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Dan Lauria
Dan Lauria at ATX TV Festival 2014 Sullivan and Son.jpg
Lauria at the ATX TV Festival 2014 for Sullivan & Son
Born Daniel Joseph Lauria
(1947-04-12) April 12, 1947 (age 69)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Eileen Cregg (1991–2001)
Dan Lauria
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1970-1973
Rank Captain (O-3)
Battles/wars Vietnam War

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 United States Marine Corps;[3] he served 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.[4] 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."[5] Lauria's portrayal of Lombardi was used during the NFL on FOX introduction to Super Bowl XLV, where the Green Bay Packers, the team Lombardi coached to victories in the first two Super Bowls, defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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. From 2012 through 2014, he played Jack Sullivan on the Steve Byrne sitcom Sullivan & Son.


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. ^ Dean, Paul (27 April 1995). "To Hell . . . and Back : Not everyone who fought in Vietnam came home shattered. Millions returned intact in mind and body, and used the worst of combat to find the best of life.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
    Cutler, Jacqueline (10 September 2006). "'The Path to 9/11". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Healy, Patrick (April 15, 2010). "Turf for a Different Kind of N.F.L. Play: Broadway". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ 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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2014 news items

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter
Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:30:32 -0800

Wonder Years alum Dan Lauria has joined Fox baseball pilot Pitch, while Once Upon a Time's Merrin Dungey has boarded ABC drama pilot Conviction. Fox's Pitch centers on a young female pitcher (Under the Dome's Kylie Bunbury) who defies the odds ...

Channel Guide Magazine

Channel Guide Magazine
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:45:00 -0700

Fred Savage, Daniel Stern, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Jason Hervey, Josh Saviano, Danica McKellar, Olivia d'Abo. A string of guest stars includes a handful of notable names. Among them: Robert Picardo, Ben Stein, Juliette Lewis, David Schwimmer, Paula ...

Wirtualna Polska

Wirtualna Polska
Tue, 12 Apr 2016 11:00:28 -0700

Lata mijają, a Dan Lauria – pamiętany głównie dzięki roli Jacka Arnolda, ojca Kevina z „Cudownych lat” - praktycznie się nie zmienia. Dobre geny czy dobry chirurg? Aktor nie zdradził odpowiedzi na to pytanie, ale jedno jest pewne: formy mógłby mu ...

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:33:45 -0700

John Gervase of Park Ridge, seated, is joined by Park Ridge Police Sgt. Sgt. Michael Luehr, Officer Jim Novy, Officer Andre Moravet, Fire Chief Jeff Sorensen, Deputy Police Chief Duane Mellema and Officer Dan Lauria during a welcome home celebration on ...


Mon, 04 Apr 2016 08:56:15 -0700

Actor Dan Lauria is 69. Former talk show host David Letterman is 69. Author Scott Turow is 67. Singer David Cassidy is 66. Actor-playwright Tom Noonan is 65. Rhythm-and-blues singer JD Nicholas (The Commodores) is 64. Singer Pat Travers is 62.
Sun, 10 Apr 2016 07:48:56 -0700

Actor Dan Lauria (”The Wonder Years”) is 69. Talk-show host David Letterman is 69. Singer-actor David Cassidy is 66. Singer J.D. Nicholas of The Commodores is 64. Singer Pat Travers is 62. Actor Andy Garcia is 60. Actress Suzzanne Douglas (”The Parent ...

E! Online

E! Online
Tue, 05 Apr 2016 06:30:00 -0700

Guest stars for the final season also include Annie Potts, Teri Polo, Sebastian Roche, Dan Lauria, Constance Wu, Hal Linden, Ana Ortiz and Maria Dizzia. Royal Pains' final season premieres Wednesday, May 18 at 10 p.m. on USA. (E! and USA are both part ...


Wed, 06 Apr 2016 13:26:15 -0700

... Raj (Rupak Ginn), Hank's former/sometime girlfriend, Jill (Jill Flint), Libby (Meredith Hagner) and Gen. William Collins (Bob Gunton). Other guests: Annie Potts, Teri Polo, Sebastian Roche, Dan Lauria, Constance Wu, Hal Linden, Ana Ortiz and Maria ...

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