We asked him about his latest project, his incredible resume and even his interactions with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick:
ST&N: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Dan Lauria: It was actually when I was in college playing football at Southern Connecticut. Constance Welch, a respected acting coach at Yale who also taught speech at Southern came up to me one day on campus and asked me if I wanted to be in a play. They needed a big guy to play Caliban in a production of William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest.’” It then went from there.
DL: It really was the cast, and how well we worked together and where they have gone on. Danica McKellar is a gifted actress but is a world class mathemetician and author. Fred Savage is an amazing director, Josh Saviano is one of the most accomplished lawyers in New York. Daniel Stern has had an amazing career. That is really the best thing. It was so well directed, so well written and the stories still resonate today. It was ahead of its time and it ended too soon.
ST&N: How did you get the role on “Lombardi”?
ST&N: What is your fave sports memory being a fan?
DL: I grew up a Giants and Yankees fan in the 1950′s and ’60′s, so there are many. I also got to meet Coach Lombardi at an awards banquet on Long island so that was a thrill as well. Getting ready for Lombardi and meeting and talking to the old packers and Redskins like Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff and Dave Robinson, that was as much a thrill as anything.
ST&N: What is your relationship with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick? How did you meet?
DL: We don’t have a relationship but coach and I have crossed paths a few times. We were all at a Giants-Patriots pre-season game and I got to speak to the coach briefly and I sent him a few notes because we have a common Wesleyan connection since Tommy Kail also went there and I also played college football in Connecticut. We also got to meet Tom Brady when he came to the show and he talked alot about Coach B and his relationship which mirrors the way Coach Lombardi was respected by so many of his players. They are both teachers, and that’s a great gift to have.
ST&N: Lastly, what interested you about the role of the narrator in A Christmas Story? Were you a fan of the movie?
I always knew and watched the movie, and what I loved about it and about the musical is that it has much of the same themes as Lombardi did…it is about the relationship that builds between guys, be they father and son or teammates. That’s what I think guys will love about the show…that special relationship because in the end, only the old man knew how important the BB gun was to Ralphie, and its that special moment in the story, like in sports, that makes the show go so well.
We would like to thank Dan for his time and be sure to catch him performing “A Christmas Story”. Be sure not to shoot your eye out though!