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Benjamin Jeremy Stein
November 25, 1944
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Education||Columbia University (BA)|
Yale University (JD)
|Occupation||Writer, actor, lawyer|
|Years active||1970–present (writer and lawyer)|
|Television||Win Ben Stein's Money|
|Spouse(s)||Alexandra Denman (1968–1974; 1977–present)|
Mildred (née Fishman) Stein
Benjamin Jeremy Stein (born November 25, 1944) is an American writer, lawyer, actor, comedian, and commentator on political and economic issues. He began his career as a speechwriter for U.S. presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford before entering the entertainment field as an actor, comedian, and game show host. He is best known on screen as the economics teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, as the host of Win Ben Stein's Money, and as Dr. Arthur Neuman in The Mask and Son of the Mask. Stein co-wrote and starred in the 2008 propaganda film Expelled, which portrays the pseudoscience of intelligent design creationism as if it were a scientifically valid alternative to Darwinian evolution and alleges a scientific conspiracy against those promoting intelligent design in laboratories and classrooms. Stein is the son of economist and writer Herbert Stein, who worked at the White House under President Nixon. As a character actor he is well known for his droning, monotonous delivery. In comedy, he is known for his deadpan delivery. Stein has made many provocative and polemic comments over the years, such as claiming that President Barack Obama was "the most racist president there has ever been in America".
Stein was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Mildred (née Fishman), a homemaker, and Herbert Stein, a writer, economist, and presidential adviser. He is Jewish and grew up in the Woodside Forest neighborhood of Silver Spring, Maryland. Stein graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in 1962 along with classmate journalist Carl Bernstein (class of 1960); actress Goldie Hawn (class of 1963) was one year behind. Actor Sylvester Stallone was a schoolmate at Montgomery Hills Junior High School. He went on to major in economics at Columbia University's Columbia College, where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and the Philolexian Society. After graduating with honors from Columbia in 1966, Stein went to Yale Law School, graduating as valedictorian in June 1970.
Legal and academic career
Stein's first teaching stint was as an adjunct professor, teaching about the political and social content of mass culture at American University in Washington, D.C. He subsequently taught classes at the University of California, Santa Cruz on political and civil rights under the United States Constitution. At Pepperdine University Stein taught libel law and United States securities law and its ethical aspects. He was a professor of law at Pepperdine University Law School from about 1990 to 1997.
Stein writes a regular column in the conservative media outlets The American Spectator and Newsmax. He has also written for numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Penthouse, Los Angeles Magazine, and Barron's Magazine. He wrote a regular biweekly column for Yahoo! Finance online, with his last article dated August 7, 2009. His bestselling books (with investment advisor Phil DeMuth) include Yes, You Can Retire Comfortably; Can America Survive?; and Yes, You Can Time the Market. In 2009, he published a collection of essays, The Real Stars.
Stein was fired from his position as a Sunday Business columnist at The New York Times in August 2009 owing to a policy prohibiting writers from making product endorsements or advertising. Stein had recently become an advertising spokesman for credit information company Freescore.com and, according to a Times statement, had assumed there would be no conflict provided that he did not discuss credit scoring in general or FreeScore.com itself in his column. However, the publication felt that it would be inappropriate for him to write for them while he was involved in advertising and terminated his contract. Writing in The Spectator, Stein states his belief that the real reasons for his firing were budget cuts at the Times, his criticism of Obama, and pressure from those critical of Expelled, who "bamboozled some of the high pooh-bahs at the Times into thinking there was a conflict of interest".
Stein began his political career as a speechwriter and lawyer for President Richard Nixon, and later for President Gerald Ford. On May 3, 1976, Time magazine speculated on the possibility of Stein having actually been Deep Throat. Stein responded over the years not only by denying he was Deep Throat but by going further and accusing journalist Bob Woodward of falsifying the famous secret source. In the May 14–21, 1998, edition of the Philadelphia City Paper, Stein is quoted as saying, "Oh, I don't think there was a Deep Throat. That was a fake. I think there were several different sources and some they just made up." After Mark Felt's identity as Deep Throat was revealed, Stein stated that Nixon would have prevented the rise to power of the Khmer Rouge if he had not been forced to resign. For his actions leading to that resignation, Stein said:
If there is such a thing as karma, if there is such a thing as justice in this life or the next, Mark Felt has bought himself the worst future of any man on this earth. And Bob Woodward is right behind him, with Ben Bradlee bringing up the rear. Out of their smug arrogance and contempt, they hatched the worst nightmare imaginable: genocide.
