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Ben Stein is a Actor and Writer American born on 25 november 1944 at Washington, D.C. (USA)

Ben Stein

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Birth name Benjamin Jeremy Stein
Nationality USA
Birth 25 november 1944 (75 years) at Washington, D.C. (USA)
Awards Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host

Benjamin Jeremy "Ben" Stein (born November 25, 1944) is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and commentator on political and economic issues. He attained early success as a speechwriter for American presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Later, he entered the entertainment field and became an actor, comedian, and Emmy Award-winning game show host.

Stein has frequently written commentaries on economic, political, and social issues, along with financial advice to individual investors. He is the son of economist and writer Herbert Stein, who worked at the White House under President Nixon. His sister, Rachel, is also a writer. While as a character actor he is well known for his droning, monotonous delivery, in real life he is a public speaker on a wide range of economic and social issues.


Stein is married to entertainment lawyer Alexandra Denman, who is from Arkansas. The couple has a son, Tommy, who was adopted as an infant, in 1987. They were married in 1968, but later divorced in 1974. Eventually, they got back together, and in 1977, they were married again. Stein lives with Denman in Beverly Hills and Malibu, California. He also has a summer home in Sandpoint, Idaho.
Stein also owns an apartment in the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., which he inherited from his parents.

Political views and advocacy

Best films

Casper (1995)

Usually with

John Hughes
John Hughes
(3 films)
Butch Hartman
Butch Hartman
(2 films)
Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd
(4 films)
Ivan Reitman
Ivan Reitman
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ben Stein (31 films)

