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BEN STILLER BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Ben Stiller was born on November 30th, 1965 in New York City, New York with the birth name Benjamin Edward Stiller to parents, Jerry and Anne Meara.  Both his parents worked as comedians and he was raised exposed to show business.  From a young age he and his sister would do little plays at home and he would even shoot home movies.  He went to the Cathedral School and then graduated from Calhoun School in New York in 1983.   
 
After high school he was involved in local theater productions and enrolled at UCLA majoring in films, however, after only nine months, he dropped out and decided to pursue a career in acting and begin his search for representation.  He first started as a stage actor performing in a production of, "The House of Blue Leaves", which won a Tony Award.
 
While he was working as a stage actor he also became involved in the film industry and was cast in the film, "The Color of Money" (1986).  The short film was so well received that, Lorne Michaels bought it and aired it on "Saturday Night Live" which gave Stiller the opportunity to work on the television show for about a year in 1989. 
 
He also did a number of other films early on in his career such as, "Empire of the Sun" (1987).  Along with gaining acting experience he also directed a number of short and independent films such as, "Back to Brooklyn" for MTV which then gave him the chance to have his own show, "The Ben Stiller Show" (1992).  The show however was not so successful and was soon cancelled.  Then Fox gave him the chance for thirteen episodes to air again, "The Ben Stiller Show" and this was also cancelled but he did get an Emmy for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program". 
 
Stiller continued doing a variety of guest appearance work and then was able to direct the film, "Reality Bites" (1994), which was not so successful.  He then was given the chance to direct his first big budget film, "The Cable Guy" (1996) starring Jim Carrey.
 
As his career progressed he directed and or produced over fifty films such as, "Heavyweights", "There's Something About Mary", "Meet the Parents", "Zoolander", "Dodgeball", "Tropic Thunder" and "Greenberg".  His films have grossed more then 2.1 billion throughout the United States and Canada. 
 
Stiller also made appearances in many of the films he directed and had an un-credited role in, "Happy Gilmore" (1996).  In 2004 he starred in six films, "Starsky & Hutch", "Envy", "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story", an un-credited cameo in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy", "Along Came Polly" and "Meet the Fockers".
 
He is also known as the leader of the, 'Frat Pack' which refers to a group of actors that have appeared together on a number of films, Jack Black, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell.
 
Ben Stiller has married only once in 2000 to Christine Taylor and they have two children and remain married today.  Some of his latest film appearances have been on such features as, "Tower Heist" (2011) and soon to release, "Madagascar 3" (2012), "The Mountain" (2012) and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (2013).


Filmography

2012 The Mountain
2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
2012 While We're Young
2012 Neighborhood Watch
2012 Madagascar 3 
2012 He's Way More Famous Than You 
2011 Tower Heist
2011 Will Ferrell: Mark Twain Prize
2011 Funny or Die Presents...
2010 Little Fockers
1987-2010 Saturday Night Live 
2010 The Trip 
2010 Megamind 
2010 Submarine 
2010 Phineas and Ferb 
2010 Greenberg 
2009 Merry Madagascar 
2009 The Marc Pease Experience 
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
2008 Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness 
2008 Tropic Thunder 
2007 Elmo's Christmas Countdown
2004-2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm 
2007 The Heartbreak Kid
2007 Family Guy 
2006 Night at the Museum
2006 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
2006 Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Event for Autism Education
2006 School for Scoundrels
2006 Danny Roane: First Time Director
2005-2006 Arrested Development 
2005 Madagascar
2005 Confessions of an Action Star 
2004 Meet the Fockers
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 
2004 Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 
2004 Envy
2004 What's the Name of That Song
2004 Starsky & Hutch
2004 King of the Hill
2004 Along Came Polly
2003 Nobody Knows Anything!
2003 Duplex
2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead
2002 Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe
2002 Prehistoric Planet
2002 The King of Queens 
2002 Legs to Stand On
2002 Undeclared
2002 The Simpsons
2002 Orange County 
2002 Reel Comedy 
2002 Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 
2001 The Royal Tenenbaums
2001 Zoolander 
2000 Meet the Parents 
2000 Freaks and Geeks 
2000 Keeping the Faith
2000 The Independent 
2000 Mission: Improbable 
1999 Hooves of Fire 
1999 Black and White 
1999 Mystery Men
1999 The Suburbans 
1999 Heat Vision and Jack 
1998 Permanent Midnight
1998 Your Friends & Neighbors 
1998 There's Something About Mary
1998 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist
1998 Zero Effect
1998 Behind the Zipper with Magda 
1998 Backstreet Boyz
1997 Derek Zoolander University
1997 Friends 
1997 Viva Variety 
1997 The Larry Sanders Show 
1996 NewsRadio
1996 Mr. Show with Bob and David
1996 Derek Zoolander: Male Model 
1996 The Cable Guy 
1996 Flirting with Disaster 
1996 If Lucy Fell 
1996 Happy Gilmore
1995 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man
1995 Heavy Weights 
1994 Reality Bites s
1993 Frasier 
1993 2 Stupid Dogs
1992 The Nutt House
1991 Highway to Hell 
1990 Working Tra$h
1990 Stella
1989 Next of Kin 
1989 Elvis Stories 
1989 That's Adequate 
1988 Fresh Horses 
1987 Empire of the Sun 
1987 Miami Vice 
1987 The House of Blue Leaves 
1987 Hot Pursuit
1987 The Hustler of Money
1987 Shoeshine
1986 Kate & Allie  







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