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BEN STILLER (Ted) won praise as one of Hollywood's most innovative and astute young writer-director-performers following his feature film directorial debut on the 1994 romantic comedy Reality Bites, and the creation of his own TV series, the critically-acclaimed 1992 FOX program The Ben Stiller Show. With only thirteen episodes produced, the show garnered him and his staff an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Comedy Writing."

Predisposed to a career in show business, Stiller follows his parents, comedians Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller, into the entertainment arena. Following high school graduation in New York City, Stiller dabbled in Theatre Arts studies at UCLA before embarking on his career path. He landed his first professional acting assignment in the 1985 Tony-winning Broadway production of John Guare's House of Blue Leaves.

He contributed sketches to Saturday Night Live, joining the show's cast after briefly selling a parody film of Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money to producer Lorne Michaels. Calling his true directing debut The Hustler of Money, the short featured his Broadway co-stars John Mahoney, Swoosie Kurtz and Stockard Channing, and won praise and a job as a featured player and apprentice writer for the enduring NBC Saturday night series.

He next went to MTV, where he wrote and directed the special Colin Quinn: Back in Brooklyn. Stiller followed that project by writing, producing and starring in thirteen episodes of a sketch comedy program (also entitled The Ben Stiller Show) that became the forerunner of his subsequent Emmy-winning series on the FOX network.

In addition to his work on Reality Bites, in which he also co-starred opposite Ethan Hawke and Winona Ryder, Stiller appeared in Steven Spielberg's epic WWII adventure Empire of the Sun, as well as the features Fresh Horses, Next of Kin, Stella, Flirting with Disaster and Zero Effect. He returned to the director's chair in 1996 with the dark comedy The Cable Guy, starring Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick.

He most recently completed the distinctive role of a TV writer who battles heroin addiction in Jerry Stahl's controversial memoir Permanent Midnight, then joined the cast of Neil Labute's Your Friends and Neighbors, co-starring opposite Nastassja Kinski and Jason Patric.

Stiller recently signed a deal with Fox 2000 Pictures, in which he will write, produce and direct films under his own banner, Red Hour Films.

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