Ben Stiller may be most aptly called a comedic genius. The 47-year-old writer, producer, director and actor earns more than $30 million annually and has made it to Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list. He is perhaps best known for his roles in such family movies “Night at the Museum” and for lending his voice to “Madagascar.”
Son of comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, Stiller has an impressive comedic pedigree. He was born Nov. 30, 1965, in New York City. Stiller attended the University of California at Los Angeles for less than a year before he made his acting debut on stage and then moved on to the big screen, where he teamed up with former Brat Pack members for “Fresh Horses,” a movie that flopped disastrously. After a short-term writing gig on “Saturday Night Live,” Stiller moved on to Los Angeles.
He created a critically acclaimed sketch comedy, the “Ben Stiller Show,” that was aired briefly on MTV and Fox before being canceled. He quickly moved on to acting and directing, which eventually led to his roles in the hit movies “There’s Something About Mary” and “Meet the Parents.”
Stiller has appeared with some of the top actors and comedians of our time, including Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Jenna Elfman, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson and Blythe Danner, and he is married to Christine Taylor, the actress who costarred with him in “Zoolander.” A roll model to many, Ben Stiller has worked hard to achieve his dreams and has displayed strength of character, dedication and commitment as he has reached towards his goals.
He easily navigates many forms of comedy, including slapstick, dark comedy and satire, and puts his own unique spin on each of his projects. He has created a resume that is as impressive as it is funny and is popular with kids and adults alike. The hits keep coming, with the Fockers series displaying some of his best-known work.
If a hearty laugh is good for health, then an evening with Ben Stiller’s own brand of funny just may be exactly what the doctor ordered.