Ben Stiller

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Ben Stiller
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Image from Extras
Date of Birth 30 November 1965
Place of Birth New York City
Education University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation Actor/Director
Partner Christine Taylor
Parents Jerry Stiller
Anne Meara
Children None

Benjamin Edward "Ben" Stiller (born 30 November 1965) is an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, actor, film producer and director.

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Early Career

Stiller started out on Broadway show The House of Blue Leaves, on which he made two short comedic films that received a warm reception from the cast and crew. The shorts also got the attention of Saturday Night Live, who handed Stiller his television break by commissioning him to write and star in an episode. It was a success. After two more short films, he got his own show, The Ben Stiller Show, which won numerous awards yet was cancelled by MTV

Film Career

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Stiller then moved into cinema, having small roles in a number of films, such as Stella, Highway To Hell and The Nutt House before trying his hand at directing with Reality Bites. Following a sojourn back into acting with Heavyweights, Happy Gilmore, If Lucy Fell and Flirting With Disaster he directed his second film, The Cable Guy with Jim Carrey.

After this, Stiller's film career took off and he starred in box-office smashes There's Something About Mary, Zoolander, Meet The Parents, Meet The Fockers, Dodgeball, Madagascar and The Royal Tenenbaums. Stiller continues to be a major force in global comedy.

Extras

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Stiller accepted a cameo role in Extras due to his showbiz friendship with Ricky Gervais. He appeared in the second episode of series one, playing himself as an egomaniac director, presiding over a serious war film. During his directing, he shouts at a child actor and offends the real-life war refugee who is on set in a consulting role. Andy Millman eventually confronts Stiller, who reels off the box-office revenue of his hit films, and calls Millman a nobody. Gervais returned the favour by taking a cameo role in Stiller's comedy film Night at the Museum and the 2009 sequel Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

Quotes

  • Ben Stiller: Who are you?
    Andy: Nobody.
    Ben Stiller: What’s that? Who?
    Andy: Nobody.
    Ben Stiller: That’s right nobody, yeah. And who am I?
    Andy: It’s either Starsky or Hutch, I can never remember.
  • Andy: Well done, bye nerd.
    Ben Stiller: Oh I’m a nerd?
    Andy: Yeah.
    Ben Stiller: I’m a nerd. I’ve kissed Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, I slapped Jennifer Aniston’s butt.
    Maggie: In films.
    Ben Stiller: It still counts… it still counts.

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Series 1: Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5 | Episode 6
Series 2: Episode 7 | Episode 8 | Episode 9 | Episode 10 | Episode 11 | Episode 12
Specials: Extras Christmas Special
Main Characters: Andy Millman | Maggie Jacobs | Darren Lamb | Shaun Williamson
Guest Stars: Ben Stiller | Kate Winslet | Samuel L Jackson | Patrick Stewart | others...
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