Name: Benjamin Edward Stiller
Born: November 30, 1965
Occupation: Actor, comedian, writer, director
For Ben Stiller, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The son of Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, both of which are well known for their acting and their comedy, resulted in Ben growing up in New York City where he was often on the set of whatever his parents were working on. It was there he learned a great deal about the industry from the very start.
When he was 10 years old, he played a small role in a TV series his mom was on called Kate McShane. In high school he was in various school productions. At the age of 15, he got a small part on the soap opera, Guiding Light. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in the University of California as a film student. He only stayed a year before deciding to go back to New York where he took acting lessons.
Ben Stiller got his start by writing his own comedies and plays. This resulted in the creation of The Ben Stiller Show. It lasted for a year before he started getting film offers. He has been in more than 50 films, with no signs of slowing down. Some of the most popular include There’s Something About Mary and Night at the Museum. He has also done voice work in movies such as Madagascar.
Though he remains single but has been associated with a number of actresses over the years. He dedicates a great deal of time helping with charity programs. In 2010 he became an advocate to stop the illegal killing of dolphins. He’s also on the board for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. He worth is currently around $115 million.
So how much is $115 million dollars really?
Ben Stiller has often been heard saying that laughter is the best thing in the world and that there isn’t enough of it. He also gives a great deal of credit to improv and stand-up comedy. With $115 million he could easily buy about 25 top notch comedy clubs around the United States.
With some exposure, updates, and even contests he could revamp the interest in them. The bottom line would be more about offering people a place to share their talents and to entertain the audience than about making money.