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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 with Disaster."

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 ambitions professionally.

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