Jerry and ben stiller

As the son of legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, it makes sense that Ben Stiller wound up becoming a wildly successful comedic actor. Starring in huge comedies like Zoolander, Meet the Parents, and Dodgeball, he’s one of the highest-paid film stars in the world — and we’re guessing his genes had something to do with it.

Now that Ben is turning 50, we decided to take a look back at when this funny guy was just a kid hanging out with his hilarious father and rocking seriously full hair. Check out this June 1978 throwback pic of the 12-year-old and his dad in New York City, where he was born and raised.

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How great is his feathered hair and adorable grin?

Since the ’70s, the pair has appeared in numerous movies together, including Heavyweights, Hot Pursuit, and Zoolander. And at 88, Jerry is still doing voice acting, while Ben is about to star in the upcoming Zoolander 2, the sequel to 2001’s hit Zoolander, which he directed and wrote. Talk about a father-son power duo! Now take a look at what the two look like these days:

Getty Images Sam Escobar Contributor Sam’s enthusiasm for makeup is only rivaled by their love of all things relating to cats.

What Are Ben Stiller’s Highest Grossing Movies?

Ben Stiller always seems to keep us laughing with his memorable movie roles, but he knows how to get serious, too. For instance, he plays misanthrope Roger Greenberg in the 2010 movie Greenberg, and he was both sweetly funny and serious in The Royal Tenenbaums. Stiller knows how to get things done behind the camera, and Escape at Dannemora, the TV series he directed, was nominated at the 2019 Golden Globes. He knows success as a writer, director, and producer, but we’ll always think of him as an actor. Which got us thinking — what are Ben Stiller’s highest grossing movies? We’re about to find out.

What are Ben Stiller’s early roles?

Ben Stiller is no stranger to the entertainment industry. His parents are comedy icons Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. The pair wed in 1954 and had one of the longest-lasting celebrity marriages ever before Meara died in 2015. However, he didn’t ride on his parents’ coattails into show business. His first credited acting role came in a 1986 episode of the sitcom Kate & Allie. Stiller’s career quickly gained traction from there.

He wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the short spoof The Hustler of Money that appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1987. He had roles on the TV show Miami Vice and the Steven Spielberg film Empire of the Sun that same year, but starring in his own sketch comedy show starting in 1992 and the movie Reality Bites in 1994 put him on the map.

Ben Stiller’s highest grossing movies

His acting career dates to 1986 and his film career started in 1987, so there are a lot of titles to sift through when discussing Ben Stiller’s highest grossing movies.

Since he’s been active for so long, we’re adjusting for inflation to give you a sense of just much money Ben Stiller’s highest grossing movies have made. These are his top 10 box office winners, according to Box Office Mojo:

Ben Stiller starred in several movies that cleared $100 million at the box office. | Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

10. Megamind (2010)

Adjusted box office: $163.7 million

9. Little Fockers (2010)

Adjusted box office: $165.1 million

8. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

Adjusted box office: $209.7 million

7. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

Adjusted box office: $221 million

6. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012)

Adjusted box office: $237.5 million

5. Madagascar (2005)

Adjusted box office: $266.6 million

4. Meet the Parents (2000)

Adjusted box office: $271.8 million

3. Night at the Museum (2006)

Adjusted box office: $327 million

2. There’s Something About Mary (1998)

Adjusted box office: $330.9 million

1. Meet the Fockers (2004)

Adjusted box office: $390 million

As you can see, Ben Stiller’s highest grossing movies tend to be part of series. He shared the screen with Robert De Niro in Meet the Parents and the Fockers movies. Stiller acted alongside Robin Williams in the Night at the Museum series, and he voiced Alex the lion in the Madagascar films.

What is Ben Stiller’s net worth?

As we mentioned, Stiller doesn’t only work in front of the camera. He’s a jack of all trades, so he has voice work, stage acting, writing, producing, and directing on his resume. However, acting is his big moneymaker.

Some of his roles paid $15 million each, and when you include all his other titles over the years, Ben Stiller’s net worth hits $200 million.

