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BEN STILLER (Alex the Lion), one of today's most sought-after actors, has also enjoyed success behind the camera as a director, writer and producer. "Madagascar” marks his first foray into animated feature films.

Stiller was most recently seen in Jay Roach's comedy hit "Meet the Fockers,” the sequel to the earlier smash "Meet the Parents.” Also starring Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand, "Meet the Fockers” has become the highest-grossing live-action comedy ever, bringing in more than $500 million worldwide.

"Meet the Fockers” capped a year of unprecedented success, which also included the hits "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” "Starsky & Hutch,” and "Along Came Polly.” "Dodgeball,” written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and co-starring Vince Vaughn and Christine Taylor, was not only a box office success, but actually helped spawn a revival of the sport. Stiller also scored a hit as the classic television character Starsky, opposite Owen Wilson as Hutch, in the Todd Phillips-directed action comedy "Starsky & Hutch,” which focused on the formation of the famed duo's partnership. Both films were produced by Stiller and his Red Hour Films partner, Stuart Cornfeld. Prior to that, Stiller starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in the romantic comedy hit "Along Came Polly,” for writer/director John Hamburg.

Stiller previously co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in "Zoolander,” playing the title role of an outrageous male model, whom Stiller and co-writer Drake Sather had originally created for the VH1 Fashion Awards. Stiller had made his feature film directorial debut with the widely praised comedy "Reality Bites,” starring Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke. He went on to direct "The Cable Guy,” starring Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick.

As an actor, Stiller's additional films include Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums,” as part of an all-star ensemble cast that also included Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson; "There's Something About Mary,” opposite Cameron Diaz; "Keeping the Faith,” with Edward Norton and Jenna Elfman; the action comedy "Mystery Men”; the biographical drama "Permanent Midnight”; Neil LaBute's "Your Friends & Neighbors”; "Zero Effect”; and David O. Russell's "Flirting with Disaster.” 

In 1989, Stiller directed the MTV comedy special "Back to Brooklyn,” and then created the series "The Ben Stiller Show” for Fox. A critical success, the series brought Stiller an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing.

A native New Yorker, Stiller recently made a successful return to the stage in Neil LaBute's "This Is How It Goes,” opposite Jeffrey Wright and Amanda Peet under the direction of two-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe, at the Public Theatre. He had made his professional acting debut on Broadway in the 1985 production of John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves.”

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