Airdate | Thursday, August 30, 2012
Hometown | Washington, DC
Why You (Should) Know Him
- “Bueller? Bueller?” (see video below)
- His trademark monotonous, “Wow,” bookended Clear Eyes advertisements throughout the 1990s. (see video below)
- He was host of Win Ben Stein’s Money, a seven-time Emmy-winning quiz show on Comedy Central that aired from 1997-2002.
- The Wall Street Journal, the now-defunct The Los Angeles Herald Examiner, King Features Syndicate, Barrons, Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, E! Online, The American Spectator, The New York Times Sunday Business Section, Yahoo! Personal Finance and Newsmax Media all boasted his byline. Furthermore, he is a commentator for CBS’ Sunday Morning and Fox News.
Why He’s Buzzing | A follow-up to 2004’s How to Ruin Your Financial Life, Stein’s latest text, How to Really Ruin Your Financial Life and Portfolio, will be released in October 2012.
- A graduate of Montgomery Blair High School class of 1962, Stein’s classmate was journalist Carl Bernstein. Actress Goldie Hawn graduated from the same high school in 1963.
- According to his bio, he was a speechwriter and lawyer in 1973 and 1974 for Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. But he did not write the line, “I am not a crook.”
- In 1976, Time magazine speculated that Stein could have been Deep Throat.
- Stein’s Hollywood career launched with his role in 1986’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. His economics lecture was unscripted, as he pulled from his own knowledge and experience.
- His resume includes working as an economist at the Department of Commerce as a poverty lawyer, a trial lawyer in trade regulation at the Federal Trade Commission, a university adjunct at American University, the University of California at Santa Cruz and at Pepperdine University. He has taught about the political and social content of mass culture, political and civil rights under the Constitution, libel law, securities law and ethical issues.
- He is the only actor to appear in The Mask, Son of the Mask and the animated TV series The Mask as Dr. Arthur Neuman, according to his IMDB profile.
- Despite his onscreen persona, Stein received the Freedom of Expression Award at the 2008 Entertainment Merchants Association’s Home Entertainment Awards for being outspoken on his economic and political beliefs.
Selection of written works and projects
1978 On the Brink: A Novel
1979 The View from Sunset Boulevard: America as Brought to You by the People Who Make Television
1988 Hollywood Days, Hollywood Nights: the Diary of a Mad Screenwriter
1992 A License to Steal: the Untold Story of Michael Milken and the Conspiracy to Bilk the Nation
2002 How to Ruin Your Life
2003 How to Ruin Your Love Life
2004 How to Ruin Your Financial Life
2004 Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth and What to Do About It
2005 Yes, You Can Still Retire Comfortably: The Baby-Boom Retirement Crisis and How to Beat It
2008 How to Ruin the United States of America
2012 How to Really Ruin Your Financial Life and Portfolio
1984 The Wild Life
1986 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
1987-1990 Charles in Charge (TV series, four episodes)
1989-1991 The Wonder Years (TV series, 12 episodes)
1992 Honeymoon in Vegas
1993 Dennis the Menace
1993 Full House (TV series, two episodes)
1995 Married with Children (TV series, one episode)
1997 Seinfeld (TV series, one episode)
1998 Breakfast with Einstein
2004-2008 The Fairly OddParents (TV series, voice, seven episodes)
2006-2008 The Emperor’s New School (TV series, voice, eight episodes)
2003-2009 Family Guy (TV series, two episodes)
2013 The Engagement Ring
Ben Stein Video Clips
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
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