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Sharknado 6, 1h30
Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, Transport films, Time travel films, Films about sharks, Natural horror films, Mise en scène d'un poisson, Comedy horror films, Disaster films
Actors Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo, Vivica A. Fox, Judah Friedlander, Tori Spelling
Roles Alexander Hamilton
Rating35% 1.7668351.7668351.7668351.7668351.766835
À l’issue de Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017), la tornade de requins avait dévasté la Terre et saccagé le patrimoine de l'humanité, de la Muraille de Chine aux Pyramides d'Égypte. Humanité dont il ne restait d’ailleurs plus grand monde. Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering), se retrouvait seul, errant dans un décor de fin du monde.
Fairly OddBaby
Genres Fantasy
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Jim Ward, Jane Carr, Daran Norris, Carlos Alazraqui, Tara Strong, Tom Kenny
Roles H.P. and The Pixies
Rating70% 3.548623.548623.548623.548623.54862
Timmy is unable to do anything when Cosmo and Wanda are distracted by babies they encounter around Dimmsdale, and it becomes clear that they want their own baby. The problem, however, is that since Cosmo was the final fairy baby born and he destroyed Fairy World by turning Jorgen into a bomb, the Supreme Fairy Council forbids fairies to have any children. Also, Cosmo and Wanda explain that since fairy-type creatures are immortal (meaning they live forever), there's really no need for them to have children of their own ("That's why we have godkids: TO FILL THE VOID!" Cosmo says). Despite this, Timmy gets fed up with them crying and ignoring him because they want a baby so badly. He then notes to himself it wouldn't be so bad to have a godbrother/godsister and also figures that he can just wish up a baby for his godparents. Wanda notes to Timmy "You can't just wish us up a baby.", but then questions if that's really true.
Totally Awesome, 1h39
Directed by Neal Brennan
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Mikey Day, Dominique Swain, James Hong, Chris Kattan, Nicki Clyne, Brittany Daniel
Roles himself
Rating52% 2.6052752.6052752.6052752.6052752.605275
Ben Stein introduces the film as a long-lost film from the 1980s, so a lot of the jokes are now outdated in 2006.
The Fairly OddParents: School's Out! The Musical, 1h
Directed by Butch Hartman
Origin USA
Actors Tara Strong, Daran Norris, Susanne Blakeslee, S. Scott Bullock, Ben Stein, Jim Ward
Rating69% 3.4688253.4688253.4688253.4688253.468825
After being abandoned by his clown parents thinking him to be in danger (especially his father didn't finish Law School, he dropped out), Flappy Bob is found on the side of the road in Kansas by H.P. and Sanderson who decide to use him as a pawn in a 37 year plan.
Son of the Mask, 1h34
Directed by Lawrence Guterman
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Pregnancy films, Seafaring films, Films based on mythology, Films about sexuality, Transport films, Superhero films, Films set in the Viking Age, Films based on Norse mythology, Children's films
Actors Jamie Kennedy, Alan Cumming, Traylor Howard, Steven Wright, Kal Penn, Bob Hoskins
Roles Dr. Neuman
Rating22% 1.1177051.1177051.1177051.1177051.117705
A decade after the events of the first film, Dr. Arthur Neuman is giving a tour of the hall of Norse mythology in Edge City Museum. When Dr. Neuman reaches the part concerning Loki's mask, a man in black becomes increasingly anxious. Dr. Neuman mentions that Loki created the mask and unleashed it on Earth, and that those who wear the mask would have the powers of Loki. When Dr. Neuman mentions that Odin punished Loki with imprisonment, the stranger becomes very angry and transforms, revealing himself to be Loki. The tourists panic and flee, but Dr. Neuman stays to argue with the angry god. Loki takes the mask, but realizes it is a fake. In anger, he removes Dr. Neuman's still talking face from his body and puts it on the mask stand, before getting rid of the guards and storming out of the museum in a whirlwind of rage.
Santa vs. the Snowman
Directed by John A. Davis
Genres Comedy, Animation
Themes Christmas films, Santa Claus in film
Actors Jonathan Winters, Ben Stein, Victoria Jackson, Don LaFontaine, Mark DeCarlo, Steve Oedekerk
Roles 'Spunky' the Elf
Rating65% 3.2961353.2961353.2961353.2961353.296135
Les traditions ancestrales sont menacées : un bonhomme de neige s'introduit dans l'atelier du Père Noël. Envieux de la popularité de ce dernier, ce bonhomme de neige veut devenir le personnage le plus aimé des fêtes de fin d'année. Il réunit donc son armée de glaçons et capture le Père Noël, déclenchant ainsi une guerre au Pôle Nord des plus héroïques et des plus drôles.
Osmosis Jones, 1h35
Directed by Frères Farrelly, Tom Sito, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Crime, Animation
Themes Medical-themed films, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors Chris Rock, Laurence Fishburne, David Hyde Pierce, Brandy, William Shatner, Molly Shannon
Rating62% 3.1490553.1490553.1490553.1490553.149055
Frank Detorre (Bill Murray) is a widowed slovenly zookeeper at the Sucat Memorial Zoo in Rhode Island. Much to the frustration of his young daughter, Shane (Elena Franklin), he eats compulsively unhealthy and has minimal concern for germs or disease. While trying to eat a hard-boiled egg with mayonnaise and salt, it is stolen from him by a chimpanzee. He gets it back, but not before it falls into the filth of the chimp's habitat. When Shane is disgusted by him about to eat it he uses the "ten second rule" as a justification for the unsanitary act.
Wakko's Wish, 1h20
Directed by Tom Ruegger
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about children, Monde imaginaire, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Nathan Ruegger, Sherri Stoner
Roles Desire Fulfillment Facilitator (aka, "Pip")
Rating71% 3.588583.588583.588583.588583.58858
