Actor, Lawyer, Economist, Educator (1944-Present)
When Adam Smith wrote about the division of labour, God threw a spanner in the works and created Ben Stein; an actor, economist, educator and former PR guru to President Nixon. Any, and every, job seems to come so effortlessly to Stein; he rose to the top of every field he entered.
After obtaining his degree in economics, Stein briefly worked for the Department of Commerce before he eventually decided to switch career paths and enrol at Yale Law School in 1968. Not content with ‘just’ beginning a degree at the most prestigious law school on the planet, Stein laughed at the universe and also studied drama in his bid to enter Hollywood.
His big acting break came in the 1986 movie ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, starring Matthew Roderick. Stein became famous for his droning, mind-numbingly dull and monotonous delivery and was given roles in many other movies and tv shows including Jim Carey’s ‘The Mask’ and ‘Tales from the Crypt’. Additionally, Stein also hosted the Emmy award winning game show ‘Win Ben Stein’s Money’, where contestants actually had the chance to win his wages from the show.
As if this wasn’t enough work for one man, Stein also wrote articles defending President Nixon during the Watergate scandal. His articles gained such popularity that the Nixon administration recruited him to become a speechwriter for the President.
On top of all his various careers, he has also written commentaries on economic, political and social issues, written books and screenplays and given financial advice to investors. Ben Stein, we salute you Sir!!
“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 Administration. 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.
– Ben Stein