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'''Benjamin Edward Stiller''' was born in 1965, to comedians Jerry Stiller (best known to younger audiences as [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Frank Costanza]] or [[Series/{{TheKingOfQueens}} Arthur Spooner]]) and Anne Meara.

After beginning his acting career with a play, Stiller wrote several mockumentaries, was a cast member on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (for all but three or four episodes during the show's 14th season), and was offered two of his own shows, both entitled ''Series/TheBenStillerShow''. After acting in a few films, Stiller had his directorial debut with ''Film/RealityBites'', and has since written, starred in, directed, and/or produced over fifty films and television shows. His films have grossed more than $2.1 billion, with an average of $78 million per film. In 2008, he starred in the film ''Film/TropicThunder'', which he also co-wrote, co-produced, and directed.

Stiller is a member of [[ProductionPosse the comedic acting brotherhood]] colloquially known as the FratPack. He seems to have a thing for self-deprecation, if his {{Jerkass}} AsHimself roles on ''Series/{{Extras}}'' and ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' are any indication. A lot of his characters also tend to have a hilarious BerserkButton. He also appeared as the minor character Tony Wonder (did somebody say "''Wonder''?") a LargeHam magician, on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.

HeterosexualLifePartners with Owen Wilson, whom he's collaborated with numerous times on-screen; Wilson once said that Stiller was more defensive about Wilson's signature crooked nose than he was. Also really good friends with TomCruise; Stiller helped revive the latter's career with a scene-stealing turn in ''Tropic Thunder'' and has done [[AffectionateParody affectionate parodies]] of Cruise multiple times, most notably on ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive Celebrity Jeopardy!]]'' and while hosting the MTV Movie Awards. The two have been trying to collaborate on a film together based on ''TheHardyBoys'' (with Frank and Joe grown up, obviously), but it's been stuck in DevelopmentHell.
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!!Selected Filmography

* ''Film/TheCableGuy'' (1996) - writer/director; dual-role cameo as Sam & Stan Sweet
* ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary'' (1998) - Ted
* ''Film/MysteryMen'' (1999) - Mr. Furious
* ''Film/MeetTheParents'' (2000) / ''Meet the Fockers'' (2004) / ''Little Fockers'' (2010) - Gaylord Focker
* ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'' (2001) - Derek Zoolander
* ''Film/AlongCamePolly'' (2004) - Reuben Feffer
* ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' (2004) - White Goodman
* ''Film/{{Envy}}'' (2004) - Tim Dingman
* ''Film/StarskyAndHutch'' (2004) - David Starsky
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' (2005) / ''Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa'' (2008) / ''Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted'' (2012) - Alex the lion
* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' (2006) / ''Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian'' (2009) - Larry Daley
* ''Film/TropicThunder'' (2008) - Tugg Speedman (and Tugg Speedman as Sgt. "Four-Leaf" Trayback)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' (2010) produced and [[TheCameo cameoed]] as Bernard [[ActorAllusion the night shift guy]] - built from a discarded early script intended for live-action.
* ''Film/TowerHeist'' (2011) - Josh Kovacs
* ''Film/TheWatch'' (2012) - Evan Trautwig
* ''Film/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty'' (2013) - Walter Mitty
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