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Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is a comedian/actor/director probably best known for his roles in Meet the Parents, and There's Something About Mary. The son of comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, Stiller was born in New York, New York on November 30, 1965 and raised with frequent visits from his family's Hollywood friends.

Stiller appeared on Saturday Night Live as a featured performer in 1990. He went on to host and perform in a self-titled comedy sketch show on MTV and then The Ben Stiller Show on the Fox Network in 1992. The show lasted 12 episodes, but is considered by many to be one of the finest (if briefest) sketch comedy vehicles on television. The show also starred (and launched the careers of) his later frequent collaborators Andy Dick, Janeane Garofalo, and Bob Odenkirk.

Stiller directed both Reality Bites and The Cable Guy, to generally mixed reviews. However, his most recent directoral effort, 2001's Zoolander was well-receieved, showing he could be as bankable behind the camera as in front of it.

In the parody self-help book they co-authored, Feel This Book, he and frequent co-star Janeane Garofalo claimed they briefly dated. This is generally considered to be artistic license.

During much of the 1990s, he was involved with actress Jeanne Tripplehorn. He married actress Christine Taylor in May 2000, whom he met while filming a never-broadcast comedy pilot for Fox called Heat Vision and Jack, starring Jack Black. Ben and Christine have one daughter, Ella Olivia, born April 10, 2002

Amy Stiller, Ben's older sister, is also an actor.

External link: Ben Stiller Show Web Memorial

Filmography (Actor)