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Biography #2 (for Night at the Museum)

Ben Stiller is an innovative actor, director, producer and writer who continues to imprint his unique comedic and dramatic perspective on film, television and stage. He is currently in production on The Untitled Farrelly Brothers Comedy which re-teams Stiller with the writing-directing team of Peter and Bobby Farrelly. Loosely inspired by the 1972 classic hit, The Heartbreak Kid, the film tells the story of a man who hastily weds a woman who he thinks is perfect--until he falls in love with another woman during the honeymoon. Michelle Monaghan and Malin Ackerman will co-star with the Farrelly's Conundrum Entertainment producing for Dreamworks. Additionally, Stiller will executive produce, direct, and guest star in a pilot for CBS which will star his wife Christine Taylor. The pilot, written by Ajay Sahgal, is about an actress married to Ben Stiller who contends with her family members and their involvement in her life. CBS Paramount Network Television will produce. Finally, Stiller has agreed to reprise his role in a second Madagascar film. He was most recently heard in the 2005 Dreamworks' animated film along with co-stars David Schwimmer, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith.

In the spring of 2005, Stiller completed a successful run Off-Broadway in Neil LeBute's play, This Is How It Goes at New York's Public Theatre. Directed by George C. Wolfe and co-starring Jeffrey Wright and Amanda Peet, the play explores an interracial romance involving two men and a woman in small-town America.

Stiller was last seen on the big screen in the blockbuster comedy sequel Meet the Fockers with Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand. Directed by Jay Roach, the film introduces Stiller's in-laws to his Parénts played by Hoffman and Streisand to hilarious results.

In 2004, Stiller starred in the hit comedies Dodgeball, Starsky & Hutch and Along Came Polly. Other films include the comedy Zoolander based on the story of 'Derek Zoolander,' the male model character Stiller co-created with Drake Sather for the VH-1 Fashion Awards. Stiller co-wrote, directed, starred and also produced the film through Red Hour Films with partner Stuart Cornfeld. Prior to that, Stiller starred in Jay Roach's Meet The Parénts, which won a People's Choice Award and earned Stiller an American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performance and an MTV Movie Award(tm) for Best Comedic Performance. Additionally, he was nominated for Best On-Screen Team with Robert DeNiro. Stiller also starred in Wes Anderson's eccentric comedy The Royal Tenenbaums

Having firmly established himself as a successful filmmaker, Stiller has an exclusive, three-year, first-look film and television production deal with Dreamworks, in which he will write, produce, and direct films under his own banner, Red Hour Films. Stiller made his feature-length motion picture directorial debut in 1994 with the critically acclaimed Reality Bites, in which he also co-starred with Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo and Ethan Hawke. He went on to direct Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick in The Cable Guy.

Stiller's film credits as an actor also include Duplex, Keeping The Faith, Peter and Bobby Farrelly's smash hit There's Something About Mary, Permanent Midnight based on Jerry Stahl's controversial Hollywood memoir, Neil Lebute's Your Friends and Neighbors, Jake Kasdan's Zero Effect, David O. Russell's Flirting With Disaster, Steven Spielberg's World War II epic Empire of the Sun, John Irvin's Next of Kin, David Anspaugh's Fresh Horses and John Erman's Stella.

Stiller made his professional acting debut on Broadway in 1985 starring opposite John Mahoney in John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves. While appearing in the play, Stiller persuaded Mahoney and fellow cast members Swoosie Kurtz, Stockard Channing, and Julie Hagerty to appear in a short comedy film, his first true directorial effort, The Hustler of Money. A parody of Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money, the film eventually aired on Saturday Night Live where it was so well received, Stiller was subsequently hired as a featured player and apprentice writer for the NBC comedy series.

Following his stint at Saturday Night Live, Stiller directed a comedy special for MTV called Back to Brooklyn. Stiller followed that project by creating The Ben Stiller Show, also for MTV, and later collaborated with Judd Apatow for a 13-episode run on FOX. A critical success, Stiller, along with the rest of the writing staff, was awarded an Emmy for outstanding comedy writing. Stiller also co-edited the photo book, Looking at Los Angeles, a pictorial representation of Los Angeles from the last three-quarters of a century. The book was ranked among Amazon.com's Best Books of 2005.

Bio courtesy Fox for "Night at the Museum" (07-Jan-2007)


Biography #3 (for Envy)

Ben Stiller, one of today's most sought-after comedy stars, has also enjoyed success behind the camera as a director, writer and producer.

Stiller is currently on screens nationwide starring as Starsky, partnered with Owen Wilson's Hutch, in Starsky & Hutch, which brings the famed detective duo of the 1970s to the big screen. Stiller also serves as an executive producer on the project, under his Red Hour Films banner. He most recently starred with Jennifer Aniston in the smash hit comedy Along Came Polly. His upcoming films include Meet the Fockers, the sequel to Meet the Parents, which reunites the cast under the direction of Jay Roach; and DreamWorks' animated feature Madagascar, in which he will be the voice of Alex the Lion.

Stiller 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. Currently, he is producing the film Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny, starring Jack Black.

Stiller's other recent acting credits 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; and Keeping the Faith, with Edward Norton and Jenna Elfman, which marked Norton's directorial debut.

Stiller 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 film work includes 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.

A native New Yorker, Stiller made his professional acting debut on Broadway in the 1985 production of John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves. While appearing in the play, he directed the comedy short The Hustler of Money, a parody of Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money. The film eventually aired on Saturday Night Live, which led to Stiller's being hired as a featured player and apprentice writer for the comedy series.

Following Saturday Night Live, 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.

Bio courtesy DreamWorks for "Envy" (07-Jun-2004)


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