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Dan Lauria
Dan Lauria at WonderCon 2009 1.JPG
Lauria at WonderCon 2009
Born Daniel Joseph Lauria
(1947-04-12) April 12, 1947 (age 67)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Eileen Cregg (1991–2001)

Daniel Joseph "Dan" Lauria (born April 12, 1947) is an American television, stage, and film actor.[1]

Early life[edit]

Lauria, an Italian-American, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Carmela (née Luongo) and Joseph J. Lauria.[2] He also lived in Lindenhurst, New York. He graduated from Lindenhurst Senior High School in 1965 as a varsity football player, and he briefly taught physical education at Lindenhurst High School. A Vietnam War veteran, Lauria served as an officer in the US Marine Corps in the early 1970s, at the same point in his life that Jack Arnold, his character in The Wonder Years did during the Korean War. He got his start in acting while attending Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut, on a football scholarship.


Lauria is best known for his portrayal of Jack Arnold, the money-conscious father on the TV series The Wonder Years, that ran from 1988 to 1993. He also played James Webb in the 1998 TV miniseries From the Earth to the Moon and Commanding Officer, USA in 1996's Independence Day. More recently he has appeared in a War Veterans public service announcement and as Police Commissioner Eustace Dolan in The Spirit. He appeared as Coach Hamstrung in The Three Stooges N.Y.U.K. on AMC in 2000. Lauria appeared on stage in New York in the summer of 2006 in an Off Broadway production of "A Stone Carver" by William Mastrosimone with Jim Iorio and Elizabeth Rossa. Lauria also had a small role in a Season two episode of Army Wives, as well as a season one episode of The Mentalist. In 2009, Dan has appeared as General Lee Whitworth, M.D. on T.V. series Criminal Minds Season 4. He has also appeared in an episode of Boy Meets World, starring Ben Savage, the younger brother of The Wonder Years's Fred Savage. In late 2009, Lauria returned to the Off Broadway stage, appearing as Jimmy Hoffa in Brian Lee Franklin's Good Bobby, a fictionalized account of Robert Kennedy's rise.

In 2010, Lauria appeared as Vince Lombardi in the Broadway play Lombardi.[3] The play received positive reviews, with sports writer Jim Hague commenting, "Lauria truly becomes Vince Lombardi. You almost forget you're watching an actor. He's Lombardi through and through, down to the wire-framed glasses and intimidating scowl." North Bergen football coach Vince Ascolese, who met Lombardi, commented "I really felt like he was Lombardi. It was uncanny."[4]

In 2012, Lauria played the part of Jean Shepard in the Broadway production of A Christmas Story: The Musical, a role which he reprised off Broadway at Madison Square Garden in 2013. He currently plays Jack Sullivan on the Steve Byrne sitcom "Sullivan and Son" On TBS.


Lauria at the 41st Emmy Awards on September 17, 1989



  1. ^ Harrison, Nancy (August 26, 1990). "For Wonder Years, Actor Recalls L.I.". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  2. ^ Dan Lauria Biography at Film Reference. Retrieved October 23, 2010.
  3. ^ Healy, Patrick (April 15, 2010). "Turf for a Different Kind of N.F.L. Play: Broadway". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Hague, Jim. "'Lombardi' on Broadway is a smash hit" "Tasty Tidbits" The Union City Reporter; October 24, 2010; Pages 12 & 13

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Asbury Park Press
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:57:22 -0700

Ask anyone who's watched a few hours of TV in their time, and they'll peg Dan Lauria as the dad on "The Wonder Years" — the long-running, Emmy winning series just now on the verge of its first DVD release. That, or the current cable sitcom "Sullivan ...

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Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:07:30 -0700

Dan Lauria, star of TV's The Wonder Years and Sullivan & Son as well as Broadway's Lombardi and the hit musical A Christmas Story, pens a killer comedy about a couple of old-time wise guys who just want to have a good Italian meal, a few laughs, and ...
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Wed, 03 Sep 2014 02:45:00 -0700

Dinner With The Boys, a World Premiere Comedy, will open at New Jersey Repertory Company (NJ Rep) in Long Branch on September 11th and run through October 5th. The play is written by Dan Lauria who also plays Charlie, one of the starring roles in the ...
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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:52:30 -0700

Dan Lauria, an actor best known for his work on "The Wonder Years," plans to visit with Shoemaker Elementary School fifth-graders later this month. Lauria is slated to stop by the Macungie school Sept. 23 to discuss "The Blue Hair Club," a children's ...
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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:37:30 -0700

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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:00:49 -0700

From left to right, Alley Milles (Norma Arnold), Josh Saviano (Paul Pfeiffer), Olivia d'Abo (Karen Arnold), Jason Hervey (Wayne Arnold), Fred Savage (Kevin Arnold), Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper) and Dan Lauria (Jack Arnold). (Photo : Time Life).

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