Ben Stiller

Biography: The son of veteran comic actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, Ben Stiller took any acting work he could find in his early twenties---stage, small or big screen, comedy or drama---in an effort to jump-start his career. A brief writing-performing stint on Saturday Night Live in 1989 helped him land his own eponymous sketch-comedy series on MTV later that year. While the show quickly fizzled, it laid the groundwork for his 1992 Fox series of the same name costarring Andy Dick and Janeane Garofalo. Although The Ben Stiller Show---which he wrote, produced, directed and starred in---only lasted one season, his skewed sensibility and pop-culture-infused humor turned him into a Gen-X darling. In 1994, he made his feature directing debut with Reality Bites, a slacker comedy in which he also costarred. From then on Stiller was omnipresent, tackling supporting and leading movie roles, TV guest spots, even appearing as himself in music videos. He tended to alternate between three comicThe son of veteran comic actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, Ben Stiller took any acting work he could find in his early twenties---stage, small or big screen, comedy or drama---in an effort to jump-start his career. A brief writing-performing stint on Saturday Night Live in 1989 helped him land his own eponymous sketch-comedy series on MTV later that year. While the show quickly fizzled, it laid the groundwork for his 1992 Fox series of the same name costarring Andy Dick and Janeane Garofalo. Although The Ben Stiller Show---which he wrote, produced, directed and starred in---only lasted one season, his skewed sensibility and pop-culture-infused humor turned him into a Gen-X darling. In 1994, he made his feature directing debut with Reality Bites, a slacker comedy in which he also costarred. From then on Stiller was omnipresent, tackling supporting and leading movie roles, TV guest spots, even appearing as himself in music videos. He tended to alternate between three comic characterizations---nebbishy underdog (Meet the Parents, There's Something About Mary, Night at the Museum), testosterone-heavy villain (Dodgeball, Heavy Weights), and likeable but dim-witted celebrity (Zoolander, Tropic Thunder)---with a few notable exceptions (an overprotective widowed father in The Royal Tenenbaums, a junkie in Permanent Midnight) that proved, if given the chance, he could be versatile. Still, audiences seemed to prefer his stereotypical shtick. Off screen, he dated a bevy of beauties (Jeanne Tripplehorn, Amanda Peet, Claire Forlani) before marrying actress Christine Taylor. Expand

Ben Stiller's Scores

Average career score: 56
Highest Metascore: 81 Flirting with Disaster
Lowest Metascore: 24 The Suburbans
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 57
  2. Negative: 8 out of 57
57 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Friendsgiving Oct 23, 2020 Producer tbd
65 Plus One Jun 14, 2019 Executive Producer 6.3
tbd The Package Aug 10, 2018 Producer 5.8
62 Alex Strangelove Jun 8, 2018 Producer 6.8
65 The Polka King Jan 12, 2018 Executive Producer / Executive Producer 3.6
79 The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Oct 13, 2017 Cast 7.2
71 Brad's Status Sep 15, 2017 Brad Sloan / Brad Sloan 6.6
39 Why Him? Dec 23, 2016 Producer 6.8
34 Zoolander 2 Feb 12, 2016 Director / Director / Producer / Producer / Character Derek Zoolander / Character Derek Zoolander / Written By / Written By / Derek Zoolander / Derek Zoolander / Derek / Derek / Derek Zoolander / Derek Zoolander 7.8
64 Sweet Micky for President Nov 13, 2015 Himself tbd
tbd Being Canadian Sep 18, 2015 Himself tbd
77 While We're Young Mar 27, 2015 Josh / Josh 6.5
47 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Dec 19, 2014 Larry Daley / Larry Daley / Larry Daley/Laaa 5.9
53 Penguins of Madagascar Nov 26, 2014 Alex / Alex tbd
54 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Dec 25, 2013 Director / Producer / Walter Mitty / Walter Mitty 7.5
36 The Watch Jul 27, 2012 Cast / Evan 5.5
60 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Jun 8, 2012 Alex / Alex / Alex / Alex 4.4
59 Tower Heist Nov 4, 2011 Josh Kovacs / Josh Kovacs tbd
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 6.8
63 Megamind Nov 5, 2010 Executive Producer / Bernard 7.5
48 I'm Still Here Sep 10, 2010 Himself 6.0
76 Greenberg Mar 19, 2010 Roger Greenberg / Roger Greenberg tbd
30 The Marc Pease Experience Aug 21, 2009 Jon Gribble / Jon Gribble 7.0
42 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian May 22, 2009 Larry Daley / Larry Daley tbd
78 The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story May 22, 2009 Producer / Producer tbd
61 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Nov 7, 2008 Alex 6.9
71 Tropic Thunder Aug 13, 2008 Director / Director / Producer / Producer / Screenplay / Screenplay / Story / Story / Tugg Speedman - Hot LZ / Tugg Speedman - Hot LZ 6.6

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