Ben Stiller

Biography: 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 and he grew up amongst the stars, wondering just why his parents were so popular. At a young age, he and his sister Amy would perform plays at home, wearing Amy's tights to perform Shakespeare. Ben also picked up an interest in being on the other side of the camera and at age 10, began shooting films on his Super 8 camera. The plots were always simple: someone would pick on the shy, awkward Stiller...and then he would always get his revenge. This desire for revenge on the popular, good-looking people may have motivated his teen-angst opus Reality Bites (1994) later in his career. He both directed and performed in the film, which costarred Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke.
Before he even got his start in
Hollywood, Ben put in several consistently solid years in the theater. After dropping out of UCLA, he performed in the Tony Award winner, "The House of Blue Leaves." While working on the play, Stiller shot a short spoof of The Color of Money starring him (in the Tom Cruise role) and his House of Blue Leaves, The (1987) (TV) costar John Mahoney (in the Paul Newman role). The short film was so funny that Lorne Michaels purchased it and aired it on "Saturday Night Live" (1975). This led to Ben spending a year on the show in 1989. Ben made his big screen debut in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun (1987) in 1987. Demonstrating early on the multifaceted tone his career would take, he soon stepped behind the camera to direct Back to Brooklyn for MTV. The network was impressed and gave Stiller his own show. He recruited fellow off beat comedians Janeane Garofalo and Andy Dick and created a bitingly satirical show. MTV ended up passing on the show but it was picked up by Fox. Unfortunately, the show was a ratings miss. Stiller was soon out of work, although he did have the satisfaction of picking up an Emmy for the show after its cancellation. For a while, Ben had to settle for guest appearance work. While he was doing this, he saved up his cash and in the end was able to scrape enough together to make Reality Bites (1994), now a cult classic which is looked upon favorably by the generation it depicted. Ben continued to work steadily for a time, particularly in independent productions where he was more at ease. However, he never quite managed to catch a big break. His first big budget directing job was Jim Carrey's Cable Guy, The (1996). Although many critics were impressed, Jim Carrey's fans were not. In 1998, There's Something About Mary (1998) had propelled Ben into the mainstream spotlight. With his wince-inducing turn in the Farrelly brothers' gross-out film, Ben really "struck a nerve" with mainstream America. In recent years Ben has starred in such hit movies as Mystery Men (1999), Keeping the Faith (2000) and Meet the Parents (2000). Still, Ben excels at cerebral comedy, but he knows how to get down and lowbrow when he needs to, making him one of America's most under-appreciated comics. Expand

Ben Stiller's Scores

Average career score: 55
Highest Metascore: 81 Flirting with Disaster
Lowest Metascore: 27 Little Fockers
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
40 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Dec 25, 2014 Larry Daley tbd
tbd The Penguins of Madagascar Nov 26, 2014 Alex tbd
54 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Dec 25, 2013 Director / Producer / Walter Mitty / Walter Mitty 7.7
36 The Watch Jul 27, 2012 Cast / Evan 5.5
60 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Jun 8, 2012 Alex / Alex 6.6
59 Tower Heist Nov 4, 2011 Josh Kovacs 6.1
53 The Big Year Oct 14, 2011 Producer 6.3
49 30 Minutes or Less Aug 12, 2011 Producer 5.6
76 Submarine Jun 3, 2011 Executive Producer / Soap Opera Star 7.8
27 Little Fockers Dec 22, 2010 Greg Focker 4.2
63 Megamind Nov 5, 2010 Executive Producer / Bernard 7.3
48 I'm Still Here Sep 10, 2010 Himself 6.3
76 Greenberg Mar 19, 2010 Roger Greenberg 5.2
30 The Marc Pease Experience Aug 21, 2009 Jon Gribble 5.0
42 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian May 22, 2009 Larry Daley 5.3
78 The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story May 22, 2009 Producer 8.7
61 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Nov 7, 2008 Alex 6.9
71 Tropic Thunder Aug 13, 2008 Director / Producer / Screenplay / Story / Tugg Speedman - Hot LZ 7.3
44 The Ruins Apr 4, 2008 Executive Producer 5.5
46 The Heartbreak Kid Oct 5, 2007 Eddie 5.1
64 Blades of Glory Mar 30, 2007 Producer 6.9
48 Night at the Museum Dec 22, 2006 Larry Daley 6.9
55 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Nov 22, 2006 Executive Producer / Guitar Center Guy 6.9
44 School for Scoundrels Sep 29, 2006 Lonnie 5.4
68 Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! Mar 31, 2006 Himself 7.3
57 Madagascar May 27, 2005 Alex 6.4
41 Meet the Fockers Dec 22, 2004 Greg Focker 5.4
55 Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Jun 18, 2004 Producer / White Goodman 7.2
31 Envy Apr 30, 2004 Tim Dingman 4.3
55 Starsky & Hutch Mar 5, 2004 Executive Producer / David Starsky 6.2

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