Ben Stiller at the premiere of The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) at the Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, France, May 21, 2017. Photo by George Pimentel.
 
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Ben Stiller
Forecourt Ceremony held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013
 
Born: November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York
Age at the time of the ceremony: 54
 
Ben Stiller is in a select group of comedians who collectively are known to the world as the "Frat Pack." Stiller enjoys working with not only his parents, but also a strong roster of potential co-stars who add marquee value to his films. He has become famous worldwide for the Night at the Museum franchise.

Ben Stiller is the son of comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. He has an older sister Amy, who has appeared in many of her brother's films — and why not? Ben began making films with his sister when they were kids!

At the age of nine, he did a guest shot on his mother's show, Kate McShane, aired over CBS in October 1975. While in high school, Stiller became interested in both sketch comedy and punk rock, being the drummer for a band called Captial Punishment. After attending the Calhoun School, Stiller got into the Cinema program at USC in Los Angeles, but dropped out, returning to New York to look for work.

He was cast as Ronnie in a Broadway production of The House of Blue Leaves as son to John Mahoney's Artie for 398 perfs, from April 1986 to March 1987. During the show, Stiller directed Mahoney in a number of short comedy films which got aired on Saturday Night Live in March 1987; on the strength of this, he joined the show as a writer.

Meanwhile, Ben played the role of son to his real dad Jerry in the comedy Hot Pursuit (released in May 1987) with John Cusack. He got a role in director Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun (released in December 1987) with Christian Bale. He got third billing in Fresh Horses (released in November 1988) with Molly Ringwald.

Saturday Night Live did not want Stiller to make any more of his short films, so he left the show. His short films got played in MTV instead, and were very popular. MTV gave him a changce to do 12 episodes of his own show. This led to him producing and directing 13 episodes of The Ben Stiller Show aired over the Fox Network from September 1992 to August 1995.

After much development, Stiller directed and starred in Reality Bites (released in February 1994) with Wynona Ryder, which became a hit. He starred for director David O. Russell in Flirting with Disaster (released in April 1996) with Patricia Arquette, then he directed and starred in The Cable Guy (released in June 1996) with Jim Carrey.

Stiller played assistant to detective Bill Pullman in the mystery Zero Effect (released in January 1998), then appeared in There's Something About Mary (released in July 1998) with Cameron Diaz. In the meantime, Stiller had begun starring in short films run on VH-1 as male model Derek Zoolander. . .

Stiller played a potential son-in-law subjected to terrible trials by Robert De Niro in Meet the Parents (released in October 2000). The film was so successful, two more sequels were made. He then produced, directed and starred in Zoolander (released in September 2001) with Owen Wilson. For director Wes Anderson, he joined the ensemble cast of The Royal Tenenbaums (released in December 2001) with Gene Hackman.

One of Stiller's most successful (and cringeworthy) performances is in Along Came Polly (released in January 2004) with Jennifer Aniston, but beware the bathroom scene. He became an executive producer and star of Starsky & Hutch (which played the Chinese in March 2004) with Owen Wilson. For buddy Will Farrell, Stiller took a small role in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (released in July 2004).

The Christmastime release of Meet the Fockers (released in December 2004) with Robert De Niro, allowed it to make $500 million bucks. By this time, Stiller began his long stint as Tony Wonder, a recurring character, in eight episodes of Arrested Development with Jason Bateman, aired over the Fox Network, beginning in March 2005.

And then fortune struck. Stiller starred as a night watchmen in Night at the Museum (released in December 2006) with Carla Gugino. The film grossed $500 million bucks.

His remake of The Heartbreak Kid (released in October 2007) with Michelle Monaghan, was a moderate success, while his producing and directing Tropic Thunder (released in August 2008) with Jack Black, brought in the bucks also. So was Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (released in May 2009) with Owen Wilson.

Stiller returned to Broadway for a revival of — The House of Blue Leaves — this time with his playing the father Artie. Edie Falco was in the cast, as was Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Starring in Tower Heist (released in November 2011) with Eddie Murphy, was a no-brainer, as was The Watch (released in July 2012) with Vince Vaughn, but it sorta tanked.

Just before Stiller's next film opened, he was asked to come to the Chinese and make his imprints in the Forecourt. That next film was his producing, directing and starring in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (released in December 2013) with Kristen Wiig.

Another big hit for Stiller was Night at the Museum: Secrets of the Tomb (released in December 2014) with Robin Williams.
 
 
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TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®, Hollywood, California. Ben Stiller Forecourt ceremony, Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Ben Stiller, having completed his inscription, leans back to take it all in.
 
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