Ben Stein Biography (1944-)

Full name, Benjamin Jeremy Stein; born November 25, 1944, in Washington, DC;son of Herb (an economist, presidential adviser, and writer) and Mildred (a homemaker; maiden name, Fishman) Stein; married Alexandra Denman (an entertainment lawyer), June 22, 1968 (divorced), remarried, 1977; children: Tommy (adopted). Addresses: Contact: c/o Lois Wallace, 177 East 70th St., New York, NY 10021.; Agent: Endeavor, 9701 Wilshire Blvd., 10th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, writer
Birth Details
November 25, 1944
Washington, DC, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Surplus salesman, The Wild Life, Universal, 1984
  • Economics teacher, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Paramount, 1986
  • Wichita airport representative, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Paramount, 1987
  • Dr. Who, Frankenstein General Hospital, 1988
  • Public works official, Ghostbusters II, Columbia, 1989
  • Preacher, Easy Wheels, Fries, 1989
  • (As Benjamin Stein) Nitwit executive, Soapdish, Paramount, 1991
  • Walter, Honeymoon in Vegas, Columbia, 1992
  • Fred Herbert, Me and the Kid, 1993
  • Himself, Dave, Warner Bros., 1993
  • Boss, Dennis the Menace (also known as Dennis), Family Entertainment, 1993
  • Teacher, Richie Rich, 1994
  • (Uncredited) Voice of Eliott, Mr. Write, 1994
  • Stanley Rosenfeld, My Girl 2, Columbia, 1994
  • Curator, North, Columbia, 1994
  • (As Benjamin J. Stein) Dr. Neuman, The Mask, 1994
  • Rabbi, Miami Rhapsody, Buena Vista, 1995
  • (In archive footage) The Speeches of Richard Nixon, 1995
  • Mr. Rugg, Casper, Universal, 1995
  • Ralph Doyle, House Arrest, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1996
  • Grocer, Casper: A Spirited Beginning, Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 1997
  • Clinic video narrator, A Smile Like Yours, Paramount, 1997
  • Voice of desire fulfillment coordinator, Wakko's Wish (animated),Warner Bros. Animation, 1999
  • Doc, Osmosis Jones, Warner Bros., 2001
  • Voice of "Spunky" the Elf, Santa vs. the Snowman 3D (animated), IMAX Corp., 2002
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Mr. Cantwell, The Wonder Years, ABC, 1989-1991
  • Voice of H. A. Futterman, Freakazoid! (animated), 1995
  • Voice of Dr. Arthur Neuman, The Mask (animated), CBS, 1995
  • Voice of Professor Wisenstein, Bruno the Kid, 1996
  • Voice of Dr. Ben Stein, Duckman (animated), USA Network, 1996-1997
  • Host, Win Ben Stein's Money, Comedy Central, 1997-2002
  • Panelist, Match Game, syndicated, 1998
  • Turn Ben Stein On, Comedy Central, 1999
  • Judge, Pet Star, 2002-2003
  • Judge, Star Search, syndicated, 2003-
  • Specials
  • Hollywood's Favorite Heavy: Businessmen on Primetime TV, PBS, 1987
  • Indecision '92: The Democratic National Convention, Comedy Central, 1992
  • Indecision '92: The Republican National Convention, Comedy Central, 1992
  • Kaldembach, The First Gentleman, CBS, 1994
  • Town Hall, Comedy Central, 1997
  • Voice of Spunky the Elf, Santa vs. the Snowman, ABC, 1997
  • Interviewee, Nixon Resignation (documentary), History Channel, 1999
  • Interviewee, Ben Stein's Brain (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Host, Starz! 10th Anniversary, 2001
  • World's Sexiest Athletes, ESPN, 2002
  • The Last Editor (documentary), PBS, 2002
  • Cohost, The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments, NBC, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Stanley Willard, "The Loan Arranger," Charles in Charge, 1987
  • Stanley Willard, "The Pickle Plot," Charles in Charge, 1988
  • Stanley Willard, "Daffy Doc," Charles in Charge, 1990
  • Stanley Willard, "La Cage Aux Fools," Charles in Charge, 1990
  • Major Snead, "Honest Abe," MacGyver, ABC, 1991
  • Loan officer, "My New Partner," Melrose Place, 1993
  • Elliot Warner, "Another Opening, Another No Show," Full House, ABC, 1993
  • Voice of Pip Pumphandle, "Chairman of the Bored," Animaniacs (animated; also known as Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs), 1993
  • Mr. Starnes, "The Great Depression," Hearts Afire, CBS, 1993
  • Mr. Starnes, "Prose and Condoms," Hearts Afire, CBS, 1994
  • Herb, "What Price Episode?," Live Shot, UPN, 1995
  • Hal, "Decisions, Decisons," Live Shot, 1995
  • Andrews, "Doctor of Horror," Tales from the Crypt, 1995
  • Voice of Dr. Ben Stein, "In the Name of the Father," Duckman (animated), USA Network, 1995
  • Pro lawyer, "Whine, Whine, Whine," Lois and Clark: The New Adventuresof Superman, ABC, 1995
  • Rosebud, "The Great Secret of the Universe," Earthworm Jim, 1995
  • Thomas, "Requiem for a Dead Briard," Married ... with Children, 1995
  • Ben, "Time Off for Clever Behavior," The Marshal, ABC, 1995
  • Williams, "How to Marry a Billionaire," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1996
  • Dr. Houston, "The Origin of Peter Puppy," Earthworm Jim, 1996
  • Sam Hinkle, "Citizen Canine," Total Security, ABC, 1997
  • Shellbach, "The Comeback," Seinfeld, NBC, 1997
