Top 10 Facts - Ben Stiller
Fact #1

Beniamin Edward Meara "Ben" Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an American actor, co- median, and ?lmmaker. He is the son of veteran comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.

Fact #2

After beginning his acting career with a play, Stiller wrote several mockumentaries, and was offered his own show entitled The Ben Stiller Show, which he produced and hosted for its 13-episode run.

Fact #3

Having previously acted in television, he began acting in ?lms; he made his directorial debut with Reality Bites. Throughout his career he has written, starred in, directed, and/or produced more than 50 ?lms, including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Zoolander, The Cable Guy, There's Something About Mary, the Meet the Parents trilogy, DodgeBall, Tropic Thunder, the Madagascar series, and the Night at the Museum trilogy.

Fact #4

His ?lms have grossed more than $2.6 billion in Canada and the United States, with an average of $79 million per ?lm. Throughout his career, he has received multiple awards and honors, including an Emmy Award, multiple MTV Movie Awards and a Teen Choice Award.

Fact #5

Also in 1996, MTV invited Stiller to host the VH1 Fashion Awards. Along with SNL writer Drake Sather, Stiller developed a short ?lm for the awards about a male model known as Derek Zoolander. It was so well received that he developed another short ?lm about the character for the 1997 VH1 Fashion Awards and ?nally remade the skit into a ?lm.

Fact #6

Stiller has been described the "acknowledged leader" of the Frat Pack, a core group of actors that have worked together in multiple ?lms. The group includes Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, and Steve Carell.

Fact #7

In May 2000, Stiller married Christine Taylor at an oceanfront ceremony in Kauai, Hawaii. He met her while ?lming a never-broadcast television pilot for the Fox Broadcasting network called Heat Vision and Jack.

Fact #8

Stiller has mostly appeared in the comedy ?lms. Stiller is an Emmy Award winner for his directed, produced and written television show The Ben Stiller Show.

Fact #9

He has been nominated for the MTV Movie Awards thirteen times, and has won three times: for "Best Fight" in There's Something About Mary, "Best Comedic Performance" in Meet the Parents, and "Best Villain" in DodgeBall: ATrue Underdog Story. He also received the MTV Movie Awards‘ MTV Generation Award in 2009; it is the ceremony's top honor.

Fact #10

Stiller is a supporter of the Democratic Party and donated money to John Kerry's 2004 U.S. Presidential campaign. In February 2007, Stiller attended a fundraiser for Barack Obama and later donated to the 2008 U.S. Presidential campaigns of Democrats Obama, John Edwards, and Hillary Clinton.

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