Daniel Stern (actor)

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Daniel Stern
DanielStern09TIFF.jpg
BornDaniel Jacob Stern
(1957-08-28) August 28, 1957 (age 56)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Other namesDan Stern
OccupationActor, Director, Producer and screenwriter
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Laure Mattos (m. 1980)
ChildrenSophie Stern (b. 1986), Ella Marie Stern (b. 1989), Henry Stern
FamilyDavid M. Stern (brother)
 
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Daniel Stern
DanielStern09TIFF.jpg
BornDaniel Jacob Stern
(1957-08-28) August 28, 1957 (age 56)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Other namesDan Stern
OccupationActor, Director, Producer and screenwriter
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Laure Mattos (m. 1980)
ChildrenSophie Stern (b. 1986), Ella Marie Stern (b. 1989), Henry Stern
FamilyDavid 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 Merchants, 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 4.5 in (1.94m) 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]

Daniel Stern with Kristen Wiig and Drew Barrymore at 2009 Toronto International Film Festival

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 Merchants 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. 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.

Personal life[edit]

Stern has been married to Laure Mattos since 1980. Together they have three children, two daughters: Sophie and Ella, and a son, Henry.

In 2003, Stern went on a USO tour to Iraq and Kuwait.

Stern is a former member of the advisory board of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).[5]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1979Starting OverStudent 2
Breaking AwayCyril
1980It's My TurnCooperman
One Trick PonyHare Krishna
Stardust MemoriesAn Actor
A Small Circle of Friends
1981Honky Tonk FreewayHitchhiker
1982I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can
Diner
1983Get Crazy
Blue Thunder
1984The Ratings Game
Frankenweenie
C.H.U.D.
Samson and Delilah
1985HometownTV Series
Key Exchange
1986The Boss' Wife
Hannah and Her Sisters
1987Born in East L.A.
1988The Milagro Beanfield War
D.O.A.
Weekend War
The Wonder YearsnarratorTV Series 1988 to 1993
1989Little MonstersGlen Stevenson
Leviathan
Friends, Lovers, & Lunatics
1990Coupe de VilleMarvin Libner
Home AloneMarv
1991City Slickers
The Simpsons (season 2)Three Men and a Comic BookAnimated TV Series
1992Home Alone 2: Lost in New YorkMarv Merchants
1993SeaQuest DSVTV Series
Rookie of the Year
1994City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold
1995BushwhackedMax Grabelski
1996Celtic Pride
1997GunTV Series
Hey Arnold!Animated TV Series
1998Very Bad Things
Tourist Trap
1999DilbertAnimated TV Series
Partners
2000How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog
2001DannyTV Series
Viva Las Nowhere
2003Regular JoeTV Series
2004The Last Full Measure
2006Bachelor Party Vegas
The Last Time
2008A Previous Engagement
OtisWill Lawson
2009Whip It
Family GuyAnimated TV Series
MonkTV Series
2010The Next Three DaysMeyer Fisk
Battle of the BulbsBob Wallace
2012A Christmas Story 2The Old Man
2013WorkaholicsTravis RockneTV Series
Girlfriend in a ComaTom McNeilTV Series
Getting OnRichard JamesTV series

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearResultAwardCategoryFilm or series
1992NominatedAmerican Comedy AwardsFunniest Supporting ActorCity Slickers

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