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President Nixon's 100th birthday marked

YORBA LINDA, Calif., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A crowd gathered in California Sunday for an early tribute marking the 100th birthday of the late President Richard Nixon.

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American Legion to honor Ben Stein

American Legion to honor Ben Stein

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- The American Legion Tuesday said it plans to honor TV personality Ben Stein for his support of the U.S. armed forces.
Ben Stein drops out of graduation ceremony

Ben Stein drops out of graduation ceremony

BURLINGTON, Vt., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Ben Stein has declined an invitation to speak at the University of Vermont's spring graduation ceremony after some critics objected to his presence.

'Expelled' claims withdrawn by plaintiffs

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- EMI Records and artist Yoko Ono have both withdrawn claims of copyright infringement against the U.S. movie "Expelled," a producer says.

Hollywood support for McCain tepid

HOLLYWOOD, May 28 (UPI) -- Republican presidential hopeful John McCain has less support in Hollywood than Democratic rival Barack Obama, figures show.

'Forbidden Kingdom' is golden

LOS ANGELES, April 20 (UPI) -- The kung fu adventure flick "The Forbidden Kingdom" opened at No. 1 in U.S. movie theaters this weekend, estimated gate receipts show.
CBS cancels 'Secret Talents of the Stars'

CBS cancels 'Secret Talents of the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, April 10 (UPI) -- CBS has canceled its reality competition series "Secret Talents of the Stars" after only one episode aired, Variety.com said Thursday.
O'Hurley to be host of 'Secret Talents'

O'Hurley to be host of 'Secret Talents'

LOS ANGELES, April 3 (UPI) -- U.S. television personality John O'Hurley has been named host of the new TV competition series "Secret Talents of the Stars," CBS announced Thursday.
CBS to air 'Secret Talents of the Stars'

CBS to air 'Secret Talents of the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, March 19 (UPI) -- Sixteen celebrities have signed on to compete in the new U.S. television series "Secret Talents of the Stars," CBS announced.
Ben Stein tackles evolution debate

Ben Stein tackles evolution debate

LOS ANGELES, March 10 (UPI) -- U.S. actor and author Ben Stein co-wrote and stars in a new documentary about the backlash proponents of intelligent design suffer in academic circles.

'Smartest Model' contestant arrested

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- One of the stars of the TV reality show, "America's Most Smartest Model" has been charged with sexual misconduct and aggravated harassment.
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Ben Stein
RNC2000073110 - 31 JULY 2000 - PHILADELPHIA, PA: Ben Stein, host of the televsions show "Win Ben Stein's Money" doing a political version of his show at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, July 31. cs/Frank Polich UPI

Benjamin Jeremy "Ben" Stein (born November 25, 1944) is an American actor, writer, game show host, documentary filmmaker, conservative political and economic commentator, and attorney. He gained early success as a speechwriter for American presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Later he entered the entertainment field and became an actor, comedian, and Emmy Award-winning game show host. He is famous for his monotonous yet humorous voice in acting.

Stein has frequently written commentaries on economic, political, and social issues, along with financial advice to individual investors. He is the son of noted economist and writer Herbert Stein, who worked at the White House under President Nixon. His sister, Rachel, is also a writer.

Stein was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Mildred (née Fishman), a homemaker, and Herb 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 1961 along with classmate journalist Carl Bernstein; actress Goldie Hawn (class of 1963) was two years 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 society and the Philolexian Society. After graduating with honors from Columbia in 1966, Stein went to Yale Law School, graduating in June 1970. He had stated that he did not have the highest grades in his class at Yale, but was voted valedictorian by the students because he was most popular.

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