Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Ben Stiller Tells Howard Stern He Was Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer 2 Years Ago


Here’s a surprise: Ben Stiller told Howard Stern this morning on his Sirius radio show that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago.

Stiller said it was “immediately aggressive” and had surgery to remove his prostate. He was 48 when this happened. “It came out of the blue for me. I had no idea.”

This would have been right in the midst of Stiller’s mother, Anna Meara, in her decline. She died on May 23, 2015. Stiller’s dad, Jerry Stiller, is more or less retired and living in the family’s New York apartment. He’s 88 years old.

Somehow during this time Stiller was able to act in and direct films like “Zoolander 2.” Good for him. Sending best wishes. Ben told Howard he hoped his openness would encourage more awareness of the disease.


Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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