What do we know about Ella Stiller, Ben Stiller’s daughter?

Ben Stiller and his daughter Ella enjoys walking the red carpet together. | Jason Kempin/Getty Images

We couldn’t help but shed a tear when Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor called it quits. Their marriage seemed rock-solid, and they had great on-screen chemistry, so it broke our hearts in 2017 when they separated. However, Stiller never has much of a problem finding a date for his red carpet events.

His daughter, Ella Stiller, is a burgeoning actress in her own right. She has a handful of movie and TV credits on her resume, plus some stage acting, too. She seems to enjoy attending events with her dad, such as the 2019 Golden Globes, and mingling with big-time celebrities.

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The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

I have always pictured Ben Stiller as the poor middle-aged schmuck who must go through all the available crappy situations before getting a break at the end… and a nice, beautiful girl. Not saying all his roles follow the 90% loser-10% winner pattern, but his most memorable certainly do. Interestingly that’s how it all starts in the Farrelly brothers’ remake “The Heartbreak Kid”, Eddie is a guy in his early forties who just saw his ex-girlfriend walking down the aisle and question whether he can or will find the right one. You just want to hug him and comfort him, at the end, his princess will come.
That’s good old Stiller and from the throwaway jokes directed at him during the wedding to the pseudo-encouragements from his sex-addict father (played by Ben’s own father Jerry) and a friend who’s such a henpecked husband he uses the “Wicked Witch” them as his wife’s ringtone, you know it’ll be a long road before Eddie finds any comfort in his life. Yet against all expectations, he meets that special someone in Lila (Malin Akerman), a young environmentalist researcher named like her 1972 counterpart. Everything goes fine until she announces that she’s going to move to Rotterdam because it’s part of her company’s policy for unmarried employees. This prompts Eddie to take the big step.
Now, let’s have a pause and get back to Elaine May’s original film and remember that Charles Grodin played a nebbish self-centred boy instantly dissatisfied with his newly wed wife and chased another one who was everything she wasn’t, breaking a marriage only five days after to follow a Viking-like goddess. His name was Lenny and he was such an unlikable protagonist that the film had to end on a bittersweet note, he just couldn’t triumph. Besides, Grodin looked exactly like the kind of jerk to pull such tricks with his timid smile and embarrassed manners, he was that guy you wanted to punch on the face… if he wasn’t so strangely attractive.
And un-likability and handsomeness aren’t exactly the traits we’d most associate to Ben Stiller’s so the Farrelly brothers take up a rather difficult challenge to make Ben Stiller portray the kind of selfish prick who could have been more fitting for actors like Jim Carrey or Owen Wilson (as a matter of fact, Grodin’s facial expressions reminded me of Wilson a little bit). Still, they went for Stiller and as if they aware of the ‘limitations’ of the main character’s appeal, they decided to go for a less subtle and a zanier tone, portraying Lila as an unbearable girl by objective standards, she’s loud, annoying, has weird sexual fantasies and so dumb she believes she wouldn’t get sunburns because the Ozone works differently in Mexico. Was she too over-the-top? Yes. Did it hurt the film? That’s debatable.
Indeed, the only way to build some empathy toward Eddie is to see him enduring all these shenanigans with Lila. Of course, the realization that she’s not exactly the girl of his dreams isn’t treated in the introspective way or cultural clash the other film did (what did you expect from 2007?), the original was a social commentary about relationships within marriage and Lenny’s faults were handled in a “What have I done” or “Now, what?” tone, that one explores various tonalities of “Oh, crap” that are usually perfect for Ben Stiller. It goes so far we don’t have time to think about ethics.
At the end, there are enough crude jokes, many involving the vacation resort owner Uncle Tito (Carlos Mencia), a group of mariachi popping up at the worst possible time, funny misunderstandings, and awkward moments to get us to the ending with a good ratio of one joke at least every minute, and there’s certainly one of the funniest scenes ever involving a freight train to go to the US border. Still, it’s hard to empathize with Stiller no matter how hard the film overplays Lila’s weirdness and Miranda, the “good one” Miranda (Michelle Monaghan) doesn’t need much to touch us, but she’s so good that we’re somewhat satisfied when at some point of the film, Eddie still doesn’t get here.
Which leaves us to the dead-end at the end, so to speak, a comedy like “The Heartbreak kid” can’t end happily, but even with the Farrelly brothers, for all the film’s zaniness, it couldn’t also be a totally happy conclusion for Eddie. The ending is well-thought though but it could have done without the sex joke in the middle of the credits, the Farrely Brothers proved to be master of visual humor but maybe they forgot they were handling very fragile and sensitive material. If they treated the original material with more respect, something I think the other directing siblings (the Coens) did with “Lady Killers”, the film could have been something on the level of “There’s Something About Mary”.
Still, it’s a good and fun comedy of the 2000s far better than what the harsh critics imply.

