Ben Stein: Growing Up In Silver Spring

February 8, 2018
Alex Tsironis
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Ben Stein as a student at Montgomery Hills Junior High in Silver Spring, courtesy of Classmates.

​Ben Stein grew up in the Woodside Forest neighborhood of Silver Spring. He attended Montgomery Hills Junior High with Sylvester Stallone in the late 50s. He then moved on to Blair High School, where he was a year ahead of Goldie Hawn and graduated with journalist, Carl Bernstein (teamed with Bob Woodward to do much of the original reporting on the Watergate Scandal, which led to the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon).

Stein majored in economics at Columbia University’s Columbia College and graduated with honors before graduating as valedictorian from Yale Law School.

After a stint as a lawyer in Connecticut and Washington D.C., Stein became a college professor at American University, Cal, and Pepperdine.

He jumped into politics as a speechwriter and lasers for President Richard Nixon and President Gerald Ford. Time magazine even speculated that Ben Stein could be Deep Throat, but it was later revealed to not be the case.

Stein’s acting career took off when he portrayed a teacher who spoke in monotone in the 80s hit Comedy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, with Matthew Broderick. He played a similar monotonous character in for a decade or so in Clear Eyes commercials before landing his own game Show, Win Ben Stein’s Money, on Comedy Central.

Though Stein currently lives in California, he still owns an apartment at Watergate building in Washington D.C.

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Ben Stein’s Blair High School yearbook photo, courtesy of Classmates.

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