In 2005, Stein said in the American Spectator:
Can anyone even remember now what Nixon did that was so terrible? He ended the war in Vietnam, brought home the POWs, ended the war in the Mideast, opened relations with China, started the first nuclear weapons reduction treaty, saved Eretz Israel's life, started the Environmental Protection Agency. Does anyone remember what he did that was bad?
Oh, now I remember. He lied. He was a politician who lied. How remarkable. He lied to protect his subordinates who were covering up a ridiculous burglary that no one to this date has any clue about its purpose. He lied so he could stay in office and keep his agenda of peace going. That was his crime. He was a peacemaker and he wanted to make a world where there was a generation of peace. And he succeeded.
That is his legacy. He was a peacemaker. He was a lying, conniving, covering up peacemaker. He was not a lying, conniving drug addict like JFK, a lying, conniving war starter like LBJ, a lying, conniving seducer like Clinton—a lying, conniving peacemaker.
Career in the media
Stein acted as the monotonous economics teacher in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In one scene, he lectures on the Smoot-Hawley Tariff of 1930 and the then-current debate over supply-side economics.
Stein played similarly bland and unemotional characters. He had a recurring role in the TV series The Wonder Years (as science teacher Mr. Cantwell, who would narrate 16mm films in monotone) and played himself in Dave.
He appeared in several television advertisements, such as for Clear Eyes eye drops throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Godfather's Pizza in 1987, a bland science teacher in 1990 for Sprinkled Chips Ahoy! cookies, and in 2013 for small business accounting service firm 1-800Accountant.
From 1997 to 2003, Stein hosted the Comedy Central game show Win Ben Stein's Money along with co-host Jimmy Kimmel (replaced by Nancy Pimental and later by Sal Iacono). True to its name, the money that contestants won on the show was subtracted from the $5,000 pay that Stein earned per episode (in addition to his salary). The show won five Daytime Emmy Awards before ending its run in 2003.
In 1999, Stein also hosted the Comedy Central talk show Turn Ben Stein On. One of the mainstays of the show was Stein's dog, Puppy Wuppy, who had free run of the set. In 2001, Stein appeared on a celebrity episode of The Weakest Link entitled "TV Hosts Edition" alongside other television hosts and was voted off in round 6 despite being that round's Strongest Link. Anne Robinson's quip was that while he "might win Ben's money; you're NOT taking ours!".
Other movies and television shows in which Stein has appeared include Charles in Charge; Seinfeld; Full House; Casper; Casper: A Spirited Beginning; Casper Meets Wendy; The Mask and its sequel, Son of the Mask as well as the television show, The Mask: Animated Series; Earthworm Jim; Star Search; MacGyver; Tales from the Crypt; Richie Rich; Game Show Moments Gone Bananas; Cavuto on Business; The O'Reilly Factor; CBS News Sunday Morning; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Family Guy;the 1998-2004 version of Hollywood Squares; the Michael Berger-hosted version of Match Game; The Fairly OddParents; Duckman; Married... with Children; The Emperor's New School; My Girl 2; Ghostbusters II; and the intelligent design documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.
In addition, Stein's voice roles include The Pixies, magical creatures on the animated series The Fairly OddParents; Mr. Purutu on the animated series The Emperor's New School; Professor Wisenstein in Bruno the Kid; the birthday party clown, Mr. Giggles, on The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius; a bingo caller on Rugrats; and Pip on Animaniacs. Futterman in Freakazoid. Stein also voiced a psychiatrist, again named after himself, in the USA TV series Duckman; he once appeared in the sitcom Married... with Children as a receptionist in the animal afterlife. He also made a cameo appearance in the comic book Young Justice, as Ali Ben Styn. Another cameo appearance was as Rabbi Goldberg in the Family Guy episodes "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" and "Family Goy". Stein also voiced the character Sam Schmaltz in the 1996 computer adventure game Toonstruck.
