Daniel Jacob Stern
August 28, 1957
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
|Other names||Peter Mills (screenwriter name)|
|Children||3, including Henry Stern|
|Family||David M. Stern (brother)|
Daniel Jacob Stern (born August 28, 1957) is an American actor, artist, director, and screenwriter. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Marv Murchins in Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), Phil Berquist in City Slickers (1991) and City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994), the voice of adult Kevin Arnold on the television series The Wonder Years, and the voice of Dilbert on the animated series of the same name. Other notable films of his include Breaking Away (1979), Stardust Memories (1980), Diner (1982), Blue Thunder (1983), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The Milagro Beanfield War (1988), Coupe de Ville (1990), and Very Bad Things (1998). He made his feature-film directorial debut with Rookie of the Year (1993).
Stern was born in Bethesda, Maryland to Cynthia and Leonard Stern. His father was a social worker while his mother managed a day care center. He is 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. He dropped out of high school in his senior year and soon moved to New York. After taking acting lessons at HB Studio 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 of the snake lemma in the film It's My Turn. He was the novice observer Richard Lymangood in the 1983 action thriller film Blue Thunder. He had another early film role in the 1984 horror film C.H.U.D., as the soup kitchen C.H.U.D. hunter. His breakthrough role as Laurence "Shrevie" Schreiber came in Barry Levinson's Diner. 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 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold, and Marv 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 fourth installment of the franchise, believing the script to be an insult to the original motion picture. 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. 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 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. 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. He starred in Game Over, Man! (2018) as well as the Hulu original series, “Shrill”, as the main character’s (Aidy Bryant) father.
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, Monrovia, and Agoura Hills. He is an artist in residence at Studio Channel Islands Art Centre in Camarillo. He has also done many private commissions, gallery exhibitions and art fairs. He married actress Laure Mattos in 1980, and together they have three children, son California State Senator Henry Stern and daughters Ella and Sophie Stern.
|1979||Starting Over||Student 2|
|1980||A Small Circle of Friends||Crazy Kid: Draft Inductee||Credited as "Dan Stern"|
|1980||One-Trick Pony||Hare Krishna|
|1980||It's My Turn||Cooperman|
|1981||Honky Tonk Freeway||Hitchhiker|
|1982||Diner||Laurence 'Shrevie' Schreiber|
|1982||I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can||Jim|
|1983||Blue Thunder||Officer Richard Lymangood|
|1983||Get Crazy||Neil Allen|
|1984||C.H.U.D.||A.J 'The Reverend' Shepherd||Writer (Uncredited)|
|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|
|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||Marvin "Marv" Murchins|
|1991||City Slickers||Phil Berquist|
|1992||Home Alone 2: Lost in New York||Marvin "Marv" Murchins|
|1993||Rookie of the Year||Phil Brickma||Director|
|1994||City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold||Phil Berquist|
|1995||Bushwhacked||Max Grabelski||Executive Producer|
|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|
|2004||The Last Full Measure||Short film|
|2006||Vegas, Baby||Hardy Hard||Direct-to-video|
|2006||The Last Time||John Whitman|
|2008||A Previous Engagement||Jack Reynolds|
|2009||Whip It||Earl Cavendar|
|2009||Red State Blues||Howard||Short film|
|2010||The Next Three Days||Meyer Fisk|
|2010||Branches||Narrator (voice)||Short film|
|2011||California Romanza||Uncle Pops||Short film|
|2012||A Christmas Story 2||The Old Man||Direct-to-video|
|2017||City Slickers in Westworld||Phil Berquist||Video short|
|2018||Game Over, Man!||Mitch|
|2019||James vs. His Future Self||Jimmy||Executive Producer|
|TBA||Everything's Peachy||Jerry Schiff||Pre-production, Director and Writer|
|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|
|1988–1993||The Wonder Years||Adult Kevin Arnold (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|
|1999–2000||Dilbert||Dilbert (voice)||30 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|
|2014–2015||Manhattan||Glen Babbit||15 episodes|
|2015||Strange Calls||Gregor||Television movie|
|2016||Angie Tribeca||Dreyfuss||Episode: "The Coast Is Fear"|
|2017||Love||Marty Dobbs||Episode: "Marty Dobbs"|
|2018||Dan the Weatherman||Don||Television movie|
|2019||Shrill||Bill Easton||8 episodes|
|2020||Captain Karl's Institute for the Abnormally Bizarre||'Captain Karl' Moorehouse|
|2023||For All Mankind||Eli Hobson|
Awards and nominations
|American Comedy Awards||Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture||City Slickers||Nominated|
- "New Face: Daniel Stern Off the Sofa and Onto the Movie Screen in 'Breaking Away'; 'But It Was Cheap Rent'". The New York Times. August 31, 1979. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
- "Daniel Stern: Then and Now | Film Industry Digest". Retrieved 2020-04-10.[permanent dead link]
- "Quotes from "It's My Turn"". IMDb.
- Day, Heather Thompson (2013). How to Feed the Mediavore: The 30 Day Challenge. Review and Herald. p. 28. ISBN 9780812756555.
- "The Untold Truth of King of the Hill". 30 August 2017.
- Faires, Robert (1999-04-02). "Picks to Snicker". The Austin Chronicle.
- "‘Home Alone’ star sculpts statue for City of Agoura Hills" Archived 2016-01-05 at the Wayback Machine, Stephanie Bertholdo, The Acorn
- "IMDb Daniel Stern - Producer (4)". IMDb.
- "IMDb Daniel Stern - Producer (4)". IMDb.