Ben Stiller

Actor, Writer, Director
As the child of the popular 1960s comedy team of Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, actor and director Ben Stiller had an up-close view of the inner workings of show business right from the start. Thanks to his privileged ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1965 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (168)

Big Time in Hollywood, FL 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

While We're Young 2015 (Movie)

Josh (Actor)

Workaholics 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Harmontown 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

I Am Chippendales 2014 (Movie)

Nick DeNoia (Actor)

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 2014 (Movie)

Larry Daley/Laaa (Actor)

Nobody Knows Anything 2014 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Burning Love 1992 - 1995, 2002 - 2003, 2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

Conan 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

He's Way More Famous Than You 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Inside Comedy 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

On the Record With Bob Costas 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1995, 2002 - 2004, 2008 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Phineas and Ferb 1992 - 1995, 2002 - 2003, 2008 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Primetime Glick 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1995, 2000 - 2004, 2008 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1995, 2002 - 2003, 2008 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Anchor

The Ben Stiller Show 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1995, 2000 - 2004, 2008 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Birthday Boys 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 2013 (Movie)

Walter Mitty (Actor)

Eagleheart 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Watch 2012 (Movie)

Evan (Actor)

The Ninth Annual TV Land Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Tower Heist 2011 (Movie)

Josh Kovaks (Actor)

Greenberg 2010 (Movie)

Roger Greenberg (Actor)

Little Fockers 2010 (Movie)

Greg Focker (Actor)

Megamind 2010 (Movie)

Bernard (Voice)

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2009 MTV Movie Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Man vs. Wild 1992 - 1995, 2002 - 2003, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 22nd Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009 (Movie)

Larry Daley (Actor)

The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Marc Pease Experience 2009 (Movie)

Jon Gribble (Actor)

American Idol 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elmo's Christmas Countdown 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Idol Gives Back 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Alex (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Tropic Thunder 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night's Main Event 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2008 MTV Movie Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Tropic Thunder 2008 (Movie)

Tugg Speedman (Actor)

Concert for Diana 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2004, 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Rain of Madness 2007 (Movie)

Tugg Speedman (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Night at the Museum 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Heartbreak Kid 2007 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

Earth to America! 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Night at the Museum 2006 (Movie)

Larry Daley (Actor)

School for Scoundrels 2006 (Movie)

Lonnie (Actor)

Tenacious D In: The Pick of Destiny 2006 (Movie)

Guitar Center Guy (Actor)

The Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Danny Roane: First Time Director 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Extras 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Home Movies 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Madagascar 2005 (Movie)

Alex (Voice)

The 2005 MTV Movie Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Along Came Polly 2004 (Movie)

Reuben Feffer (Actor)

Anchorman 2004 (Movie)

Cameo (Actor)

Comedy Central's Bar Mitzvah Bash! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan O'Brien 10th Anniversary Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 (Movie)

White Goodman (Actor)

Envy 2004 (Movie)

Tim Dingman (Actor)

King of the Hill 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Meet the Fockers 2004 (Movie)

Greg Focker (Actor)

Pauly Shore is Dead 2004 (Movie)

Himself--Cameo (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Starsky & Hutch 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Starsky & Hutch 2004 (Movie)

Dave Starsky (Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Duplex 2003 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2001 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 2003 Espy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Isaac Mizrahi Show 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Europe Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Andy Dick Show 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Super Bowl Halftime Film 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

There's Something About Ben Stiller 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Undeclared 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Greatest TV Moments: Sesame Street Music A-Z 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Making the Super Bowl Half-Time Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Run, Ronnie, Run 2001 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Super Bowl XXXV 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/25/01) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Independent 2001 (Movie)

Cop (Actor)

The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 (Movie)

Chas Tenenbaum (Actor)

Zoolander 2001 (Movie)

Derek Zoolander (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Black and White 2000 (Movie)

detective Mark Clear (Actor)

Freaks and Geeks 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Keeping the Faith 2000 (Movie)

Jake--Rabbi Jacob Schram (Actor)

Meet the Parents 2000 (Movie)

Greg Focker (Actor)

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Mystery Man 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mystery Men 1999 (Movie)

The Furious (Actor)

The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Movie Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Suburbans 1999 (Movie)

Jay Rose (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Mary Tyler Moore 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Permanent Midnight 1998 (Movie)

Jerry Stahl (Actor)

The 1998 MTV Movie Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

There's Something About Mary 1998 (Movie)

