Ben Stein

TV host, Actor, Speechwriter
There were very few actors, if any, who made audiences laugh the way Ben Stein did. With his distinctive monotone voice and expressionless face, Stein turned his cameo as a high school teacher in "Ferris Bueller's Day ... Read more »
Born: 11/25/1944 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Actor (61)

All The President's Men Revisited 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 - 2004, 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

America's Most Smartest Model 2002 - 2003, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Blackjack 2002 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed 2008 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

Full House 1993 - 1995, 2002 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hearts Afire 1993 - 1995, 2002 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1991 - 1995, 1998 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love & War 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Melrose Place 1991 - 1995, 1998 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Search 2002 - 2003, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Test the Nation 2002 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hughleys 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fired! 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Son of the Mask 2005 (Movie)

Dr. Neuman (Actor)

The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Unleashed 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Win Ben Stein's Money 1997 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

World's Sexiest Athletes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ben Stein's Brain 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Osmosis Jones 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Turn Ben Stein On 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Shasta Mcnasty 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Nixon Resignation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mask 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Santa vs. the Snowman 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Total Security 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Town Hall 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Smile Like Yours 1997 (Movie)

Clinic Video Narrator (Actor)

Casper: A Spirited Beginning 1997 (Movie)

cameo appearance (Actor)

Duckman 1993 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Seinfeld 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

House Arrest 1996 (Movie)

Ralph Doyle (Actor)

Live Shot 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Casper 1995 (Movie)

Rugg (Actor)

Doctor of Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Miami Rhapsody 1995 (Movie)

Rabbi (Actor)

My Girl 2 1994 (Movie)

Stanley Rosenfeld (Actor)

North 1994 (Movie)

Curator (Actor)

Dave 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dennis the Menace 1993 (Movie)

Boss (Actor)

Mastergate 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Honeymoon in Vegas 1992 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

Soapdish 1991 (Movie)

Nitwit (Actor)

Easy Wheels 1989 (Movie)

Preacher (Actor)

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

Public Works Official (Actor)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 (Movie)

Wichita Airport Rep (Actor)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 (Movie)

Economics Teacher (Actor)

The Wild Life 1984 (Movie)

Surplus Salesman (Actor)

The Day My Parents Ran Away (TV Show)

Actor

The First Gentleman (TV Show)

Actor

Totally Awesome (TV Show)

Narrator
Writer (3)

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Boost 1988 (Movie)

("Ludes") (Book as Source Material)

Murder in Mississippi (TV Show)

Source Material (from article)
Other (1)

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Consultant)

Biography

There were very few actors, if any, who made audiences laugh the way Ben Stein did. With his distinctive monotone voice and expressionless face, Stein turned his cameo as a high school teacher in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986) into one of the most memorable characters in movie history. While his role in the film was minor, Stein's bland yet resonating delivery of the line "Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?" took the former economist and presidential speechwriter's career to new heights. He spent a substantial part of his acting career in feature films and on television before taking the game show world by storm with "Win Ben Stein's Money" (Comedy Central, 1997-2002), where contestants attempted to outsmart Stein for a cash prize. Combining his wit, dry sense of humor, and a deadpan charm that was uniquely his own, Stein maintained a successful and long-running career that crossed over various media platforms.

Relationships

Alexandra Denman

Wife
born c. 1947 married in 1968 divorced in 1974 remarried in 1977 although reportedly separated

Herbert Stein

Father
died on September 8, 1999 chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under Presidents Nixon and Ford

Mildred Stein

Mother
died in April 1997 at age 81

Tommy Stein

Son
born c. 1987 adopted by Stein and his wife Alexandra Denman subject of Stein's book

Rachel Stein

Sister
older

EDUCATION

Montgomery Blair High School

Silver Spring , Maryland

School of Law, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1970
was valedictorian of his class

Columbia University

New York , New York 1966
graduated with honors

Milestones

1999

Hosted the interview series "Turn Ben Stein On"

1999

Appeared on UPN's "Shasta McNasty" as himself in an episode taking place on "Win Ben Stein's Money"

1998

Had a guest stint on "The Hughleys" playing a therapist

1997

Hosted the Comedy Central game show "Win Ben Stein's Money"

1997

Had a cameo in the sequel "Casper: A Spirited Beginning" and did voiceovers for the feature "A Smile Like Yours"

1996

Acted in the comedy "House Arrest"

1995

Was featured in "Miami Rhapsody" (as a rabbi) and "Casper"

1995

Appeared on the series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (ABC) and "Live Shot" (UPN)

1995

One of his stories was adapted into an episode of the ABC series "The Marshal"

1994

Appeared in "My Girl 2" and "North"

1994

Guest starred on episodes of "Love & War" (CBS)

1993

Acted in the children's feature "Dennis the Menace"

1993

Appeared on episodes of "Melrose Place" (Fox) and "Full House" (ABC)

1993

Played himself in a cameo in the White House-set comedy "Dave"

1992

Appeared in "Honeymoon in Vegas"

1992

Covered the Democratic and Republican National Conventions for Comedy Central's "Indecision '92"

1991

Had a cameo in the comedy feature "Soapdish"

1991

Guest starred on ABC's adventure drama "MacGyver"

1989

Appeared in the features "Ghostbusters II" and "Easy Wheels"

1989

Wrote a bi-weekly diary for AMERICAN SPECTATOR

1988

"The Boost", a drug-themed drama based on his novel "Ludes", was released

1987

Reteamed with Hughes, acting in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles"

1987

Contributed to the PBS documentary "Hollywood's Favorite Heavy: Businessmen on Primetime TV"

1986

Had a memorable cameo as the monotone economics teacher in John Hughes' "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", making his face and voice recognizable to many moviegoers

1984

Appeared in the film "The Wild Life" as a salesman

1973

Worked as a lawyer and speechwriter for US Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford

Wrote syndicated column for King Features Syndicate

Following graduation from Yale Law School, worked as a poverty lawyer in New Haven, Connecticut

Played a school principal in a two-episode recurring role on the comedy series "Hearts Afire" (CBS)

Played recurring role on the syndicated sitcom "Charles in Charge"

Raised in Maryland

Wrote column on Hollywood for E! Online

Worked as an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission investigating claims of fraud in advertising

Provided voice of recurring character Dr. Ben on the anminated series "Duckman"

Had a recurring role on "The Wonder Years" (ABC) as science teacher Mr. Cantwell

Bonus Trivia

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He has an official web site at http://www.benstein.com/

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