Ben Stein possibly might have had the most varied and intellectually juicy career of any man alive.
He is the most well-known economics teacher in America because of his iconic role as Ferris Bueller‘s teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, still a huge hit 32 years after its release in 1986. The amazing part is that in real life he is also a famous economist whose work in finance has been highly praised by Warren Buffett, Fortune and Barrons, he was the first to comprehensively destroy the Drexel junk bond empire.
He hosted almost 1000 episodes of Comedy Central’s Win Ben Stein’s Money which introduced the world to Jimmy Kimmel.
He also had his talk show on CC and was a recurring cast member on The Wonder Years, he has been a frequent commentator on Fox News, CNN, CBS Sunday morning for which he won 2 Emmies.
He has written and published 32 books, fiction and fact, has written four movies, has been a speech writer for Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford. He taught Law and Economics at UC Santa Cruz, Pepperdine, and American University.
He has been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Barrons and USA Today.
He was graduation speaker at Yale Law School in 1970.
Most important of all, he has been married to the noted Hollywood lawyer, Alexandra Denman, for 51 years and is the father of a 31-year-old composer. He lives in Beverly Hills and Malibu.