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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 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 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. 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. ^ 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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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:06:44 -0800

They ran into actor Dan Lauria, best known for playing the dad on the TV show "The Wonder Years." Seeing him was a thrill for Caridi. When he was growing up, his older brother and Lauria were pals. "I said, 'Do you know who I am?' and he said, 'No.' I ...
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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:41:15 -0700

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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:03:45 -0800

Paul Sorvino, Danny Aiello, Dan Lauria, guys like us.” By writing for and casting these actors, LaRusso was instrumental in launching many of their careers. When LaRusso first met Aiello, for example, he was a bouncer at the Improv comedy club who had ...

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:47:55 -0800

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Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:26:49 -0800

Pete McMurray speaks to Jason Hervey who played “Wayne Arnold” on “The Wonder Years”…..who is the producer of a brand new show on WGN America called “Outlaw Country.” Pete also has a surprise call from Dan Lauria who played Jason's Dad on ...
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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:07:51 -0700

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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:37:30 -0700

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