In the town of Acme Falls within the kingdom of Warnerstock, all the people live happily together. However, upon the death of the king, Sir William the Good, Warnerstock enters a state of civil war. Taking advantage of the situation, the neighboring kingdom of Ticktockia, led by King Salazar, the Pushy, takes over Warnerstock, and makes all its people poor and miserable due to overtaxing. Three orphans, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot Warner, are particularly troubled, as Dot needs an operation. Wakko finds work in another town to pay for it, but Plotz takes his pay – a half penny – from him, lying that it is for taxes.
Men in White, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy
Themes Superhero films
Actors Barry Bostwick, M. Emmet Walsh, Thomas F. Wilson, Ben Stein, Brion James, George Kennedy
Roles Men in Strangemeister's Head
Rating28% 1.4243751.4243751.4243751.4243751.424375
Casper Meets Wendy, 1h30
Directed by Sean McNamara
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Horror comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Films about magic and magicians, Ghost films, Witches in film, Comedy horror films, Children's films, Films about child abuse
Actors Hilary Duff, Cathy Moriarty, Shelley Duvall, Teri Garr, Ben Stein, Richard Moll
Roles Lawyer (uncredited)
Rating53% 2.6625552.6625552.6625552.6625552.662555
The film opens with the tail end of a Friday night baseball game. With the bases loaded, the home team wins by a narrow margin as the batter hits the ball out of the park. Both the celebration of the home team and fans and the dread of losing for the visiting team are cut short as a mysterious spaceship floats over the park, thus snatching the attention of everybody there: the players, the fans, the hot dog and popcorn vendors, and the announcer. After the ship performs a tune, it dissipates into three floating balls of light. One of them forms into a ghost who initially appears as an alien, but thereafter, is revealed to be Fatso (voiced by Jess Harnell), a member of The Ghostly Trio, who releases gas which hits the scoreboard, causing it to explode, also sparking terror. The other two ghosts of the trio, Stinky (voiced by Bill Farmer), and Stretch (voiced by Jim Ward), join in, causing panic in the park, as everybody got frightened. Casper (voiced by Jeremy Foley), a shy, friendly ghost (whom all three ghosts are uncles to), arrives, attempting to settle the frightened crowd, but the people are just as scared, saying that Casper's a ghost and ran away. The park is eventually empty, as Casper's uncles plan a vacation.
A Smile Like Yours, 1h38
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Greg Kinnear, Lauren Holly, Joan Cusack, Jay Thomas, Jill Hennessy, Christopher McDonald
Roles Clinic Video Narrator (voice)
Rating49% 2.454722.454722.454722.454722.45472
Danny et Jennifer Robertson, un couple trentenaire, essaient, en vain, de faire un enfant. Ils effectuent des examens médicaux et apprennent que Danny serait stérile. Ils vont aller de déconvenues en surprises lorsque, dans le même laps de temps, Danny apprend que Jennifer connaissait son infertilité depuis longtemps et qu’une nouvelle venue se prend de passion pour lui…
Casper: A Spirited Beginning, 1h33
Directed by Sean McNamara
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, Ghost films, L'enfance marginalisée, Children's films, Films about school violence
Actors Steve Guttenberg, Lori Loughlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Michael McKean, Brendan Ryan Barrett, Richard Moll
Roles Grocer
Rating45% 2.269182.269182.269182.269182.26918
At the beginning of the movie Casper is on a train full of ghosts, with no idea of where he is and is completely unaware that he is a ghost himself. Instead of going to Ghost Central, where the train is headed, he is kicked off the train. Casper then finds himself in the city of Deedstown, where he unintentionally scares all of the town's citizens. Only then does Casper realize that he is in fact a ghost.
House Arrest, 1h48
Directed by Harry Winer
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Pollak, Jennifer Tilly, Christopher McDonald, Wallace Shawn, Jennifer Love Hewitt
Roles Ralph Doyle
Rating57% 2.8972352.8972352.8972352.8972352.897235
The film begins by showing the Beindorfs, Janet (Jamie Lee Curtis), Ned (Kevin Pollak), Gregory whose nicknamed "Grover" (Kyle Howard), and Stacy (Amy Sakasitz), a supposedly happy family living a typical family life in the suburbs of Defiance, Ohio. It is revealed that Janet and Ned are not happy and in fact separating although they tell their children it is not a divorce. Grover and Stacy first try to recreate their parents' honeymoon in the basement of their house but this fails to bring any happiness into their relationship. The children then leave the basement telling their parents they must get another surprise for them upstairs. They go up, close the door, and nail it shut. They vow to keep it shut until their parents work out their problems.
Casper (1995)
, 1h36
Directed by Phil Nibbelink, Brad Silberling
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Horror comedy, Romantic comedy, Fantasy
Themes Ghost films, Comedy horror films, Children's films
Actors Christina Ricci, Malachi Pearson, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, Devon Sawa
Roles Mr. Rugg
Rating61% 3.05133.05133.05133.05133.0513
A vindictive woman, Carrigan Crittenden, is upset upon the reading of her late father's will that she was given creepy Whipstaff Manor in Friendship, Maine instead of his fortune, but she changes her tune when she learns that there is a hidden treasure within the property. She and her assistant Dibs go to the house attempting to investigate, but discover that it is haunted by a friendly ghost named Casper and his obnoxious prankster uncles, the Ghostly Trio (Fatso, Stretch and Stinkie), who immediately frighten them off the property. Carrigan tries multiple methods to rid the house of ghosts, but fails time and time again. Meanwhile, Casper sees a report of a paranormal therapist, James Harvey, and is immediately smitten with his teenaged daughter Kat. He quickly inhabits the television in Carrigan's hotel room in order to convince her to have the Harveys come to the manor to investigate the haunting.