THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY
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
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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