16 November 2012 8:49 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ben Stiller's friends and colleagues raucously celebrated the actor/comedian's career at the American Cinematheque's yearly benefit ball at the Beverly Hilton Thursday night. Pals who showed up to give sincere or more often, irreverent, in-person tributes were Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jack Black, Patton Oswalt, Laura Dern, Andy Dick, David Cross, Stiller's wife Christine Taylor and "Tropic Thunder" co-writer Justin Theroux (who was responsible for the tribute video that is captured in part below). Scattered among the highlight reels were video tributes from Tom Cruise, Bill Clinton, Judd Apatow, William Shatner, Owen Wilson, Robert Downey Jr. (last year's recipient), Conan O'Brien and Stiller's parents -- legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, as well as his sister Amy Stiller. (For another take on Stiller's status in Hollywood, check out this laudatory New Yorker profile.) Highlights »

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