Africa.


24th March 2015

Quote: "I got mugged for my Timex watch and the kid gave it back to me. True story." Actor Ben Stiller recalls a mugging experience growing up in New York City.


10th February 2015

Fact: Ben Stiller is developing a small screen adaptation of Gary Shteyngart's best-selling novel Super Sad True Love Story. The author will help to write and executive produce the Tv project, which is expected to be a one-hour dramedy, about an unlikely relationship between a bookish man and a materialistic young Korean-American woman in a near-future dystopian world.


12th August 2014

Tweet: "A tweet cannot begin to describe the hugeness of Robin Williams heart and soul and talent. This is so sad. #RobinWilliams... Ok, I'll try. I met him when I was 13 and a huge fan and he was so kind and I watched him be kind to every fan I ever saw him with... And with other actors he was so generous and brilliant. He made everyone feel special and equal around him even though he was the genius..." Ben Stiller pays tribute to family friend Robin Williams following his death.


13th June 2014

Fact: Actor Ben Stiller made a surprise appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (12Jun14) dressed up in a panda costume. The star danced around the studio before jokingly revealing himself as Hashtag the Panda, who frequently appears on the show during the host's monologues.


5th December 2013

Quote: "I wore this purple unitard and all I remember is I had to get up at three o'clock in the morning and it was freezing and we went out there and it was nerve wracking... and I think we all walked away with an incredible feeling of shame." Actor Ben Stiller appeared on a float at the MACy's Thanksgiving Day Parade when he was a child actor. The Tropic Thunder star was part of a theatre troupe called the Merry Mini Players, which was booked to perform a musical number based on feelings.


5th December 2013

Quote: "My dad wanted to come out. He's got so much energy - he's in his 80s. I was like, 'You don't have to come out to L.A. just for this thing. It's really not necessary'. He lives in New York. He said, 'Please, I wanna come out - I could use the publicity'." Ben Stiller explains why his comedian father Jerry Stiller didn't come out for his hand and footprint ceremony in Hollywood on Tuesday (03Dec13).


27th November 2013

Quote: "I suck in the movie. It's like I'm on drugs. I'm trying, doing way too much." Funnyman Ben Stiller is not a fan of his performance in 1988 film Fresh Horses.


26th November 2013

Fact: Tom Cruise will introduce his Tropic Thunder co-star Ben Stiller when the funnyman adds his hand and footprints to the pavement outside Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre next month (Dec13). Cruise received the hand and footprint honour in 1992.


20th November 2013

Fact: Ben Stiller is to follow in Emma Thompson and Sandra Bullock's cement footsteps when he is honoured outside Hollywood's fabled Chinese Theatre next month (03Dec13). The funnyman/actor will take part in a traditional handprint-footprint ceremony.


30th September 2013

Fact: Bono, James Franco, Ben Stiller and Aziz Ansari were among the famous faces who made cameo appearances in Arcade Fire's U.S. Tv special, Here Comes The Night, this weekend (28-29Sep13). The 30-minute show featured footage of the Canadian rockers' recent performance in Salsatheque in Montreal and was directed by Roman Coppola.


27th February 2013

Fact: Ben Stiller will make an appearance in the new online reboot of hit U.S. comedy Arrested Development. He will reprise his role as magician Tony Wonder in the show's fourth season, which will air on streaming service Netflix next year (13).


9th November 2012

Tweet: "Power back and phones and internet. Never have I been so thankful or aware of my reliance on electricity. Would not do well on Survivor." Actor Ben Stiller celebrates after his electricity is restored following superstorm Sandy last week (29Oct12).


17th August 2012

Fact: Actor Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have put their posh New York City pad on the market for $9.6 million (£6 million). The five-bedroom apartment is located in Manhattan's Upper West Side neighbourhood and features water views, a screening room, and living quarters for a maid.


8th August 2012

Fact: Actor Ben Stiller is set to receive the 26th American Cinematheque Award at the organisation's annual benefit on 15 November (12). The funnyman, hailed by organisers as "a renaissance man of comedy", follows in the footsteps of previous honourees Robert Downey, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson and Matt Damon.


