Ben Stiller is a Hollywood comedy and drama theater and film actor, as well as a director, producer and screenwriter. The popularity of Stiller in these guises was brought by the paintings “Everyone Is Mad About Mary”, “Night at the Museum”, “Acquaintance with the Fockers”, “Soldiers of Failure”, “The Incredible Life of Walter Mitty” and “Model Male”.
Benjamin (Ben) Edward Stiller was born in New York in November 1965. The actor’s parents are the famous comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Mira. At the time of Benjamin’s appearance in the family, Amy’s 4-year-old daughter was already growing up. Children grew up in a creative atmosphere and often watched their parents work on the set. It is not surprising that Ben and Amy chose the profession of actors.
After graduating from school in 1983, Ben Stiller became a student at the University of California, choosing a cinema department. But after 9 months, Ben returned to his native New York, where he began to attend acting courses.
Ben Stiller’s creative biography began on the stage. 20-year-old Benjamin attracted the attention of theater critics after playing in a play by John Guare called “The House of Blue Leaves.”
In the cinema, Stiller made his debut in a 10-minute parody of Martin Scorsese’s “Color of Money”. The short film was released in 1985 and is notable for the fact that Ben Stiller himself became the director of the film. This work and a number of other short films by Stiller were acquired by the American channel NBC. Benjamin, who removed these tapes, and also played in them, noticed the directors.
The actor’s star debut on the big screen took place in 1987 in the famous Stephen Spielberg’s film entitled Empire of the Sun. The storyline of the film tells about the difficult fate of a British boy who lived in a respectable area of Shanghai and ended up with his parents in an internment camp. The picture was awarded a number of awards, and the cast received huge popularity.
In 1989, a new period began in Ben Stiller’s biography: after several appearances in the popular Saturday Night Live show, Ben received an offer to become a TV presenter of the MTV comedy program called The Ben Stiller Show. The artist takes on the assistants of two comedians – American actors Janine Jarofalo and Andy Dick – and throughout the year amuses the audience with brilliant improvisations and entreprise.
In 1994, Ben Stiller continues to create as a director and actor at the same time. The actor puts on a comedy called “Reality Bites.” Filming took place in Austin and Houston and ended in just 42 days. The film’s storyline tells of four friends (one of whom was played by Stiller himself) who studied together and, after receiving diplomas, encountered previously unfamiliar difficulties in real life. Ben Stiller managed to show these difficulties from a comedic angle. The tape, although it did not receive awards, but the audience liked it. The star cast of the comedy ensured her considerable success, and for Stiller it was a successful debut as a director of a full-length film.
In 1996, Benjamin Stiller continued his directorial practice, removing the picture “The Cable Guy”. This is a black comedy and drama at the same time, where the main character was played by Jim Carrey. The director himself appears here a little.
The next starring role went to Ben Stiller in the film “Something About Mary,” which he himself considers one of his best works. This is a romantic comedy of the Farrelli brothers, which tells about the hero Ted, who decided 13 years after breaking up with the girl to find her. Another name for the tape is “Everything’s Mad About Mary.”
The role of Ted brought Ben Stiller to the crest of fame. Comedy films in which the artist plays instantly become the highest grossing projects that are filmed in Hollywood. Among such films, the most striking ones are “Meet the Fockers”, “An Exemplary Male”, “The Girl of My Nightmares” and “Here is Polly” with Jennifer Aniston in the main female role. But despite the fact that all these projects brought the creators huge fees, Stiller got into the Golden Raspberry nomination for participating in them.
In 2006, Ben Stiller starred in the comedy Night at the Museum. The plot of the night watchman in the museum, where exhibits come to life thanks to a mystical tablet, gained such popularity that subsequently two sequels of the comedy came out. In 2009, the comedy “Night at the Museum -2” was released on large screens, and in 2014, the film “Night at the Museum-3. The Secret of the Tomb” was released.
In 2008, the new comedy Soldiers of Failure was released, directed by Stiller again. This is a parody of many popular Hollywood war films. Here, Ben not only starred himself, but also first appeared as a screenwriter. In this project, Stiller brought together a stellar cast of artists. The comedy was a huge success and received many awards, including nominations for the Oscars, BAFTA, Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild of America.