  • Voice of Trivia, "Pool Party," Hercules (also known as Disney'sHercules), ABC and syndicated, 1998
  • Voice of Ernst Starose Blowfish, "I.H.R.F./Oatz," The Secret Files ofthe Spy Dogs (animated), 1998
  • "The Sad and Lonely Man That Science Has Left Dr. Honeydew," Muppets Tonight!, ABC, 1998
  • Voice of the Bingo caller, "Grandpa's Bad Bug/Lady Luck," Rugrats,Nickelodeon, 1998
  • Dr. Mopp, "I'm Shrinnnking," The Hughleys, ABC, 1998
  • "Adult Education," Shasta McNasty, UPN, 1999
  • "Running with Scissors," Al TV, 1999
  • Late Show with David Letterman, 1999
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Larry King Live, CNN, 2000
  • Juggy university professor, "X-Ray Specs," The Man Show, Comedy Central, 2000
  • "Ben Stein," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Heavenly guide, "Drew's in a Coma," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 2001
  • Voice of ranger Wormy, "Caution: Wormhole!," Lloyd in Space (animated), ABC and The Disney Channel, 2001
  • "Television Hosts," The Weakest Link, NBC, 2001
  • "Osmosis Jones," Ozzy and Drix, 2001
  • "Man, You Don't Know Jack!," Rendez-View, 2001
  • Voice of Giggles the Clown, "Hypno Birthday to You," The Adventures ofJimmy Neurtron: The Boy Genius (animated), Nickelodeon, 2002
  • Teacher, "Joel Larsen's Day Off," Do Over, The WB, 2002
  • The View, ABC, 2002 and 2003
  • Voice of Rabbi, "When You Wish upon a Weinstein," Family Guy, Fox,2003
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live, 2003
  • Also appeared as Dr. Herbert Baxter, Love and War, CBS; voice of Funny Money the clown, The Adventures of Whammy; countdown voice, "YouOnly Scare Twice," Aaaahh! Real Monsters; and CATS, "A.D. 2101: War Was Beginning," Sonic X; guest, The Test, F/X; in Hollywood Unleashed, Animal Planet.
  • Movies
  • Marvin Rotweiler, Mastergate, Showtime, 1992
  • (As Benjamin J. Stein) Dr. Lillianfarb, The Day My Parents Ran Away, Fox, 1993
  • Lawyer, Casper Meets Wendy, 1998
  • Jack, Breakfast with Einstein (also known as Fruehstueck mit Einstein), The Disney Channel, 1998
  • Man in Dr. Strangemeister's head, Men in White (also known as National Lampoon's Men in White), Fox Family, 1998
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Series
  • Turn Ben Stein On, Comedy Central, 1999
  • Television Work
  • Cocreator of the series Fernwood Tonight.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Video Games
  • Voice of Sam Schmaltz, Toonstruck, 1996
  • WRITINGS
  • Novels
  • As Benjamin J. Stein
  • (With father, Herbert Stein) On the Brink, 1977
  • The Croesus Conspiracy, Simon and Schuster, 1978
  • Her Only Sin: A Novel of Hollywood, St. Martin's Press, 1985
  • Books
  • Nonfiction
  • (As Benjamin J. Stein) Fernwood U.S.A.: An Illustrated Guide from theFolks Who Brought You Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, 1977
  • (As Benjamin J. Stein) Dreemz, Harper, 1978
  • The View from Sunset Boulevard: America as Brought to You by the People Who Make Television, Basic Books, 1979
  • (With Herbert Stein) Moneypower: How to Make Inflation Make You Rich, 1980
  • Bunkhouse Logic: How to Bet on Yourself and Win, Avon, 1981
  • 'Ludes: A Ballad of the Drug and the Dream, 1982
  • (As Benjamin J. Stein) The Manhattan Gambit, Doubleday, 1983
  • (As Benjamin J. Stein) Financial Passages, Doubleday, 1985
  • (As Benjamin J. Stein) Hollywood Days, Hollywood Nights: The Diary ofa Mad Screenwriter, Bantam, 1988
  • Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, St. Martin's Press, 1991
  • (As Benjamin J. Stein) A License to Steal: The Untold Story of MichaelMilken and the Conspiracy to Bilk the Nation, Simon and Schuster, 1992
  • Tommy and Me: The Making of a Dad, Free Press, 1998
  • How to Ruin Your Love Life, Hay House, 2003
  • (With Phil DeMuth) Yes, You Can Time the Market!, John Wiley &Sons, 2003
  • How to Ruin Your Financial Life, Hay House, 2004
  • Also works as television scriptwriter. Author of "Ben Stein's Diary," a regular column in American Spectator, beginning in 1980; syndicated columnist, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, beginning in 1978; columnist forE! Online, Los Angeles, and New York. Contributor to magazines,including Barron's; contributing editor, GQ, beginning in 1984.
  • Television Series
  • (From story) The Marshal, 1995
  • Television Music
  • Series
  • (Theme) Turn Ben Stein On, Comedy Central, 1999

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • The film The Boost, released in 1988, was based on the novel 'Ludes. The television movie Murder in Mississippi, broadcastby NBC in 1990, was based on a story by Stein.
OTHER SOURCES
    Books
    • Newsmakers, Issue 1, Gale Group, 2001
    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, June 19, 1998, p. 56; July 16, 1999, p. 18
    • Fortune, October 27, 2003, p. 206
    • People Weekly, September 29, 1997, p. 85
    • Time, December 6, 1999, p. 114
    Electronic
    • Ben Stein Official Site, http://www.benstein.com, February 1, 2004

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