Biography of Ben StillerBen Stiller is an unofficial leader of the brotherhood of American movie comedians, Gaylord Faker from the comedy triptych about family values, Zoolander of Hollywood, producer, director, and screenwriter. He is the only one, who was lucky to be nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for the worst actor in five movies, shot by him in 2004.
His Childhood: New York City, West SideThe boy, born in November 1965, in the family of Polish Jew Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, an Irish Catholic, who converted to Judaism, was named Benjamin Edward. Amy, a four-year-old daughter of the comedians, has seriously said that she will help to bring up her brother. These words became true, because the parents often took their children, going to work. While Anne and Jerry were acting in the comedy programs, Amy and Ben, imitating their dad and mom, were staging their own show behind the scenes.
His Youth: California – New York CityBen Stiller chose the profession. Having finished school, he enrolled in a course of cinematography at the University of California. But what could you teach a student who saw the world of cinema inside in his childhood? Ben moved back to New York City and graduated from acting classes in his small homeland... and then got the role in John Guare’s television play-game The House of Blue Leaves. Steven Spielberg noticed Ben and invited him to play Dainty in the movie Empire of the Sun (1987), where the guy worked with John Malkovich and Christian Bale.
His Career: Acting Flair and Directing AmbitionThe desire to try himself as a director became stronger. Then Ben’s attention was drawn to the screenplay of 19-year-old Helen Childress, describing the life of four students after their graduation. A year was spent on its completion, then Stiller invited Winona Ryder (Lelaina Pierce) and Ethan Hawke (Troy Dyer) to star in his directorial debut movie Reality Bites (1994), playing the main character Michael Grates himself. In this dramatic comedy, he also took his mother Anne Meara.
In the same year, Stiller starred as the young father Mel Coplin in the comedy Flirting with Disaster by David O. Russell. Then the trio of Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon, and Cameron Diaz delighted the audience in the romantic comedy There's Something About Mary, directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly.