Biography of Ben Stein





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American actor, writer, commentator, lawyer, teacher, humorist
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Ben Stein
Ben Stein 2011.jpg
Stein at Murray State University in 2011
Born
Benjamin Jeremy Stein

(1944-11-25) November 25, 1944 (age 76)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
EducationColumbia University (BA)
Yale University (JD)
OccupationWriter, actor, lawyer
Years active1970–present (writer and lawyer)
1986-present (actor)
Net worthIncrease US$20 million
TelevisionWin Ben Stein's Money
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Alexandra Denman (1968–1974; 1977–present)
Children1
Parent(s)Herbert Stein
Mildred (née Fishman) Stein
Websitehttp://www.benstein.com


Benjamin Jeremy Stein (born November 25, 1944) is an American writer, lawyer, actor, comedian, and commentator on political and economic issues. He began his career as a speechwriter for U.S. presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford before entering the entertainment field as an actor, comedian, and game show host. He is best known on screen as the economics teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, as the host of Win Ben Stein's Money, and as Dr. Arthur Neuman in The Mask and Son of the Mask. Stein co-wrote and starred in the 2008 documentary Expelled, which explores intelligent design creationism as an alternative scientific theory to Darwinian evolution, as well as the opposition to it by many in the scientific community. Stein is the son of economist and writer Herbert Stein, who worked at the White House under President Nixon. As a character actor he is well known for his droning, monotonous delivery. In comedy, he is known for his deadpan delivery. Stein has made many controversial comments over the years such as claiming that President Obama was "the most racist president there has ever been in America".





Early life



Stein was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Mildred (née Fishman), a homemaker, and Herbert Stein, a writer, economist, and presidential adviser. He is Jewish and grew up in the Woodside Forest neighborhood of Silver Spring, Maryland. Stein graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in 1962 along with classmate journalist Carl Bernstein (class of 1960); actress Goldie Hawn (class of 1963) was one year behind. Actor Sylvester Stallone was a schoolmate at Montgomery Hills Junior High School. He went on to major in economics at Columbia University's Columbia College, where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and the Philolexian Society. After graduating with honors from Columbia in 1966, Stein went to Yale Law School, graduating as valedictorian in June 1970.



Career

Legal and academic career

Stein speaking at Miami University in 2003


He was first a poverty lawyer in New Haven, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C. before becoming a trial lawyer for the Federal Trade Commission.


Stein's first teaching stint was as an adjunct professor, teaching about the political and social content of mass culture at American University in Washington, D.C. He subsequently taught classes at the University of California, Santa Cruz on political and civil rights under the United States Constitution. At Pepperdine University Stein taught libel law and United States securities law and its ethical aspects. He was a professor of law at Pepperdine University Law School from about 1990 to 1997.

Writing career



Stein writes a regular column in the conservative magazines The American Spectator and Newsmax. He has also written for numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Penthouse, Los Angeles Magazine, and Barron's Magazine.[citation needed] He wrote a regular biweekly column for Yahoo! Finance online, with his last article dated August 7, 2009. His bestselling books (with investment advisor Phil DeMuth) include Yes, You Can Retire Comfortably; Can America Survive?; and Yes, You Can Time the Market. In 2009, he published a collection of essays, The Real Stars.


Stein was fired from his position as a Sunday Business columnist at The New York Times in August 2009 owing to a policy prohibiting writers from making product endorsements or advertising. Stein had recently become an advertising spokesman for credit information company Freescore.com and, according to a Times statement, had assumed there would be no conflict provided that he did not discuss credit scoring in general or FreeScore.com itself in his column. However, the publication felt that it would be inappropriate for him to write for them while he was involved in advertising and terminated his contract. Writing in The Spectator, Stein states his belief that the real reasons for his firing were budget cuts at the Times, his criticism of President Obama, and pressure from those critical of Expelled, who "bamboozled some of the high pooh-bahs at the Times into thinking there was a conflict of interest".

Political career



Stein began his political career as a speechwriter and lawyer for President Richard Nixon, and later for President Gerald Ford. On May 3, 1976, Time magazine speculated on the possibility of Stein having actually been Deep Throat. Stein responded over the years not only by denying he was Deep Throat but by going further and accusing journalist Bob Woodward of falsifying the famous secret source. In the May 14–21, 1998, edition of the Philadelphia City Paper, Stein is quoted as saying, "Oh, I don't think there was a Deep Throat. That was a fake. I think there were several different sources and some they just made up." After Mark Felt's identity as Deep Throat was revealed, Stein stated that Richard Nixon would have prevented the rise to power of the Khmer Rouge if he had not been forced to resign. For his actions leading to that resignation, Stein said:



.mw-parser-output .templatequote{overflow:hidden;margin:1em 0;padding:0 40px}.mw-parser-output .templatequote .templatequotecite{line-height:1.5em;text-align:left;padding-left:1.6em;margin-top:0}If there is such a thing as karma, if there is such a thing as justice in this life or the next, Mark Felt has bought himself the worst future of any man on this earth. And Bob Woodward is right behind him, with Ben Bradlee bringing up the rear. Out of their smug arrogance and contempt, they hatched the worst nightmare imaginable: genocide.


In 2005, Stein said in the American Spectator:




Can anyone even remember now what Nixon did that was so terrible? He ended the war in Vietnam, brought home the POWs, ended the war in the Mideast, opened relations with China, started the first nuclear weapons reduction treaty, saved Eretz Israel's life, started the Environmental Protection Agency. Does anyone remember what he did that was bad?


Oh, now I remember. He lied. He was a politician who lied. How remarkable. He lied to protect his subordinates who were covering up a ridiculous burglary that no one to this date has any clue about its purpose. He lied so he could stay in office and keep his agenda of peace going. That was his crime. He was a peacemaker and he wanted to make a world where there was a generation of peace. And he succeeded.




That is his legacy. He was a peacemaker. He was a lying, conniving, covering up peacemaker. He was not a lying, conniving drug addict like JFK, a lying, conniving war starter like LBJ, a lying, conniving seducer like Clinton—a lying, conniving peacemaker.

Career in the media



Stein acted as the monotonous economics teacher in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In one scene, he lectures on the Smoot-Hawley Tariff of 1930 and the then-current debate over supply-side economics.


Stein played similarly bland and unemotional characters. He had a recurring role in the TV series The Wonder Years (as science teacher Mr. Cantwell, who would narrate 16mm films in monotone) and played himself in Dave.


He appeared in several television advertisements, such as for the product "Clear Eyes" throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Godfather's Pizza in 1987, a bland science teacher in 1990 for Sprinkled Chips Ahoy! cookies, and in 2013 for small business accounting service firm 1-800Accountant.


From 1997 to 2003, Stein hosted the Comedy Central game show Win Ben Stein's Money along with co-host Jimmy Kimmel (replaced by Nancy Pimental and later by Sal Iacono). True to its name, the money that contestants won on the show was subtracted from the $5,000 pay that Stein earned per episode (in addition to his salary). The show won five Daytime Emmy Awards before ending its run in 2003.


In 1999, Stein also hosted the Comedy Central talk show Turn Ben Stein On. One of the mainstays of the show was Stein's dog, Puppy Wuppy, who had free run of the set. In 2001, Stein appeared on a celebrity episode of The Weakest Link entitled "TV Hosts Edition" alongside other television hosts and was voted off in round 6 despite being that round's Strongest Link. Anne Robinson's quip was that while he "might win Ben's money; you're NOT taking ours!".


Other movies and television shows in which Stein has appeared include Charles in Charge; Seinfeld; Full House; Casper; Casper: A Spirited Beginning; Casper Meets Wendy; The Mask and its sequel, Son of the Mask as well as the television show, The Mask: Animated Series; Earthworm Jim; Star Search; MacGyver; Tales from the Crypt; Richie Rich; Game Show Moments Gone Bananas; Cavuto on Business; The O'Reilly Factor; CBS News Sunday Morning; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Family Guy;the 1998-2004 version of Hollywood Squares; the Michael Berger-hosted version of Match Game; The Fairly OddParents; Duckman; Married... with Children; The Emperor's New School; My Girl 2; Ghostbusters II; and the intelligent design documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.


