Ben Stiller

by ethnic on March 18, 2008

Birth Name: Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 30, 1965

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Irish (mother; who converted to Judaism)

Ben Stiller is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is the son of comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His sister is actress Amy Stiller. He has starred in the films There’s Something About Mary, Meet the Parents, and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, among others. Ben has two children with his wife, actress and comedian Christine Taylor.

Ben’s father’s family were Jewish (they emigrated from Austria and Poland). Ben’s mother’s family were of Irish Catholic background. Ben’s mother converted to Judaism before Ben was born, around 1961.

Ben’s paternal grandfather was William “Willie” Stiller (the son of Samuel/Sam Stiller and Anna Intel/Tietel). William was born in New York, to Jewish emigrants from Chijika, in Galicia.

Ben’s paternal grandmother was Bella Cytrynbaum/Citrin (the daughter of Yussef/Yosif/Joseph Itshak Cytrynbaum/Citron and Devorah). Bella was a Jewish emigrant, from Frampol, Poland.

Ben’s maternal grandfather was Edward Joseph Meara (the son of James Meara and Annie Breslin). Edward was born in New York, to Irish parents.

Ben’s maternal grandmother was Mary T. Dempsey (the daughter of John Joseph Dempsey and Mary Elizabeth Shine). Ben’s grandmother Mary, and her parents, were born in New York. John was the son of Cornelius Dempsey and Ellen Driscoll, who were Irish immigrants. Ben’s great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth Shine was the daughter of an Irish father, and of a mother, Mary Riley, who was born in New York, to Irish-born parents. Thus, Ben’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Mary, born, c. 1847, in New York, was Ben’s first American-born ancestor.

Sources: Genealogy of Ben Stiller –

Genealogy of Ben Stiller (focusing on his father’s side) –

Ben’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Ben’s paternal grandparents, William “Willie” Stiller and Bella Cytrynbaum/Citrin –

Family history of Ben’s mother, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, at The Huffington Post –

Ben’s maternal grandfather, Edward Joseph Meara, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Ben’s maternal grandmother, Mary T. Dempsey, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

photo by carrie-nelson /

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant January 6, 2018 at 2:46 pm

anne Meara and jerry stiller are his parents and they were great.

They appeared also on KING OF QUEENS as two people who cannot stand each other haha but married on the last episode

neiltennant January 6, 2018 at 2:41 pm

he has the genes from both

he looks Irish-Jewish

its clear that he does not look neither Irish nor Jewish alone

passingtime85 January 5, 2018 at 7:26 am

Yet he barely looks like his father, except for maybe the ears.

bearboy March 5, 2017 at 7:44 pm

Was William Stiller’s other spouse Helen Stiller (Restler) or Ben Stiller’s paternal step grandmother Jewish as well?

follers March 6, 2017 at 6:23 pm
levangelista36 August 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I’ve always known Ben Stiller was Jewish.

Christian March 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

he looks like his father, the great JERRY STILLER who was in seinfeld and king of queens

but he looks also like ROMAN POLANSKI

his mother anne meara is a red haired irish woman

andrew December 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm


Danielle August 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm

He’s not German?

ethnic August 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Austrian Jewish actually

Bill August 25, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Great comedian. Love his films.

Elvis July 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Anyone have Ben Stiller’s family tree please??

Anonymous June 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm

His father is Austrian-Russian Jewish.

Fred June 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Were Ben’s maternal grandparents born in Ireland or was it his maternal great grandparents?. Anyone any info on this from a non wikipedia source?

ethnic June 9, 2010 at 12:45 am

there might be a wargs page for Ben Stiller.

Fred June 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm

None there.

Tribe March 30, 2010 at 9:09 am



Veronica January 16, 2010 at 11:38 pm

His father is freaking hilarious.

ethnic January 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I think Charlene is the only one taking pills.


Ailsing January 16, 2010 at 8:10 am

What the hell is that suppose to mean?

Charlene January 16, 2010 at 7:11 am

Again with the Irish…. Tellin ya now…. take a different pill…. preferably one with UNITED STATES written on it… ! Weirdo’s

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