(Mr. Furious) was most recently seen on the big screen in Peter
and Bobby Farrelly's smash hit romantic comedy There's Something
About Mary. Stiller also gained critical notice in Permanent
Midnight based on Jerry Stahl's controversial Hollywood memoir.
Stiller received further positive notice for his role in Neil
Lebute's Your Friends and Neighbors.
Stiller's most recent directorial effort was the Columbia
Pictures release The Cable Guy, starring Jim Carrey and
Matthew Broderick. Stiller made his feature length motion picture
directorial debut in 1994 with the critically-acclaimed Reality
Bites in which he co-starred with Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo
and Ethan Hawke.
Other recent films include Jake Kasdan's Zero Effect with
Bill Pullman. The film was selected to take part in the "Un
Certain Regard" sidebar of the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.
Stiller also starred in David O. Russell's Flirting With Disaster
opposite Patricia Arquette, Tea Leoni, Josh Brolin, Mary Tyler
Moore, George Segal, Alan Alda and Lily Tomlin, as well as Steven
Speilberg's epic World War II adventure Empire of The Sun,
and the feature films Next of Kin, Fresh Horses, and Stella.
Stiller made his professional acting debut on Broadway in
1985 starring 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 directorial effort, The Hustler of Money eventually
aired on Saturday Night Live where it was so well received
that Stiller was subsequently hired as a feature player and apprentice
writer for the NBC comedy series.
Following his stint at Saturday Night Live, Stiller directed
a comedy special for MTV called Back to Brooklyn. Stiller
followed that project by creating The Ben Stiller Show,
also for MTV, and later collaborated with Judd Apatow for a 13-episode
run on FOX. A critical success, Stiller and the rest of the writing
staff was awarded an Emmy for outstanding comedy writing.
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