Fictional Characters

The Best Ben Stiller Characters 

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Updated June 30, 2019 869 votes 69 voters 40 items

An acclaimed comedian, actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, Ben Stiller is a tour de force. He's one of the most versatile actors today with a vast filmography that includes a surprising mix of comedies, dramas, coming-of-age stories, and more. Which of his characters is your favorite?

He landed his first role in the 1987 comedy Hot Pursuit, where he played high school student Chris Honeywell opposite John Cusack. After a handful of minor roles in the late '80s and early '90s, he transitioned to directorial duties and made his directorial debut with 1994's Reality Bites.

Switching between being behind and being in front of the camera, Ben has immortalized a handful of memorable characters, including Ted Stroehmann in There's Something About Mary and Gaylord Focker in the hilarious Meet the Parents franchise. He's also played outlandish characters, including acclaimed male model Derek Zoolander, pseudo-superhero Mr. Furious in Mystery Men, and Hal, a psychotic nursing home assistant in Happy Gilmore

Vote up the best Ben Stiller characters to see which performance was his most memorable.

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Gaylord Focker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters

Movies: Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, Little Fockers
Years: 2000, 2004, 2010

2
Hal L is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
Hal L

Movie: Happy Gilmore
Year: 1996

3
Derek Zoolander is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters

Movies: Zoolander, Zoolander 2
Years: 2001, 2016

4
Tugg Speedman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters

Movie: Tropic Thunder
Year: 2008

5
White Goodman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters

Movie: DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story
Year: 2004

6
Larry Daley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters

Movies: Night at the Museum, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Years: 2006, 2009, 2014

7
Alex the Lion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
Alex the Lion

Movies: Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Years: 2005, 2008, 2012

8
Ted Stroehmann is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters

Movie: There's Something About Mary
Year: 1998

9
Tony Perkis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
Tony Perkis

Movie: Heavyweights
Year: 1995

10
Sam Sweet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
Sam Sweet

Movie: The Cable Guy
Year: 1996

11
Walter Mitty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters

Movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Year: 2013

12
Mr. Furious is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
Mr. Furious

Movie: Mystery Men
Year: 1999

13
Dainty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
Dainty

Movie: Empire of the Sun
Year: 1987

14
Michael Grates is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
Michael Grates

Movie: Reality Bites
Year: 1994

15
Lonnie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
Lonnie

Movie: School for Scoundrels
Year: 2006

16
Lawrence Isabella is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
Lawrence Isabella

Movie: Next of Kin
Year: 1989

17
Alex Rose is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
Alex Rose

Movie: Duplex
Year: 2003

18
Tipton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
Tipton

Movie: Fresh Horses
Year: 1988

19
Chas Tenenbaum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters

Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums
Year: 2001

20
Chris Honeywell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
Chris Honeywell

Movie: Hot Pursuit
Year: 1987

21
Rabbi Jake Schram is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
Rabbi Jake Schram

Movie: Keeping the Faith
Year: 2000

22
Jim Uptegrove is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
Jim Uptegrove

Movie: Stella
Year: 1990

23
Jerry Stahl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
Jerry Stahl

Movie: Permanent Midnight
Year: 1998

24
Mel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
Mel

Movie: Flirting with Disaster
Year: 1996

25
Freddy Novak is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
Freddy Novak

Movie: Working Tra$h
Year: 1990