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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 68)
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 US 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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Tue, 05 May 2015 11:37:21 -0700

You may know Dan Lauria as the hard-nosed dad from the Wonder Years. But lately he's been burning up Broadway in hits like Lombardi and A Christmas Story. Now he's launching his own play Dinner With The Boys which takes a humorous look at the ...


Fri, 13 Mar 2015 08:25:14 -0700

Stage and screen vet Dan Lauria will head off-Broadway in his new self-penned comedy, Dinner with the Boys. Performances will begin at the Acorn Theatre at Theater Row on April 21. Opening night is set for May 4. Joining Lauria are Ray Abruzzo and ...


Thu, 07 May 2015 18:51:48 -0700

(WTNH) — One of the most gracious actors, Italian-American Dan Lauria played the dad on “The Wonder Years” and Vince Lombardi on stage. He's also an author of children's books, but did you know he played football for Southern Connecticut State ...
Huffington Post
Wed, 13 May 2015 17:56:15 -0700

Dinner With the Boys, written by Dan Lauria and at the Acorn, is a harmless enough comedy about the Mafia today -- not that Charlie, played by Lauria, is harmless. He's one of two made family members living in what the programs identifies as "the wilds ...
New Haven Register
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 11:33:45 -0700

Former Southern Connecticut State star linebacker and Wonder Years dad Dan Lauria will be recognized as a Distinguished American by the New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Photo courtesy of SCSU Athletics. By Chip ...
Waterbury Republican American
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 10:03:45 -0700

Earlier actor Dan Lauria, who played his dad on "The Wonder Years," lent him some advice that Savage took to heart. "He told me, 'Do something every day that reminds you you're an actor. If you don't have an acting job, watch a movie, read a play, ...


Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:56:15 -0700

When Dan Lauria, the still-iconic star of TV's The Wonder Years, asks if you want to end the meal with a cappuccino, you don't say no. The topic of discussion is his new play, Dinner With the Boys, coming to Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre after a sold-out ...


Tue, 07 Apr 2015 10:03:45 -0700

The cast and creative team of Dinner With the Boys, a new play by Dan Lauria (Lombardi, The Wonder Years), met the press at their rehearsal studio on April 7. The play will make its off-Broadway debut at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre beginning April 21 ...

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