Ben Stiller: Mike Marsland/
October 15, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

How Ben Stiller gained power in 2004

AGE 38

Meet Hollywood’s current king of comedy — he’s one funny Focker. Stiller’s neurotic shlub shtick goosed Along Came Polly to $88 million, but his winning instincts were more impressively demonstrated in Fox’s Dodgeball, the summer’s top comedy ($114 million), which he produced and stuck with after DreamWorks rejected it. The Sinatra of a Laugh Pack that includes Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, Stiller should ring-a-ding-ding again at Christmas with Meet the Fockers.

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