Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Actor and comedian Ben Stiller is to receive this year’s American Cinematheque Award, the organization announced Tuesday.
In a press release, Rick Nacita, Chairman of the American CInematheque, said, “The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Ben Stiller as the 26th recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year. Ben Stiller is a comedy icon whose wide-ranging talents include acting, directing, writing and producing. He entertains us in front of the camera with unforgettable performances in groundbreaking comedies such as THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY and franchises like ‘Meet the Parents’ and ‘A Night at the Museum.”
As a director/actor/writer/producer, he gave us the outrageously funny ‘Tropic Thunder’ and we can look forward to ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ next year. His active production company makes movies that span the genres. To sum it up, Ben Stiller is already a renaissance man of comedy and he’s going to be sharing his talents with us for years to come.”
Stiller joins the likes of previous American Cinematheque awardees Robert Downey, Jr., Matt Damon, Samuel L. Jackson and Julia Roberts, to name a few.
The award, formerly known as the Moving Picture Ball, is an annual award “presented to an extraordinary artist currently making a significant contribution to the art of the Moving Picture.”
This year’s awards will be presented during the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California on November 15, 2012.