In addition, Stein has written for the television industry, including outlines for the TV movie Murder in Mississippi and for the lengthy ABC miniseries Amerika. He has also contributed to the creation of the talk show parody series Fernwood 2 Night.
On May 14, 2006, during an appearance on the Fox News program Your World with Neil Cavuto, Stein called for a tax increase of 3.5% for wealthy Americans, to be earmarked for soldiers and military initiatives. Stein wrote an editorial for The New York Times critical of those who would rather make money in the world of finance than fight terrorism.
On December 28, 2009, Stein appeared on CNN's Larry King Live with Ron Paul to discuss the attempted bombing of an American plane on Christmas Day 2009. Stein said that Paul's stance that the United States were "occupiers" in Iraq and Afghanistan "is the same anti-Semitic argument we've heard over and over again."[better source needed] The comment started a shouting match between the two men. Stein issued an apology on December 30, 2009.
Commentary in the lead-up to and during the Great Recession
In the period preceding the late-2000s recession, Stein made frequent and vehement claims that the economy was not in recession, and that the issues in the housing market would not affect the broader economy. On March 18, 2007, in a column for the online version of CBS News Sunday Morning, Stein proclaimed at the beginning of the subprime mortgage crisis that the foreclosure problem would "blow over and the people who buy now, in due time, will be glad they did," the economy was "still very strong," and the "smart money" was "now trying to buy—not sell—as much distressed merchandise" in mortgages as possible.
In an August 12, 2007 column in The New York Times, titled "Chicken Little's Brethren, on the Trading Floor", Stein, while acknowledging "I don't know where the bottom is on subprime. I don't know how bad the problems are at Bear (Bear Stearns)" claimed that "subprime losses are wildly out of all proportion to the likely damage to the economy from the subprime problems," and "(t)his economy is extremely strong. Profits are superb. The world economy is exploding with growth. To be sure, terrible problems lurk in the future: a slow-motion dollar crisis, huge Medicare deficits and energy shortages. But for now, the sell-off seems extreme, not to say nutty. Some smart, brave people will make a fortune buying in these days, and then we'll all wonder what the scare was about."
On August 18, 2007, on Fox News Channel's Cavuto on Business, Stein appeared with other financial experts dismissing worries of a coming credit crunch. Thirteen months later, in the Global Financial Crisis of September 2008, global stock markets crashed, Lehman Brothers went bankrupt, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taken over by the US government, AIG was bailed out by the Federal Reserve, Merrill Lynch was sold to Bank of America Corporation, and Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs confirmed that they would become traditional bank holding companies.
In a Yahoo! Finance article written on October 17, 2008, Stein explained that his understanding of debt obligations based on real estate loans was less than the "staggeringly large" amount of obligations that were created through trading in derivatives of those, and so why it wasn't as similar to collapse of junk bond empire in early 1990s as he thought it would be: "Where I missed the boat was not realizing how large were the CDS [credit default swaps] based on the junk mortgage bonds."
Business commentator Henry Blodget wrote a piece for Business Insider in January 2008 entitled "Ben Stein is an Idiot", stating that Stein's criticism of those with bearish views and positions on the market was either "delusional" or a deliberate and "shrewd" attempt to create false controversy and drive up web traffic.
Stein is married to entertainment lawyer Alexandra Denman. They were married in 1968, but later divorced in 1974. Eventually, they reconciled, and in 1977, they were married again. They have one son, Tom, born in 1987. Stein lives with Denman in Beverly Hills and Malibu, California. He also has a summer home in Sandpoint, Idaho, and an apartment in the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., which he inherited from his parents. In 2014, performance artist Tanya Ma claimed that a financial arrangement between her and Stein had turned inappropriate. Stein said of the incident that he only expected "hugging and kissing" and that he often gets "mad crushes" on women that "last about ten minutes."
Political views and advocacy
Larry Craig scandal
In 2007, Stein chastised the police and the GOP leadership for their response to the Larry Craig scandal. Stein said that Craig's sexuality should not be an issue: "A party that believes in individual rights should be rallying to his defense, not making him walk the plank."
