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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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Broadway World
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:36:28 -0700

New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, will present the World Premiere of Dinner With The Boys by Dan Lauria. Dan Lauria, star of TV's The Wonder Years and Sullivan & Son as well as Broadway's Lombardi and the hit ...

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Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:43:39 -0700

(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to present the World Premiere of "Dinner With The Boys" by Dan Lauria, directed by Frank Megna and starring Dan Lauria, Ray Abruzzo, Richard ...
Los Angeles Times
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:35:22 -0700

Sullivan & Son In this new episode Jack (Dan Lauria) shows Steve (Steve Byrne) what life would have been like if he hadn't been around for some crucial moments in the lives of his family and friends. 10 p.m. TBS. Covert Affairs In the season finale ...
Sun, 10 Aug 2014 19:30:15 -0700

Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”) plays his father. Regulars in the bar include Brian Doyle Murphy as the resident barfly Brian Doyle-Murray, Christine Ebersole as Owen's mother and Valerie Azlynn as a potential love interest for Steve. Byrne also has ...


Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:04:29 -0700

Which means you can add Cho to the list of fine actors — including Jodi Long, Brian Dolye-Murray, Dan Lauria and the fabulous Christine Ebersole — who deserve more from TV than this show offers. Read or Share this story: http://usat.ly/VBoWzi ...
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Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:07:17 -0700

In the bottom of the third inning, Alcock reached on a single and ended up scoring on a Dan Lauria groundout for a 3-0 lead. Marblehead made some noise in the fifth when Jared Maude and Jack Bentley reached on back-to-back walks, but the threat fizzled ...
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:57:39 -0700

Dan Lauria is a real-life Vietnam veteran. The writers made his character a Korean War vet, and in one episode he gave his daughter his Army duffle bag when she left for college. Fred Savage later became a director, and Dan Lauria appeared in one of ...

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WTSP 10 News
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:58:26 -0700

In Sullivan & Son, Steve Byrne plays Steve Sullivan, a successful corporate attorney from New York who brings his girlfriend home for his father's 60th birthday and learns that his Irish-American father, Jack Sullivan (Dan Lauria), and Korean mother ...

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