In addition, Stein's voice roles include The Pixies, magical creatures on the animated series The Fairly OddParents; Mr. Purutu on the animated series The Emperor's New School; Professor Wisenstein in Bruno the Kid; the birthday party clown, Mr. Giggles, on The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius; a bingo caller on Rugrats; and Pip on Animaniacs. Futterman in Freakazoid. Stein also voiced a psychiatrist, again named after himself, in the USA TV series Duckman; he once appeared in the sitcom Married... with Children as a receptionist in the animal afterlife. He also made a cameo appearance in the comic book Young Justice, as Ali Ben Styn. Another cameo appearance was as Rabbi Goldberg in the Family Guy episodes "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" and "Family Goy". Stein also voiced the character Sam Schmaltz in the 1996 computer adventure game Toonstruck.


In addition, Stein has written for the television industry, including outlines for the TV movie Murder in Mississippi and for the lengthy ABC miniseries Amerika. He has also contributed to the creation of the well-liked TV comedy Fernwood 2 Night.


Stein hosted a show on VH1 called America's Most Smartest Model. The show aimed to find the smartest among fourteen models through a series of challenges.


On May 14, 2006, during an appearance on the Fox News program Your World with Neil Cavuto, Stein called for a tax increase of 3.5% for wealthy Americans, to be earmarked for soldiers and military initiatives. Stein wrote an editorial for The New York Times critical of those who would rather make money in the world of finance than fight terrorism.


On December 28, 2009, Stein appeared on CNN's Larry King Live with Ron Paul to discuss the attempted bombing of an American plane on Christmas Day 2009. Stein said that Paul's stance that the United States were "occupiers" in Iraq and Afghanistan "is the same anti-Semitic argument we've heard over and over again." The comment started a shouting match between the two men and prompted anger from Paul supporters and those who believe Stein went too far in calling Paul's argument anti-Semitic. Stein issued an apology on December 30, 2009.


Stein's political and economics commentary has appeared on CNBC's The Kudlow Report and CNN.

Commentary in the lead-up to and during the Great Recession



In the period preceding the late-2000s recession, Stein made frequent and vehement claims that the economy was not in recession, and that the issues in the housing market would not affect the broader economy. On March 18, 2007, in a column for CBS News' online version of CBS News Sunday Morning, Stein famously proclaimed in the beginning of the subprime mortgage crisis that the foreclosure problem would "blow over and the people who buy now, in due time, will be glad they did," the economy was "still very strong," and the "smart money" was "now trying to buy—not sell—as much distressed merchandise" in mortgages as possible.


In an August 12, 2007 column in The New York Times, titled "Chicken Little's Brethren, on the Trading Floor", Stein, while acknowledging "I don't know where the bottom is on subprime. I don't know how bad the problems are at Bear (Bear Stearns)" claimed that "subprime losses are wildly out of all proportion to the likely damage to the economy from the subprime problems," and "(t)his economy is extremely strong. Profits are superb. The world economy is exploding with growth. To be sure, terrible problems lurk in the future: a slow-motion dollar crisis, huge Medicare deficits and energy shortages. But for now, the sell-off seems extreme, not to say nutty. Some smart, brave people will make a fortune buying in these days, and then we'll all wonder what the scare was about."


On August 18, 2007, on Fox News Channel's Cavuto on Business, Stein appeared with other financial experts dismissing worries of a coming credit crunch. Thirteen months later, in the Global Financial Crisis of September 2008, global stock markets crashed, Lehman Brothers went bankrupt, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taken over by the US government, AIG was bailed out by the Federal Reserve, Merrill Lynch was sold to Bank of America Corporation, and Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs confirmed that they would become traditional bank holding companies.


In a Yahoo! Finance article written on October 17, 2008, Stein explained that his understanding of the debt obligations based on real estate loans was less than the "staggeringly large" amount of obligations that were created through trade in derivatives of those, and so why it wasn't as similar to collapse of junk bond empire in early 1990s as he'd thought it would be: "Where I missed the boat was not realizing how large were the CDS [credit default swaps] based on the junk mortgage bonds."