Stein has criticized the United States Internal Revenue Code for being too lenient on the wealthy. He has repeated the observation made by Warren Buffett, one of the richest individuals in the world (who pays mostly capital gains tax), that Buffett pays a lower overall tax rate than his secretaries (who pay income taxes and payroll taxes). Stein has advocated increasing taxation on the wealthy. Stein objected to Obama's proposal in 2010 not to extend tax cuts for the highest earning taxpayers in the midst of the recession, saying that
There is no known economic theory under which raising my taxes in the midst of a severe recession will help the economy recover. It isn't part of any well known monetarist or Keynesian theory. So if it does no good to raise our taxes, I assume we are being punished. But for what? I don't own slaves. I employ a lot of people full- and part-time and they are all happy with their pay. When charity calls, I almost always write out a check...Maybe when the economy recovers, raising my taxes makes sense, but for now, it's just punishment.
In 2012, Stein stated that due to the tremendous amount of national debt, he agreed with Obama's proposal to increase taxes on the wealthy and that ultimately everyone's taxes should be raised to avoid defaulting on the debt.
When the head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was arrested for sexual assault and attempted rape in 2011, Stein published an editorial in The American Spectator in which he closely scrutinized Strauss-Kahn's accuser and cited Strauss-Kahn's education, wealth, and position as reasons to believe he was unlikely to have committed the crime.
In life, events tend to follow patterns. People who commit crimes tend to be criminals, for example. Can anyone tell me any economists who have been convicted of violent sex crimes?
Stein's editorial was criticized by a number of media outlets. Jon Stewart dedicated an entire segment on The Daily Show to his response. All charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn were formally dismissed by a judge on 23 August 2011.
In response to the death of Michael Brown, Stein made the following comment:
The idea of calling this poor young man unarmed when he was 6'4", 300 pounds, full of muscles, apparently, according to what I read in The New York Times, on marijuana. To call him unarmed is like calling Sonny Liston unarmed or Cassius Clay unarmed. He wasn't unarmed. He was armed with his incredibly strong, scary self.
Stein has denounced the scientific theory of evolution, which he and other intelligent design advocates call "Darwinism", declaring it to be "a painful, bloody chapter in the history of ideologies", "the most compelling argument yet for Imperialism", and the inspiration for the Holocaust. Stein does not say belief in evolution alone leads to genocide, but that scientific materialism is a necessary component. He co-wrote and stars in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, a film that aims to persuade viewers that evolution was instrumental to the rise of the eugenics movement, Nazi Germany, and the Holocaust, and portrays advocates of intelligent design as victims of intellectual discrimination by the scientific community, which has rejected intelligent design as creationist pseudoscience. In the trailer for the film, Stein said that his aim was to expose "people out there who want to keep science in a little box where it can’t possibly touch God."
Many critics point out that Stein selectively used and edited quotes by Charles Darwin to make his case in Expelled, also noting that scenes shot at Pepperdine University, in which Stein gives a speech to an auditorium full of students, in fact used a large number of extras, hired to respond favorably to Stein's speech, to fill the room. The media response to the film has been largely unfavorable. It received an 11% meta-score from Rotten Tomatoes. Multiple reviews, including those of USA Today and Scientific American, have described the film as propaganda.
In a Trinity Broadcasting Network interview with Paul Crouch, Jr. regarding the movie, Stein claimed that "[religion] leads you to a very glorious place, and science leads you to killing people.""
The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement condemning the film's misuse of the Holocaust and its imagery, "Using the Holocaust in order to tarnish those who promote the theory of evolution is outrageous and trivializes the complex factors that led to the mass extermination of European Jewry".
At the University of Vermont, Stein was invited to receive an honorary degree and be the commencement speaker for the graduating class of 2009. University President Dan Fogel received complaints about Stein's planned appearance, due to Stein's views on evolution. Stein declined his commencement invitation.
At the private, Christian Liberty University 2009 graduation, Stein was awarded an honorary degree and, according to the university, "spoke extensively about his work on Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed".
Stein is a staunch supporter of Israel. On Larry King Live in 2009, in a heated exchange with then-Congressman Ron Paul, he referred to Paul as anti-semitic for referring to the U.S. as "occupiers" in the Arabian peninsula.
Stein endorsed John McCain for president in 2008, calling him "an impressive guy". That year, he also stated that he would vote for Ralph Nader. In January 2012, Stein appeared in political advertisements sponsored by Associated Industries of Florida supporting legislation that would create three resort casinos in South Florida. He claimed in late 2014 that President Barack Obama was the most racist president in American history, saying Obama "made everything about race".
