Originally from Bethesda, Maryland, Daniel Stern has been acting professionally since the age of seventeen. Following his high school graduation, he auditioned for the Washington Shakespeare Festival seeking a job as a lighting engineer but ended up with a walk-on role in their production of As You Like It.
Shortly thereafter, Stern made his way to New York where he trained to be an actor and began to accumulate several off-Broadway credits including Split, Frankie and Annie, The Mandrake, and The Old Glory. Director Peter Yates gave Stern one of his first breaks when he cast him as one of the four Indiana teenagers in the highly acclaimed film "Breaking Away" for Twentieth Century Fox.
Following that, Stern appeared in Woody Allen's "Stardust Memories," Barry Levinson’s “Diner,” Claudia Weill's "Its My Turn" and John Schlesinger's "Honky Tonk Freeway.” Other film credits include "I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can," "Blue Thunder," "Hannah and Her Sisters," "The Boss's Wife," "The Milagro Beanfield War," "Born in East L.A." and "D.O.A." Stern is also widely known for his roles in the feature films “C.H.U.D.,” “City Slickers” and “City Slickers 2,” “Bushwhacked,” “Rookie of the Year,” “Whip It” and the first two “Home Alone” films, in which he played fumbling thief Marv Merchants.
In the late 1980s, Stern enjoyed five seasons on the popular and critically acclaimed television comedy, "The Wonder Years,” as the narrator and adult voice of the series’ hero, Kevin Arnold. His other television credits include animated series “Dilbert,” “Hey Arnold!” and “Family Guy,” among others.