Daniel Stern

Active - 1979 - 2019  |   Born - Aug 28, 1957 in Bethesda, Maryland, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Comedy Drama, Drama

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Trained at the Hagen-Bergdorf studio, actor Daniel Stern hopscotched between stage and films during his first professional years, appearing on Broadway in Sam Shepard's True West and making his movie debut as Cyril in Breaking Away (1979). Biding his time with bits in such films as Stardust Memories (1980) and One Trick Pony (1980), Stern enjoyed a career breakthrough in the role of obsessive record collector Shrevie in Barry Levinson's Diner (1982). While he has been seen in a number of major roles since then, Stern is most fondly remembered for his portrayal of Marv, the Larry Fine-like burglar in the two Home Alone flicks of the early 1990s, and as cowboy wannabe Phil Berquist in Billy Crystal's City Slickers films. Stern's TV contributions include the role of Joey Nathan on the shortliver 1985 weekly Hometown, and a longer stint as the adult Kevin Arnold, the never-seen narrator of The Wonder Years (1989-92). Having previously directed several Wonder Years installments, Daniel Stern made his feature-film directorial bow with the 1993 baseball fantasy Rookie of the Year, and in 1995 functioned as both star and producer of the theatrical feature Tenderfoot. He went on to appear in Celtic Pride, the TV series Regular Joe, A Previous Engagement, and he played Drew Barrymore's father in her directorial debut Whip It.

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  • Started his career with performances in off-Broadway plays such as Lost and Found, True West and Frankie and Annie.
  • Gained notoriety as the narrator of seminal dramedy The Wonder Years, and made his TV directorial debut with the 1989 episode "Pottery Will Get You Nowhere."
  • Made his feature directorial debut in 1993 with the hit family film Rookie of the Year.
  • Provided the voice of Dilbert in the UPN animated series of the same name.
  • Was the producer, creator and star of 2001's CBS sitcom Danny, which was canceled after only two episodes.