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.