Ben Stiller

Biography

Date of Birth 30 November 1965, New York City, New York, USA Birth Name Benjamin Edward Stiller Height 5' 8" (1.73 m) Mini Biography Ben Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York, New York to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. It's not surprising that Ben Stiller has followed in his family's footsteps. Ben's parents made no real effort to keep their son away from the Hollywood lifestyle and he grew up among the stars, wondering just why his parents were so popular. At a young age, he and his sister Amy Stiller would perform plays at home, wearing Amy's tights to perform Shakespeare. Ben also picked up an interest in being on the other side of the camera and, at age 10, began shooting films on his Super 8 camera. The plots were always simple: someone would pick on the shy, awkward Stiller...and then he would always get his revenge. This desire for revenge on the popular, good-looking people may have motivated his teen-angst opus Reality Bites (1994) later in his career. He both directed and performed in the film, which costarred Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke. Before he even got his start in Hollywood, Ben put in several consistently solid years in the theater. After dropping out of UCLA, he performed in the Tony Award winner, "The House of Blue Leaves". While working on the play, Stiller shot a short spoof of Det handler om penge (1986) starring him (in the Tom Cruise role) and his The House of Blue Leaves (1987) (TV) costar John Mahoney (in the Paul Newman role). The short film was so funny that Lorne Michaels purchased it and aired it on "Saturday Night Live" (1975). This led to Ben spending a year on the show in 1989. Ben made his big screen debut in Steven Spielberg's Solens rige (1987) in 1987. Demonstrating early on the multifaceted tone his career would take, he soon stepped behind the camera to direct Back to Brooklyn for MTV. The network was impressed and gave Stiller his own show, "The Ben Stiller Show" (1992). He recruited fellow offbeat comedians Janeane Garofalo and Andy Dick and created a bitingly satirical show. MTV ended up passing on it, but it was picked up by Fox. Unfortunately, the show was a ratings miss. Stiller was soon out of work, although he did have the satisfaction of picking up an Emmy for the show after its cancellation. For a while, Ben had to settle for guest appearance work. While he was doing this, he saved up his cash and in the end was able to scrape enough together to make Reality Bites (1994), now a cult classic which is looked upon favorably by the generation it depicted. Ben continued to work steadily for a time, particularly in independent productions where he was more at ease. However, he never quite managed to catch a big break. His first big budget directing job was Jim Carrey's Hybridmanden (1996). Although many critics were impressed, Jim Carrey's fans were not. In 1998, Vild med Mary (1998) had propelled Ben into the mainstream spotlight. With his wince-inducing turn in the Farrelly brothers' gross-out film, Ben really "struck a nerve" with mainstream America. In recent years, Ben has starred in such hit movies as Imellem venner (2000) and Meet the Parents (2000). Ben excels at cerebral comedy, but he knows how to get down and lowbrow when he needs to, making him one of America's currently most popular performers. Spouse Christine Taylor (13 May 2000 - present) 2 children Trivia Produced a short film parody of Det handler om penge (1986) entitled "The Hustler of Money" which got him noticed by "Saturday Night Live" (1975) who eventually offered him employment there. Brother of Amy Stiller. Engaged to Christine Taylor. [November 1999] Longtime girlfriend was Jeanne Tripplehorn. Is a major fan of Tom Cruise and has impersonated Tom for many years. He even portrayed Tom Cruise's fictitious crazed stunt double, Tom Crooze, on 2000 MTV Movie Awards (2000) (TV) on a segment called Mission: Improbable. (This segment is included on the Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) DVD.) Tom and Ben have been friends ever since 1996. Appeared in "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (1998) on May 9, 2001 and walked away with $32,000 for Project ALS. He phoned his mother, actress Anne Meara, for help but lost on the question worth $250,000. Often casts/co-stars with Janeane Garofalo. Ben and his wife Christine Taylor, have both guest starred on the TV-show "Venner" (1994), though not in the same episode. Attended UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Daughter, Ella Olivia, born 10 April 2002 in Los Angeles. Briefly appears in the film clip for the song "Tribute" by Tenacious D, a band that includes fellow actors Jack Black and Kyle Gass. He's one of the people walking past the studio booth in the shopping center. Ranked #78 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #68 in 2002 and #80 in 2001. His famous parents, Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller, often make cameo appearances in his movies. Has a Hollywood "clique" of close friends that have often appeared in his movies: Owen Wilson, Jack Black, Kyle Gass and Janeane Garofalo. Helped Jenifer Estess raised millions of dollars to combat A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's disease). His favorite actress of all time is Diane Keaton. He even wrote an article about her for Premiere magazine in 1997. Frequent co-star of Vince Vaughn, appearing with him in three movies in 2004 alone. Is a member of, what the media refers to as, "The Frat Pack," along with Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Vince Vaughn, Steve Carell, Owen Wilson, and Luke Wilson. The "Frat Pack" name is a reference to the film, Old School (2003), featuring Vaughn, Ferrell and Luke Wilson, due to the wide number of films featuring the seven actors. Stiller's "Frat Pack" films include Zoolander (2001), Envy (2004), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004).. Is a big fan of "Star Trek" (1966). He named his production company "Red Hour Films" after an alien riot featured in the episode "Star Trek: The Return of the Archons (#1.21)" (1967). Has a humorous, You Tube website "gag" episode of "Star Trek" where he is imitating Shatner's Captain Kirk. Holds a distinct Razzie Award record - nominated for most titles in one year. He was nominated in 2004 for Worst Actor in five of the six films in which he appeared: Men så kom Polly (2004), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), Envy (2004)_, and Starsky & Hutch (2004). The only film he was not nominated in for that year was Meet the Fockers (2004). Has played two very similar characters in the movies Heavy Weights (1995) and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004). In both films he plays an obnoxious, slightly insane and formerly overweight fitness instructor who's hell-bent on getting others into shape, and perhaps also on making other peoples' lives miserable. Played the part of an arrogant director in Get Shorty (1995), but the scene was cut. In "Kongen af Queens: Shrink Wrap (#4.25)" (2002) he played his own real-life father's father. Hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 1996 along with Janeane Garofalo He and wife Christine Taylor have both guest-starred on the TV series "Familie på livstid" (2003). She played "Sally Sitwell", the love interest of "Michael Bluth" (two episodes) and he played the incompetent magician "Tony Wonder" in the episode "The Sword of Destiny". Wife Christine Taylor gave birth to their second child, Quinlin Dempsey Stiller, on July 10, 2005, 8 lb. 2 oz. in Los Angeles, California. One of his first showbiz jobs was working as an intern on the Alan Thicke show "Thicke of the Night" (1983). Mother is Irish-American. Was considered for the role of "Willy Wonka" in Charlie og chokoladefabrikken (2005). Revealed in 2005 that he has bipolar disorder and that it runs in his family. His wife, Christine Taylor, appeared in one episode of "Seinfeld" (1990) as Jerry Seinfeld's girlfriend. His father, Jerry Stiller, had a recurring role on that series as George Costanza's father. Every so often he and his father enjoy getting together and going to Alaska to fish in the summer. 2007 - Ranked #20 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood. In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year to be $38 million. Along with Kirk R. Thatcher, one of the few actors to give William Shatner the middle finger (jokingly) on screen. According to Jews Who Rock, a book by Guy Oseary, Stiller was once a drummer in a band called Capital Punishment. Fractured his hand in a snowboarding accident on Sunday, December 21, 2008 and was taken to New York's Mount Sinai Hospital. Auditioned for a part in Platoon, even meeting with Oliver Stone. Admitted in a Playboy Magazine interview that he auditioned for three or four years before he got a part. Longtime friend of actor Anthony Barrile. They met at 12 years old as members of First All Children's Theatre Company