Dan Lauria is best known as the gruff father on the Emmy®-winning ABC series The Wonder Years. Since his memorable debut as Gus, the Killer Pimp, on daytime's One Life to Live, Lauria has played more than 80 roles on television series, including Harry's Law, Nurse Jackie, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS: LA, CSI, Person of Interest, From the Earth to the Moon, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and TNT's new series Perception. He has also starred in more than 20 television movies.
Lauria's score of film credits include The Spirit, Independence Day, both Stakeout films and Big Momma's House 2.
In 2011-12, Lauria made his Broadway debut as the titular, legendary Green Bay Packers coach Lombardi. Shortly thereafter, and despite his well-known shortcomings as a vocalist, Dan returned to Broadway as Jean Shepherd in the hit A Christmas Story: The Musical adapted from the beloved holiday film of the same name, which starred Sullivan & Son (and the play's) producer, Peter Billingsley.
An actor's actor, Lauria is committed to theatre and actively nurtures emerging voices and talent, having performed in, written and/or directed more than 50 professional productions. His stage work includes The Guys, Good Bobby, Ears on a Beatle, The Winning Streak, Inspecting Carol, A Stone Carver, The Price, The Value of Names with Jack Klugman and Men in Suits, with Charles Durning. Furthermore, Lauria served as the artistic director of The Playwright's Kitchen Ensemble (PKE) of Los Angeles for over 10 years – an organization dedicated to the development of the new American playwright. During Lauria's tenure, PKE produced more than 450 public readings of new plays with the finest actors in the business.