Benjamin Jeremy Stein began his entertainment career as a consultant for the TV show ‘All’s Fair’ (1976) and the comedy show ‘Fernwood 2Night’ (1977). His first screen appearance was a brief part in the comedy-drama film ‘The Wild Life’ (1984), but the first noticeable role was as the ‘economics teacher’ in the teen-comedy ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ (1986).
After appearing in the comedy film ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ (1987), Stein had a recurring role in the TV sitcom ‘Charles in Charge’ (1987-1990), ‘The Wonder Years’ (1989-1991) and ‘MacGyver’ (1991), besides film appearances such as ‘Ghostbusters II’ (1989), ‘Easy Wheels’ (1989), ‘Soapdish’ (1991), and ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ (1992). He was the screenwriter for the drama film ‘The Boost’ (1988) and appeared as himself in the political-comedy film ‘Dave’ (1993).
In 1993, Stein appeared on the TV series ‘Melrose Place,’ ‘Dennis the Menace,’ ‘Full House,’ ‘Animaniacs,’ ‘Hearts Afire,’ and in 1995, he appeared on ‘Tales from the Crypt,’ ‘Married…With Children,’ ‘Muppets Tonight,’ ‘The Marshal,’ and then in 1997, ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘101 Dalmatians: The Series.’
His movie appearances came in comedy-dramas ‘Me & the Kid’ (1993) and ‘My Girl 2’ (1994); and as ‘Dr. Arthur Neuman’ in the superhero comedy ‘The Mask’ (1994) and its sequel, ‘Son of the Mask’ (2005), the comedy ‘Richie Rich’ (1994), the supernatural dark fantasy ‘Casper’ (1995), ‘Casper: A Spirited Beginning’ (1997) and more.
In 1997, Stein began hosting his multiple Emmy-winning game show ‘Win Ben Stein’s Money’ (1997-2002), wherein the participants had to outwit Stein to win money. Next, he executive-produced, composed the theme music and hosted the talk show ‘Turn Ben Stein On’ (1999). He then co-hosted the clip show ‘Most Outrageous Game-Show Moments’ (2002), and presented the VH1 series ‘Game-Show Moments Gone Bananas’ (2005). In 2007, he hosted the reality TV show ‘America’s Most Smartest Model.’
After being part of the documentary ‘Your Mommy Kills Animals’ (2007), Stein wrote the screenplay and starred in the documentary film ‘Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed’ (2008). He also participated in several game shows, such as ‘The Weakest Link,’ ‘Match Game,’ ‘Hollywood Squares’ (1998-2004), ‘Cavuto on Business’ (2012-2018) and others.
Stein lent his voice in ‘Freakkazoid,’ ‘The Mask,’ ‘Bruno the Kid,’ ‘Duckman,’ ‘Earthworm Jim,’ ‘Rugrats,’ ‘Emperor’s New School,’ ‘The Fairly OddParents,’ ‘The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius,’ and many other projects. Stein was the screenwriter for the miniseries ‘Amerika’ and wrote the outline for the TV film ‘Murder in Mississippi.’ He was a judge on the TV series ‘Pet Star’ (2002-2003) and ‘Star Search’ (2003). Stein played himself in the series ‘The Factor’ (2005-2012) and ‘Happening Now’ (2012-2013). His latest screen appearance was in the sci-fi film ‘The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time’ (2018).
Habitual slacker Ferris Bueller makes an elaborate plan to pull off a special day off from school pretending to be sick while he shares an adventurous ride through Chicago with his girlfriend Sloane and his friend Cameron in the prized Ferrari of the latter's father. Meanwhile, convinced that he is faking, his dean desperately attempts to expose him.
Marketing executive, Neal Page, is returning home from a business trip for thanksgiving when his flight is diverted to a distant town due to a blizzard. He comes in clash with co-passenger Del Griffith, an annoyingly talkative traveling salesman with whom he spends the night, but after being robbed, they must work together to reach their destinations.