Actress and Comedian Anne Meara, Mother of Ben Stiller, Dies at 85

Anne Meara, the Emmy- and Tony-nominated comedian long paired personally and professionally with Jerry Stiller and the mother of actor-director Ben Stiller, died Saturday, her husband and son told the Associated Press. She was 85.

No further details have been revealed. A statement released to the AP said was Meara’s “husband and partner in life.” The statement added, “The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long.”

Stiller and Meara were a top comedy act in the 1960s, appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 36 times. The two were members of the improv group the Compass Players, which later became Second City.

Although Meara had converted to Judaism when the couple got married, Stiller & Meara’s material centered on the differences in their ethnic backgrounds, epitomized by their signature “Hershey Horowitz/Mary Elizabeth Doyle” routines.

In 2010 the couple had their own Yahoo comedy series, “Stiller & Meara,” produced in part by son Ben.

But Meara was also a serious dramatic actress who received a 1993 Tony nomination for featured actress in a play for her work in Eugene O’Neill’s “Anna Christie,” which starred Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson. She also penned a couple of plays that made it to Off Broadway.

She was also well known for recurring on daytime soap “All My Children” from 1993-98 as Peggy Moody; for her work on “Archie Bunker’s Place,” for which she received two of her four Emmy nominations; and for her bravura performance as the indefatigable suburban mother in Greg Mottola’s 1997 indie “The Daytrippers.” In that film, Hope Davis plays a woman who can’t get her husband, who’s in Manhattan, on the phone, whereupon her mother, played by Meara, puts the suburban family in the station wagon to begin an antic search for him in the city.

Roger Ebert said: Meara is “almost by definition, superb at her assignment here, which is to create an insufferable mother. The film’s problem is that she does it so well.”

Also in 1997 Meara gave a memorable performance on the smallscreen, on a two-part episode of “Homicide: Life on the Street,” in which she played a schoolteacher in a tense hostage situation, drawing her fourth Emmy nomination.

In 1984 Meara shared a Writers Guild Award for penning the telepic “The Other Woman,” in which Hal Linden played a widower who toys with the notion of romance with his daughter’s sexy roommate but ultimately finds love with a woman played by Meara.

Meara appeared as two different characters on “The King of Queens,” where Stiller was a series regular from 1998-2007 as the much-married Arthur Spooner, the father of Leah Remini’s Carrie Heffernan. She played Mary Finnegan (the mother of Spence, played by Patton Oswalt); then she had a recurring role as Veronica, who married Stiller’s character in the final season of the series.

The actress recurred on “Sex and the City” as the mother of bartender Steve Brady and guested on “Will & Grace” in 2001.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” afforded Meara the opportunity to give two powerful guest performances. In 2004 she played the mother of a serial killer who, with anguish, helps the police apprehend her son before he can kill again; in a 2012 episode she played the mother of a prostitute (played by Patricia Arquette) who’s involved with an armed and dangerous man and then goes missing.

On HBO’s “Oz” Meara played the religious aunt of the imprisoned O’Reily brothers in episodes in 1999 and 2002.