in New York City, where they were among the 'Meri-Mini Players'. Lives in Los Angeles, California. Merited a position in Time magazine's - The 100 Most Influential People in the World ("Heroes" category) - with an homage contributed by friend Robert De Niro. [May 10, 2010] Along with Gerard Butler, Demi Moore, Susan Sarandon, and director Paul Haggis, he visited a camp for internally displaced persons managed by Sean Penn and his Jenkins-Penn Humanitarian Relief Organization in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. [April 2010] Personal Quotes [on advice he receives from his father, Jerry Stiller] My father is always telling me to take care of myself and get a lot of rest. He's always saying, "Sleep will fix anything. Go take a nap". I think he's right. I find when I get frazzled, if I get a good night's sleep, I feel much better about things. If my parents were, like, plumbers, who knows what I would be doing? There's an old saying in Hollywood: It's not the length of your film, it's how you use it. I have no problem with straight actors playing gay, but I always feel like I can tell. Does that sound horrible? I have not been an easygoing guy. I think it's called bipolar manic depression. I've got a rich history of that in my family. Our family has publicly gone into therapy, so that's out in the open. I pay a huge chunk of money to my agent and publicity people to shield me from my fan mail. I don't even want to know how many letters I get. I don't see fan mail as a good thing. It always makes me think of stalkers. Normally, people tend to shut off their ambitions and competitive thinking because it doesn't help them much in normal life. But in the movie business you've constantly got to prove yourself. So I can be a real asshole on the set sometimes. Show business is great, but when you're in a movie that made more than $120 million, the perspective changes. I'd never had the experience of being in a movie that so many people found funny. After the enormous success of Vild med Mary (1998), I was able to command much more money and I got recognized more. But the reason for all this is only because the movie made money, not because I'm any more talented or better looking. Every actor is out there trying to get parts, auditioning, going to acting class and creating a network of people who are in the same position you are. I couldn't sit around and wait to get work, because it wasn't happening. I would just try to create my own projects with friends who were filmmakers. I think most actors have incredibly big egos, but they're also incredibly insecure. That's a bad combination. I include myself in this group. For whatever psychological reasons, we want and need approval from everybody in the universe, though we also think we're totally unworthy of it. We need to validate ourselves through our work. (On his most memorable pre-acting job) For a summer I was a busboy and waiter at a place in New York called Cafe Central, which was a hip, trendy restaurant in 1985. First I bused tables and was really bad at it. I'm clumsy at carrying plates and glasses. You had to have a swiftness and a facility for carrying stacked objects. That wasn't me. I was interested in who was coming in, because it was an actor hangout. I would want to see who was talking to whom and what they were saying - basically, stuff you shouldn't do as a person of service. Dudley Moore came into the restaurant and I was really interested in what he was saying. I kept going over to make sure that he and his companion had enough coffee and that their plates were cleared. I think I really annoyed him. I kept changing the ashtrays with that move where you put the clean ashtray over the full ashtray and remove both and put back the clean ashtray. I think I did that one time too many. Then I became a waiter there, and dealing with orders and the kitchen was worse. It prompted me to get acting work. (1998 quote on auditioning) It's hard to maintain a sense of dignity in an audition. I have done so many auditions where I've put it out there and have been met with that kind of blank stare - "Great! Thanks! OK! Great work! Thanks for coming in!" At the door I'm thinking, 'What the hell am I doing with my life?' Salary Tower Heist (2011) $15,000,000 The Big Year (2011) $1,000,000 (producer) Meet the Parents: Little Fockers (2010) $20,000,000 Greenberg (2010) $6,000,000 Zoolander (2001) $2,500,000 Vild med Mary (1998) $3,000,000 Where Are They Now (July 2007) Filming Tropic Thunder (2008).

