Very few names make the kind of buzz that Ben Stiller makes in the American comedy and movie industries. A highly renowned and incredibly talented actor, Ben Stiller is regarded as one of the most influential figures in Hollywood having put up amazing performances over the years onscreen. A very hard-working man, Ben is not just an actor; he is also writer, director, producer, musician as well as a comedian who has constantly kept his audience spellbound by his absolute hilarity and ingenious productions.
As an actor, Ben Stiller has starred in many hit movies including Tropical Thunder, an action comedy film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, an adventure comedy-drama film, as well as Zoolander, an action-comedy film. The actor has won some awards in recognition of his incredible work onscreen over the years.
Ben Stiller’s Bio, Age
Ben Stiller was born on the 30th day of the month of November 1965. The actor was born in the city of New York and was reportedly raised by his parents on the Upper West Side, a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan, New York. It is noteworthy that even though he is now more simply called Ben Stiller, his real birth name has been revealed to be Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller.
The actor was born into a very interesting family. His parents are Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara who are both revered veteran Hollywood stars and comedians, having worked in the industry for decades. Apparently, his parents’ work in Hollywood must have influenced him into pursuing a career in comedy and acting. Since he was very little, his parents started taking him to the sets of their shows and appearances and he was fascinated by everything he saw.
Ben has a sister called Amy Stiller, with whom he grew up on the Upper West Side. He and his sister are very close and she has, in fact, appeared in many of his productions. When they were still little kids, Ben and his sister Amy performed plays at their home. During this time, Ben even shot several films on his Super 8 camera at that tender age.
Growing up, he attended The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine. He also studied at the Calhoun School in New York from where he graduated in 1983. Following his graduation, Ben began to perform on the cabaret circuit as the opening act to the cabaret siren Jadin Wong. After a while, he got admission to study film at the University of California, Los Angeles, however, he never graduated; he dropped out after just 9 months and began to audition for roles while going through acting classes. It was not long before he found his footing in the industry.
Movies and TV Shows
Ben Stiller was just about 15 years old when he scored a small role in Guiding Light, a television soap opera. He went on to appear in the Broadway revival of John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves in 1986. The play was very popular and later garnered as many as four Tony Awards.
After landing small roles in different movies and series, Ben began to gain some attention in 1987 when he starred as Dainty in Empire of the Sun, an epic coming-of-age war film directed by Steven Spielberg. He was soon offered a spot as writer on Saturday Night Live, a late-night TV variety show, after a 10-minute short film he made titled The Hustler of Money, caught people’s attention. He worked on of Saturday Night Live for some time before leaving the show because of some creative differences.
Ben Stiller later started his own satirical talk show called The Ben Stiller Show. The show occasionally featured his parents and sister and aired for about 13 episodes. Over the years, he has written and produced so many shows including Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story as well as Stiller & Meara and others.
Ben has also starred in countless movies and TV series some of which he produced and even wrote. The notable titles include Zoolander in 2001, Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2004, Family Guy in 2007, The Marc Pease Experience in 2009, Funny or Die Presents… in 2011, Eagleheart in 2012, Haters Back Off! in 2016 and a lot more.
In his early days as an actor, Ben Stiller, who is a very handsome man, dated many actresses including Amanda Peet and Jeanne Tripplehorn. He finally decided to settle down in marriage with Christine Taylor, an American actress.
According to reports, Ben and Christine met while filming Heat Vision and Jack, a TV pilot for the Fox Broadcasting network. They fell in love with each and started dating. After some time, they finally tied the knot as husband and wife in May 2000. The wedding held at an oceanfront ceremony in Kauai, Hawaii and was witnessed by family and close friends.
The marriage between the couple produced two children; a daughter called Ella Olivia Stiller and a son called Quinlin Dempsey Stiller. Both children have followed in their parents’ footsteps and are now actors as well.
Unfortunately, Ben and his wife Christine eventually fell apart and the couple announced their separation in a joint statement in May 2017 after 17 years of marriage.
Net Worth: What is Ben Stiller Worth?
Ben Stiller is, by all means, a wealthy man and this does not come as a surprise at all. Having put in an enormous amount of work over the years as an actor as well as a producer and writer, it is expected that he has been able to rake in quite a lot of money.
At the moment, his net worth has been pegged at about $200 million by different sources. Apparently, he is one of the very rich men in Hollywood.
Ben Stiller is a very handsome man and is admired all over for his cuteness. The actor currently stands at about 5 feet inches tall and is reported to maintain a weight of about 70kg. However, his other body measurements including his chest, arms and waist remain quite vague.