Ted Stroehmann (Actor)

To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Your Friends & Neighbors 1998 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Zero Effect 1998 (Movie)

Steve Arlo (Actor)

Friends 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: The Cable Guy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Flirting With Disaster 1996 (Movie)

Mel Coplin (Actor)

If Lucy Fell 1996 (Movie)

Bwick Elias (Actor)

The 1996 MTV Movie Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cable Guy 1996 (Movie)

Sam Sweet (Actor)

For Better Or Worse 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Heavyweights 1995 (Movie)

Tony Perkis Sr (Actor)

Reality Bites 1994 (Movie)

Michael Grates (Actor)

Frasier 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 3 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Highway to Hell 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stella 1990 (Movie)

Jim Uptegrove (Actor)

Next of Kin 1989 (Movie)

Lawrence Isabella (Actor)

That's Adequate 1989 (Movie)

Chip Lane (Actor)

Fresh Horses 1988 (Movie)

Tipton (Actor)

Empire of the Sun 1987 (Movie)

Dainty (Actor)

Hot Pursuit 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

The House of Blue Leaves 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Kids (TV Show)

Voice

Merry Madagascar (TV Show)

Voice

RentaGhost (Movie)

(Actor)

The Return of King Doug (Movie)

(Actor)

Working Trash (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (20)

Another Period 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

What Makes Sammy Run? 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

30 Minutes or Less 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Submarine 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Big Year 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Megamind 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Ruins 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tropic Thunder 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blades of Glory 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rain of Madness 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tenacious D In: The Pick of Destiny 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Duplex 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crooked Lines 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Zoolander 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Johnny Klutz (Movie)

(Producer)

The Return of King Doug (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (10)

What Makes Sammy Run? 2014 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Screenplay)

Tropic Thunder 2008 (Movie)

(Story By)

Tropic Thunder 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rain of Madness 2007 (Movie)

(Story By)

Rain of Madness 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Zoolander 2001 (Movie)

from character (Characters as Source Material)

Zoolander 2001 (Movie)

(Story By)

Zoolander 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Saturday Night Special 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Writer

Back to Brooklyn 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (8)

What Makes Sammy Run? 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Tropic Thunder 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Zoolander 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Cable Guy 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Reality Bites 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Colin Quinn Back in Brooklyn 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

Back to Brooklyn 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

As the child of the popular 1960s comedy team of Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, actor and director Ben Stiller had an up-close view of the inner workings of show business right from the start. Thanks to his privileged perch, Stiller had a leg up when he decided to break into entertainment, starting with several appearances with his parents on stage as a child. When he reached adulthood, Stiller broke off on his own, making short parody films that attracted the attention of producers on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), who hired the young talent as an occasional cast member. He soon made a name for himself with his Emmy Award-winning sketch series, "The Ben Stiller Show" (MTV, 1991-92; Fox 1992-93), which earned a healthy helping of critical praise, but failed to connect with audiences. But it was feature films that allowed Stiller to flourish as a comedic actor. With memorable performances in "There's Something About Mary" (1998), "Meet the Parents" (2000) and "Meet the Fockers" (2004), Stiller established himself as a top-grossing A-list comedian. Not content with merely performing, he made several offbeat dark comedies - including the often misunderstood "Cable Guy" (1996) and "Zoolander" (2001) - that helped solidify Stiller as one of Hollywood's most adept comedic talents.

Relationships

Calista Flockhart Actor

Companion
Once romantically linked in the press, although both declared they were "just friends"

Claire Forlani Actor

Companion
Dated c. 1998-99 No longer together

Janeane Garofalo Actor

Companion
Briefly dated in early 1990s He directed her in "Reality Bites" (1992) and co-starred in "Mystery Men" (1999) No longer together

Anne Meara Actor

Mother
Born Sept. 20, 1929; married Ben's father Jerry Stiller since 1954; raised Catholic, but converted to Judaism after marrying Stiller; half of the 1960s-era comedy team Stiller and Meara; directed by son in "Reality Bites" (1994) and "Zoolander" (2001)