In 2016, Stein reprised the famous attendance scene from Ferris Bueller in a campaign ad for Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. In it, Stein intoned the last name of Grassley's opponent (Patty Judge) to silence, while facts about her missed votes and absences from state board meetings were listed. Stein then calls out "Grassley," which gets a response; Stein mutters, "He's always here."
Stein initially supported Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but retracted his support in October 2016, writing, "But it's time for Donald Trump to go back to Trump Tower. Time for Mike Pence to move to the top of the ticket." However, Stein went on to vote for Trump.
Stein's book titles to date (7 fiction, 21 nonfiction) include:
|On the Brink: A Novel (coauthor: Herbert Stein)||Ballantine Books||0-345-27650-7|
|1978||Dreemz (hardcover: California Dreemz)||Ballantine Books||0-345-28156-X|
|1979||The View from Sunset Boulevard: America as Brought to You By the People Who Make Television||Basic Books||0-465-09032-X|
|1981||Moneypower: How to Make Inflation Make You Rich (coauthor: Herbert Stein)||Avon||0-380-54809-7|
|1982||'Ludes||St. Martin's Press||0-312-50012-2|
|1986||Her Only Sin||St. Martin's Press||0-312-90636-6|
|1988||Hollywood Days, Hollywood Nights: The Diary of a Mad Screenwriter||Bantam Books||0-553-34520-6|
|1992||A License to Steal: the Untold Story of Michael Milken and the Conspiracy to Bilk the Nation||Simon & Schuster||0-671-74272-8|
|2002||How to Ruin Your Life||Hay House||1-56170-974-3|
|2003||How to Ruin Your Love Life||Hay House||1-4019-0240-5|
|2004||How to Ruin Your Financial Life||Hay House||1-4019-0241-3|
|Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It||New Beginnings Press||1-4019-0333-9|
|2005||Yes, You Can Be a Successful Income Investor: Reaching for Yield in Today's Market||New Beginnings Press||1-4019-0319-3|
|Yes, You Can Still Retire Comfortably: The Baby-Boom Retirement Crisis and how to Beat It||New Beginnings Press||1-4019-0318-5|
|2006||How Successful People Win: Using "Bunkhouse Logic" to Get What You Want in Life||Hay House||1-56170-975-1|
|2007||The Real Stars: In Today's America, Who Are the True Heroes?||New Beginnings Press||1-40191-144-7|
|2008||How to Ruin the United States of America||New Beginnings Press||1-40191-869-7|
|2012||How to Really Ruin Your Financial Life and Portfolio||Wiley||1-11833-873-1|
Filmography and television appearances
|1977||Fernwood 2 Night||No||No||creative consultant|
|1984||The Wild Life||Yes||No||surplus salesman|
|1986||Ferris Bueller's Day Off||Yes||No||economics teacher|
|1987||Planes, Trains & Automobiles||Yes||No||Wichita airport representative|
|1987–1990||Charles in Charge||Yes||No||Stanley Willard||4 episodes|
|1988||Frankenstein General Hospital||Yes||No||Dr. Who|
|1989||Ghostbusters II||Yes||No||Public Works official|
|1989–1991||The Wonder Years||Yes||No||Mr. Cantwell||12 episodes|
|1991||MacGyver||Yes||No||Major Snead||Episode: "Honest Abe"|
|1992||Honeymoon in Vegas||Yes||No||Walter|
|1993||Melrose Place||Yes||No||loan officer||Episode: "My New Partner"|
|1993||Dennis the Menace||Yes||No||Boss|
|1993||Me and the Kid||Yes||No||Fred Herbert|
|1993||Full House||Yes||No||Elliott Warner||Episode: "Another Opening, Another No Show"|
|1993||Animaniacs||Yes||No||Francis "Pip" Pumphandle (voice)||Episode: "Chairman of the Bored/Planets Song/Astro-Buttons"|
|1993||The Day My Parents Ran Away||Yes||No||Dr. Lillianfarb|
|1993–1994||Hearts Afire||Yes||No||Mr. Starnes||2 episodes|
|1994||My Girl 2||Yes||No||Stanley Rosenfeld|
|1994||Love & War||Yes||No||Dr. Baxter||Episode: "Are the Stars Out Tonight?"|
|1994||The Mask||Yes||No||Dr. Arthur Neuman|
|1994||Richie Rich||Yes||No||school teacher|
