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Ben Stiller to Receive American Cinematheque Award

Ben Stiller will be honored for a career that includes hits like "Meet the Parents" and "Tropic Thunder"

Ben Stiller better brush off the tux, because the American Cinematheque said Tuesday that he will receive the organization's award for career achievement.

Stiller has been one of the most bankable comic stars in movies over the past decade, racking up hits like "Meet the Parents" and "The Night of the Museum," while scoring with edgier fare like the profane and hysterical "Tropic Thunder." He has also shown a willingness to expand his range, starring in low-budget indies like Noah Baumbach's "Greenberg."

Stiller stars opposite Kristen Wiig and Sean Penn in next year's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

In receiving the American Cinematheque honor, Stiller joins a list of prior honorees that includes such A-listers as Sean Connery, Steven Spielberg,  Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and last year's recipient, Robert Downey Jr.

 "Ben Stiller is a comedy icon whose wide-ranging talents include acting, directing, writing and producing," Rick Nicita, American Cinematheque chairman, said in a statement. "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.'"

The presentation, which will take place Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, will include tributes from some of Stiller's colleagues and friends. Funds raised as part of the benefit will support the American Cinematheque's film programming at non-profit theaters like the Aero and the Egyptian.