Ben Stein is an American actor, writer, lawyer, and commentator on political and economic issues. He has frequently written commentaries on economic, political, and social issues.
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. Stein was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Mildred (nee Fishman), a homebaker, and Herbert Stein, a writer, economist, and presidential adviser.
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