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Birth Name

Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller,

Birth Place

Nueva York, Nueva York, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

11/30/1965
Known For
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Madagascar

Alex (voice)

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Alex (voice)

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Larry Daley / Laaa

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Tower Heist

Josh Kovaks

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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

White Goodman

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The Heartbreak Kid

Eddie

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Duplex

Alex Rose

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Keeping the Faith

Rabbi Jake Schram

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Merry Madagascar

Alex (voice)

Starring In
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Albert Brooks: Defending My Life

Self

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Beastie Boys Story

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Hubie Halloween

Orderly Hal

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Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine

8008s

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Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

Self

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Brad's Status

Brad Sloan

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The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Matthew

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The Truth Is in the Stars

Himself - Actor & Filmmaker

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Don't Think Twice

Ben Stiller

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The First Monday in May

Self (Cameo)

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Zoolander 2

Derek

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Zoolander: Super Model

Derek Zoolander

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Being Canadian

Himself

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While Were Young

Josh

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Larry Daley / Laaa

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Harmontown

Self

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Madly Madagascar

Alex (voice)

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Walter Mitty

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He's Way More Famous Than You

Self - Host

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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Alex (voice)

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The Watch

Evan

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The 84th Annual Academy Awards

Self - Presenter

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Tower Heist

Josh Kovaks

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Submarine

Soap Opera Star (uncredited)

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Little Fockers

Greg Focker

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Megamind

Bernard (voice)

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Greenberg

Roger Greenberg

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I'm Still Here

Ben Stiller

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Merry Madagascar

Alex (voice)

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The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story

Himself

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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Larry Daley

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The Marc Pease Experience

Jon Gribble

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Alex (voice)

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August

Himself (uncredited) (archive footage)

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Tropic Thunder

Tugg Speedman - Hot LZ

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Elmo's Christmas Countdown

Stiller the Elf (voice)

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The Heartbreak Kid

Eddie

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Concert for Diana

Himself

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Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary

Himself (uncredited)

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Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

Guitar Center Guy

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School for Scoundrels

Lonnie Radcliff

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Night at the Museum

Larry Daley

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Oscarverleihung 2006

Himself - Presenter: Best Visual Effects

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Danny Roane: First Time Director

Ben Stiller

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Beastie Boys: Awesome ... I Shot That

Himself

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The Work of Director Mark Romanek

Himself (segment "Romanekian")

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Madagascar

Alex (voice)

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Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jimmy Fallon

Tom Cruise (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Confessions of an Action Star

Commander (uncredited)

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Envy

Tim Dingman

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Meet the Fockers

Greg Focker

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Arturo Mendes

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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

White Goodman

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Starsky & Hutch

David Starsky

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Along Came Polly

Reuben Feffer

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Late Night with Conan O'Brien 10th Anniversary Special

Himself

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Best of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

Himself (7 episodes, 1998-2006)

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Duplex

Alex Rose

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Sex at 24 Frames Per Second

Self (archive footage)

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Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Kattan

John (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Nobody Knows Anything

Peach Expert (uncredited)

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Tenacious D - The Complete Master Works

Passerby (segment "Tribute")

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Run Ronnie Run

Himself

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Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire / Legend of the Lost Tribe

Robbie the Reindeer (voice: English version)

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Prehistoric Planet - Complete Set

Narrator (voice)

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Orange County

The Firefighter (uncredited)

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The Royal Tenenbaums

Chas Tenenbaum

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Zoolander

Derek Zoolander

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Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music

Himself

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The Best of Primetime Glick

Himself (2 episodes, 2002)

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America: A Tribute To Heroes

Himself

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Oscarverleihung 2001

Himself - Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film and Best Animated Short Film

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Meet the Parents

Greg Focker

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Keeping the Faith

Rabbi Jake Schram

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Mystery Men

Furious

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The Suburbans

Jay Rose

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Black and White

Mark Clear

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Robbie The Reindeer: Hooves Of Fire

Robbie the Reindeer (voice: English version)

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Your Friends & Neighbors

Jerry

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There's Something About Mary

Ted

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AFI's 100 Years - 100 Movies (CBS Television Special)

Himself

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Zero Effect

Steve Arlo

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Permanent Midnight

Jerry Stahl

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The Cable Guy

Sam Sweet / Stan Sweet

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Flirting With Disaster

Mel Coplin

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If Lucy Fell

Bwick Elias

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Happy Gilmore

Hal L. - Orderly in Nursing Home (uncredited)

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Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond

Self

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Heavyweights

Tony Perkis / Tony Perkis Sr.

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Reality Bites

Michael Grates

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The Nutt House

Pie thrower (uncredited)

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Highway to Hell

Pluto's Cook / Attila the Hun

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Stella

Jim Uptegrove

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Next of Kin

Lawrence Isabella

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That's Adequate

Chip Lane

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Fresh Horses

Tipton

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Empire of the Sun

Dainty

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Hot Pursuit

Chris Honeywell

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