Dan Lauria

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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
Daniel Joseph Lauria

(1947-04-12) April 12, 1947 (age 74)
Occupation Actor
Years active1962–present
Eileen Cregg
(m. 1991;div. 2001)
Military career
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service1970–1973
RankCaptain (O-3)
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Daniel Joseph Lauria (born April 12, 1947) is an American actor, known for playing the role of Jack Arnold in The Wonder Years and Jack Sullivan on Sullivan and Son (2012-2014).


Early life

Lauria, an Italian-American, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Carmela (née Luongo) and Joseph J. Lauria. [1] 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; [2] he served at the same point in his life that Jack Arnold, his character in The Wonder Years , did during the Korean War. In Vietnam, he served as a platoon commander at An Loc near the Cambodian border. 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 NASA Administrator 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 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, Lauria has appeared as General Lee Whitworth, M.D. in Criminal Minds season 4. He has also appeared in an episode of Boy Meets World , starring Ben Savage, the younger brother of 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 F. Kennedy's rise.

In 2010, Lauria appeared as Vince Lombardi in the Broadway play Lombardi . [3] The play received positive reviews, with sportswriter 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] Lauria's portrayal of Lombardi was used during the NFL on FOX introduction to Super Bowl XLV, where one of the two participating teams was the Green Bay Packers; the team Lombardi coached to victories in the first two Super Bowls in 1967 and 1968. The Packers went on to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in that game.

In 2012, Lauria played the part of Jean Shepherd 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 Dan Lauria.jpg
Lauria at the 41st Emmy Awards on September 17, 1989


  • C.O.D. (1981) as Secret Service Man #2
  • Without a Trace (1983) as Baker
  • South Bronx Heroes (1985) as FBI Agent
  • Stakeout (1987) as Phil Coldshank
  • Another Stakeout (1993) as Captain Coldshank
  • Excessive Force II: Force on Force (1995) as Mr. Orland Franco
  • Faithful (1996)
  • No One Could Protect Her (1996) as Det. Greg Coming
  • Independence Day (1996) as Commanding Officer
  • True Friends (1998) as Pauley
  • Wide Awake (1998) as Father Peters
  • Stranger in My House (1999) as Dennis
  • A Wake in Providence (1999) as Rudy
  • Ricochet River (2001) as Coach Garth
  • Contagion (2002) as General Ryker
  • Outside the Law (2002) as Detective Froman
  • High Times Potluck (2002) as Carmine
  • The Empath (2002)
  • Dead Canaries (2003) as Vito Scaldafieri
  • The Signs of the Cross (2005) as Mr. Coyne
  • Jesus, Mary and Joey (2005) as Father Gino
  • Big Momma's House 2 (2006) as Crawford
  • Dear Me (2008) as Mr. Hunt
  • The Spirit (2008) as Commissioner Eustace Dolan
  • Alien Trespass (2009) as Chief Dawson
  • Donna On Demand (2009) as Detective Lewis
  • Dead Air (2009) as Fred
  • InSearchOf (2009) as Reverend Blackwell
  • The Waiter (2010) as Father Parks
  • Here's the Kicker (2011) as Dave Berry
  • Life of Lemon (2011) as Arthur
  • Make Your Move (2013) as Parole Officer Foster
  • Sister (2014) as Jeffrey Presser
  • The Concessionaires Must Die! (2017) as Jack Fisk
  • An American Dog Story (2017) as Paw Poochini
  • Locating Silver Lake (2017) as Speaker
  • The Eagle and the Albatross (2020) as Dr. Al Wiserman
  • The Way Back (2020) as Gerry Norris
  • Holidate (2020) as Wally


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