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Ben Stein was born in Washington, D.C., (the son of the economist and writer Herbert Stein), grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, and graduated from Columbia University in 1966 with honors in Economics. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1970 as valedictorian of his class by election of his classmates. He also studied in the Graduate School of Economics at Yale.
He has worked as an economist at The Department of Commerce, a poverty lawyer in New Haven and Washington, D.C., a trial lawyer in the field of trade regulation at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., a university adjunct at American University in Washington, D.C., at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
In 1973 and 1974, Ben Stein was a speech writer and lawyer for President Richard Nixon at The White House and then for Gerald Ford (He did NOT write the line, “I am not a crook.”). He has been a columnist and editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal, a syndicated columnist for The Los Angeles Herald Examiner (R.I.P.) and King Features Syndicate, and a frequent contributor to Barrons, where his articles about the ethics of management buyouts and issues of fraud in the Milken Drexel junk bond scheme drew major national attention.
Ben Stein is also an extremely well known actor in movies, TV, and commercials. His part of the boring teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was ranked as one of the “Fifty most famous scenes in American film.” From 1997 to 2002, he was also the host of the Comedy Central quiz show, Win Ben Stein’s Money, which won seven Emmies.
He has been a regular columnist for Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, E! Online, and most of all, has written a lengthy diary for twenty years for The American Spectator. He currently writes a column for The New York Times Sunday Business Section and has for many years, a column about personal finance for Yahoo!, is a commentator for CBS Sunday Morning, and for Fox News.
Ben Stein’s experience from Washington to Hollywood – and everywhere in between – makes him the ideal individual to offer advice to others.
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A prolific author, Ben Stein has also written, co-written and published thirty books, including seven novels, largely about life in Los Angeles, and twenty-one nonfiction books, about finance and ethical and social issues, as well as the political and social content of mass culture. His titles include A License to Steal, Michael Milken and the Conspiracy to Bilk the Nation, The View from Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Days, Hollywood Nights, DREEMZ, Financial Passages, and Ludes. His most recent books are the best selling humor self-help series, How To Ruin Your Life. He has also been a longtime screenwriter.
Ben Stein lives with his wife, six cats and three dogs in Beverly Hills. He is active in pro-animal and pro-life charitable events.