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The Best Ben Stiller Characters

Updated June 30, 2019 1.4k votes 80 voters40 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
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    Movies: Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, Little Fockers
    Years: 2000, 2004, 2010

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    Larry Daley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    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

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

    Movie: Empire of the Sun
    Year: 1987

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    Speedman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    Movie: Tropic Thunder
    Year: 2008

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    Hal L is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    Hal L

    Movie: Happy Gilmore
    Year: 1996

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    Alex the Lion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    Alex the Lion

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

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    White Goodman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    Movie: DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story
    Year: 2004

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    Derek Zoolander is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    Movies: Zoolander, Zoolander 2
    Years: 2001, 2016

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

    Movie: Fresh Horses
    Year: 1988

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    Chris Honeywell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    Chris Honeywell

    Movie: Hot Pursuit
    Year: 1987

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    Ted Stroehmann is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    Movie: There's Something About Mary
    Year: 1998

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    Tony Perkis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    Tony Perkis

    Movie: Heavyweights
    Year: 1995

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

    Movie: Stella
    Year: 1990

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    Jerry Stahl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    Jerry Stahl

    Movie: Permanent Midnight
    Year: 1998

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

    Movie: The Cable Guy
    Year: 1996

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    Freddy Novak is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    Freddy Novak

    Movie: Working Tra$h
    Year: 1990

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    Pluto's Cook is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    Pluto's Cook

    Movie: Highway to Hell
    Year: 1991

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

    Movie: Flirting with Disaster
    Year: 1996

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    Mr. Furious is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    Mr. Furious

    Movie: Mystery Men
    Year: 1999

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    Walter Mitty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    Movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    Year: 2013

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    Bwick Elias is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    Bwick Elias

    Movie: If Lucy Fell
    Year: 1996

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    Michael Grates is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    Michael Grates

    Movie: Reality Bites
    Year: 1994

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    Rabbi Jake Schram is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    Rabbi Jake Schram

    Movie: Keeping the Faith
    Year: 2000

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

    Movie: School for Scoundrels
    Year: 2006

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    Lawrence Isabella is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ben Stiller Characters
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    Lawrence Isabella

    Movie: Next of Kin
    Year: 1989

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