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
(1982-08-16) August 16, 1982 (age 35)
Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA)
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 2005–present
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Spouse(s) Michelle Armstrong (m. 2006)

Matthew "Matt" Lauria (born August 16, 1982)[1][2] is an American actor and musician. He made his television debut on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock in 2007. He is best known for his roles as Luke Cafferty on the NBC/DirecTV drama Friday Night Lights, Ryan York on the NBC family drama Parenthood, and starred as Ryan Wheeler on the Audience drama Kingdom.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Lauria was born in Virginia and moved 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 U.S. 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]

On August 26, 2006, Lauria married musician Michelle Armstrong.


Within a few weeks of moving to New York City, Lauria successfully made his television debut as Winthrop on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. Soon after he finally landed a substantial recurring role on the NBC romantic sitcom 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 starring role as Luke Cafferty, #44 of the East Dillon Lions, in the Emmy award-winning NBC/DirecTV drama Friday Night Lights,[6] for which he moved to Pflugerville, Texas in order to film. Lauria remained on the show until it ended in 2011. After finishing Friday Night Lights, Lauria moved to Chicago, Illinois after being cast as Caleb Evers in the Fox crime drama The Chicago Code. The show was cancelled after one season.[7]

He co-starred as Charlie Carnegie on the ABC drama pilot Gilded Lilys created and produced by Shonda Rhimes.[8] From 2012 to 2015, Lauria had a recurring role as Ryan York, a veteran of the Afghanistan war, on the fourth, fifth and sixth seasons of the NBC family drama Parenthood, reuniting with former Friday Night Lights showrunner Jason Katims.[9] He also starred 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
2019 Son of Shaft Cutty Filming
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 Recurring role, 13 episodes
2009 The Forgotten Eric / John Doe Episode: "Living Doe"
2009–2011 Friday Night Lights Luke Cafferty Series regular, 26 episodes
2011 The Chicago Code Caleb Evers Series regular, 13 episodes
2011 Burn Notice Ethan Episode: "Square One"
2011–2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation FBI agent Matthew Pratt Recurring role, 3 episodes
2012 Person of Interest Adam Saunders Episode: "Risk"
2012–2015 Parenthood Ryan York Recurring role, 25 episodes
2013 Gilded Lilys Charlie Carnegie TV movie
2014 It Could Be Worse Nelson Episode: "Uncharted Territory"
2014–2017 Kingdom Ryan Wheeler Series regular, 40 episodes
2017 Dimension 404 Evan Episode: "Impulse"


  1. ^ "Matt Lauria". Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Twitter". Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. 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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