BEN STILLER (Derek Zoolander/ Co-Writer/Director/Producer) has
established himself as one of Hollywood's most formidable talents. A veteran of
stage, film and television, he consistently displays diverse skills, whether
acting, writing or directing. most recently, he starred in last summer's comedy
hit, "Meet the Parents," with Robert DeNiro. In the past two years he
also starred in the romantic comedy, "Keeping the Faith," the comic
book action film, "Mystery Men" and the smash romantic comedy,
"There's Something About Mary." He will next be seen in "The
Royal Tenenbaums," again starring with Owen Wilson.
Stiller made an impressive dramatic turn in "Permanent Midnight"
(based on Jerry Stahl's controversial Hollywood memoir), portraying the former
television writer who lived the secret life of a heroin addict. He received
further positive notice for his role in Neil LaBute's ensemble drama, "Your
Friends & Neighbors."
Stiller's most recent directorial effort was "The Cable Guy,"
starring Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick. He made his feature motion picture
directorial debut in 1994, with the critically acclaimed "Reality
Bites," in which he also co-starred with Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo and
Stiller's other films include "Zero Effect," with Bill Pullman;
David O'Russell's "Flirting with Disaster," opposite Patricia Arquette,
Tea Leoni, Josh Brolin and Mary Tyler Moore; and Steven Spielberg's epic World
War II drama, "Empire of the Sun."
The son of comedy performing parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, Stiller
was born and raised in New York City. He 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, he persuaded Mahoney and
fellow cast members Swoosie Kurtz, Stockard Channing and Julie Hagerty to appear
in his first directorial effort, a short comedy film titled "The Hustler of
Money." A parody of Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money," it
eventurally aired on "Saturday Night Live," and was so well received
Stiller was hired as a featured player and writer for NBC comedy series.
Following his stint at "Saturday Night Live," Stiller directed the
MTV comedy special "Back to Brooklyn." He subsequently created
"The Ben Stiller Show," initially for MTV, and later, in a critically
praised thirteen episode run on FOX, collaborating with Judd Apatow. Stiller,
along with the rest of the writing staff, received an Emmy Award for outstanding
He will next star opposite Drew Barrymore on a project entitled "The
Recently married to his "Zoolander" co-star Christine Taylor,
Stiller lives in Los Angeles.
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