11th June 2012

Quote: "It's not my voice; they have French people to do that... When it goes to other countries they dub it, so basically we're there promoting a film that we're not in and it's not our voices.... It's showbusiness!" Ben Stiller on the irony of plugging new animated sequel Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted at last month's (May12) Cannes Film Festival in France.


10th June 2012

Quote: "It has a different title in France - Animal Whores at the Circus Part 3." Ben Stiller jokes about the foreign title translations of his new movie Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.


22nd March 2012

Tweet: "Happy Birthday @WilliamShatner. cant imagine a world where U were not born." Actor Ben Stiller sends his best wishes to Star Trek icon William Shatner on his 81st birthday.


2nd December 2011

Quote: "I often wonder how my career would have changed if I hadn't turned down Chaplin." Ben Stiller jokes about giving up the Chaplin lead to Robert Downey, Jr., who presented his Tropic Thunder co-star with the Chaplin Award at the annual BAFTA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday (30Nov11).


3rd November 2011

Quote: "We did a whole big trip to Hawaii. I got very stressed out because I had never done anything like that, and it was a long weekend, so I was like, 'I better have activities for everybody to do.' I had itineraries made up, I had shirts and hats printed out, (that said) Happy Birthday Christine. There were about 15 people!" Actor Ben Stiller threw a big bash to celebrate his wife Christine's birthday. She turned 40 this summer (11).


2nd November 2011

Quote: "I might be Fockered out! I don't know." Comedian Ben Stiller jokes about reprising his role as Greg Focker for a fourth installment of his Meet The Parents franchise.


2nd November 2011

Quote: "We moved back East last winter... but we went back to our old neighbourhood to trick-or-treat this year. The kids still have friends there and they had a day off (from school) for parent-teacher conferences so we were able to go for a long weekend. And then it turned out that the blizzard happened so we wouldn't have been able to trick-or-treat anyways." Actor Ben Stiller flew his wife and kids to California to go trick-or-treating at Halloween.


28th October 2011

Quote: "They seem to be really happy together. They're both great people. I love them both." Ben Stiller is happy to see his pal Justin Theroux find love with Jennifer Aniston.


9th October 2011

Fact: Host Ben Stiller thrilled fans by reprising his iconic Zoolander role while performing a sketch during Saturday Night Live's show at the weekend (08Oct11). Hugh Jackman also made a guest appearance dressed as Daniel Radcliffe in Broadway show How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.


12th September 2011

Fact: Actors Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Billy Crystal and James Gandolfini and rapper Jay Z were among the fans cheering on the New York Jets in their American football season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday (11Sep11). The stars were all seen sporting special New York Police Department caps in honour of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the Big Apple. The extra support appeared to give the Jets a boost - they came back from behind to win the game 27-24.


17th February 2011

Fact: Ben Stiller and Kevin Spacey have teamed up to pay tribute to former U.S. leader Bill Clinton in a new TV documentary, titled President of The World: The Bill Clinton Phenomenon, which will air in America on Presidents Day (21Feb11).


25th May 2010

Tweet: "24 finale was really moving... That show was so consistently entertaining for so long. I will miss Jack Bauer." Ben Stiller will be lost without his favourite show, which ended with a blockbuster finale on U.S. TV on Monday night (24May10).


5th May 2010

Quote: "We used to come out to L.A. and stay at the Chateau Marmont. I remember Tony Randall pointing out my first topless woman to me at the pool. I was probably around eight." Ben Stiller on his star-studded childhood vacations.


15th March 2010

Quote: "I did all these interviews in Europe, and not a single person asked me about it. In New York, there were a lot of questions. It (nudity, sex) seems to be a fascination here. But I don't begrudge people that." Actress Greta Gerwig on her sex scene with funnyman Ben Stiller in new comedy GREENBERG.


