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Dan Lauria

In ALIEN TRESPASS, Dan Lauria plays the irascible Chief Dawson, the last citizen to acknowledge his town's descent into insanity during the alien invasion. Best known for his role as the father on the ABC television series The Wonder Years, Lauria has appeared as a guest star on dozens of episodic TV shows from Kojak and Moonlighting to CSI: Special Victims Unit and 7th Heaven.

He has worked steadily in film since his debut as Secret Service Man #2 in the 1983 film C.O.D. His most commercial vehicles have been the Bruckheimer/Bay blockbuster Independence Day and M. Night Shyamalan's Wide Awake. He was an executive producer of Faithful, an adaptation of Chazz Palmintieri's first screenplay after A Bronx Tale, directed by Paul Mazursky and starring Cher and Ryan O'Neal; the producers of Faithful were Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro.

For the past decade, Lauria has been artistic director of The Playwright's Kitchen Ensemble (PKE) of Los Angeles, a company committed to promoting the development of new American playwrights and to seeking literary representation for them. With codirector Joe Cacaci, Lauria and PKE have produced over 450 public readings of new plays with some of the finest actors in the business. He is also very active in regional theatre, having written, directed and/or performed in over 50 professional productions.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.
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Dan Lauria Facts

BirthdayApril 12, 1947 (76)
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.