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: 56
Highest Metascore: 84 While We're Young
Lowest Metascore: 27 Little Fockers
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 42
  2. Negative: 5 out of 42
42 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
84 While We're Young Mar 27, 2015 Josh tbd
81 Flirting with Disaster Mar 22, 1996 Mel Coplin 7.0
78 The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story May 22, 2009 Producer 7.6
76 Submarine Jun 3, 2011 Executive Producer / Soap Opera Star 7.9
76 Greenberg Mar 19, 2010 Roger Greenberg 5.2
75 The Royal Tenenbaums Dec 14, 2001 Chas Tenenbaum 7.4
73 Meet the Parents Oct 6, 2000 Gaylord 'Greg' Focker 7.2
71 Tropic Thunder Aug 13, 2008 Director / Producer / Screenplay / Story / Tugg Speedman - Hot LZ 7.3
70 Your Friends & Neighbors Aug 21, 1998 Jerry 5.7
69 There's Something About Mary Jul 15, 1998 Ted 7.5
68 Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! Mar 31, 2006 Himself 7.3
65 Mystery Men Aug 6, 1999 Furious 6.7
64 Blades of Glory Mar 30, 2007 Producer 7.0
63 Megamind Nov 5, 2010 Executive Producer / Bernard 7.3
61 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Nov 7, 2008 Alex 6.9
61 Zoolander Sep 28, 2001 Director / Producer / Character Derek Zoolander / Screenplay / Story / Derek Zoolander 6.6
60 Keeping the Faith Apr 14, 2000 Rabbi Jake Schram 6.9
60 Empire of the Sun Dec 9, 1987 Dainty 8.4
60 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Jun 8, 2012 Alex / Alex 6.6
59 Tower Heist Nov 4, 2011 Josh Kovacs 6.2
57 Madagascar May 27, 2005 Alex 6.5
55 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Nov 22, 2006 Executive Producer / Guitar Center Guy 7.0
55 Starsky & Hutch Mar 5, 2004 Executive Producer / David Starsky 6.7
55 Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Jun 18, 2004 Producer / White Goodman 7.0
54 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Dec 25, 2013 Director / Producer / Walter Mitty / Walter Mitty 7.6
53 The Big Year Oct 14, 2011 Producer 6.3
53 Penguins of Madagascar Nov 26, 2014 Alex 7.4
50 Duplex Sep 26, 2003 Producer / Alex Rose 6.2
49 30 Minutes or Less Aug 12, 2011 Producer 5.6
48 I'm Still Here Sep 10, 2010 Himself 6.3

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