Quick facts
Birth date 30 Nov, 1965
Age 54 yrs
Occupations Screenwriter
Film producer
Television actor
Film actor
Film director
Voice actor
Character actor
Citizenship United States of America
Birth place Manhattan
Education University of California, Los Angeles
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Gender Male
Description Actor, comedian, director, writer
Spouse Christine Taylor[ M. 2000]

Ben Stiller is known as an American comedic actor and film director. He is most famous for his leading roles in comedy classic such as 'There's Something About Mary,' 'Zoolander' and 'Meet the Parents.'

Fame Background

Ben Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City. He was brought into the world as the second offspring of acclaimed famous comics Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. After being raised on Manhattan's Upper West Side, he went to the University of California at Los Angeles. He dropped out of college in 1984 after just nine months. He decided that school wasn’t for him and instead wanted to pursue his acting dreams. He made his acting debut on the Broadway version of The House of Blue Leaves in 1985.


It was Stiller's featuring role in the gross-out comedy, There's Something about Mary (1998) opposite Cameron Diaz and Matt Dillon, that pushed him to high levels of fame. Stiller went to appear with Jenna Elfman and Edward Norton in Keeping the Faith. He then collaborated with Hollywood veterans Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner for the hilarious comedy, Meet the Parents. The film's popularity eventually prompted the making of two sequels, Meet the Fockers (2004) and Little Fockers (2010).

Stiller appeared in many different roles on the big screen. Zoolander was a funny take on the male modeling industry. He demonstrated a genuine side as a wildly defensive father in the Wes Anderson comedy drama The Royal Tenenbaums where he started to get attention for his wide range of acting skills. He could play the subtle comedy as well as the physical slapstick comedy.

Personal Life Relationships

Stiller got married to the beautiful actress Christine Taylor in May of 2000. She was famous for her role as Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie in 1995. She was also later featured in Stiller’s movie, Zoolander. They have two children together from their marriage.


Stiller revealed on The Howard Stern Show in October 2016 that he had been diagnosed with prostate malignant growth two years earlier. Doctors were able to treat the sickness because of early recognition. Stiller described the experience to the shock jock, "It came out of the blue for me. I had no idea. At first, I didn't know what was gonna happen. I was scared. It just stopped everything in your life because you can't plan for a movie because you don't know what's gonna happen."

Last Modified: Feb 7, 2020

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