Why should I know Ben Stiller?

Ben Stiller is an American comic actor and director. The son of Jerry Stiller is known for Zoolander, The Cable Guy, There's Something About Mary, Meet the Parents and Tropic Thunder.

Books by Ben Stiller

Quotes by Ben Stiller

“God was showing off when he made you.”

Ben Stiller from the movie Keeping the Faith

“I don't need a compass to tell me which way the wind shines!”

Ben Stiller as Mr. Furious in Mystery Men

“I don’t devalue comedy as compared to drama. Not one bit.”

Ben Stiller

“I don’t have a burning desire to be taken seriously as an actor. I don’t have a master plan in that way.”

Ben Stiller

“I grew up wanting to make movies, and along the way I suddenly found that I had a career doing comedy.”

Ben Stiller

“I have a lot of nervous energy. Work is my best way of channelling that into something productive unless I want to wind up assaulting the postman or gardener.”

Ben Stiller

“I know that I'm better as an actor when I'm working with a good actor. I think anytime you're working with a better actor, it makes you a better actor.”

Ben Stiller

“I studied Tom Cruise running in all the Mission Impossibles. I think he's one of the best screen runners.”

Ben Stiller

“I was a bad student. I liked archaeology actually, I was interested in maybe becoming an archaeologist but I was such a bad student and had such bad grades that I wasn't going to get into any really good college so I fell back on acting.”

Ben Stiller

“I would like to do more dramas when I find a good role that will allow me to politely upset people’s expectations of me as a comic actor.”

Ben Stiller

“I'm just not a naturally cheery person. I'm naturally moody. I know that from people who spend a lot of time with me. People who spend a lot of time with me may not wish to spend a lot more time with me.”

Ben Stiller

“I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.”

Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander in Zoolander

“I've had a very good career and I'm grateful that the public has had some level of acceptance and appreciation of my work.”

Ben Stiller

“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?'”

Ben Stiller

“Maybe forced retirement isn’t necessary after all.”

Ben Stiller

“People like to define you through what they've seen you do. There are aspects of my personality, I guess, that come through on-screen, but I don't sit around thinking, 'I've been a bumbling suitor all my life.'”

Ben Stiller

“Success doesn't necessarily mean happiness.”

Ben Stiller

“There's an old saying in Hollywood: It's not the length of your film, it's how you use it.”

Ben Stiller

“There’s always an element of fear that you need to work a lot until people get sick and tired of you or finally figure out that you’re a fraud after all.”

Ben Stiller

“When I didn't have a family, I was much more of a workaholic. I still like to work, but I also want to be home with them. As you get older, you realize you need balance. If it's not fun, what's the point?”

Ben Stiller

“Words can only hurt you if you try to read them. Don't play their game!”

Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander in Zoolander

“You're freaked out that you're going to be having a child, and once you're looking after your daughter, it's the most beautiful thing in the world.”

Ben Stiller