Ben Stiller - Actor / Comedian

"Sometimes you just **** up"

Ben Stiller
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Ben Stiller (born 11-30-1965), son of the famous comic duo of Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, is known for his starring roles in the hit film s There's Something About Mary, Zoolander, and many more.

In August of 2001, Stiller was quoted by a writer as saying to GQ, "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.

I'm not proud of the fact that I lost my temper. Sometimes you just [expletive] up." The quote resulted from incidents occurring on the set of Zoolander, a movie he co-wrote, starred in and directed. It appears to have been a very stressful time, and as the writer, director, and star he was under enormous pressure.

Just a Joke?

However, Stiller clarified in interviews in 2006 that he does not have bipolar disorder, saying it was said jokingly. As such, he does not appear to have been diagnosed with a manic-depressive disorder. He is often still identified as such in online articles posted after making the quote. However, he has corrected this, and his assertion should be taken at face value.

It is a cautionary tale about joking about having bipolar disorder. It does not serve well those who live with the disorder to have any erratic behavior ascribed to it. Stiller may also be concerned about his employability in the film industry if he is identified as having the disorder.

On both sides of the equation, it is not something that should be tossed about lightly. With greater sensitivity to those with mental health issues, such comments should become rare.

Stiller directed and starred in the film Tropic Thunder, and was threatened with boycotts by disability advocates who took issue with one of the characters being mentally-challenged and being referred to by the highly offensive word "retard."

Family History of Depression

Both of Ben Stiller's parents have spoken about their therapy for depression, though neither mentioned manic-depression in sources found. However, possible signs of bipolar disorder do exist in his mother's history: Anne Meara's mother committed suicide when Anne was 11, and Meara also admits to problem drinking in the past. She entered therapy in about 1989 and continued at least until 1995.

Stiller's famous parents helped him get a start in show business. He began acting at 10 but had few film and TV roles until the late 1980s. In 1993 his short-lived television series, The Ben Stiller Show won an Emmy Award for outstanding writing in a variety or music program in spite of having run for only 12 episodes before being canceled.

His other acting, directing and writing credits are too numerous to mention. Besides the Emmy Award, he has won several MTV Movie Awards and a Teen Choice Award. In 2000 he married actress Christine Taylor; they have a daughter, Ella Olivia, who was born in August of 2002 and a son, Quinlin Dempsey, born in 2005.

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