An innovative actor, director and writer,
BEN STILLER has imprinted his singular comic perspective
on film, television and the stage in a remarkably brief period
of time. Stiller is currently working on director David Veloz's
screen adaptation of the Jerry Stahl biography, "Permanent
Midnight." Stiller will portray Stahl, the writer who by
day penned such shows as "Moonlighting," "Twin
Peaks," "Alf" and "thirtysomething,"
and by night scored smack in South Central Los Angeles.
Stiller has also just signed an exclusive,
two year, first-look deal with Fox 2000, a division of 20th Century
Fox Films in which he will write, produce and direct films under
his own banner. He is currently scripting an adaptation of Budd
Schulberg's novel "What Makes Sammy Run," which he may
also star and direct.
Stiller recently directed Jim Carrey and Matthew
Broderick in the Columbia Pictures release, "The Cable Guy,"
which was the top-grossing film in the country during its debut
weekend. Stiller also recently starred opposite Patricia Arquette,
Tea Leoni, Josh Brolin, Mary Tyler Moore, George Segal, Alan Alda
and Lily Tomlin in the Miramax smash hit, David O. Russell's "Flirting
Stiller made his feature-length motion picture
directorial debut in 1994 with the critically acclaimed "Reality
Bites," in which he also co-starred with Winona Ryder, Janeane
Garofalo and Ethan Hawke. His additional acting credits include
Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun," "Next of
Kin," "Fresh Horses" and "Stella."
However, it was on Broadway, in 1985, where
he made his professional acting debut opposite John Mahoney in
John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves." While appearing
in the play, Stiller persuaded John Mahoney and cast members Swoosie
Kurtz, Stockard Channing and Julie Hagerty to appear in a short
comedy film, his first true directing effort, "The Hustler
of Money," a parody of Martin Scorcese's "The Color
of Money," which eventually aired on "Saturday Night
Live." The short was so well received that he was hired as
a featured player and apprentice writer for the NBC comedy series.
Following his stint at "Saturday Night
Live," he directed a comedy special for MTV called "Back
to Brooklyn." From that he went on to create "The Ben
Stiller Show," also for MTV, and later collaborated with
Judd Apatow for a 13-epiosode run on FOX. A critical success,
Stiller and the rest of the writing staff were awarded an Emmy
for outstanding comedy writing.
Decidedly predisposed to a career in show
business, with parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, he is a native
of New York City. Stiller studied Theater Arts at UCLA for one
year before opting out of college to pursue his acting and directing
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