Amanda Peet Actor

Companion
Briefly dated 1998 No longer together

Ella Stiller

Daughter
Born April 10, 2002; mother, Christine Taylor

Quinlin Dempsey Stiller Actor

Son
Born July 10, 2005; mother, Christine Taylor

Jerry Stiller Actor

Father
Born June 8, 1927; married to Ben's mother Anne Meara since 1954; half of the 1960s-era comedy team Stiller and Meara; appeared on TV as Arthur Spooner on "The King of Queens" (CBS) and Frank Costanza on "Seinfeld" (NBC); directed by his son in "Zoolander" (2001)

Amy Stiller Actor

Sister
Born Aug. 9, 1961; acted in several films his brother directed, including "The Cable Guy" (1996) and "Tropic Thunder" (2008)

Christine Taylor Actor

Wife
Met in 1999 while he directed Taylor in the never-aired pilot "Heat Vision and Jack" (Fox) Married May 13, 2000 in Kauai, HI Appeared onscreen together in "Zoolander" (2001) and "Dodgeball" (2004)

Jeanne Tripplehorn Actor

Companion
Had on-again, off-again relationship for several years She appeared on his Fox series "The Ben Stiller Show" in 1992 Briefly engaged in 1993 Ended relationship after six years together

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1983 - 1984
Left after nine months, to move back to New York City

Calhoun School

New York , New York 1983

Milestones

2012

Reprised voice role of Alex the Lion in "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead

2011

Headed the ensemble cast of Brett Ratner's "Tower Heist"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead ("Greenberg")

2011

Co-starred on Broadway in "The House of Blue Leaves" with Edie Falco and Jennifer Jason Leigh

2010

Once again reprised the role of Gaylord Focker for the comedy sequel "Little Fockers"

2010

Played the title role in Noah Baumbach's "Greenberg"

2009

Reprised role for the sequel "Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian"

2008

Once again lent his voice to Alex the Lion in "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa"

2008

Directed and co-starred in the action comedy "Tropic Thunder"; also co-wrote and produced

2007

Played the lead in the Farrelly brother's remake of "The Heartbreak Kid"

2006

Played a night security guard in the family adventure "A Night at the Museum"

2006

Produced "Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny," starring Jack Black and Kyle Gass; also appeared in a cameo

2006

Earned an Emmy nomination for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on HBO's "Extras"

2005

Voiced Alex the Lion in his animated feature debut "Madagascar"

2005

Co-starred with Jeffrey Wright in the Neil LaBute play "This Is How It Goes" at the Public Theater in New York

2004

Cast as Dave Starsky, opposite Owen Wilson as Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson in Todd Phillips' spoof film adaptation of the 70's classic television show series "Starsky & Hutch"

2004

Co-starred opposite wife Christine Taylor in the comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"; also produced

2004

Starred as the risk-averse Reuben Feffer in the romantic comedy "Along Came Polly"; produced by Danny DeVito

2004

Reprised role of Gaylord Focker in the successful sequel "Meet the Fockers"

2003

Co-starred with Drew Barrymore in the lackluster box office film "The Duplex"; directed by Danny De Vito

2002

Made cameo appearance as a firefighter in Jake Kasdan's "Orange County"

2001

Co-starred with Owen Wilson, as rival male models in the comedy "Zoolander"; also directed and co-wrote

2001

Portrayed the eldest child in a family of geniuses in "The Royal Tenenbaums"; Owen Wilson co-wrote screenplay with director Wes Anderson and co-starred as a family friend

2000

Portrayed male nurse Gaylord Focker in the box-office smash "Meet the Parents" opposite Robert De Niro; Wilson had supporting role

2000

Played a rabbi in love with the same woman (Jenna Elfman) as his priest pal (Edward Norton) in "Keeping the Faith"

1998

Co-starred with Cameron Diaz in the sleeper hit "There's Something About Mary," directed by the Farrelly Brothers

1998

Appeared in Neil LaBute's ensemble "Your Friends and Neighbors"

1998

Offered a critically lauded performance as a heroin-abusing screenwriter in "Permanent Midnight"; Wilson had supporting role

1997

Signed to an exclusive contract with Fox; deal called for Stiller to establish a production company (Red House Productions)

1996

Helmed the commercially disappointing "The Cable Guy," starring Jim Carrey; first film with Owen Wilson

1996

Cast in a lead role in the hit comedy "Flirting with Disaster"

1994

Feature directorial debut, "Reality Bites"; produced by Danny DeVito

1992

Created (also wrote, directed and starred) second sketch show, "The Ben Stiller Show" (Fox); cancelled after one season