8th March 2010

Quote: "It was between this and the Nazi uniform but the show seemed a little Hitler heavy... I should have just worn my Spock ears... I own two pairs from the original series, both signed by Leonard Nimoy - but that would have been too nerdy. This is much cooler." Ben Stiller on going blue for the Oscars, dressing up as one of AVATAR's Navi people to present the Best Make-Up Award at the Academy Awards on Sunday night (07Mar10).


7th March 2010

Fact: Ben Stiller presented the Best Feature award at Friday night's (05Mar10) Independent Spirit Awards as three scantily-clad "independent porn stars" simulated sex just feet from him onstage at the L.A. Live venue in Los Angeles.


17th February 2010

Tweet: "In Lagos Nigeria... Wow. Experiencing culture shock. Many many people. Also good pizza." Ben Stiller on his travels in Africa.


28th January 2010

Fact: Tom Cruise has signed a headband from Ben Stiller's StillerStrong line in an effort to raise cash for the Haiti earthquake relief effort. The gym wear item has been posted on auction website eBay.com. The odd lot, which is accompanied by a photo of the movie star signing the headband, will be up for grabs for the next nine days. At press time, the band had fetched $107.50 (£67).


20th July 2009

Quote: “I hated 'BENJI' because people used to call me that when I was a little kid. I hated it." Comedian Ben Stiller reveals his childhood nickname.


30th May 2009

Quote: "It's very exciting. He wasn't born when I started working. I'm not kidding." Ben Stiller upon hearing Zac Efron will be presenting him with the Generations Award at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday (31May09).


19th April 2009

Quote: "I guess the Louvre has already been Da Vinci Coded out, and I don't think the Vatican is that funny a museum." Ben Stiller is running out of locations for his NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM film franchise.


8th January 2009

Quote: “He’s the reason short Jewish guys are allowed to be leads in the movie... There’s a secret society of guys like us who worship his image.” Ben Stiller pays tribute to Meet The Fockers co-star Dustin Hoffman.


9th October 2008

Quote: "Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller. And Johnny Depp as the lead singer. If you look up sexy in the dictionary, it's just him." PUSSYCAT DOLL NICOLE SCHERZINGER nominates members for a male version of the raunchy band.


1st October 2008

Quote: "I risked my life for Ben Stiller and for the good of the film." Jack Black took his life in his hands to ride a water buffalo in hit movie TROPIC THUNDER.


15th August 2008

Quote: "(It was) dreadful, awful, depressing, and disquieting to my integrity." Robert Downey Jr. hated performing alongside Ben Stiller and Jack Black as one of Gladys Knight's PIPS on the American Idol charity special IDOL GIVES BACK.


14th August 2008

Quote: "We met him just recently. We were talking with him about doing a movie." Jonas Brothers star Joe Jonas is in talks with actor/director Ben Stiller to do a film.


14th August 2008

Quote: "Some people just get a good trailer and they go in and plop down their c**p and that's their trailer. Other people take their trailer and renovate it and treat it like a house that they've bought and get it designed nicely. He went to town. You can totally do an MTV Cribs on his trailer." Jack Black is amazed by TROPIC THUNDER director and co-star Ben Stiller's on-set trailer."


12th August 2008

Quote: "I think it would be regrettable if I were to drink or smoke weed with either (TROPIC THUNDER co-stars) Jack Black or Ben Stiller because they would say, `Wow, I got stoned and I have a buzz,' and I would be off to the races and in jail within three days." Robert Downey Jr. insists his notorious addictive personality wouldn't be able to deal with just a small hit of marijuana.


11th August 2008

Quote: "There's a lot of pushing the envelope. I play a mentally impaired guy who's trying to win an Oscar. Tom Cruise is playing this foul-mouthed Jewish movie executive." Ben Stiller admits there's a lot to get offended about in his new movie TROPIC THUNDER.


