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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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A.V. Club Austin

A.V. Club Austin
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:52:30 -0700

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don't know beforehand what roles we'll ask them to talk about. The actor: Like more than a few other actors, Dan Lauria got his start in ...
Allentown Morning Call
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:48:46 -0700

Dan Lauria, best known as the father in the ABC sitcom "The Wonder Years," sat in a rocking chair in front of more than 100 East Penn School District fifth-graders, all born long after the sitcom went off the air. The actor's goal was simple: Encourage ...

ABC News

ABC News
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:45:42 -0700

Dan Lauria Influenced Savage In a Big Way: Now a director for shows including "Modern Family," "2 Broke Girls," and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," Savage credits his on-screen dad, played by Dan Lauria, for being "an educator." "He would talk to ...
Allentown Morning Call
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:07:51 -0700

Wonder Years actor Dan Lauria told stories, answered questions, and signed his book, 'The Blue Hair Club' for fifth graders at Shoemaker Elementary School in Lower Macungie Township on Tuesday morning. Wonder Years actor Dan Lauria told stories, ...

New Jersey Stage

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:18:45 -0700

Due to popular demand, Dinnner With the Boys, a world premiere comedy written by Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years, Lombardi), has added an extra week of performances to its run at the New Jersey Repertory Company. The production, which began ...

New Jersey Stage

New Jersey Stage
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:22:30 -0700

Due to overwhelming demand, DINNER WITH THE BOYS starring Dan Lauria, Ray Abruzzo, Richard Zavaglia has been extended one week through October 12, 2014 at New Jersey Repertory Company located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch. The added ...


Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:03:45 -0700

Although Alley Mills and Dan Lauria (who played Norma and Jack Arnold) represent what McKellar called “the quintessential parents,” neither had children. Meanwhile, Savage has three kids, McKellar has a son, and Saviano has a 7-year-old daughter, Noah ...


Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:38:06 -0700

Dan Lauria (Jack Arnold): I literally couldn't get in [to audition], but I was dating Joanna Kerns, who played the mom on Growing Pains. She said, "Did you get in for Neal and Carol's series?" I said, "Nah, my agent can't get me in." She went in the ...

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