Daniel was born October 14, 1985 in Chicago, Illinois. He, his mom, and brother Robert moved to Boca Raton, Florida in 1988 where he lived until his mom remarried in 1991 and they moved just outside of Toronto, Canada. Daniel's acting career started in 1997 when he landed the role of Chip in the Disney stage production of Beauty and the Beast. Concurrently with landing that role, he signed on with the Noble Talent Agency (now Noble Caplan). After six months he outgrew the costume, and over the next six months he landed a couple of commercials. His first big break in television came early the following year, when he landed the part of Stanley in Eerie Indiana: The Other Dimension. After a very successful season there, he played a number of lead roles in a series of; Goosebumps, Real Kids Real Adventures, and Are You Afraid of the Dark. His first lead in a feature film came with Grizzly Falls, an action packed adventure filmed in Canmore, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario. After Grizzly Falls came two seasons playing the role of Tim, best friend to Ryan Cooley's alien character Pleskit in I Was a Sixth Grade Alien. Then in 2001, Dan got the role of Sean Hope Cameron in Degrassi: the Next Generation. While playing this part, he got a guest starring as Yulyn in Earth: Final Conflict. And in 2002, he was featured in a mcCain french fries commercial. In 2003, UNICEF awarded him as one of the ambassadors of the AIDs Awareness Association with his other Degrassi co-hosts.