- Date of Birth:
- November 25, 1944
- 5' 11"
- Montgomery County
Ben Stein (born Benjamin Jeremy Stein on November 25, 1944 in Washington, D.C.) is an American writer, lawyer, actor and commentator. Ben graduated Montgomery Blair High School in 1962 and enrolled at Columbia University. He graduated from Honors and attended Yale Law School. After getting his law degree, Ben worked as a poverty lawyer before becoming a trial lawyer for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington D.C. He was a speechwriter and lawyer for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He became a Hollywood consultant before his short stint in acting. He was best known for his appearance in 1986’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. He played similarly bland and unemotional characters in television shows and movies like The Mask, Casper, Full House, MacGyver, Richie Rich and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. In 1997, he was given a game show, Win Ben Stein’s Money, which costarred Jimmy Kimmel. The program would win five Daytime Emmys before its end in 2003. Ben was also known as the spokesperson for Clear Eyes eye drops. Since the 2000s, Ben has been a political commentator, appearing on programs like Cavuto on Business and Your World with Neil Cavuto. He continues to write columns and articles.
Best Known For:
Ben Stein is best known as a political commentator, a television personality and an actor in movies like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Ben married entertainment layer Alexandra Denman in 1968. They divorced in 1974, but reunited and remarried in 1977. They adopted their son, Tommy, in 1987. Ben is a dedicated Republican. He has denounced the scientific theory of evolution and opposes the legalization of abortion. He has criticized Barack Obama for being a “racist” and for not taking international terrorism seriously.