What Are They Up To? Dan Lauria of The Wonder Years
What Are They Up To? Dan Lauria of The Wonder Years
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Dan Lauria was popularly identified as Jack Arnold on the award-winning series The Wonder Years.  From 1988 to 1993, he portrayed the husband of stay-at-home wife Norma, and father of Karen, Wayne and the lead character Kevin (Fred Savage).  He was the type of father who was sullen but always strived to be responsible and a good provider for his family.  He worked in a middle management position, which he detested, at a large corporation called NORCOM and later quit to start his own furniture business. As a war veteran, his sensitivity towards war issues was often felt on the throughout the show.  Unfortunately, he died two years after the timeline of the show, which was revealed in the final episode of the series.  At present, the 60-year-old Italian-American actor remains active in the film industry with his series of upcoming movies.
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On September 15, the former Wonder Years actor will be returning to the big screen as Detective Lewis in Donna on Demand.  Described as a psychological thriller with dark comedic overtones, the film also features Corbin Bernsen (Psych) and Nolan Hubbard.

Subsequently, he will also be featured in yet another dark psychological thriller entitled Roney's Point, which will also be released before the year ends.  He stars as Pastor Michaelson in a plot set in an insane asylum where death by electrocution triggers a chain of events, including the escape of four inmates and a series of murders with religious overtones.

In the sexual drama In Search Of, he has also been cast to play another religious role as Reverend Blackwell.  Joining him are Michael Rady (Sleeper Cell), Jamie Lea Thompson and Keith Nobbs (The Black Donnellys).

Following his fame on Wonder Years, Dan Lauria worked on several tele-films and miniseries like From the Earth to the Moon and In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice.  Some of his most memorable appearances on television include roles on Jag as Allen Blaisdell, on Party of Five as Coach Russ Petrocelli, and on Smallville as Coach Walt Arnold were considered as most memorable.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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