Stiller, Ben

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Ben Stiller
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Name
Stiller, Ben Gender: M
Benjamin Edward Stiller
born on 30 November 1965 at 17:35 (= 5:35 PM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 08°32' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 05°25 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 26°31'



Biography

American actor, writer and director, best known by 1998 for his performance in the smash comedy film, "There’s Something About Mary." Showing another side of his talents, Stiller co-wrote, with Janeane Garofalo, a light-hearted book on relationships entitled "Feel This Book: An Essential Guide to Self-Empowerment, Spiritual Supremacy and Sexual Satisfaction."

The son of comedic actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, it was perhaps inevitable that Ben would follow in their footsteps and become an entertainer. By the time he was ten years old, he was using his Super-8 camera to film, over and over, short features depicting schoolyard bullies tormenting other children, a case of art imitating life - his own. He and his sister Amy performed plays at home, including Shakespeare. Stiller eventually enrolled at the University of California in Los Angeles, but dropped out after nine months and appeared in "The House of Blue Leaves."

His film debut came with a part in "Empire of the Sun" in 1987 and led to a larger role in "Fresh Horses," 1988. While he worked on his film career, Stiller continued to make his own comedy shorts, and one of these, a Tom Cruise parody called "The Hustler of Money," led to "Saturday Night Live" in 1989. He spent a year working as a writer and player for the show before moving on to "The Ben Stiller Show," also short-lived. He did, however, earn an Emmy for comedy writing in 1993.

In 1994, he made his directorial debut with "Reality Bites," which became a cult favorite. His next effort, 1996’s "The Cable Guy," failed miserably, but Stiller bounced back and gained a reputation as a versatile actor, equally able to play nice guys and total jerks. In 2000, he starred in "Keeping the Faith" and "Meet the Parents."

After being romantically linked with a number of women, Stiller became engaged to Christine Taylor, an actress, in November 1999. On 5/13/2000, they exchanged vows in a ceremony in Kauai, Hawaii. Although when off-camera he’s not the most outgoing person, Stiller says he is trying to open himself up more because he knows that his state of mind affects his life.

Ben and Christine had their first child, a daughter, on April 9, 2002, Los Angeles, CA. The actor and his wife welcomed their second child, a son named Quinlin Dempsey, in Los Angeles on July 10, 2005.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

  • associate relationship with Garofalo, Janeane (born 28 September 1964). Notes: Co-stars on "Ben Stiller Show"

Events

  • Work : New Career 1987 (Film debut)
  • Work : Gain social status 28 March 1987 in Manhattan (Debut appearance in a "Saturday Night Live" film short)
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  • Work : New Job 25 March 1989 in Manhattan (1st episode as cast member of "Saturday Night Live")
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  • Work : Fired/Laid off/Quit 22 April 1989 in Manhattan (Final episode of "Saturday Night Live" as cast member)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 27 September 1992 (Debut broadcast of "Ben Stiller Show")
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  • Work : Prize 1993 (Emmy Award, writing)
  • Work : End Major Project 17 January 1993 (Final broadcast of "Ben Stiller Show")
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  • Work : New Career 1994 (Directorial debut)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1998 (Appeared in "There's Something About Mary")
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship November 1999 (Announced engagement, Christine Taylor)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 9 April 2002 (Daughter born)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 10 July 2005 (Son named Quinlin Dempsey)
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Source Notes

LMR quotes a trusted private source (name on file). Ben is the son of Anne Meara (9/20/1929) and Jerry Stiller (6/08/1927).

Categories

  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of two)
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Sister Amy minor actress)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film and TV)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (Own show, S.N.L.)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Shorts)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Scriptwriter)
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy (For writing)

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