Business commentator Henry Blodget wrote a piece for Business Insider in January 2008 entitled "Ben Stein is an Idiot," stating that Stein's criticism of those with bearish views and positions on the market was either "delusional," or a deliberate and "shrewd" attempt to create false controversy and drive up web traffic.



Personal life



Stein is married to entertainment lawyer Alexandra Denman. They were married in 1968, but later divorced in 1974. Eventually, they reconciled, and in 1977, they were married again. They have one son, Tom, born in 1987. Stein lives with Denman in Beverly Hills and Malibu, California. He also has a summer home in Sandpoint, Idaho, and an apartment in the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., which he inherited from his parents.



Political views and advocacy

Abortion



Stein is an opponent of the legalization of abortion and was given a Pro-Life Award in 2003 by the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund.

Larry Craig scandal



In 2007, Stein chastised the police and the GOP leadership for their response to the Larry Craig scandal. Stein said that Craig's sexuality should not be an issue: "A party that believes in individual rights should be rallying to his defense, not making him walk the plank."

Tax code



Stein has criticized the United States Internal Revenue Code for being too lenient on the wealthy. He has repeated the observation made by Warren Buffett, one of the richest individuals in the world (who pays mostly capital gains tax), that Buffett pays a lower overall tax rate than his secretaries (who pay income taxes and payroll taxes). Stein has advocated increasing taxation on the wealthy. Stein objected to Obama's proposal in 2010 not to extend tax cuts for the highest earning taxpayers in the midst of the recession, saying that




There is no known economic theory under which raising my taxes in the midst of a severe recession will help the economy recover. It isn't part of any well known monetarist or Keynesian theory. So if it does no good to raise our taxes, I assume we are being punished. But for what? I don't own slaves. I employ a lot of people full- and part-time and they are all happy with their pay. When charity calls, I almost always write out a check...Maybe when the economy recovers, raising my taxes makes sense, but for now, it's just punishment.


In 2012, Stein stated that due to the tremendous amount of national debt, he agreed with Obama's proposal to increase taxes on the wealthy and that ultimately everyone's taxes should be raised to avoid defaulting on the debt.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn



When the head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was arrested for sexual assault and attempted rape in 2011, Stein published an editorial in The American Spectator in which he closely scrutinized Strauss-Kahn's accuser and cited Strauss-Kahn's education, wealth, and position as reasons to believe he was unlikely to have committed the crime.




In life, events tend to follow patterns. People who commit crimes tend to be criminals, for example. Can anyone tell me any economists who have been convicted of violent sex crimes?


Stein's editorial was criticized by a number of media outlets. Jon Stewart dedicated an entire segment on The Daily Show to his response. All charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn were formally dismissed by a judge on 23 August 2011.

Ferguson shooting



In response to the death of Michael Brown, Stein made the following comment:




The idea of calling this poor young man unarmed when he was 6'4", 300 pounds, full of muscles, apparently, according to what I read in The New York Times, on marijuana. To call him unarmed is like calling Sonny Liston unarmed or Cassius Clay unarmed. He wasn't unarmed. He was armed with his incredibly strong, scary self.

Evolution



Stein has denounced the scientific theory of evolution, which he and other intelligent design advocates call "Darwinism", declaring it to be "a painful, bloody chapter in the history of ideologies", "the most compelling argument yet for Imperialism", and the inspiration for the Holocaust. Stein does not say belief in evolution alone leads to genocide, but that scientific materialism is a necessary component. He co-wrote and stars in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, a film that aims to persuade viewers that evolution was instrumental to the rise of the eugenics movement, Nazi Germany, and the Holocaust, and portrays advocates of intelligent design as victims of intellectual discrimination by the scientific community, which has rejected intelligent design as creationist pseudoscience. In the trailer for the film, Stein said that his aim was to expose "people out there who want to keep science in a little box where it can’t possibly touch God."


