Daniel Stern was certainly no novice when he starred in 1990’s Home Alone. He’d been in films for nearly a decade, but the hit movie made him well known and in demand. However, it seems that Stern never topped Marv Murchins as a role. So what happened to the goofball actor?
In his high school days in Bethesda, Maryland, Stern started a theater career that would eventually lead to working in Broadway and Off Broadway plays. Then in 1979 he snared his first movie role in Breaking Away. The actor’s career really picked up after he starred in Diner in 1984 and he subsequently won a couple of roles in Woody Allen films. So, by the time of Home Alone, Stern was a recognizable jobbing actor.
The 1990 comic hit propelled Stern to a new level of stardom. Naturally, he was more than willing to repeat the dose in the sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and he played a similar character in two City Slickers outings. However, he ducked the fourth film in the Home Alone series and attempted to shift into a broader range of roles. One of these was to voice the older Kevin Arnold in TV’s The Wonder Years.
Stern opened a Malibu, California, club for teens in 1999 and gives 500 hours in a year as a volunteer. He told The Malibu Times, “My success as an actor has afforded me the unique opportunity to give back to my community, putting my vision of creating a strong and sensitive society into practice.” And on top of that, Stern dedicates many hours to another interesting sideline.
Stern is an accomplished sculptor – working in bronze in his Malibu workshop. With this busy life, it may not be surprising that Stern’s most recent film before 2019 was A Christmas Story 2 seven years earlier. He did appear on the small screen with a role in Manhattan, however. Unfortunately, although the show was well received, it didn’t thrill viewers and was pulled after two seasons. But despite that, Stern does get steady work on TV.