Ben Stiller

Biography

Ben Stiller (born Benjamin Edward Stiller 30.11.65)

Ben Stiller 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.

Ben Stiller: Net Worth

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

Ben Stiller: 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.

Ben Stiller: 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'.

Ben Stiller: 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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Robin Williams And Ben Stiller Re-Unite For More Magical Mayhem In 'Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb' [Trailer + Pictures]

9th September 2014 -

 News

Another treat is in store for movie fans this Christmas as the family favourite Night At The Museum returns for a third and final instalment. Entitled Secret of the Tomb, it follows on from 2009's...

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

8th September 2014 -

 Video

Following on from the discovery that New York Natural History Museum's exhibits come to life after dark, security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is faced with a new problem. After confronting the curator, Dr. McPhee...

Cara Delevingne In Talks For Lead Role in 'Zoolander 2'

27th August 2014 -

 News

Cara Delevingne, the British supermodel who made her acting debut in Anna Karenina, is being linked to the lead role in a sequel of Ben Stiller's comedy Zoolander. Cara Delevingne at the Cannes Film Festival...

Stand Up To Cancer Reveals Its Incredible Celebrity Line-Up

20th August 2014 -

 News

Stand Up To Cancer aims to reiterate the point that everyone is connected and everyone can be affected by cancer with their every-two-year telethon which this year features a stellar celebrity line-up including Pierce Brosnan,...

The Final Projects Of Robin Williams

13th August 2014 -

 News

The death of acting legend and comedic master, Robin Williams, has prompted many tributes from colleagues, friends, family and fans to pour in from around the world as people come to terms with the loss...

Mickey Rooney Dies Aged 93: Remembering The Child Star And Screen Legend

7th April 2014 -

 News

Mickey Rooney, star of the big screen for 88 years, has passed away aged 93 after a long illness, according to Variety. He died on Sunday in the company of his family in his North...

A Week In Movies: Stiller and Williams film in rainy London, while trailers debut for Brosnan, Owen, Rio and Maleficent

31st January 2014 -

 News

In the lull between big awards shows, media attention turns to Super Bowl halftime performances and adverts, while award-nominated actors and filmmakers travel around the world to squeeze in their next projects before Bafta and...

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

2nd January 2014 -

 Movie Review

One of those swoony American dramas that explores life in all its wondrousness, this film will quickly annoy more cynical viewers. But others will find it a warmly inspirational story about breaking out of our...

'The Hobbit 2' Still Dominates Box Office Despite 'Frozen' Festive Surge [Trailer]

30th December 2013 -

 News

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has maintained its number one position in the box office charts for a third week. Peter Jackson's sequel has fought of competition from Disney animation Frozen, comedy Anchorman: The...

'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' Opens a Whole New World for Ben Stiller

20th December 2013 -

 News

Ben Stiller's new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a change for the actor, and so far it's not clear if it was the right move. Stiller directs and stars in the film,...

'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' - Ok, So It's Either Great, or Terrible.

3rd December 2013 -

 News

Ben Stiller's movieThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty - based on James Thurber's classic story - has severely divided critics ahead of its release on Christmas Day. Back in October, we speculated on the possibility...

A Week In Movies: Mitty premieres in New York, Gravity lands in London, Radcliffe talks Ginsberg, Frankenstein teases

11th October 2013 -

 News

Ben Stiller's remake of the 1947 classic premiered at the New York Film Festival this week, with Stiller and costars Kristin Wiig and Adam Scott in attendance. The film, about a mild-mannered office worker with...

Ben Stiller And Kristen Wiig At 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' New York Film Festival Premiere - Part 1

9th October 2013 -

 Footage

The cast of adventure comedy 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' arrived for the Centerpiece Gala Presentation at the New York Film Festival held at the Film Society Lincoln Center. Among them were leading male...

'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' Cast Pose Together At New York Film Festival - Part 2

9th October 2013 -

 Footage

Ben Stiller and Kristin Wiig, who play the lead characters in the new comedy 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty', pose together at the New York Film Festival Centerpiece Gala Presentation held at the Film...

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

9th October 2013 -

 Video

Walter Mitty is an exceptionally ordinary man who has never dared venture out into the world or, indeed, made any effort to have some fun closer to home. In a bid to break his cycle...

Is Ben Stiller's 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' Too Avant Garde for Hollywood?

