Ben Stein plays Ferris' Economics and role call teacher, who provides the boring classroom scenes which in contrast highlight how good Ferris' day off really is. Stein's performance as the Economics teacher is so memorable it was recently ranked as one of the 50 most famous scenes in American film.
Born on 25 November 1944 in Washington, D.C., Ben Stein was 42 years old at the time of shooting.
Stein also writes a regular column in The American Spectator, called Ben Stein's Diary.
Perhaps the most intriguing thing of his career was the TV series, Win Ben Stein's money, a gameshow in which Ben Stein's salary was actually put up as prizemoney for the contestants so that Stein was really competing with the guests.
Like FBDO co-star Lynam Ward (Tom Bueller) Stein appeared in the TV series The Wonder Years as Mr Cantwell in a role not too different from his economics teacher portrayal in FBDO.
His other films include Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Ghostbusters II, Soapdish, Honeymoon in Vegas with FBDO co-star Robert Kim (Police Officer), Dave (in which he played himself), Richie Rich, My Girl 2, North, The Mask, House Arrest and Casper.
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