Daniel Stern (actor)

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Daniel Stern
Daniel Stern July 9, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Stern in July 2014
Born Daniel Jacob Stern
(1957-08-28) August 28, 1957 (age 57)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Other names Dan Stern
Occupation Actor, Director, Producer and screenwriter
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Laure Mattos (m. 1980)
Children Sophie Stern (b. 1986), Ella Marie Stern (b. 1989), Henry Stern
Family David M. Stern (brother)

Daniel Jacob Stern (born August 28, 1957) is an American film and television actor. He is known for his roles in the Hollywood films Breaking Away, C.H.U.D., Diner, City Slickers, the first two Home Alone films, where he played bandit Marv Murchens, and as the narrator for the television series The Wonder Years.

Early life[edit]

Stern was born in Bethesda, Maryland, to a social worker father and a mother who managed a day care center.[1] His brother is television writer David M. Stern. Daniel Stern is 6 ft 4 in (1.93m) tall[2] and of Jewish descent.[3] During his years at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Stern starred in several theater productions, including playing C.C. Baxter in The Apartment and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Stern applied for a job as a lighting engineer for a Shakespeare Festival in Washington, D.C., but was hired as a walk-on in their production of As You Like It.[2] After taking acting lessons, Stern began his acting career in Off Broadway and Broadway productions, including a performance at Second Stage Theatre with actor Bob Gunton.

Career[edit]

In 1979, Stern made his movie debut as Cyril in Breaking Away. The following year he played a student who raised objections during Jill Clayburgh's proof[4] of the snake lemma in the film It's My Turn. His breakthrough role as Laurence "Shrevie" Schreiber came in Barry Levinson's Diner. He had another early film role in the 1984 horror film C.H.U.D., as the soup kitchen C.H.U.D. hunter. Stern was a candidate for the role of Biff Tannen in the 1985 film Back to the Future, but Stern turned the role down and was replaced by Thomas F. Wilson.

Stern has played characters in a number of comedic roles, such as Phil Berquist in the City Slickers movies; Marv Murchens the burglar in the first two Home Alone movies (Home Alone in 1990 and Home Alone 2 in 1992). However, he declined to play the character once again in the fourth installment of the franchise; he also starred as Max in Bushwhacked. He provided the voice of the narrator on the TV series The Wonder Years, which starred Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold. As narrator, Stern played the adult Kevin Arnold, remembering his youth.[5] Stern and Savage were also featured together in Little Monsters, in which Stern played the father of Savage's character. Stern provided the voice for the main character of the Dilbert animated TV series, based on the comic strip by Scott Adams. Stern directed several episodes of The Wonder Years and the feature film Rookie of the Year.

Stern was originally offered the role of Dale Gribble in King of the Hill but the role was offered to Johnny Hardwick when a salary agreement could not be reached.[citation needed]

Outside of acting and directing, Stern works as an artist, specializing in bronze sculpture.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Starting Over Student 2
Breaking Away Cyril
1980 It's My Turn Cooperman
One Trick Pony Hare Krishna
Stardust Memories An Actor
A Small Circle of Friends
1981 Honky Tonk Freeway Hitchhiker
1982 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can
Diner
1983 Get Crazy
Blue Thunder Officer Richard Lymangood
1984 The Ratings Game
Frankenweenie
C.H.U.D.
Samson and Delilah
1985 Hometown TV series
Key Exchange
1986 The Boss' Wife
Hannah and Her Sisters
1987 Born in East L.A.
1988 The Milagro Beanfield War
D.O.A.
Weekend War
The Wonder Years Kevin Arnold/Narrator TV Series 1988 to 1993
1989 Little Monsters Glen Stevenson
Leviathan
Friends, Lovers, & Lunatics
1990 Coupe de Ville Marvin Libner
Home Alone Marv Murchens
1991 City Slickers Phil Berquist
The Simpsons (season 2) Three Men and a Comic Book Animated TV Series
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Marv Murchens
1993 SeaQuest DSV TV Series
Rookie of the Year Phil Brickma
1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Phil Berquist
1995 Bushwhacked Max Grabelski
1996 Celtic Pride
1997 Gun TV Series
Hey Arnold! Animated TV Series
1998 Very Bad Things
Tourist Trap
1999 Dilbert Animated TV Series
Partners
2000 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog
2001 Danny TV Series
Viva Las Nowhere
2003 Regular Joe TV Series
2004 The Last Full Measure
2006 Bachelor Party Vegas
The Last Time
2008 A Previous Engagement
Otis Will Lawson
2009 Whip It
Family Guy Animated TV Series
Monk TV Series
2010 The Next Three Days Meyer Fisk
Battle of the Bulbs Bob Wallace
2012 A Christmas Story 2 The Old Man
2013 Workaholics Travis Rockne TV Series
Girlfriend in a Coma Tom McNeil TV Series
Getting On Richard James TV series
2014 Manhattan Glen Babbit TV series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Result Award Category Film or series
1992 Nominated American Comedy Awards Funniest Supporting Actor City Slickers

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