Many critics point out that Stein selectively used and edited quotes by Charles Darwin to make his case in Expelled, also noting that scenes shot at Pepperdine University, in which Stein gives a speech to an auditorium full of students, in fact used a large number of extras, hired to respond favorably to Stein's speech, to fill the room.


The media response to the film has been largely unfavorable. It received an 11% meta-score from Rotten Tomatoes. Multiple reviews, including those of USA Today and Scientific American, have described the film as propaganda.


In a Trinity Broadcasting Network interview with Paul Crouch, Jr. regarding the movie, Stein made the following statement about science and religion:




Stein: When we just saw that man, I think it was Mr. Myers, talking about how great scientists were, I was thinking to myself the last time any of my relatives saw scientists telling them what to do they were telling them to go to the showers to get gassed ... that was horrifying beyond words, and that's where science—in my opinion, this is just an opinion—that's where science leads you.

Crouch: That's right.



Stein: ... Love of God and compassion and empathy leads you to a very glorious place, and science leads you to killing people.


The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement condemning the film's misuse of the Holocaust and its imagery, "Using the Holocaust in order to tarnish those who promote the theory of evolution is outrageous and trivializes the complex factors that led to the mass extermination of European Jewry".


At the University of Vermont, Stein was invited to receive an honorary degree and be the commencement speaker for the graduating class of 2009. The university president Dan Fogel received complaints about Stein's planned appearance, due to Stein's views on evolution. Stein declined his commencement invitation.


At the private, Christian Liberty University 2009 graduation Stein was awarded an honorary degree and, according to the university, "spoke extensively about his work on Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed".

Foreign policy



Stein is a staunch supporter of Israel. On Larry King Live in 2009, in a heated exchange with then-Congressman Ron Paul, he has referred to Paul as anti-semitic for referring to the U.S. as "occupiers" in the Arabian peninsula.

Political endorsements



Stein endorsed John McCain for president in 2008, calling him "an impressive guy". That year, he also stated that he would vote for Ralph Nader. In January 2012, Stein appeared in political advertisements sponsored by Associated Industries of Florida supporting legislation that would create three resort casinos in South Florida. He claimed in late 2014 that President Barack Obama was the most racist president in American history, saying Obama "made everything about race".


In 2016, Stein reprised the famous attendance scene from Ferris Bueller in a campaign ad for Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. In it, Stein intoned the last name of Grassley's opponent (Patty Judge) to silence, while facts about her missed votes and absences from state board meetings were listed. Stein then calls out "Grassley," which gets a response; Stein mutters, "He's always here."


Stein initially supported Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but retracted his support in October 2016, writing, "But it's time for Donald Trump to go back to Trump Tower. Time for Mike Pence to move to the top of the ticket." However, Ben Stein went on to vote for Donald Trump.



Bibliography



Stein's book titles to date (7 fiction, 21 nonfiction) include:







YearTitlePublisherISBN

1978

On the Brink: A Novel (coauthor: Herbert Stein)

Ballantine Books

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1978

Dreemz (hardcover: California Dreemz)

Ballantine Books

0-345-28156-X

1979

The View from Sunset Boulevard: America as Brought to You By the People Who Make Television

Basic Books

0-465-09032-X

1981

Moneypower: How to Make Inflation Make You Rich (coauthor: Herbert Stein)

Avon

0-380-54809-7

1982

'Ludes

St. Martin's Press

0-312-50012-2

1986

Her Only Sin

St. Martin's Press

0-312-90636-6

1988

Hollywood Days, Hollywood Nights: The Diary of a Mad Screenwriter

Bantam Books

0-553-34520-6

1992

A License to Steal: the Untold Story of Michael Milken and the Conspiracy to Bilk the Nation

Simon & Schuster

0-671-74272-8

2002

How to Ruin Your Life

Hay House

1-56170-974-3

2003

How to Ruin Your Love Life

Hay House

1-4019-0240-5

2004

How to Ruin Your Financial Life

Hay House

1-4019-0241-3

Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It

New Beginnings Press

1-4019-0333-9

2005

Yes, You Can Be a Successful Income Investor: Reaching for Yield in Today's Market

New Beginnings Press

1-4019-0319-3

Yes, You Can Still Retire Comfortably: The Baby-Boom Retirement Crisis and how to Beat It

New Beginnings Press

1-4019-0318-5

2006

How Successful People Win: Using "Bunkhouse Logic" to Get What You Want in Life

Hay House

1-56170-975-1

2007

The Real Stars: In Today's America, Who Are the True Heroes?