Meara also had a long career in movies, often appearing with members of her family. Stiller and Meara starred in Joan Micklin Silver’s 1999 feature “A Fish in the Bathtub,” about a couple who have been bickering for decades, finally prompting the wife to move in with their son, played by Mark Ruffalo.

In ’s first feature directorial effort, 1994’s “Reality Bites,” Meara and her daughter Amy both had roles. In his 2001 comedy “Zoolander,” Meara and Amy had cameos, while Jerry played Zoolander’s manager and Ben’s wife Christine Taylor played a Time magazine reporter. Meara had a small role in the Shawn Levy-directed hit “Night at the Museum,” starring Ben.

Jerry was the star of 2000 mockumentary “The Independent,” in which he played Morty Fineman, a director of comically bizarre exploitation films with a message such as 1969’s “Groovy Hippie Slumber Party,” “Kent State Nurses” and — taking credit for the use of Roman numerals in film titles — war epic “World War III II.” Even in this low-profile, low-budget film, Ben Stiller, Amy Stiller and Meara supported the effort with cameos.

Similarly, in the much-earlier horror film “Highway to Hell” (1991), Jerry Stiller, Meara, as well as Ben and Amy, all had roles.

In 1998’s “Southie,” starring Donnie Wahlberg in the story of hoods in Boston’s famous working-class Irish neighborhood, Meara played the Wahlberg character’s ailing mother “with warm grit,” according to the Boston Phoenix.

Meara was born in Brooklyn to parents of Irish descent. She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village; decades later she would teach a course there herself. The young actress won an Obie for the 1955 Off Broadway production “Mädchen in Uniform.”

She made her Broadway debut in 1956 in a Michael Redgrave-directed production of Turgenev’s “A Month in the Country.” The same year she appeared in Brecht’s “The Good Woman of Setzuan” that also featured Jerry Stiller in a small role. In 1957 she appeared in the original drama “Miss Lonelyhearts.” In 1970, she co-starred in John Guare’s “The House of Blue Leaves” in New York. After a long absence, she returned to Broadway in 1988 in Richard Greenberg’s “Eastern Standard” before taking on “Anna Christie” in 1993.

Meara wrote and starred in the hit Off Broadway play “Afterplay” (1995), which also starred, at various times, Jerry Stiller, Rita Moreno, Rue McClanahan and Barbara Barrie. Meara also wrote “Down the Garden Paths,” which played Off Broadway in 2000 and starred Jerry Stiller, Amy Stiller and Eli Wallach.

In 2011 Meara and Conchata Farrell were brought in as replacements in an Off Broadway staging of “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” the Nora and Delia Ephron play based on Ilene Beckerman’s book.

The actress made her screen debut in 1954 on NBC series “The Greatest Gift.” She also appeared on an Arthur Penn-directed “The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse” adaptation of Robert Alan Arthur’s “Man on the Mountaintop” and, in 1959, in an ABC adaptation of “Ninotchka” that starred Maria Schell.

In the brief 1964 animated series “Linus! The Lion Hearted,” Stiller & Meara were credited for three episodes. She appeared in a 1971 TV adaptation of the musical “Dames at Sea,” starring Ann-Margret.

Meara also starred in her own, brief NBC series, “Kate McShane,” in which she played an attorney who solves mysteries, in 1975 — drawing her first Emmy nomination, for lead actress in a drama.

She was a series regular on “Archie Bunker’s Place,” from 1979-82, as Veronica Rooney, the bar’s wisecracking, alcoholic chef — picking up her second and third Emmy nominations, for supporting actress in a comedy, in 1981 and 1982.

She recurred on the brief ABC series “The Corner Bar” in 1972-73 as well as on “Rhoda” as one of the title character’s friends, Sally Gallagher or “Big Sally,” a divorced flight attendant. (Jerry Stiller appeared on one episode as her ex.) Later, in 1987-89, she recurred on NBC’s “ALF” as the mother of series star Anne Schedeen’s character.

Meara was also busy in the 1970s guesting on the likes of “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” “The Paul Lynde Show,” “Love, American Style” and Medical Center.”

