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Ben Stiller

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Birth Date

November 30, 1965


United States

Sun Sign


Natural hair color

Dark brown

Eye color



5 ft 8 in | 173 cm

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75 kg | 165 lbs


36 in | 91 cm

Shoe size

10 US | 43.5 EU


32 in | 82 cm

Early acting career First film Breakthrough

Ben Stiller was born in New York City, New York, United States, on November 30, 1965, is an American actor.

Young Ben Stiller made his acting debut as a guest on his mother's television series, Kate McShane, at the age of 9.

He got his professional acting television debut in CBS sitcom Kate & Allie (1986) in episode "Too Late the Rebel", in role as Peter.

He made his big screen debut in epic coming-of-age war movie Empire of the Sun (1987) in role as Dainty, directed by Steven Spielberg.

Ben's breakthrough performance came as Ted Stroehmann in romantic comedy film There's Something About Mary (1998) opposite Cameron Diaz.

He made his directorial debut with romantic comedy drama film Reality Bites (1994) he also starred in role as Michael Grates.

New Movies

Brad's Status (2017) comedy drama in role as Brad Sloan, with Michael Sheen, Jenna Fischer and Luke Wilson

The Meyerowitz Stories (2017) comedy drama in role as Matthew Meyerowitz, opposite Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman

Best Movies

He portrayed Gaylord "Greg" Focker in Meet the Parents film series:

Meet the Parents (2000)

Meet the Fockers (2004)

Little Fockers (2010)

He played Larry Daley in Night at the Museum movie series:

Night at the Museum (2006)

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

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

He portrayed Derek Zoolander in comedy movies:

Zoolander (2001)

Zoolander 2 (2016)

He was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actor for his performance as Walter Mitty in adventure comedy drama film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), which he directed and co-produced.

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) comedy drama opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman

Dodgeball (2004) sports comedy with Vince Vaughn

Starsky & Hutch (2004) crime action comedy with Owen Wilson

Flirting with Disaster (1996) black comedy with Josh Brolin and Patricia Arquette

Tropic Thunder (2008) action comedy with Jack Black, Robert Downey, Jr. and Tom Cruise

Tower Heist (2011) heist comedy with Eddie Murphy and Matthew Broderick

The Watch (2012) science fiction comedy with Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill

Zero Effect (1998) mystery comedy with Bill Pullman and Ryan O'Neal

Reality Bites (1994) romantic comedy drama with Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke

TV Shows

He directed, wrote, produced and starred in sketch comedy series The Ben Stiller Show (1990, 1992–1993), for which he won a Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.

He played Various roles in Saturday Night Live (1989), also writer.

He had a recurring role as Tony Wonder in Fox sitcom Arrested Development (2004–2006, 2013, 2018–2019).

He has a cameo role as Michael Cohen in Saturday Night Live (2018–2019).

He directed television limited series Escape at Dannemora (2018).


Attended The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine in New York City’s Upper West Side.

Graduated from the Calhoun School in New York in 1983.

Attended UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

Has an elder sister, Amy.

His famous parents, comedians Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller, often make cameo appearances in his movies.

He is a member of Frat Pack.

He was the drummer of the punk band Capital Punishment, during his high school years.

Featured in music videos for:

Smash Mouth "All Star" (1999)

Limp Bizkit "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)" and "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water" (2000)

Sean Combs "Bad Boy for Life" (2001)

Tenacious D "Tribute" (2002)

Jack Johnson "Taylor" (2004)

Beastie Boys Awesome; I Fu**in' Shot That! (2006)

Travis "Closer" (2007)

Fan of actor Tom Cruise.

He voiced Alex the Lion in Madagascar franchise:

Madagascar (2005)

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

Big fan of Star Trek (1966).

Longtime friend of actor Anthony Barrile.

He is left-handed.

Lives in Westchester County, New York.


He was married to Christine Taylor (2000-2017), they have a daughter and a son.

Has been engaged to Jeanne Tripplehorn (1993-1996).


There's an old saying in Hollywood: It's not the length of your film, it's how you use it.

Normally, people tend to shut off their ambitions and competitive thinking because it doesn't help them much in normal life. But in the movie business you've constantly got to prove yourself. So I can be a real asshole on the set sometimes.

Every actor is out there trying to get parts, auditioning, going to acting class and creating a network of people who are in the same position you are. I couldn't sit around and wait to get work, because it wasn't happening. I would just try to create my own projects with friends who were filmmakers.

Sometimes I wondered whether I hadn't let my career get confined to one direction, but lately I've decided to accept the fact that I have this opportunity to be successful doing comedies.

Even when I'm not directing, that doesn't stop Owen from having ideas for what I should be doing.

I think people will be curious to see what I can do as a dramatic actor.