Career: Actor-Writer-Producer-Director
Famous Family: Actor-comedian Jerry Stiller (father); actress-comedienne Anne Meara (mother)

After 20 years, Ben Stiller's shtick sometimes gets old. But there's no denying the serious comedic chops he inherited from his actor/comedian parents. And truth be told, Ben never planned to make a living as an actor; he set his sights on the director's chair fairly early on. Certainly he's spent his fair share of time there, first on television with The Ben Stiller Show then on the big screen with Reality Bites, The Cable Guy, Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, and this year's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

He's also worked his magic behind the scenes as a producer with his company, Red Hour Films. But Stiller's legacy will ultimately be the work he's done in front of the camera, particularly as the unofficial leader of the "Frat Pack" with movies like Starsky & Hutch and Dodgeball.