Ben Stiller

BATD ON Jun 15, 2010 AT 10:40 am

Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller is one of the busiest men in Hollywood. Splitting his time between acting, writing, directing and producing, this 44 year-old comedian has been making us laugh for years. And we’re not the only ones who enjoy Ben’s comedic style. Worldwide, his films have grossed more than £1 billion!

Ben was born in New York City to actor parents, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. Regarding his childhood, Ben has said “In some ways, it was a show-business upbringing—a lot of travelling, a lot of late nights—not what you’d call traditional.”

He began to show an interest in acting from an early age. He enjoyed making short films with his friends and performing sketch comedy acts. When he was 18, he dropped out of the University of California, Los Angeles and began to pursue acting full time.

After a brief stint on the sketch comedy series, Saturday Night Live, Ben was offered his own show on MTV. The Ben Stiller Show, which featured sketches and live music, received great critical praise and even won an Emmy for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program.”

Ben and his wife, Christine Taylor

Ben and his wife, Christine Taylor

 Ben’s big break into film came in 1994 when he directed and starred in Reality Bites, a romantic comedy with Winona Ryder. His next big role was in the smash hit comedy There’s Something About Mary, which rocketed him to the comedy A-list. In recent years, he has starred in blockbusters like Dodgeball, Night at the Museum, Madagascar and Tropic Thunder.

Ben has become acknowledged as the leader for a group of American comedians nicknamed The Frat Pack. The Frat Pack, which includes Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Jack Black and Steve Carell have become notorious for starring in films together. In addition to making movies with his best friends, Ben enjoys collaborating with one actress in particular…his wife! Ben’s wife, Christine Taylor, has appeared in 3 of his films. The couple were married in 2000 and have two children.

Ben’s newest project is the quirky comedy, Greenberg, with Rhys Ifans and Jennifer Jason Lee. Catch it in theatres 11 June.

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