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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 25 November 1944Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Birth NameBenjamin Jeremy Stein
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ben Stein (Benjamin J. Stein) was born on Nov. 25, 1944 in Washington, D.C. The son of noted economist and writer Herbert Stein, he grew up in Silver Spring, Md., and attended Montgomery Blair High School. Some of his classmates included journalist Carl Bernstein, and actors Goldie Hawn and Sylvester Stallone. He graduated from Columbia University in 1966 with honors in economics and as valedictorian of the 1970 Yale Law School class. He has worked as a poverty lawyer, a trial lawyer, a university adjunct (American University, University of California at Santa Cruz and Pepperdine University), a speech writer for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Herald Examiner, King Features Syndicate, Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, E! Online and The American Spectator. He also writes frequently for The Washington Post. Stein has written and published 16 books (seven novels, nine nonfiction books), the most recent of which is about life with his 12-year-old son, Tommy. He has been a longtime screenwriter and was one of the creators of the TV series Fernwood Tonight (1977). He has acted and made guest appearances in numerous movies and TV series, appears in many TV commercials and is the host of two Comedy Central TV series, Win Ben Stein's Money (1997) (October, 1997-2002) and Turn Ben Stein On (1999). He is married to entertainment-industry attorney Alexandra Denman, son Tom Stein,

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ronnie Gill<gill@newsday.com

Spouse (2)

Alexandra Denman (1977 - present) (1 child)
Alexandra Denman (23 June 1968 - 1974) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Monotone and gravelly voice
Deadpan face

Trivia (28)

2000: Appeared at the Republican National Convention honoring George W. Bush in a spoof of his game show, Win Ben Stein's Money (1997).
Mugged by two gunmen in his own garage. [January 2000]
He was a childhood friend of Carl Bernstein, who, as a reporter for the Washington Post, helped bring about the downfall of President Richard Nixon, for whom Stein was a speechwriter.
Wrote an article in a woman's magazine (Cosmo?) about his life as a nerd, and the advantages in dating nerds.
His father, economist Herbert Stein, was Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors in the Richard Nixon administration.
Has a son, Tom Stein (b. 1987).
Was extremely fond of his dog, Puppy Wuppy. Puppy Wuppy appeared on every episode of Turn Ben Stein On (1999), as he was allowed to simply run around on the set during the taping. Puppy Wuppy was killed when he was hit by a car, and parts of the episodes of Turn Ben Stein On (1999) and Win Ben Stein's Money (1997) taped after his death were devoted to him.
Best known in the 1980s for his bit role as the repetitive teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).
Currently the spokesperson for Clear Eyes eye drops
The only actor to appear in The Mask (1994), Son of the Mask (2005), plus the animated TV-series The Mask (1995), reprising his role of Dr. Arthur Neuman.
Is a freelance/part-time Professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
Twenty years after his Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) part as the economics teacher, Stein made a 2006 commercial with the old 1986 footage from the movie. He used make-up to stay accurate, while adding new comedic material.
Member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, Columbia University, 1966.
Has been stripped of his Sunday New York Times business column because of his work as a pitchman for FreeScore.com, a credit monitoring company [August 8, 2009].
Appeared, with Shaquille O'Neal and Giuliana Rancic (as Giuliana Rancic), of a commercial for the "Comcast Hollywood Triple Play". [2009]
Release of his book, "Yes, You Can Be a Successful Income Investor!: Reaching for Yield in Today's Market" by Ben with Phil DeMuth. [2005]
Release of his book, "Yes, You Can Time the Market!" by Ben with Phil DeMuth. [2003]
Release of his book, "The Book of Bulletproof Investing" by Ben with Phil DeMuth. [2010]
Co-host, with Shaquille O'Neal, of an infomercial for "Comcast's Digital Internet". [2009]
Release of his book, "How to Ruin Your Life". [2002]
Appeared in a commercial for "Clear Eyes Complete". [2010]
Release of his book, "How to Ruin the U.S.A.". [2008]
Release of his book, "A License to Steal: The Untold Story of Michael Milken and the Conspiracy to Bilk the Nation". [1992]
Release of his book, "Hollywood Days, Hollywood Nights: The Diary of a Mad Screenwriter". [1988]
Release of his book, "Tommy & Me: The Making of a Dad". [1998]
Since 2004, has been writing a semi-monthly "Everybody's Business" column in the Sunday New York Times. [July 2007]
Release of his book, "Yes, You Can Still Retire Comfortably!: The Baby-Boom Retirement Crisis and How to Beat It" by Ben with Phil DeMuth. [2005]

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Jimmy Kimmel] I was privileged to tell Michael Eisner some ten years ago that Jimmy was their only choice when they were looking for a late-night host who would get the young. He has not disappointed. He can interview a major star and cut the star down to human size with the deftness of a brain surgeon. He is the stand-up guy that young male viewers want as their pal late at night. He projects it because he is it.

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