6th August 2008

Quote: "One can't fully appreciate what he has accomplished in acting, writing, directing, producing, and starring in a film like TROPIC THUNDER without recognising that any single one of these functions alone is a full-time job." Tom Cruise pays tribute to funnyman Ben Stiller, who the movie superstar worked with on new comedy Tropic Thunder, in the new issue of Men's Vogue magazine.


5th August 2008

Quote: "I wasn't gonna get any taller so I thought I had to work on something." Ben Stiller on his pumped-up new look in action comedy TROPIC THUNDER.


20th July 2008

Fact: Funnyman Ben Stiller was a diving instructor as a teenager.


1st May 2008

Quote: "I feel as if, by some gift from a higher power, Robert Downey Jr. was sent down to earth to help us all realise that the human experience is a sad, funny, beautiful thing, full of imperfection and irony." Ben Stiller has high praise for his co-star in new film TROPIC THUNDER.


15th March 2008

Quote: "You were probably in jail when it came out." Ben Stiller pokes fun at TROPIC THUNDER co-star Robert Downey Jr after the actor admits he missed Stiller's comic superhero turn in Mystery Men at the ShoWest convention in Las Vegas.


7th March 2008

Fact: Robert Downey Jr. has gone black for a comedy role in Ben Stiller's new movie TROPIC THUNDER. In the film, which also features Stiller and Jack Black, the Chaplin star plays an actor who dyes his skin to look black to land a film role.


22nd February 2008

Quote: "It's fun to hang out with unpredictable people. It is scary, but that's what makes some people interesting. They all have a rebellious and crazy side. But you don't want them as a room-mate. Because then it's your house that might burn down from their ridiculousness." Jack Black on his funny pals Ben Stiller, Sacha Baron Cohen and WILL FERRELL.


3rd December 2007

Quote: "The Internet makes me feel old. I don't understand (video-sharing website) YouTube. I don't know how to, like, upload to YouTube - that seems complicated. And all so you can see a cat bake a cake?" Funnyman Ben Stiller is clueless when it comes to modern technology.


15th November 2007

Fact: There was a FRIENDS reunion on the picket line of the Hollywood writers strike on Tuesday (13Nov07) when former co-stars Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry joined protestors in Los Angeles. Ben Stiller, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Desperate Housewives stars Nicollette Sheridan and Felicity Huffman were also among the celebrities on the picket line.


10th February 2007

Fact: Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller are reportedly in talks to revive teenage crime solvers THE HARDY BOYS in a new action comedy. The duo plans to star in THE HARDY MEN, which follows the grown-up careers of NANCY DREW's famous sidekicks.


5th February 2007

Fact: Funnyman Ben Stiller's parents, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, will become part of a very select group of Hollywood stars on Friday (09FEB07) when they become one of only a handful of couples to receive a joint star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The couple will unveil the 2,328th star.


20th December 2006

Quote: "We're just going to all hang out together, the family, thought we might go party with Miss USA." ZOOLANDER star Ben Stiller jokes about his plans for the holidays.


20th December 2006

Quote: "I was looking at a little matchstick, which was kinda like working with Owen sometimes, except the matchstick showed up to work on time and knew its lines." Ben Stiller jokes about 'not working' with pal Owen Wilson, who plays a tiny cowboy in green screen scenes in new comedy NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM.


25th May 2006

Fact: Taye Diggs, Tori Spelling, Ben Stiller and Christina Applegate were among the celebrities in the audience at the American Idol finale on Tuesday night (23MAY06) at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Meanwhile, Teri Hatcher and Heather Locklear were among the crowd at the announcement show, where Dionne Warwick and Mary J Blige performed, last night (23MAY06).


6th March 2006

Fact: Ben Stiller presented the Best Visual Effects Oscar dressed in head to toe in a green screen unitard outfit, boasting, "This is blowing (STEVEN) SPIELBERG's mind."


2nd December 2005

Fact: <p>Avid table tennis player Ben Stiller was so delighted to discover rocker Jack Johnson was a keen ping pong fan when he appeared in the singer's TAYLOR video he sent him a top-of-the-line Kettler table as a wrap gift on the promo. </p>


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