Apr. 12th, 1947
5' 11 1/2
Dan Lauria's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Alien Trespass
2009 - Dead Air
2008 - The Spirit
2006 - Jesus, Mary and Joey
2006 - Big Momma's House 2
1998 - Wide Awake
1996 - Independence Day
1993 - Another Stakeout
1987 - Stakeout
1986 - Nine Half Weeks
1983 - Without a Trace
Guest TV Roles
Coach Russ Petrocelli
Judge Raymond Gillot
Coach Ray Masters
Capt. Joe Strudevant
Daniel Joseph "Dan" Lauria (born April 12, 1947) is an American television and film actor.
Early life Lauria, an Italian-American, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Carmela (née Luongo) and Joseph J. Lauria. He also lived in Lindenhurst, New York. He graduated from Lindenhurst 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, CT, on a football scholarship.
Career Lauria is best known for his portrayal of Jack Arnold, the intimidating and 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's 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. 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."
- Was a Captain in the USMC for three years in the early 1970s
- Dan attended the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. in 1975.
- Formerly a substitute teacher and a football and wrestling coach in between theatre jobs during the early days.
- Served in the US Marines, including a tour in Vietnam.
- Loves to watch James Cagney movies, and frequently had "double picture night" at his house featuring Cagney films, inviting the cast of "The Wonder Years".
- Attended Southern Connecticut State University, where he also played football
- Is a cousin of film composer and guitar virtuoso 'Vince Lauria' (qv).
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