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Copy of Ben Stiller Hand and Footprint Ceremony

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Actor Ben Stiller during his hand and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on December, 3, 2013, in Los Angeles.

London - Ben Stiller cemented his hand and footprints into Hollywood history on Tuesday (03.12.13).

'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' star cast his prints outside the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, making him a member of an exclusive club populated by cinematic legends including Marilyn Monroe, Clint Eastwood and Rita Hayworth.

Speaking ahead of casting his prints, he told BANG Showbiz: "I've always loved the history of Hollywood and the history of the movies. It's very, very meaningful to me, and to be in any way a part of it is a dream come true.

"I'm humbled, touched and very proud to know that wherever I go, long after I'm dead, my footprints will be here in Hollywood, being stood on by a fake Shrek posing for tourists for a dollar."

Ben - star of 'Night at the Museum', 'Zoolander' and 'Meet the Parents' as well as director of 'The Cable Guy' and 'Tropic Thunder'- was introduced by his movie star friend, Tom Cruise.

He said: "It's a crowning accomplishment for Ben and I think it's so appropriate today that he is here being honoured at this historical event. I'm very honoured to be here to announce him and give it to him. A Brilliant artist and my dear friend, Ben Stiller."

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The handprints and footprints of actor Ben Stiller are seen in cement outside the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on December 3, 2013. Photo: Phil McCarten

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Ben - who was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife, Christine Taylor, 42, and their children, Ella, 11, and Quin, eight - also thanked agents, managers and casting directors who have helped him over the years, as well as his friends and family.

He joked to his kids: "Hopefully this proves to you that all the years of not being there for school conferences, oboe recitals and birthdays was worth it. Here we are together on Hollywood Boulevard watching me on the ground, putting my hands in wet cement.

"And kids, I really hope you're coming to the luncheon afterwards, it would be fun to catch up." - Bang Showbiz

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