Daniel Stern is an American actor, director, and writer, known for his iconic roles in film and television. Stern’s breakout role came in the 1982 comedy-drama film “Diner,” directed by Barry Levinson. His performance as the lovable, wisecracking Shrevie earned him critical acclaim and launched his career in Hollywood. He went on to star in several successful films in the 1980s and 1990s, including “City Slickers,” “Home Alone,” and “Rookie of the Year.”
In addition to his work as an actor, Stern has also directed and written for film and television. He directed the 1993 film “Rookie of the Year” and the 1994 film “Little Big League,” both of which were well-received by audiences and critics. He also wrote and directed the 2003 film “Whacked,” a dark comedy about a group of actors who accidentally kill a mob boss.
Stern has worked with filmmaker Woody Allen on the 1994 film “Bullets Over Broadway,” and with director Ron Howard on the 1984 film “Splash” and the 1991 film “Celtic Pride.” Stern has also worked with acclaimed actors such as Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, and Kevin Bacon, Joe Pesci, Macaulay Culkin, among others.
Stern has been a longtime supporter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), an organization that works to protect the rights and interests of animals through the legal system. Stern has been open about his love for animals and his passion for animal welfare. He has spoken out against animal cruelty and has encouraged others to adopt pets from animal shelters and rescue organizations.