1989

Created (also wrote and starred) the MTV sketch show "The Ben Stiller Show"; canceled after its first season

1987

Hired as a writer on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC); had a brief stint as a featured performer in 1989

1987

Appeared in PBS' "American Playhouse" production of "The House of Blue Leaves"

1987

Made a 10-minute short spoof of "The Color of Money" titled "The Hustler of Money"; aired on "Saturday Night Live" in 1997

1987

Feature acting debut in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun"

1985

Made stage debut in the Broadway revival of John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves"

1976

Began making Super 8 films at age 10

1975

Acting debut as a guest on his mother's television series "Kate McShane" (CBS)

Bonus Trivia

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According to Guy Oseary's book Jews Who Rock, Stiller was once a drummer in a band called Capital Punishment.

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"I think this whole celebrity world is weird anyway. Weird and funny and kind of pathetic and yet so ripe for parody. There's a sense here in L.A. that everybody's aware of everybody all the time. It's funny but we choose it. People who are here want to be here, including me." – Stiller to Interview Magazine, April 1996

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"I don't think it's ever easy to be funny. I find it easy to amuse myself with a certain sort of cynical, dark humor that tends toward the meaner side, like my character in 'Happy Gilmore.' Those kinds of characters come easily to me. I'm just not a naturally cheery person. I'm naturally moody. I know that from people who spend a lot of time with me." – Stiller quoted in Interview Magazine, April 1996

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"I never thought I was funny." – Stiller to Janeane Garofalo in The New York Times Magazine, Dec. 28, 1997

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"I think the Farrelly brothers (and David O. Russell when I did 'Flirting With Disaster') see me as a reactive guy. If you have a guy doing something really funny, I like to contribute on some level by being the straight person, that's about subtlety and not having to do anything except be, and that's a real challenge. It's amazing what is picked up by the camera." – Stiller to Empire Magazine, October 1998

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"I've never really felt like a funny, funny guy. I've never really felt like Mr. Life of the Party. People who know me know that I'm not the most gregarious person. I'm trying to open myself up more. I've realized in the last few years that my state of mind affects how I live my life." – Stiller to Chris Mundy in Rolling Stone Magazine, Nov. 12, 1998

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"What most people don't know is that Ben has his own demons; he's got pain for days, and he really tapped into that. As Ben once said, 'The reason I don't do drugs is that I would like them too much.' Which I can relate to. I just have a different story." – Jerry Stahl, whom Stiller portrayed in "Permanent Midnight" (1998), quoted in Premiere Magazine, November 1998

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"In 'Permanent Midnight' (1998), I identified with my character's alienation. I connected with his feelings of self-loathing, of being unable to embrace who he was or bond with other people." – Stiller quoted in The New York Times, Sept. 20, 1998

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"I see Ben as the conscience of his generation, and a messenger of all its excesses. I follow his career like I follow the path of a hurricane." – Jerry Stiller on his son, quoted in The New York Times, Sept. 20, 1998

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"I do have anger. Rage and anxiety are kind of a funny mix because they're fighting against each other, and I definitely cop to that." – Stiller to The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 9, 2001

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Stiller on parallels between the world "Zoolander" (2001) occupies and Hollywood: "I've met a few male models and they remind me of actors because there are some actors who don't take what they do seriously at all, but there are others who think they're God's gift to humanity. Also, acting and modeling aren't very masculine professions. That's why I like directing more, because to me it feels like a job you can feel comfortable doing. Not that I'm a macho guy at all, but sometimes it can be a little strange being the guy who has the make-up put on. Sometimes, you want to take more responsibility for yourself." – from The London Times, Nov. 25, 2001

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In the wake of the attacks on September 11, Stiller cancelled his appearance as host of the season opener of NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Answering producer Lorne Michaels' snipe, "I thought he was a New Yorker," Stiller told Details Magazine (December 2001): "I don't need to defend myself as a New Yorker. I grew up here. I'm not Canadian."

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"I like the idea of playing parts that will somehow just give me a little bit more insight into myself as a person. I like trying to figure out how to become that character and finding what I had in common with that character." – Stiller quoted in Biography Magazine, Spring 2004

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In 2007, Stiller was named Man of the Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

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"I admire actors who have a plan. I wasn't one of them. Looking back, the great part about starting out is, you don't have people assessing who or what you are. Nobody's analyzing your work, because nobody cares." – Stiller to Playboy Magazine, August 2008

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