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Stage Veteran Dan Lauria Plots TV Return in Fox Baseball Pilot PITCH

According to Deadline, Dan Lauria is plotting a return to television.

The stage and screen star has signed on to join Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Mark Consuelos in Fox's upcoming baseball pilot PITCH, written by Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer.

PITCH "follows Ginny (Bunbury), a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues." Lauria will take on the role of "Al Sciutto, the baseball team's grizzled but steady manager."

Dan is best known as the gruff Dad on the Emmy Award-winning ABC series "The Wonder Years." This season he starred in the new hit series "Sullivan & Son," which has just been renewed for a second season. In 2010-2011, Dan made his Broadway debut as the titular, legendary Green Bay Packers coach in the Tony-nominated Lombardi. An actor's actor, Dan is committed to theatre and actively nurtures emerging voices and talent, having performed, written or directed over fifty professional productions. He recently appeared in Dinner with The Boys Off-Broadway. His other stage work includes The Guys, Ears On A Beatle, The Winning Streak, Inspecting Carol, A Stone Carver, The Price, and Men In Suits. For ten years, Dan served as the Artistic Director of The Playwright's Kitchen Ensemble (PKE) of Los Angeles. PKE produced over 450 public readings of new plays with the finest actors in the business, in order to promote the development of the new American playwright. Since his memorable debut as Gus, the Killer Pimp on daytime's "One Life To Live," Dan has played more than eighty roles on television series including "Harry's Law," "Nurse Jackie," "How I Met Your Mother," "Perception," "NCIS: LA," "CSI," "From Earth to the Moon" (miniseries), and "Law and Order" ("SVU" and "Criminal Intent") and over twenty television movies. Dan's score of film credits include The Spirit, Independence Day, both Stakeout films (starringRichard Dreyfuss), and Big Momma Two with Martin Lawrence.

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