The couple shot (and penned) a pilot, “The Stiller & Meara Show,” in 1986, but it was not picked up to series.

Meara’s early feature work included roles in Arthur Hiller’s adaptation of Neil Simon’s “The Out of Towners” and Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor’s adaptation of their own play “Lovers and Other Strangers,” both in 1970; in 1977’s Nasty Habits,” a satire of Watergate applied to the politics of a convent, both Meara and Stiller appeared, with the New York Times applauding Meara’s efforts as the “Gerald Ford of Crewe Abbey.” She had a small role in 1978 thriller “The Boys From Brazil,” starring Laurence Olivier and Gregory Peck, and in 1980’s “Fame,” the actress played Mrs. Sherwood, the teacher concerned with the students’ traditional academic progress.

Meara appeared in the Paul Bartel-directed, Tim Conway-scripted 1986 comedy “The Longshot.” She played one of Robin Williams’ patients in 1990’s “Awakenings.”

In 1999 Comedy Central aired a Friars’ Club Roast of Jerry Stiller, with Roasters drawn from several generations including Meara and son Ben.

Stiller and Meara shared a star on the Hollywood Walk in Fame, awarded in 2007.

In addition to son Ben and his wife, actress Christine Taylor, as well as daughter Amy, survivors include Jerry, whom Meara married in 1954, and grandchildren.

Comedy Legend Jerry Stiller, Dad to Ben, Is ‘Doing Well’ After Health Scare, Says Family Friend

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Actor and comedian Jerry Stiller, 91, suffered a medical scare on Wednesday night that landed him the in the hospital but is now better and recovering.

“He is doing well and will be home this weekend,” a family friend tells PEOPLE of his health.

Stiller — famous for playing George Costanza’s dad in Seinfeld, and for being the real-life one to Ben and sister Amy — lost his wife, Anne Meara, in 2015 after she had suffered multiple strokes. She was 85 at the time of her death.

“Anne’s memory lives on in the hearts of daughter Amy, son Ben, her grandchildren, her extended family and friends, and the millions she entertained as an actress, writer and comedienne,” her family said in a statement at the time.

RELATED: Comedy Actress Anne Meara, Mother of Ben Stiller, Dies at 85

Married in 1954, Meara and Stiller performed together as Stiller & Meara on sketch shows throughout the 1960s, most notably, The Ed Sullivan Show.

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Stiller experienced a resurgence in fame through recurring roles in Seinfeld and The King of Queens (on which his wife had a guest starring role) for all of its nine seasons. Meara did too, appearing in multiple seasons of Sex and the City as Miranda Hobbes’ mother-in-law.

During his run on Seinfeld, Stiller was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

Stiller also appeared opposite his son in Zoolander.

PEOPLE is out to Stiller’s representative for comment

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Ben Stiller Praises His Father Jerry Following His Hospitalization

According to a report from Us Weekly, Ben Stiller didn’t skip a beat when it came to showing just how much he appreciates the talent and skills of his father – Jerry Stiller – while collecting his victory at the 71st Annual Director’s Guild of America Words on Saturday, February 2nd.

When taking the stage, Ben, the creator, and star of the cult film, Zoolander, described it as being a “dream come true” for him. The 53-year-old, before reporters and those in the audience, said he has dreamed of being nominated for such an award since he was an eight-year-old boy.

Near the ending of his speech, the actor proclaimed, “To my dad, Jerry Stiller, the most naturally funny man in the world.” This comes just a few weeks after Jerry Stiller was rushed to the hospital in January for a medical issue.

Radar Online was the first to report that the 91-year-old man was recovering in a Manhattan hospital after the incident. A source who spoke with the outlet, Us Weekly, said that Jerry was doing well, and he didn’t show any signs of having a stroke.

As most know, Ben and Jerry worked alongside each other in the film mentioned above, Zoolander. In the cult comedy, in which Ben played a simple model named Derek Zoolander, Jerry played his agent, Maury Ballstein, a foul-talking Jewish manager with years of experience in the fashion industry.

