Ben Stiller

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Ben Stiller

Born

11/30/1965, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Birth Name

Benjamin Edward Stiller

Gender

Male
9.0
out of 10
User Rating
200 votes

Biography

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Ben Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York, New York to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. It's not surprising that Ben Stiller has followed in his family's footsteps. Ben's parents made no real effort to keep their son away from the Hollywood lifestyle…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Ben: (revealing two children are enough for him and wife Christine Taylor) Our kids are ridiculously cute and every moment is a joy and a wonderful challenge that people who have kids can only understand. It's the best but I'm happy where we're at right now.

    • Ben: (on the late Bernie Mac, Ben's co-star in Madagascar: Escape 2) I would hear the scenes with Alex and Zuba cut together while we were doing it and I was always so inspired because he's so great in the movie and he adds so much to it. He gives a warmth and humanity to the lion and the father son relationship is really the core of the movie. It's really sad because I think he could have done a lot of these movies.

    • Ben: I'm not the type of guy who goes around cracking jokes a lot. I'm probably not that funny in person.

    • Ben: (On the release of his short-lived sketch show to DVD) I made a joke on a talk show that when they release the Saved by the Bell boxed set, I know we have a chance. Then a producer for Saved by the Bell sent me his boxed set, saying 'Thanks for mentioning it!'.

    • Ben: I've become more able to get outside that kind of emotional trap and learn to have more fun and enjoy my life much more.

    • Ben: I would like to do more dramas when I find a good role that will allow me to politely upset people's expectations of me as a comic actor.

    • Ben: I wanted to be funny for people who didn't care about fashion at all, to just to kind of exist as a silly character.

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

    • Ben: We covered 'Hey, Jude.' My father panicked, misunderstanding the lyrics and thinking our lead singer was belting out 'Hey, Jew' to a roomful of Holocaust survivors.

    • Ben: Very quickly after meeting Dustin, the whole image I had of him was shattered.

    • Ben: There's always an element of fear that you need to work a lot until people get sick and tired of you or finally figure out that you're a fraud after all!

    • Ben: The failure of The Cable Guy impacted my career. I had to start writing and acting again.

    • Ben: The cliches are that it's the most generic Starsky and Hutch plot you can find.

    • Ben: 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.

    • Ben: Paul is Starsky, and I met him before shooting. He was very kind and encouraged us to go with what we wanted to do. It was very sweet to see them back with the car after 25 years.

    • Ben: Owen is one of the funniest people around. He's a friend of mine, and we've worked together a number of times. There's no other person like Owen.

    • Ben: My parents used to throw great New Year's Eve parties. They invited such an eclectic mix of showbiz people. All those cool people were always hanging out at our apartment.

    • Ben: My own parents were touchy-feely.

    • Ben: Jim Carrey, a comic genius, has a harder time overcoming the public's desire for him to be funny simply because he's so good at it.

    • Ben: It was a mixed blessing to have famous parents. It was tough to go to auditions and be bad, since I couldn't be anonymous.

    • Ben: If you look at my eyes when I'm dancing, you'll see that glazed look.

    • Ben: I'm not an expert on the Malaysian sense of humor.

    • Ben: I'm always willing to endure humiliation on behalf of my characters.

    • Ben: I would like to do more dramas when I find a good role that will allow me to politely upset people's expectations of me as a comic actor.

    • Ben: I wanted to be funny for people who didn't care about fashion at all, to just to kind of exist as a silly character.

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

    • Ben: I think most politicians could take a dodgeball in the face.

    • Ben: I love New York. I was sad, depressed and incredibly moved by our fellow countrymen and what they've done. I wanted to give people a chance to see something funny, have a distraction.

    • Ben: I just watched Paul Michael Glaser. He was the reason I wanted to do the movie because as a kid I was such a big fan of his. I watched all the episodes and tried to get a feeling for what he was doing.

    • Ben: I have not gone to an 'N Sync concert personally. But my dad did a part in Lance Bass' new movie. He could not be a nicer young man.

    • Ben: I have a lot of nervous energy. Work is my best way of channelling that into something productive unless I want to wind up assaulting the postman or gardener.

    • Ben: I grew up wanting to make movies, and along the way I suddenly found that I had a career doing comedy.

    • Ben: I grew up in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, so there were block parties. It was multicultural. It was very genuine and real.

    • Ben: I enjoy the work I do in comedies. It's a valid test of your creative abilities.

    • Ben: I don't think the public is dying to see me necessarily be funny all the time.

    • Ben: I don't think know if anything's going to translate anywhere. You're making a movie, you hope it's going to be funny, you can't think about how it's going to go over.

    • Ben: I don't have a burning desire to be taken seriously as an actor. I don't have a master plan in that way.

    • Ben: I don't devalue comedy as compared to drama. Not one bit.

    • Ben: Having a child changes everything in a most positive way, and I am extremely lucky to have a great wife who is also an incredible mom.

    • Ben: Finding a woman to share your life is not an easy thing in the first place, and then to find yourself happy is even more pleasantly surprising.

    • Ben: Fashion is so over the top.

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

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • He fulfilled his father's legacy.

    10
    He's pretty nice in satirical comedy and deep comedies. "Tropic Thunder" "Meet The Parents" "Night in the Museum" and "There's Something About Mary". One of the great comedians that we have today. Nice one.
  • This dude is funny.

    8.5
    Okay,I think this dude really funny and his movies are some of the funniest films ever made,like Tropic Thunder.His voice in animated movies are neat,like Madagascar:Escape 2 Africa.He is a big comedian,like Adam Sandler.I've seen some of his movies and their so funny.But Adam Sandler is still my favorite actor.Even his movies too.A comedian like this one does better at his movies and a Kids Choice Award host.Ben Stiller is funny and he is good at playing Alex the lion in the Madagascar movies.I am so waiting to see Night At The Museum:Battle At The Smithsonium.He is so really funny.moreless
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