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Ben Stiller named next American Cinematheque honoree

August 07, 2012|By Glenn Whipp
  • Ben Stiller, left, with Johnny Pemberton and Jonah Hill in "The Watch," will be honored by the American Cinematheque.
Ben Stiller, left, with Johnny Pemberton and Jonah Hill in "The Watch,"… (Melinda Sue Gordon/20th…)

Comic actor Ben Stiller will receive the American Cinematheque award at the organization’s annual benefit gala on Nov. 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“Ben Stiller is already a renaissance man of comedy and he’s going to be sharing his talents with us for years to come,” noted Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita, announcing the honor.

Stiller follows past winners such as Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon and George Clooney, continuing the Cinematheque’s desire to honor A-listers still vital in filmmaking.

Stiller, 46, has the alien-invasion comedy  "The Watch"  currently in theaters, and he's busy directing and starring in the comedy-adventure “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” an ambitious adaptation of a James Thurber story set for release next year.

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