Who is Matt Lauria?
Matthew ‘Matt’ Lauria was born on 22 June 1982 under the zodiac sign of Leo, in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is a 39-year-old actor and musician, probably best recognized for landing the role of Luke Cafferty in the NBC/DirecTV sports drama series “Friday Night Lights” (2009-2011), playing Ryan York in the NBC comedy-drama series “Parenthood” (2012-2015), and featuring as Jackson Pruitt in the CBS All Access psychological thriller series “Tell Me A Story” (2019-2020).
How rich is he, as of now? Matt Lauria Net Worth
As of mid-2021, Matt Lauria’s net worth is estimated at over $700,000; earned through his successful contribution to the entertainment industry, working on more than 25 television and film titles since he launched his career back in the mid-2000s.
Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background
Matt Lauria spent his early years in Washington, D.C., before he moved with his family to Dublin, Ireland at the age of seven. He was raised by his father, Larry Lauria, who was an artist and animator, and his mother, Tricia Lauria, a nurse; he has two sisters named Ally and Kristin.
He holds American nationality and belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group.
Regarding his education, Matt returned to the US to attend high school, settling in Orlando, Florida, where he went to Dr. Phillips High School. Upon matriculation, he attended community colleges in both Florida and Los Angeles before he was accepted at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, from which he obtained his BFA degree in Drama.
Matt Lauria started pursuing his professional acting career in 2005, when he made his debut film appearance as Sam Roxbury in the short comedy film “Raccoon”. He later moved to New York City, and there landed his debut TV appearance in the guest-starring role of Winthrop in an episode of the NBC satirical sitcom “30 Rock” in 2007. The series was critically acclaimed and won several major awards, such as three Primetime Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Comedy Series. It was followed by his other guest part as Jake Lally in an episode of the hit NBC/USA Network police procedural series “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” in 2008.
Rise to Stardom
Matt Lauria landed his breakthrough recurring role when he was chosen to play Roy Merritt in the NBC romantic comedy-drama series “Lipstick Jungle” for two seasons from 2008 to 2009, sharing the screen with such actors as Andrew McCarthy, Brooke Shields and Robert Buckley. Following the end of the series, Matt then starred as VeggieLite in the 2009 short comedy film “8 Easy Steps”, directed by Alain Hain. then later that year, he gained enormous popularity after joining the main cast in the fourth season of the NBC/DirecTV sports drama series “Friday Night Lights”, in which he played the role of Luke Cafferty until it ended in 2011.
The series achieved critical acclaim and won several Primetime Emmy Awards, although it never amassed a sizable audience. It also earned him a Gold Derby TV Award nomination for Ensemble of the Year, which he shared with his co-stars. In 2011, he was cast as Caleb Evers in the Fox crime drama series “The Chicago Code”, alongside Jason Clarke and Jennifer Beals; however, it was canceled after a single season.
Between 2011 and 2012, Matt Lauria took the recurring role of FBI Agent Matthew Pratt in the CBS procedural forensics crime drama series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. He then joined the cast for the last three seasons of the NBC family comedy-drama series “Parenthood”, in which he starred as Ryan York from 2012 until its finale in 2015; the series was well-received by the critics.
Concurrently, he continued to work on other projects, and guest-starred in such TV series as “Person Of Interest” and “It Could Be Worse”. His next major role came when he was selected to portray Ryan Wheeler in the drama TV series “Kingdom”, which was created by Byron Balasco and aired on the Audience Network from 2014 to 2017. He also played a cowboy in the 2015 drama film “Ma”, written and directed by Celia Rowlson-Hall.
Recent and Upcoming Projects
In 2019, Matt Lauria booked the role of Brian Reich in the action thriller film “Miss Bala”, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and featured as Major Gary Cutworth in the action comedy film “Shaft”, next to Samuel L. Jackson, Regina Hall, and Jessie T. Usher – it’s the fifth installment of the “Shaft” film series.
During the same year, he also landed the main role of Peter McCormick in the British drama miniseries “Traitors”, broadcast on Channel 4 and Netflix, and had the recurring part of Ben Newton in the Apple TV+ comedy series “Dickinson”.
From 2019 to 2020, Matt played Jackson Pruitt in the second season of the CBS All Access psychological thriller series “Tell Me A Story”, based on the Spanish TV series “Cuéntame Un Cuento”, which converts classic fairytales into modern-day thrillers.
It was followed by his appearance as Bill in the British drama series “Little Birds” which aired on Sky Atlantic in 2020.
Most recently, Matt was chosen to play the main role of Joshua Folsom in the CBS crime limited series “CSI: Vegas” (2021), which is a sequel to “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. It’s also announced that he will portray a handsome outlaw in the upcoming drama film “To Leslie”, which is currently under post-production.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Matt Lauria has short light brown hair and blue eyes.
He stands at a height of 5ft 11ins (1.80m), while his weight is around 165lbs (75kgs). Information about his vital statistics, biceps size, and shoe size isn’t available.
Personal Life and Trivia
Matt Lauria is a married man – his wife is Michelle Armstrong, who is a singer and songwriter, known for being a member of the band Dame. The two met at Denver airport when both of them were 16-years-old, and became romantically involved a year later. After dating for a several years, the couple exchanged their wedding vows at a ceremony held on 26 August 2006. They are still going strong.
Matt is an avid electric guitar player.