Paul is an established actor with an extensive resume in film, telelvision, theatre and voiceover.
|Paul's first headshot.||
It all started with an 8-track recorder. And a dream.
Paul was born at a very young age. At
two years old, he was introduced to show business
when his parents, Robert and Rhonda, sat him down
in front of the family's hi-fi console stereo
system with a built-in 8-track tape recorder and
microphone, and demanded that he entertain them.
Not one to disappoint, Paul soon began obliging his mom and dad with impersonations of the various TV celebrities that he'd been exposed to on network television at the time...including Johnny Carson (to whom Paul is distantly related) Bob Barker, and Monty Hall.
Oozing style from an early age.
At age seven, Paul was given his own 8-track/ record/ stereo/ hi-fi system (pictured below), and regularly entertained the listeners of the local radio station with his live renditions of popular Kenny Rogers' songs. In his spare time away from his intense 2nd grade studies, he imagined himself as the next Casey Kasem while recording his own versions of the radio countdown show AMERICAN TOP 40.
his prowess as a rootin', tootin', dancin' machine. All
while being able to pull off those PJs.
At age nine, Paul hadn't yet learned a cardinal rule of theatre: Never let yourself be upstaged by another actor wearing a cape.
| Paul has proudly kept the
same haircut since fifth grade.
It was about this age that Paul, in an
attempt to take over the world, began to participate
in his elementary school choir. Though he didn't
succeed at his evil plan, he did win over the critics
over as "Dr. Zarkov" in a 4th-grade production of FLASH
GORDON, in addition to his star turn as the
video game junkie (above).
|Paul (right) and Spencer Strauss in BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS.
Realizing that doing plays was perhaps a good way to meet girls, Paul was bitten hard by the acting bug in started high school. He performed in countless plays in and out of school and -- in a moment of ultimate theatre geekdom -- was the president of his high school's drama club.
After high school he attended UC Davis, where he
majored in theatre. Paul continued to work on the
stage in college, keeping busy with acting when he was
off for summer break. During one summer, Paul took
acting classes in Los Angeles during the week, and
flew to Northern California to do a play on the
weekends. In his last year of college, he wrote and
performed in a play that premiered at the ICA festival
in Santa Cruz.
After college, Paul moved to San
Francisco, got his SAG card, and started working
steadily in commercials, industrial films and
independent film projects. He studied for two years
with local coach Ed Hooks.
Against the advice of his wallet, Paul
left his rent-controlled San Francisco apartment and
made the move to Los Angeles.
Staring down the matte box of an Arriflex while on his hands and knees in a dress, Paul has a moment of clarity and decides that this is the career for him.
In Los Angeles, Paul began working as a
reader in casting offices and studying with such
luminaries as Larry
Tambor and the late Cynthia
Szigeti. In the years since he has arrived,
Paul has established himself as a formidable talent and has the resume to show it. He has worked behind
the camera as well, having written and produced the
short films MEMENTOS and OUR MAN IN MADRAS.