Stiller, Ben: Actor Profile

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Ben Stiller stars alongside Jennifer Jason Leigh in "Greenberg," directed by Noah Baumback. The film is being released March 26 by Focus Features.


 Through his production company, Red Hour Films, Mr. Stiller co-wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy Tropic Thunder opposite Robert Downey, Jr., Jack Black, and Tom Cruise. Mr. Downey was nominated for an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe Award for his performance as Kirk Lazarus; Mr. Cruise was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work as Les Grossman.

Mr. Stiller’s other features as director include Reality Bites, in which he starred opposite Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke; The Cable Guy, starring Jim Carrey; and Zoolander, which he co-wrote and in which he played the title role. He executive-produced such television pilots as The Station and Heat Vision and Jack, the latter starring Jack Black and the voice of Owen Wilson and which Mr. Stiller also directed.

He won an Emmy Award as one of the writers of The Ben Stiller Show, and directed the television series, which also starred Andy Dick, Janeane Garofalo, and Bob Odenkirk; and was recently again an Emmy nominee, for his guest-starring appearance on Extras.

Mr. Stiller’s theater credits as actor include the off-Broadway world premiere staging of Neil LaBute’s This is How It Goes, directed by George C. Wolfe, opposite Jeffrey Wright and Amanda Peet; and the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves, directed by Jerry Zaks.

His many films as actor include David Veloz’ Permanent Midnight, in which Mr. Stiller portrayed writer Jerry Stahl; Neil LaBute’s Your Friends & Neighbors; David O. Russell’s Flirting with Disaster; Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun; Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s There’s Something About Mary; Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums; in voiceover, Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath’s Madagascar and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa; Shawn Levy’s Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian; Jay Roach’s Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers; and Todd Phillips’ Starsky & Hutch and Rawson Marshall Thurber’s Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, both Red Hour productions.

Red Hour’s other recent productions include Carter Smith’s thriller The Ruins, which was adapted by Scott Smith from the latter’s novel of the same name; Josh Gordon and Will Speck’s hit comedy Blades of Glory, starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder; and Gregory and Jeff Sherman’s acclaimed documentary feature The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story. The company is currently in post-production on Tom McGrath’s animated superhero comedy Megamind, featuring the voices of Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, and Tina Fey.