|1995||Tales from the Crypt||Yes||No||Andrews||Episode: "Doctor of Horror"|
|1995||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Yes||No||pro lawyer||Episode: "Whine, Whine, Whine"|
|1995||Married... with Children||Yes||No||Thomas||Episode: "Requiem for a Dead Briard"|
|1995||Freakazoid!||Yes||No||H.A. Futterman (voice)||Episode: "Relax-O-Vision/Fatman and Boy Blubber/Limbo Lock-Up/Terror Palace"|
|1995||Live Shot||Yes||No||Hal, Herb||2 episodes|
|1995||The Marshal||Yes||No||Ben||Episode: "Time Off for Clever Behavior"|
|1995–1996||The Mask: Animated Series||Yes||No||Dr. Arthur Neuman||3 episodes, voice role|
|1996–1998||The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper||Yes||No||Mr. Happ||Season 1 Episode 6: "Paranormal Press/Another Spooky and Poil Moment/Deadstock"|
Season 3 Episode 10: "Boopardy/Do You Like Me?/MacDeath!"
Season 4 Episode 2: "At the BOO-vies/Sing Yourself Happy/Snowball's Chance", voice role
|1996||Bruno the Kid||Yes||No||Professor Wisenstein||voice role|
|1996||Earthworm Jim||Yes||No||Dr. Houston, Rosebud||2 episodes, voice role|
|1996||Toonstruck||Yes||No||Sam Schmaltz||video game|
|1996–1997||Duckman||Yes||No||Dr. Ben Stein, Lionel Stein||9 episodes, voice role|
|1997||Seinfeld||Yes||No||Shellbach||Episode: "The Comeback"|
|1997||Murphy Brown||Yes||No||Williams||Episode: "How to Marry a Billionaire"|
|1997||A Smile Like Yours||Yes||No||clinic video narrator||voice role|
|1997||101 Dalmatians: The Series||Yes||No||waiter||Episode: "Two Faces of Anita", voice role|
|1997||Casper: A Spirited Beginning||Yes||No||Grocer|
|1997||Total Security||Yes||No||Sam Hinkle||Episode: "Citizen Canine"|
|1997||Rugrats||Yes||No||bingo caller||Episode: "Grandpa's Bad Bug/Lady Luck", voice role|
|1997–2002||Win Ben Stein's Money||No||No||himself||host|
|1998||Muppets Tonight||Yes||No||The Sad And Lonely Man That Science Has Left Dr. Honeydew||Episode: "Andie MacDowell"|
|1998||Breakfast with Einstein||Yes||No||Jack|
|1998||Men in White||Yes||No||men in Strangemeister's head|
|1998||Casper Meets Wendy||Yes||No||lawyer||uncredited|
|1998||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Yes||No||voice role|
|1998||The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs||Yes||No||Ernst Stavro Blowfish||Episode: "I.H.R.F./Oatz"|
|1998||Pinky and the Brain||Yes||No||Francis "Pip" Pumphandle||Episode: "Star Warners"|
|1998||The Hughleys||Yes||No||Dr. Mopp||Episode: "I'm Shrinnnking"|
|1998||Tannenbaum||Yes||No||car lot owner|
|1999||Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain||Yes||No||Rockin' Johnny Hot||Episode: "At the Hop!"|
|1999||Wakko's Wish||Yes||No||desire fulfillment facilitator||voice role|
|1999||Shasta McNasty||Yes||No||himself||Episode: "Adult Education"|
|1999||Turn Ben Stein On||No||No||himself||host, executive producer, theme music composer|
|2000||The Man Show||Yes||No||Juggy University professor||Episode: "X-Ray Specs"|
|2001||The Drew Carey Show||Yes||No||heavenly guide||Episode: "Drew's in a Coma"|
|2001||Lloyd in Space||Yes||No||Ranger Wormy||Episode: "Caution: Wormhole!"|
|2002||The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||Yes||No||Giggles the clown||Episode: "Hall Monster/Hypno Birthday to You", voice role|
|2002||Santa vs. the Snowman 3D||Yes||No||Spunky the elf||voice role|
|2002||Most Outrageous Game Show Moments||No||No||himself||co-host|
|2002||Do Over||Yes||No||teacher||Episode: "Joel Larsen's Day Off"|
|2003–2009||Family Guy||Yes||No||Rabbi Goldberg||2 episodes, voice role|
|2004||King of the Hill||Yes||No||Quizmaster||Episode: "Stressed for Success", voice role|
|2004–2008||The Fairly OddParents||Yes||No||HP, Sanderson, Pixies, various||8 episodes, voice role|
|2004||As Told by Ginger||Yes||No||Buddy Baker||3 episodes, voice role|
