BEN STILLER is one of Hollywood’s most successful and acclaimed multi-hyphenates. As an actor, director, writer and producer, his global box office stands at nearly $3 billion, making him one of the highest-grossing and most versatile stars of all time, effortlessly moving between major franchises such as Meet the Parents and Night at the Museum, the animated Madagascar films, critically acclaimed art-house hits The Royal Tenenbaums and Flirting with Disaster, his legendary sketch television series The Ben Stiller Show and the Oscar nominated Tropic Thunder, which he starred in, directed, co-wrote and produced.
In 2017, Stiller starred in Mike White’s Brad’s Status and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), his third collaboration with Baumbach following While We’re Young and Greenberg, for which Stiller received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead.
Stiller’s work as a director includes the acclaimed hit comedy Tropic Thunder, which won the Broadcast Film Critics Award for Best Comedy and the Hollywood Film Festival Award for Comedy of the Year, in addition to Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA nominations for Robert Downey Jr.’s inspired performance. His other feature directorial credits include the cult comedy Zoolander, in which he also starred, the iconic indie Reality Bites, dark comedy The Cable Guy and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which was named one of the Top 10 Films of 2013 by the National Board of Review.
Tropic Thunder, the Zoolander films, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA were produced by Stiller at Red Hour, the production company he launched and operates alongside Nicky Weinstock. As a vanguard in the industry, Stiller founded Red Hour in 2001 as an incubator for emerging writers and filmmakers, with an emphasis on embracing new platforms. His recent Red Hour credits include the Netflix film Alex Strangelove, the Emmy nominated digital series Burning Love, Why Him?, The Polka King, The Birthday Boys, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, Big Time in Hollywood, FL, Another Period, the BAFTA nominated Submarine and worldwide box office hits Blades of Glory, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and Starsky & Hutch. Upcoming Red Hour projects include films The Package, Plus One and Friendsgiving, as well as the CW series In the Dark.
Stiller’s breakthrough came with the early ’90s sketch comedy series The Ben Stiller Show, which he directed, produced, starred in and wrote, winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program. His successful acting career includes the aforementioned movie franchises, as well as modern classics like Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, David O. Russell’s Flirting with Disaster, The Farrelly Brothers’ There’s Something About Mary and Neil LaBute’s Your Friends & Neighbors, as well as Tower Heist, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Permanent Midnight and Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun.
Stiller’s television appearances include multi-episode stints on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development, the late Garry Shandling’s The Larry Sanders Show, and Ricky Gervais’ Extras, for which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.
Stiller made his Broadway debut in 1986 in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves. He also starred in the 2011 Broadway revival of the play.
Inspired by a 2009 visit to Haiti, Stiller founded The Stiller Foundation, a nonprofit that provides funds, resources and support in the rebuilding of schools and educational programs. He’s also been involved with and supported countless charities and foundations, including Project ALS and Artists for Peace and Justice and has partnered with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to serve as a Goodwill Ambassador and meet with and learn from refugees around the world.
Stiller was recognized in 2010 by TIME magazine as one of the TIME 100, a list of the world’s most influential people.