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Date of Birth: 30th November, 1965.
Born at: New York City, New York.
Claim to Fame: Meet The Parents, Madagascar, Tropic Thunder.
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Only a few actors actually manage to make a brand about them in Hollywood. They have a certain style of movies and the audience can’t seem to get enough of them. Ben is one of them. His movies in the past have grossed close to $2 billion at the box-office over all and have been major international successes.
Ben is also said to be the leader of the Frat Pack; a group friends and actors who work mostly with each other. The pack is said to consist of Owen Wilson, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughan, Steve Carell, Luke Wilson and Paul Rudd. All of them mostly work together and share a great friendship off screen as well. Ben is the most successful of the lot as he acts, directs and produces at the same time.
Films and television was the natural course of action for Ben as his parents too are established actors. His father, Jerry Stiller, and his mother, Anne Meara, worked in many TV Shows and also had a show of their own. So Ben grew up in this environment and was sure of the career path he wanted to take. He even made home movies with his sister, Amy Stiller.
Like most comedians, Ben also started his career with stand-up comedy and managed to get a brief stint in Saturday Night Live. He got attention from the short film he made which was shown on SNL. MTV then gave Ben his own sketch show called The Ben Stiller Show (1990-1991) which was a critical success but could not garner the ratings.
Ben then concentrated towards movies. Though, he initially concentrated on directing movies, he also tried his hand at acting and found more success there. Ben has delivered hits like There’s Something About Mary (1998), Meet the Parents (2000), Along Came Polly (2004) and Meet the Fockers (2004). He has also found success as a director in movies like Reality Bites (1994), Zoolander (2001) and Tropic Thunder (2008). Tropic Thunder was also nominated in the Best Film category at the Oscar Awards.
Today Ben is one of the most popular actors who are famous worldwide. It IS helped by the fact that Ben is a good guy in real life too. Very rarely would one hear about controversies regarding Ben. He dated a few actresses in his early days but today is happily married to actress Christine Taylor whom he had met on the set of a TV show. They got married in May 2000 and have a daughter and a son together.