The film has since gone down in history as one of the most underappreciated comedies, which critics have blamed on its release date around the events of September 11th, 2001. Jerry also portrayed Arthur on The King Of Queens from 1998 until 2007.

In 2015, Jerry’s wife, Anne Meara, passed away at the age of 85-years-old. They had been married for a whopping 61 years around the time of her death and also had a daughter named Amy. Ben has almost never mentioned his sister.

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While Ben is primarily known for his comedic roles, his directing chops have garnered him significant acclaim over the years. Notably, movies like Tropic Thunder and Reality Bites.

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Ben Stiller draws from his experiences as both a father and a son in two new character-driven films

In two movies this fall, Ben Stiller can be seen pushing himself in new directions as an actor, finding idiosyncratic, serio-comic tones to explore characters who find themselves in midlife crises and at crossroads perhaps not so far from where Stiller may currently also find himself.

In both “Brad’s Status” and “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” Stiller plays men at a moment of self-reflection and reassessment, taking stock of their lives. Both performances have a richness of character detail, a nuance of emotion and are shaded by subtle comedic underpinnings.

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Ben Stiller, right, with Austin Abrams in Mike White’s “Brad’s Status.” (Jonathan Wenk / Amazon Studios) Advertisement

Admitting he didn’t at first naturally connect the two roles himself, Stiller noted how it has become meaningful to him that in “Brad’s Status,” written and directed by Mike White, he plays a father struggling to relate to his son, and in “The Meyerowitz Stories,” written and directed by Noah Baumbach, he plays a son trying to get closer to his father.

“That was the delineation I think that I felt,” he said, “and I happened to be at a place in life where I have an older father and I have a young son, so there’s that place where you’re dealing with both and figuring out how to navigate that. And I felt like each movie had a different aspect of being a father or being a son.”

Stiller is talking on the phone while sitting in the back of a car somewhere in Yonkers, N.Y., in the middle of a tech scout for “Escape at Dannemora,” an eight-part Showtime series he is directing that stars Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette and Paul Dano and tells the story of a 2015 prison break in upstate New York.

The last few years ave been particularly tumultuous for Stiller both personally and professionally. He dealt with prostate cancer in 2014. His mother, actress Anne Meara, died in 2015. Earlier this year, Stiller and Christine Taylor, his wife of 17 years, announced their separation. (The couple have two children.) And last year, “Zoolander 2,” which he directed, produced, co-wrote and starred in, came out to withering reviews and box office disappointment.

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For “Brad’s Status,” Stiller got the script by mistake. He was supposed to be receiving the script for a CGI children’s film White had written but instead was sent the story of a man coming to terms with his life as he takes his high school-age son on a tour of potential colleges while also grappling with the outsize successes of his own old college buddies.

White did not write the part with Stiller in mind, but once the actor had read the script and became interested, White became hooked by the notion too.

“There is an element that feels like a Ben Stiller vehicle. urban anxiety and ambition — he is somebody who obviously comes to mind,” said White. “And I knew that he would do a great job, but also because the movie has some melancholy, some different tones than I’ve seen from him, it seemed like it might be exciting to present him in a way that seems like a more familiar Ben Stiller movie and then kind of subverts that with more existential dread.”

I feel really fortunate to have that sense of myself now, that what I’m doing creatively can connect with me somehow inside. Ben Stiller Ben Stiller. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Stiller, 51, is known as a comedic superstar with movies such as the “Meet the Parents” series, the “Night at the Museum” franchise and the “Madagascar” animated films all to his credit. He has also directed pictures of incredible ambition and scale: the war movie send-up “Tropic Thunder” and the action-fantasy romance “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” So to see Stiller explore uncertainty and self-doubt with such knowing depth can be a bit of a surprise.

“I do feel like everybody can connect to that,” said Stiller. “I think we all have those same feelings to a certain extent, no matter how people might perceive you from the outside.”