New Beginnings Press

1-40191-144-7

2008

How to Ruin the United States of America

New Beginnings Press

1-40191-869-7

2012

How to Really Ruin Your Financial Life and Portfolio

Wiley

1-11833-873-1

Filmography

Year

Title

Credit

Notes

Actor

Screenwriter

Role

1976

All's Fair

No

No

consultant

1977

Fernwood 2 Night

No

No

creative consultant

1984

The Wild Life

Yes

No

surplus salesman

1986

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Yes

No

economics teacher

1987

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Yes

No

Wichita airport representative

1987–1990

Charles in Charge

Yes

No

Stanley Willard

4 episodes

1988

Frankenstein General Hospital

Yes

No

Dr. Who

1988

The Boost

No

Yes

1989

Ghostbusters II

Yes

No

Public Works official

1989

Easy Wheels

Yes

No

preacher

1989–1991

The Wonder Years

Yes

No

Mr. Cantwell

12 episodes

1991

Soapdish

Yes

No

nitwit executive

1991

MacGyver

Yes

No

Major Snead

Episode: "Honest Abe"

1992

Honeymoon in Vegas

Yes

No

Walter

1992

Mastergate

Yes

No

Marvin Rotweiler

1993

Melrose Place

Yes

No

loan officer

Episode: "My New Partner"

1993

Dave

Yes

No

Himself

1993

Dennis the Menace

Yes

No

Boss

1993

Me and the Kid

Yes

No

Fred Herbert

1993

Full House

Yes

No

Elliott Warner

Episode: "Another Opening, Another No Show"

1993

Animaniacs

Yes

No

Francis "Pip" Pumphandle (voice)

Episode: "Chairman of the Bored/Planets Song/Astro-Buttons"

1993

The Day My Parents Ran Away

Yes

No

Dr. Lillianfarb

1993–1994

Hearts Afire

Yes

No

Mr. Starnes

2 episodes

1994

My Girl 2

Yes

No

Stanley Rosenfeld

1994

Love & War

Yes

No

Dr. Baxter

Episode: "Are the Stars Out Tonight?"

1994

Mr. Write

Yes

No

Eliott

uncredited

1994

North

Yes

No

curator

1994

The Mask

Yes

No

Dr. Arthur Neuman

1994

Richie Rich

Yes

No

school teacher

1995

Tales from the Crypt

Yes

No

Andrews

Episode: "Doctor of Horror"

1995

Miami Rhapsody

Yes

No

rabbi

1995

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Yes

No

pro lawyer

Episode: "Whine, Whine, Whine"

1995

Casper

Yes

No

Mr. Rugg

1995

Married... with Children

Yes

No

Thomas

Episode: "Requiem for a Dead Briard"

1995

Freakazoid!

Yes

No

H.A. Futterman (voice)

Episode: "Relax-O-Vision/Fatman and Boy Blubber/Limbo Lock-Up/Terror Palace"

1995

Live Shot

Yes

No

Hal, Herb

2 episodes

1995

The Marshal

Yes

No

Ben

Episode: "Time Off for Clever Behavior"

1995–1996

The Mask: Animated Series

Yes

No

Dr. Arthur Neuman

3 episodes, voice role

1996–1998

The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper

Yes

No

Mr. Happ

Season 1 Episode 6: "Paranormal Press/Another Spooky and Poil Moment/Deadstock"
Season 3 Episode 10: "Boopardy/Do You Like Me?/MacDeath!"
Season 4 Episode 2: "At the BOO-vies/Sing Yourself Happy/Snowball's Chance", voice role