Stanley Ipkiss, a bank clerk too timid to handle confrontations, comes across a magical mask created by Loki, the Norse god of mischief, which turns him into a comical, trickster version of himself. With his newfound powers, he takes revenge on his tormentors, robs a bank, and attempts to win the affection of his crush, Tina Carlyle.
Dave is a political comedy film, which revolves around the life of Dave Kovic, a man who bears an uncanny resemblance with the President of the United States, Bill Mitchell. When Mitchell suffers a stroke, Dave is hired by the Secret Service to impersonate the President on an ongoing basis.
Despite saving New York City from demigod Gozer earlier, the Ghostbusters were forced to disband following myriads of property damage lawsuits. They come out of retirement to again help Dana Barrett after her son becomes the target of a demonic plot threatening the entire city, but they must first fight against the law and the government.
This romantic comedy film shows us the backstage lives of the cast and crew of a popular day-time soap opera. Along with her producer, a new actress plans to sabotage and end the career of the leading lady of the show.
Based on the Harvey Comics cartoon character, Casper the Friendly Ghost, this poignant and heartwarming film tells the story of Casper who becomes a ghost after his untimely death. The film’s visual effects and music score are spectacular, and its success spawned numerous sequels.
Honeymoon in Vegas is a romantic comedy film which tells the story of a commitment-phobic man, named Jack, who loses a significant sum of money to Tommy, in a game of poker which was rigged by the latter. Since he is unable to pay the debt, Tommy demands Jack to let him spend a weekend with Betsy, his fiancée.
Grover and Stacy feel that their parents are acting immaturely as they are deciding to divorce after eighteen years of marriage. In order to prevent the divorce, the two children kidnap their parents and hold them prisoner in the basement until they reconcile. Meanwhile, their schoolmates decide to do the same thing because their parents are going through divorce.
Dennis the Menace is a comedy-drama film which revolves around a mischievous child who wreck havoc on his next door neighbor, George Wilson, after his parents leave him with Mr and Mrs Wilson, while they have to go out of town.
The film follows world’s richest boy Richie Rich as he tries to protect his family from a dreadful plot. Richie, along with loyal butler Cadbury, has to run the Rich business as his parents are missing. With the help of some unexpected friends, he sets out to find the person who devised the callous scheme to destroy Rich family and take over the empire.
My Girl 2 is a romantic comedy drama film which tells the story of Vada Sultenfuss, who decides to go to Los Angeles, to do a little research on the life of her biological mother. Although her father initially opposes the idea, he eventually allows her. When she arrives in Los Angeles, she is greeted by a guy Nick, who has been asked by her uncle to help her in her investigation.
North is a talented eleven year old boy, who doesn’t feel valued by his parents. Fed up of the daily quarrel of his parents, he sets out on a quest to explore the world, to know himself, and to find the perfect parents.
Author, actor and political commentator Ben Stein poses an argument about the origin of life on Earth, stating that both intelligent design and evolution are legit explanations. He interviews several Darwinian scientists in the mainstream, and he further adds that Darwinism has led to ideologies such as Communism and Nazism. He uses clips of Hollywood movies and educational films to get his point across in a satirical way.
A standalone sequel to the 1994 film The Mask, the story centers on Tim Avery, a cartoonist and family man. He has been leading a peaceful life until his dog finds the Mask of Loki, which he wears to a Halloween Party. Shortly, he conceives a child, who is born with the same power of the mask. Meanwhile, Odin has ordered Loki to find the mask.
Careless zookeeper Frank DeTorre, who tends to overeat, become a cause of concern to his daughter, Shane. Eating a germ-infested egg, Frank contracts a deadly virus 'Thrax,' which plots to finish Frank in 48 hours. The ‘City of Frank’ inside Frank’s body is protected by enthusiastic white blood cell cop Osmosis ‘Ozzy’ Jones. Partnering with cold-pill Drix, now Ozzy must kill Thrax to save Frank.