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Ben Stiller Biography

Birth Name:
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Actor, writer, director, producer

Fast Facts

  • Began shooting Super-8 movies when he was 10
  • Earliest forays into show business included working as an intern in 1983 on Alan Thicke's Thicke of the Night and producing a short parody of the 1986 film The Color of Money
  • That got him noticed by Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels, who offered him a writing gig in 1989
  • Created a skit for the 2000 MTV Movie Awards where he plays Tom Cruise's stunt double, Tom Crooze
  • Penned an article about Diane Keaton for Premiere magazine in 1997
  • Coauthored a mock self-help book along with Janeane Garofalo in 1999 titled Feel This Book: An Essential Guide to Self-Empowerment, Spiritual Supremacy and Sexual Satisfaction
  • Began his own production company, Red Hour Productions (named for a Star Trek reference), with Stuart Cornfeld
  • Gave his mother, comedian Anne Meara, cameo roles in several of his films, including Reality Bites (1994), Zoolander (2001) and Night at the Museum (2006)


  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Limited Series: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Dramatic Special: nominated
  • 2019Producers Guild Awards-David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: nominated
  • 2018Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series: winner
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs: nominated
  • 2011Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 2002Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: winner