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Meet the 2011 Honorees: Ben Stiller

23 August 2011

As an actor, director, writer and producer, Ben Stiller’s films have grossed over five billion dollars in worldwide box office revenues.

Stiller received rave reviews for his lead role in Noah Baumbach's Greenberg, which earned him a 2011 Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Lead Actor. He most recently starred in the Broadway revival of John Guare's award-winning play The House of Blue Leaves alongside Edie Falco and Jennifer Jason Leigh. He made his Broadway debut in the 1986 production of the same name.

Stiller will next star opposite Eddie Murphy in Universal's highly-anticipated action-comedy Tower Heist directed by Brett Ratner set for release on November 4th.  This fall he begins production on Fox's Neighborhood Watch opposite Vince Vaughn, which revolves around a group of men who uncover a plot to destroy the world.

In 2008, Ben Stiller starred in, co-wrote and directed Tropic Thunder under his Red Hour Films production banner. Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Jack Black and Tom Cruise, the film garnered several award nominations including an Academy Award®, BAFTA, SAG and Golden Globe® for Robert Downey Jr. as well as a Golden Globe® nomination for Tom Cruise. The film also won the Broadcast Film Critics Award and Hollywood Film Festival Award for Comedy of the Year. Red Hour’s other production credits include the upcoming film, The Big Year, starring Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black;  the dark comedy 30 Minutes or Less, starring Danny McBride and Jesse Eisenberg,  the animated feature Megamind starring Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt, Submarine, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, Blades of Glory, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, andStarsky and Hutch.

His other directing credits include Reality Bites, The Cable Guy, and Zoolander, which he co-wrote and starred in. As a writer, Stiller won an Emmy Award® for the short-lived sketch comedy series The Ben Stiller Show, which he also directed and produced.

Stiller’s acting credits include: Permanent Midnight, Your Friends & Neighbors, Flirting with Disaster, Empire of the Sun, There's Something About Mary, The Royal Tenenbaums, Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian; Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers; in voiceover, Madagascar and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa; and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, a Red Hour production.

For many years, Stiller has been involved with and supported numerous charities and foundations, including Project ALS, Artists for Peace and Justice, Centre for Environmental Education, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Oxfam, Red Cross, and Starlight Children's Foundation, among others.

Following his first visit to Haiti with Save the Children in 2009, Stiller has been committed to raising money for schools in the country through his StillerStrong campaign, and more recently with The Stiller Foundation. In 2010, Stiller was recognized by TIME MAGAZINE for his philanthropic work as one of the TIME 100, a list of the most influential people in the world.

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