Baumbach wrote the part of the driven, successful business manager in “The Meyerowitz Stories” with Stiller very much in mind, and he did the same for Adam Sandler in the part of his underachieving sad-sack brother. In the film, the two compete for the attention of their father, a sculptor who’s never received the acclaim he feels he deserves, played by Dustin Hoffman. Baumbach said the first few people he showed the script to, including Stiller, thought the roles of the brothers were intended for the opposite actor.

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“I felt like it was an opportunity for Ben to play something closer to who he really is,” Baumbach said. “And when Ben clicked into that, I think it was very gutsy of him to reveal that on-screen.”

From left: Grace Van Patten, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler and Elizabeth Marvel in “The Meyerowitz Stories.” (Netflix / Cannes Film Festival)

“The Meyerowitz Stories” is the third film Baumbach and Stiller have collaborated on, following “Greenberg” and “While We’re Young.” Stiller now seems fully attuned to the specific rhythms of Baumbach’s writing, the movement and blocking that happens within the shots, and the subtle shifts in tone that can occur within a scene.

“My movies tend to not delineate what’s funny and what isn’t. Which I’ve heard as both praise and a criticism. But I like it. I like for that stuff to exist simultaneously,” Baumbach said. “But it’s something that he understands implicitly, and because he’s a comic as well as a terrific actor, he can innately convey both at the same time. Which is one of the many reasons I like working with him and why I think he works very well with my material.”

But now, Stiller has to get back to his tech scout — “I’m going to go in the sewer tunnel now,” he said dryly by way of a sign-off — making time for one final question before he does. Given that these two films have an air of midlife reassessment and considering how much he has been through in the last few years, has it all brought him to a new perspective on himself?

“Sure, that’s a totally valid point,” he replied. “I feel like I’m at a place right now where I’ve wanted to get to for a long time personally in terms of where I know the work that I’m doing is just about something that I find personal and creatively challenging and that’s it.

“Without getting into it too much, I have been around for a while and been through a lot of ups and downs, and I feel really fortunate to have that sense of myself now, that what I’m doing creatively can connect with me somehow inside. That’s really important to me. And how you get to that — whatever your own personal thing is — that’s where I’m at right now.”

This story is part of The Times’ fall 2017 movie preview. Check out the complete coverage here.

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Ben Stiller’s 91-year-old dad, Jerry Stiller, was rushed to a Manhattan hospital on Wednesday after suffering stroke-like symptoms, multiple news outlets report.

The beloved Seinfeld star’s condition was reported to be serious. Family insiders told Radar Online that Jerry Stiller did not suffer a stroke, although he did go to the hospital and will be released soon.

“He’s doing well and will be home in a few days,” a source defined as a friend to the family told Radar.

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A different source told Page Six that he “had some sort of episode and they wanted to be cautious. There’s no evidence of a stroke.”

The source added that he is currently under observation and expected to be released by this weekend.

“There are no signs of a stroke. He’s resting and they’re going to send him home in a couple days. He’s totally fine,” a source told the New York Daily News, adding that his family was with him Wednesday night.

Aside from Seinfeld, where he played George Costanza’s cantankerous dad Frank Costanza, Jerry Stiller is known for his roles in The King of Queens, Hairspray, alongside his son Ben Stiller in Zoolander, and more. In The King of Queens, he played another offbeat dad, Arthur Spooner, who was the father of Leah Remini’s character Carrie Heffernan.

He was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 1997 for Seinfeld, and for the same role won the American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a TV Series.

Stiller, a World War II veteran, earned a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Drama in 1950 from Syracuse University.

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His wife Anne Meara, with whom he shared Ben and Amy Stiller, died in 2015 at 85 years old.

The couple’s comedy team, Stiller and Meara, earned success in the 1960s and 1970s, with numerous appearances on variety shows like The Ed Sullivan Show. Following their career on variety shows, the couple forged a radio commercial career, notably the campaign for Blue Nun wine. They also starred in their own syndicated five-minute sketch comedy show, Take Five with Stiller and Meara, from 1977-78.