Jonathan LaPaglia

Jonathan LaPaglia (/ləˈpɑːliə/, Italian: [laˈpaʎʎa]; born 31 August 1969) is an Australian actor known for his roles as Frank B. Parker in the television series Seven Days, Kevin Debreno in The District and Det. Tommy McNamara in New York Undercover.

Jonathan LaPaglia
Born (1969-08-31) 31 August 1969
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
ResidenceSanta Monica, California, U.S.
Alma materRostrevor College, University of Adelaide
OccupationActor, physician
Years active1996–present
Ursula Brooks (m. 1998)
RelativesAnthony LaPaglia (brother), Michael LaPaglia (brother)

In April 2016, LaPaglia was announced as the host of Network Ten's revival of Australian Survivor.[1]

Personal life

LaPaglia was born in Adelaide, South Australia, the youngest of three sons of Maria Johannes (née Brendel), a secretary, originally from the Netherlands and Gedio "Eddie" LaPaglia, an auto mechanic and car dealer from Bovalino, Calabria, Italy.[2] His elder brothers are actor Anthony LaPaglia, and Michael LaPaglia, a car wholesaler in Los Angeles. Jonathan LaPaglia lives in Santa Monica, California with his wife Ursula Brooks and daughter.[3]


LaPaglia graduated from Rostrevor College, then the University of Adelaide with a degree in medicine. He worked three years as an emergency ward physician in Adelaide, Sydney and London. Feeling restricted, he decided to follow his brother into acting. In 1994, he moved to New York City where he joined the Circle in the Square Theatre School. He got his first break in 1996 when he joined the cast of the TV show New York Undercover.[4]

From 1998 until 2001 he played the role of Lt. Frank B. Parker on the science fiction series Seven Days. Afterwards, he played Detective Kevin Debreno, on The District from 2001–2004. LaPaglia has also guest starred in numerous series including The Sopranos, NCIS, Cold Case and Castle.

He appeared in the May 2008 issue of Car Craft magazine with his custom 6.1L Hemi '73 Dodge Challenger.

In 2011, he starred as the protagonist, Hector, in the TV adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas' novel The Slap produced for ABC TV.[5] Although he is Australian, this was LaPaglia's first appearance in an Australian production. Having lived abroad for many years, LaPaglia found it necessary to hire a dialect coach to recover his Australian accent.[6] His second role in an Australian production is set to be the title character of real life crime boss Anthony "Rooster" Perish in Channel Nine's Underbelly: Badness, which is the fifth series of the successful true crime drama franchise.[7] He starred in the 2014 movie The Reckoning alongside Luke Hemsworth.

Since 2016, he has been the host of Australian Survivor.

LaPaglia is also a sports enthusiast and model.


Year Title Role Notes
1996–1997 New York Undercover Tommy McNamara 25 Episodes
1997 Deconstructing Harry First Assistant Cameraperson/Harry's Character
1998 Inferno Eddie TV series
Law & Order Frank Russo (1 Episode,1998)- Grief (TV Episode) TV Episode
Origin of the Species Stan
1998–2001 Seven Days Lt. Frank Parker 66 episodes
2000 Under Hellgate Bridge Vincent
2001–2004 The District Det. Kevin Debreno 66 episodes
2002 The Agency Det. Kevin Debreno (1 episode – "Doublecrossover")
2004 The Dead Will Tell Billy Hytner Movie
Plain Truth Cooper TV movie
2006 Brothers & Sisters Bryan Walker TV series(1 Episode, "Unaired Pilot")
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jack McCaskin 1 Episode
Windfall Dave Park TV series(8 episodes)
2007 The Sopranos Himself / Michael the Cleaver Michael the Cleaver (1 episode)
Gryphon Prince Seth of Delphi TV movie
2008 A Beautiful Life Vince
Bones Anton Deluca 1 Episode – "The Skull in the Sculpture"
NCIS Special Agent Brent Langer 2 Episodes
Jack Rio Devon Russel
Moonlight Jackson Monaghan 1 Episode – "Sonata"
2008–2010 Cold Case ADA Curtis Bell 10 Episodes
2009 Castle John Knox 1 Episode, "Love Me Dead"
2010 Burn Notice Coleman (Harmless Weasel) 1 Episode
Hit List Detective Neil McKay
2011 The Slap Hector 8 Episodes
2011 Final Sale James Dolan TV movie
2013 Underbelly: Badness Anthony "Rooster" Perish 8 Episodes
Pioneer Ronald
2014 Love Child Dr Patrick McNaughton TV Series
The Reckoning Detective Robbie Green
2016 The Secrets of Emily Blair Dr Bogan
2018 S.W.A.T. Machine Episode: "Crews"
2019 Ford V Ferrari Pit Engineer - Eddie


Year Title Notes
2004 The District (1 episode) "The Black Widow Maker" (2004) TV episode


Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Howie Mandel Show Himself Episode 1 dated 11 August 1998
2001 The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Himself Episode 1 dated 10 September 2001
2007 The Sopranos Himself Episode 1 (2007)
Making Cleaver Himself
2016 - Australian Survivor Himself - Host 2016 edition onwards

Archive footage

Title Notes
NCIS "Collateral Damage"


  2. As per interview on Inside the Actors Studio in 2009
  3. Profile of LaPaglia in Adelaide Now online
  4. Jonathan LaPaglia on IMDb
  5. Conlan, Tara (25 August 2011). "BBC4 to air adaptation of The Slap". The Guardian.
  6. Clune, Richard (9 October 2011). "Jonathan LaPaglia hires Aussie accent coach to iron out the Americanisms |". Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  7. "Nine confirms Underbelly: Badness". TV Tonight. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
Media offices
Preceded by
Ian "Dicko" Dickson
Host of Australian Survivor
2016 -
Succeeded by
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