Matt Lauria

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Matt Lauria
Matt Lauria - Kingdom Premiere Oct 2014 (cropped).jpg
Lauria at the Kingdom premiere in October 2014
Born Matthew Lauria
(1982-06-22) June 22, 1982 (age 34)
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 2005–present
Height 5'11"
Spouse(s) Michelle Armstrong (m. 2006)

Matthew "Matt" Lauria (born June 21, 1982)[1][2] is an American actor, and musician. He made his television debut on the NBC comedy 30 Rock in 2007. He is best known for his roles as Luke Cafferty on Friday Night Lights, Ryan York on Parenthood, and currently plays Ryan Wheeler on Kingdom.[3]

Early life[edit]

Lauria was born in Virginia and relocated to Ireland with his family when he was seven. His father was an animator and an artist.[4] He has two sisters.[4] He spent his formative years growing up in Dublin. Lauria moved back to the US to attend high school. He received his formal acting training from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in their drama conservatory. He holds a BFA degree in drama. Lauria is also an avid electric guitarist.[5]

In 2006, Lauria married musician Michelle Armstrong.

Acting career[edit]

Within a few weeks of moving to New York City, New York, Lauria successfully received the guest starring role of Winthrop on NBC's 30 Rock, marking his television debut. Soon after he finally landed a substantial recurring role on NBC's comedy romance Lipstick Jungle as Roy Merritt, where he co-starred with Brooke Shields, Andrew McCarthy and One Tree Hill's Robert Buckley.

Lauria landed his first series-regular role as Luke Cafferty, #44 of the East Dillon Lions, in the Emmy-award winning drama Friday Night Lights,[6] for which he moved to Pflugerville, Texas in order to film. Lauria remained on the show until its series finale in 2011. After finishing Friday Night Lights, Lauria moved to Chicago, Illinois after being cast in the series regular role of Caleb Evers in Fox's crime drama The Chicago Code. The show was canceled after one season.[7]

He co-starred on the ABC drama series pilot Gilded Lillys created and produced by Shonda Rhimes.[8] He also appeared as Ryan, a veteran of the Afghanistan war, on Parenthood, reuniting with former Friday Night Lights showrunner Jason Katims.[9] He currently stars as Ryan Wheeler on the DirecTV drama series Kingdom which premiered on the Audience Network in the fall of 2014.[10]


Nick Jonas, Joanna Going, Lauria, Frank Grillo and Jonathan Tucker at the premiere of the Kingdom in October 2014
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Raccoon Sam Roxbury Short film
2009 8 Easy Steps VeggieLite Short film
2013 Gilded Lilys Charlie Carnegie TV movie
Year Title Role Notes
2007 30 Rock Winthrop Episode: "Jack Gets in the Game"
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jake Lally Episode: "Neighborhood Watch"
2008–2009 Lipstick Jungle Roy Merritt 13 episodes
2009 The Forgotten Eric / John Doe Episode: "Living Doe"
2009–2011 Friday Night Lights Luke Cafferty 26 episodes
2011 The Chicago Code Caleb Evers Main Role
2011 Burn Notice Ethan Episode: "Square One"
2011–2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Agent Matthew Pratt 3 episodes
2012 Person of Interest Adam Saunders Episode: "Risk"
2012–2015 Parenthood Ryan York 25 episodes
2014 It Could Be Worse Nelson Episode: "Uncharted Territory"
2014–present Kingdom Ryan Wheeler Main Role


  1. ^ "Matt Lauria". Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Twitter". Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Instagram". Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Blank, Matthew (January 29, 2013). "PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: "Friday Night Lights" and Really Really Star Matt Lauria". Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Friday Night Lights - Cast Bios: Matt Lauria". Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael (August 17, 2009). "Exclusive: 'Friday Night Lights' recruits 'Lipstick Jungle' hottie". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 10, 2011). "Fox Cancels Human Target, Lie To Me, Chicago Code, Two Others". TVLine. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ Ben Lee (March 2, 2012). "'Friday Night Lights' star Matt Lauria cast in ABC's 'Gilded Lilys'". Digital Spy. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael (July 31, 2012). "Exclusive: Parenthood Recruits from Friday Night Lights Again, Casts Matt Lauria as [Spoiler]". TVLine. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ Mitovich, Matt (October 7, 2014). "Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker Preview DirecTV's MMA Drama Kingdom, Duke It Out Over Parenthood's Amber". TVLine. Retrieved October 19, 2014. 

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