This handsome, muscular player, the younger brother of actor Anthony LaPaglia, initially pursued a career in medicine as an emergency room physician in both his native Australia and the UK. Encouraged...
Appeared briefly in Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry"
Starred in the UPN series "7 Days"
Cast in first major acting role, as Detective Tommy McNamara on the Fox cop series "New York Undercover"
Returned to Australia and began acting while still practicing medicine
In fall, joined cast of the CBS drama "The District"
Worked for three years as an emergency room physician
Born and raised in Australia
This handsome, muscular player, the younger brother of actor Anthony LaPaglia, initially pursued a career in medicine as an emergency room physician in both his native Australia and the UK. Encouraged by his older sibling, LaPaglia began studying acting in Australia and made a few stage appearances. After marking time practicing medicine in London, he moved to NYC in 1994 and began studying acting at the Circle in the Square school. Within three months of graduating, LaPaglia had landed his first major acting role, complete with an authentic 'Noo Yawk' accent, as Detective Tom McNamara on "New York Undercover", a role he played during the 1996-97 season. After a cameo appearance in Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry" (1997), the actor returned to the series grind as the star of the UPN sci-fi series "7 Days" (1998-2001), playing a time traveling agent who is given one week to avert a disaster.
"I'd rather act a cop than act a doctor. . . . It would just seem kind of weird pretending to be [a doctor] when you are one." --LaPaglia quoted in "The Doctor Is in 'Undercover'", NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 1996
"If you're asking if there's any competition [with his brother], there really isn't. We're two separate people. Our acting is entirely different. I guess we look similar, but our styles are different. I'm much younger than he is, so we're not competing for the same parts or anything like that." --LaPaglia quoted in TIME OUT NEW YORK, August 28-September 4, 1996