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 59)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Other names Dan Stern
Occupation Actor, director 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 Murchins, and as the voice-over narrator on the television series The Wonder Years as the present-day adult Kevin Arnold. He also starred in the horror comedy film Otis.

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 parents are both Jewish. His brother is television writer David M. Stern. During his years at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Stern starred in several theater productions, including playing C.C. Baxter in Promises, Promises 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 The Taming of the Shrew, starring Glenn Close.[citation needed] He dropped out of high school in his senior year and soon moved to New York. After taking acting lessons at HB Studios with Austin Pendleton and Herbert Berghof, Stern began his acting career in Off Broadway and Broadway productions, including True West with Gary Sinise and How I Got That Story at Second Stage Theatre with Bob Gunton. He acted in numerous productions at The Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Cherry Lane Theater,and Manhattan Theater Club.


In 1979, Stern made his film debut as Cyril in Breaking Away. The following year he played a student who raised objections during Jill Clayburgh's proof[2] 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. He appeared in two films with Woody Allen, Stardust Memories and Hannah and Her Sisters.

Stern has played characters in a number of comedic roles, such as Phil Berquist in City Slickers, and Marv Murchens the burglar in the first two Home Alone films, Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, with Joe Pesci. However, he declined to play the character once again in the future installments 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.[3] Stern and Savage were also featured together in Little Monsters, in which Stern played the father of Savage's character. In the late 1990s, Stern took on a more serious role in the black comedy Very Bad Things with Christian Slater, Cameron Diaz and Jon Favreau. 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 1993 feature film Rookie of the Year, and in recent years directed two episodes of the TV series, Manhattan.

Stern created, wrote and starred in the CBS television show Danny.

He wrote the off-Broadway hit "Barbra's Wedding", which was produced by The Dodgers and Manhattan Theater Club. It starred John Pankow and Julie White and ran for six months. Mr. Stern also appeared in the play at Garry Marshall's Falcon Theater.

Stern was originally offered the role of Dale Gribble in King of the Hill but he was replaced by Johnny Hardwick when his salary agreement went low.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Stern works as an artist, specializing in bronze sculpture. He has created sculptures for public art projects in San Diego, Pasadena, Palm Desert, Temple City and Agoura Hills. He is an artist in residence at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo. He has also done many private commissions, gallery exhibitions and art fairs.[4]

He and his wife, Laure, started the Malibu Foundation for Youth and Families, which created The Malibu Boys and Girls Club, a thriving institution serving Malibu. He served as the President of foundation as well.

He developed a curriculum and taught Media Literacy in classrooms throughout California.

He served as Honorary Chairman of the California PTA.

Over Christmas in 2003, Mr. Stern visited the troops in Iraq on Handshake Tour with the USO. He was accompanied by his son Henry, who served as tour director.

He helped create and served as the founding Chairman of the Malibu Arts Commission.

In 2009, President Obama awarded him the United States' highest honor for volunteerism, the President's "Call to Service Award".

He owns a 500-acre cattle ranch in California's Central Valley.



Year Title Role Notes
1979 Breaking Away Cyril
1979 Starting Over Student 2
1980 A Small Circle of Friends Crazy Kid: Draft Inductee
1980 Stardust Memories Actor
1980 One Trick Pony Hare Krishna
1980 It's My Turn Cooperman
1981 Honky Tonk Freeway Hitchhiker
1982 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Jim
1982 Diner Laurence 'Shrevie' Schreiber
1983 Blue Thunder Officer Richard Lymangood
1983 Get Crazy Neil Allen
1983 Daniel Artie Sternlicht
1984 C.H.U.D. Al 'The Reverend' Shepherd
1984 Frankenweenie Ben Frankenstein Short film
1985 Key Exchange Michael Fine
1986 Hannah and Her Sisters Dusty
1986 The Boss' Wife Joel Keefer
1987 Born in East L.A. Jimmy
1988 The Milagro Beanfield War Herbie Platt
1988 D.O.A. Hal Petersham
1989 Leviathan Buzz "Sixpack" Parrish
1989 Little Monsters Glen Stevenson
1989 Friends, Lovers, & Lunatics Mat
1990 Coupe de Ville Marvin Libner
1990 My Blue Heaven Will Stubbs
1990 Home Alone Marv Murchins
1991 City Slickers Phil Berquist
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Marv Murchins
1993 Rookie of the Year Phil Brickma Also director
1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Phil Berquist
1995 Bushwhacked Max Grabelski
1996 Celtic Pride Mike O'Hara
1998 Very Bad Things Adam Berkow
2000 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Guest at costume party Uncredited
2001 Viva Las Nowhere Frank Jacobs
2006 The Last Time John Whitman
2009 Otis Will Lawson
2009 Whip It Earl Cavendar
2010 The Next Three Days Meyer Fisk


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Samson and Delilah Micah Television film
1984 The Ratings Game Skip Imperali Television film
1985 Hometown Joey Nathan 10 episodes
1986 Comedy Factory Leon Episode: "Man About Town"
1988 Weekend War Garfield Television film
1988–93 The Wonder Years Kevin Arnold / Narrator (voice) Uncredited; 114 episodes
1990 The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson William Cline Television film
1991 The Simpsons Narrator Episode: "Three Men and a Comic Book"
1997 Gun Harvey Hochfelder Episode: "The Shot"
1998 Hey Arnold! Mr. Packenham (voice) Episode: "Tour de Pond/Teachers' Strike"
1998 Tourist Trap George W. Piper Television film
1999 Partners Sam Television film
1999–2000 Dilbert Dilbert (voice) 30 episodes
2001 Danny Danny 9 episodes
2003 Regular Joe Joe Binder 5 episodes
2009 Family Guy Narrator (voice) Episode: "FOX-y Lady"
2009 Monk Sheriff Franklin Episode: "Mr. Monk and the UFO"
2010 Battle of the Bulbs Bob Wallace Television film
2013 Workaholics Travis Rockne Episode: "Alice Quits"
2013; 2015 Getting On Richard James 2 episodes
2014 House of Lies Robert Tretorn 2 episodes
2014–15 Manhattan Glen Babbit 15 episodes

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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