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Ben Stein

Ben Stein
Stein speaking at the 2006 National Summit on Retirement Savings
Personal information
Birth nameBenjamin Jeremy Stein
Birth dateNovember 25, 1944(age 72)
Place of birthWashington, D.C., United States
ResidenceBeverly Hills,
Washington, D.C.,
EducationColumbia College
Alma materYale Law School
OccupationActor, writer, commentator, lawyer, teacher, humorist
Home townWashington, D.C.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseAlexandra Denman (1968-1974; 1977-present)
ChildrenTom (adopted)
ParentsHerbert Stein,
Mildred (nee Fishman) Stein

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Benjamin Jeremy "Ben" Stein (born November 25, 1944) is an American actor, writer, lawyer, 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, monotone delivery, in real life he is a public speaker on a wide range of economic and social issues.

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