|2005||Son of the Mask||Yes||No||Dr. Neuman|
|2005||Game Show Moments Gone Bananas||No||No||himself||presenter|
|2006||The Emperor's New School||Yes||No||Mr. Purutu||8 episodes, voice role|
|2007||America's Most Smartest Model||No||No||himself||host|
|2007||Your Mommy Kills Animals||No||No||himself|
|2008||Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed||No||Yes||himself||documentary|
|2012–2018||Cavuto on Business||No||No||himself||panelist|
|2016||Facetiming With Mommy||Yes||No||Daddy||TV series|
|2018||The Last Sharknado: It's About Time||Yes||No||Alexander Hamilton|
|2019||Animal Sanctuary||Yes||No||Donald Donkey||Voice; Short|
|TBA||The Engagement Ring||Yes||No||Dr. Miller||Announced|
- "'Ferris Bueller's Ben Stein Sues Ad Agency & Client Claiming Political Discrimination". Deadline Hollywood. January 11, 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
- Makarechi, Kia (November 3, 2014). "Ben Stein Thinks Obama is 'the Most Racist President' in American History". Vanity Fair. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
- "Ben Stein Biography (1944–)". filmreference.com. NetIndustries, LLC. Retrieved April 22, 2008.
- Wattenberg, Ben (April 17, 2008). "Ben Stein's America". Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg. PBS. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
- Ben Stein Also Sings – Time magazine
- Ben Stein's official biography
- "Ben Stein – Expert Financial Advice Columns on Yahoo! Personal Finance". Finance.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on September 4, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2010.
- "Pitchman Ben Stein Gets Economist Ben Stein Fired at the New York Times". Gawker. August 6, 2009. Archived from the original on July 18, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2010.
- Stein, Ben. "The American Spectator: Expelled From the New York Times". Spectator.org. Archived from the original on January 11, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2010.
- Interview by Brian Howard: "20 Questions: Ben Stein" Philadelphia City Paper May 1998[dead link]
- Stein, Ben (June 1, 2005). "Deep Throat and Genocide". The American Spectator. Archived from the original on January 15, 2015.
- "Expelled Press Release" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 25, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2007.
- "VH1 plans America's Most Smartest Model, The Salt-N-Pepa Show, Danny Bonaduce's Child Star, and Click! – reality blurred". June 21, 2007.
- Stein, Ben (August 20, 2006). "Looking for the Will Beyond the Battlefield". The New York Times.
- Ben Stein says Ron Paul uses anti-semitic arguments The New American, December 29, 2009
- Win Ben Stein's Apology Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine Young Americans for Liberty, December 29, 2009
- A Ron Paul Moment Archived May 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine "The American Spectator" December 30, 2009
- Stein on Trump's economic plan CNN Money 2016/07/11 Retrieved 2016/09/17
- Stein, Ben
Ben Stein Says Economy Is Fine, Says Don't Worry About Foreclosure Blues, The Mortgage Market Is Robust",CBS News, March 18, 2007
- Stein, Ben (August 12, 2007). "Chicken Little's Brethren, on the Trading Floor". The New York Times.
- "Recap of Saturday, August 18 – Fox News". August 20, 2007. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
- "Yahoo! Personal Finance: Calculators, Money Advice, Guides, & More". Finance.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on January 4, 2009. Retrieved August 1, 2010.
- Blodget, Henry. "Ben Stein Is An Idiot." Business Insider, January 28, 2008, 10:08 am, accessed May 17, 2011.
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