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Also Known As: Daniel Jacob Stern Died:
Born: August 28, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bethesda, Maryland, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, TV series creator, screenwriter

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Prolific character actor Daniel Stern accumulated an impressive list of performances in a wide variety of roles over a career that spanned decades. Making a memorable debut in the surprise hit film "Breaking Away" (1979), he was immediately likable in the part of the hilarious and laid back Cyril. Soon, Stern was working with the likes of Woody Allen, just prior to co-starring in another small, but highly-regarded film, director Barry Levinson's "Diner" (1982). There were missteps along the way, such as the schlock horror movie "C.H.U.D." (1984), but those were outweighed by his efforts on projects like "The Wonder Years" (ABC, 1987-1993), for which Stern provided uncredited narration for the fondly remembered series. His biggest success came with the role of Marv, the comically rotten burglar in the smash hit "Home Alone" (1990), co-starring Macaulay Culkin and Joe Pesci. Stern immediately followed with yet another box-office bonanza, cast as the repressed pal of Billy Crystal in "City Slickers" (1991). Flush with success, he antagonized Culkin again in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" (1992), made his directorial debut with "Rookie of the Year" (1993), and hit the trail once again in "City Slickers...

Prolific character actor Daniel Stern accumulated an impressive list of performances in a wide variety of roles over a career that spanned decades. Making a memorable debut in the surprise hit film "Breaking Away" (1979), he was immediately likable in the part of the hilarious and laid back Cyril. Soon, Stern was working with the likes of Woody Allen, just prior to co-starring in another small, but highly-regarded film, director Barry Levinson's "Diner" (1982). There were missteps along the way, such as the schlock horror movie "C.H.U.D." (1984), but those were outweighed by his efforts on projects like "The Wonder Years" (ABC, 1987-1993), for which Stern provided uncredited narration for the fondly remembered series. His biggest success came with the role of Marv, the comically rotten burglar in the smash hit "Home Alone" (1990), co-starring Macaulay Culkin and Joe Pesci. Stern immediately followed with yet another box-office bonanza, cast as the repressed pal of Billy Crystal in "City Slickers" (1991). Flush with success, he antagonized Culkin again in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" (1992), made his directorial debut with "Rookie of the Year" (1993), and hit the trail once again in "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold" (1994). And while some future endeavors fell flat, such as "Celtic Pride" (1996) and the failed sitcom "Regular Joe" (ABC, 2002-03), Stern would continue to lend his considerable talents to films like the girl power dramedy "Whip It" (2009) and the action thriller "The Next Three Days" (2010). While not packing the name recognition of some of his more high-wattage contemporaries, Stern nonetheless remained one of the more versatile supporting actors in film and on television.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Rookie of the Year (1993) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Whip It (2009)
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 Otis (2008)
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 Last Time, The (2007)
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 Viva Las Nowhere (2001) Frank Jacobs
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 Tourist Trap (1998) George Piper
10.
 Very Bad Things (1998) Adam Berkow
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Made stage debut in the Shakespeare Festival production of "As You Like It" in Washington, DC
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Moved to NYC at age 17 and performed off-Broadway in "Frankie and Annie" and "The Old Glory" during the late 1970s
1979:
Made film debut as the sardonic Cyril in "Breaking Away"
1980:
First appearance in a Woody Allen film, "Stardust Memories"
1982:
Had featured role as the record-collecting groom Shrevie in the ensemble of Barry Levinson's "Diner"
1984:
TV acting debut in "Samson and Delilah" (ABC)
1985:
Appeared as a regular in the series "Hometown" (CBS)
1986:
Had small role in Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters"
1988:
Supplied the naration for the coming-of-age series "The Wonder Years" (ABC)
1989:
Made TV directorial debut with "The Wonder Years" episode, "Pottery Will Get You Nowhere"
1990:
Had featured role in the blockbuster hit "Home Alone"
1991:
Co-starred with Billy Crystal and Jack Palance in "City Slickers"
1992:
Reprised role as Joe Pesci's partner in crime in the sequel "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"
1993:
Feature directorial debut, "Rookie of the Year"
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Formed Chesapeake Entertainment
1994:
Co-starred in the sequel "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold"
1995:
Executive produced and starred in the film comedy "Bushwhacked"
1997:
Starred in pilot episode of ABC's anthology series "Gun"
1998:
Co-starred in "Very Bad Things," as an upright guy caught up in an accidental death
1999:
Provided the title character's voice in the UPN animated series, "Dilbert"
2000:
Acted in the Los Angeles premiere of the award-winning play "Dinner With Friends"
2001:
Returned to series TV as executive producer, writer-creator and star of the short-lived CBS sitcom "Danny"
2003:
Starred in the short-lived ABC series, "Regular Joe"
2005:
Earned good reviews for writing and starring in the play, "Barbra's Wedding"
2009:
Played Ellen Page's father in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, "Whip It"
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Education

HB Studio: New York , New York -
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School: Bethesda , Maryland - 1975

Notes

"I've never separated my voice from the rest of my body. The producers of 'The Wonder Years' told me they had my voice in mind when they wrote the script. It's hard to believe. I don't know how or why.

"... The idea of me in the voice world is funny. Vocally, I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm just an actor trying to play a character." --Daniel Stern quote in USA Today, February 1, 1999.

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wife:
Laure Stern. Born c. 1950; mother of Stern's three children.

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brother:
David M Stern. TV story editor. Younger.
son:
Henry Stern. Born c. 1982.
daughter:
Sophie Stern. Born c. 1986.
daughter:
Ella Marie Stern. Born on January 23, 1989.
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