Born in 1965, New Yorker Ben Stiller was raised by comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. He got his start acting in the Tony award-winning play House of Blue Leaves until Saturday Night Live saw one of his satirical side projects and offered him the chance to be a writer. He appeared on SNL but left when MTV offered him his own show, The Ben Stiller Show, for which he later won an Emmy. Stiller’s breakthrough performance was in There’s Something About Mary and, since then, he has directed and starred in numerous films including Reality Bites, Zoolander, and Meet the Parents.
Stiller married actress Christine Taylor in 2000 after meeting while filming a pilot for Fox. They welcomed two children: daughter Ella in 2002 and son Quinlin in 2005. The pair announced in May 2017 that they were separating after 18 years together.