1996

Bruno the Kid

Yes

No

Professor Wisenstein

voice role

1996

Earthworm Jim

Yes

No

Dr. Houston, Rosebud

2 episodes, voice role

1996

Toonstruck

Yes

No

Sam Schmaltz

video game

1996–1997

Duckman

Yes

No

Dr. Ben Stein, Lionel Stein

9 episodes, voice role

1997

Seinfeld

Yes

No

Shellbach

Episode: "The Comeback"

1997

Murphy Brown

Yes

No

Williams

Episode: "How to Marry a Billionaire"

1997

A Smile Like Yours

Yes

No

clinic video narrator

voice role

1997

101 Dalmatians: The Series

Yes

No

waiter

Episode: "Two Faces of Anita", voice role

1997

Casper: A Spirited Beginning

Yes

No

Grocer

1997

Total Security

Yes

No

Sam Hinkle

Episode: "Citizen Canine"

1997

Rugrats

Yes

No

bingo caller

Episode: "Grandpa's Bad Bug/Lady Luck", voice role

1997–2002

Win Ben Stein's Money

No

No

himself

host

1998

Muppets Tonight

Yes

No

The Sad And Lonely Man That Science Has Left Dr. Honeydew

Episode: "Andie MacDowell"

1998

Breakfast with Einstein

Yes

No

Jack

1998

Men in White

Yes

No

men in Strangemeister's head

1998

Casper Meets Wendy

Yes

No

lawyer

uncredited

1998

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Yes

No

voice role

1998

The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs

Yes

No

Ernst Stavro Blowfish

Episode: "I.H.R.F./Oatz"

1998

Pinky and the Brain

Yes

No

Francis "Pip" Pumphandle

Episode: "Star Warners"

1998

The Hughleys

Yes

No

Dr. Mopp

Episode: "I'm Shrinnnking"

1998

Tannenbaum

Yes

No

car lot owner

1999

Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain

Yes

No

Rockin' Johnny Hot

Episode: "At the Hop!"

1999

Wakko's Wish

Yes

No

desire fulfillment facilitator

voice role

1999

Shasta McNasty

Yes

No

himself

Episode: "Adult Education"

1999

Turn Ben Stein On

No

No

himself

host, executive producer, theme music composer

2000

The Man Show

Yes

No

Juggy University professor

Episode: "X-Ray Specs"

2001

The Drew Carey Show

Yes

No

heavenly guide

Episode: "Drew's in a Coma"

2001

Lloyd in Space

Yes

No

Ranger Wormy

Episode: "Caution: Wormhole!"

2001

Osmosis Jones

Yes

No

Doc

uncredited

2002

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Yes

No

Giggles the clown

Episode: "Hall Monster/Hypno Birthday to You", voice role

2002

Santa vs. the Snowman 3D

Yes

No

Spunky the elf

voice role

2002

Most Outrageous Game Show Moments

No

No

himself

co-host

2002

Do Over

Yes

No

teacher

Episode: "Joel Larsen's Day Off"

2003–2009

Family Guy

Yes

No

Rabbi Goldberg

2 episodes, voice role

2004

King of the Hill

Yes

No

Quizmaster

Episode: "Stressed for Success", voice role

2004

Son of the Mask

Yes

No

Dr. Neuman

2004–2008

The Fairly OddParents

Yes

No

pixies, various, Sanderson

8 episodes, voice role

2004

As Told by Ginger

Yes

No

Buddy Baker

3 episodes, voice role

2005

Game Show Moments Gone Bananas

No

No

himself

presenter

2006

Mayor Dog

Yes

No

narrator

2006

Totally Awesome

Yes

No

narrator

2006

The Emperor's New School

Yes

No

Mr. Purutu

8 episodes, voice role

2007

America's Most Smartest Model

No

No

himself

host

2007

Your Mommy Kills Animals

No

No

himself

2008

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

No

Yes

himself

documentary

2012–2018

Cavuto on Business

No

No

himself

panelist

2016

Facetiming With Mommy

Yes

No

Daddy

TV series

2018

The Last Sharknado: It's About Time

Yes

No

Alexander Hamilton

2019

Animal Sanctuary

Yes

No

Donald Donkey

Voice; Short

TBA

The Engagement Ring

Yes

No

Dr. Miller

Announced



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I prophesy see.
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