7th October 2013 -

 News

In a new comedic adaptation of James Thurber's short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller plays a spineless proof-reader for a magazine publishing firm. He's incapable of standing up for himself and...

'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' Premiered At The New York Film Festival, What Did The Critics Think?

7th October 2013 -

 News

Ben Stiller's remake of the 1947 film, 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' premiered this Saturday at the New York Film Festival and 20th Century Fox have once again splashed the cash for extravagant visual...

Reality Clearly Bites for Ben Stiller, He's Kicking Off A Sitcom

23rd August 2013 -

 News

Ben Stiller will fulfill a producer role as NBC reimagine the 1994 cult comedy, Reality Bites. The film, which starred Stiller as well as providing his directorial debut, was released in 1994 and gained...

Jennifer Aniston Throws Star-Studded Birthday Bash For Justin Theroux

12th August 2013 -

 News

Amidst reports that their relationship is on the rocks, Jennifer Aniston was on hand to throw one heck of a distraction as she lavished her hubby Justin Theroux with gifts and visits from his famous...

A Week In Movies: Red carpets for 2 Guns and Lovelace, new glimpses of Walter Mitty, the Millers and Bad Grandpa

2nd August 2013 -

 News

The stars turned out this week for the world premiere of 2 Guns, the new action movie that teams up Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Both actors were on the red carpet in New York...

'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' Trailer Released: Ben Stiller Goes On An Adventure

31st July 2013 -

 News

In this year's adventure comedy, The Secrey Life of Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller plays the titular Mitty who is a timid photo manager for a magazine. His mind wanders all over the world as he...

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

31st July 2013 -

 Video

Walter Mitty is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life; he wakes up, eats breakfast, goes to work and comes home every night in the same old, repetitive, routine way he has become accustomed to....

Ben Stiller's 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' Looks Crazy, Bizarre, Awesome [Trailer]

31st July 2013 -

 News

Ben Stiller stars in the highly-anticipated adaptation of James Thurber's 1939 short story The Secret of Life of Walter Mitty, with the first official trailer rolling out online on Tuesday.Stiller stars as Mitty, the mild-mannered...

Greta Gerwig Gives Performance of a Lifetime in 'Frances Ha' [Trailer]

25th July 2013 -

 News

Noah Baumbach's new move Frances Ha is easily one of the best reviewed movies of the year. A 93% fresh score on review aggregating website Rotten Tomatoes sees in climb inside the year's Top 20,...

Amanda Seyfried Wants Her 'Beautiful, Huge Breasts' Back!

24th May 2013 -

 News

Les Miserables actress Amanda Seyfried says she lost her "beautiful, huge breasts" after moving to Hollywood to pursue a career in movies. The 27-year-old - who plays Linda Lovelace in a forthcoming biopic - called...

Is Noah Baumbach's 'Frances Ha' The New 'Annie Hall'?

17th May 2013 -

 News

Frances Ha, the new movie starring Greta Gerwig as an apprentice dancer in New York, has been critically acclaimed ahead of its release this week. The movie, by Noah Baumbach (Squid And The Whale, Margot...

A Week In News: Reese Witherspoon Busted, Jennifer Lawrence's Hair and Justin Bieber's Monkey

24th April 2013 -

 News

Walk The Line: arrested?! That was our first thought upon hearing the news this week. The amiable Louisiana native and all-round darling of Hollywood was cuffed by cops after getting rowdy over her husband Jim...

Dodgeball 2 – Yeah You Heard, It’s The Return Of The Underdog

23rd April 2013 -

 News

Fans of the Stiller school of comedy should pop muzzles over their easily impressed faces, as Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story will resurrect itself in the form of a sequel. The name? Well it’s Dodgeball...

Ben Stiller Hires American Rock Guitarist To Pen 'Dodgeball 2'

23rd April 2013 -

 News

Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films has hired American guitarist and writer Clay Tarver to pen the script for Dodgeball 2, the follow-up to the 2004 hit comedy. The production company run by Stiller and Stuart...

Arrested Development Season 4 Will See Ben Stiller Return!

27th February 2013 -

 News

As if the thought of Arrested Development returning isn’t already exciting enough for comedy fans (and it is), it’s been revealed that Ben Stiller will be returning to the cult comedy!As has previously been announced,...

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20th December 2006

Ben Stiller plays a well-meaning dreamer who is down on his luck and short of...

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