Paris Barclay

Director, Producer, Playwright
An openly gay, African-American director (mostly of TV), Paris Barclay originally harbored dreams of creating projects for the stage. While an undergraduate at Harvard University, he wrote some 16 musicals as well as ... Read more »
Born: 06/29/1956 in Chicago Heights, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Director (37)

City of Angels 1991 - 2001, 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2015 (Tv Show)

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Cold Case 1991 - 2000, 2003, 2005 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

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In Treatment 1991 - 2000, 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2015 (Tv Show)

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Sons of Anarchy 1991 - 2000, 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2015 (Tv Show)

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The Bastard Executioner 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

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Extant 2014 (Tv Show)

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Glee 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Good Wife 2009, 2014 (Tv Show)

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The New Normal 2013 (Tv Show)

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Smash 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Chicago Code 2011 (Tv Show)

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Miami Medical 2010 (Tv Show)

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NCIS: Los Angeles 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

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Monk 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

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The Mentalist 2008 (Tv Show)

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Weeds 2008 (Tv Show)

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Lost 2007 (Tv Show)

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The Shield 2003, 2005, 2007 (Tv Show)

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House 2005 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 2005 (Tv Show)

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Numb3rs 2005 (Tv Show)

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Huff 2004 (Tv Show)

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American Dreams 2003 (Tv Show)

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Fastlane 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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The Big Time 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The West Wing 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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ER 1996 - 1997, 2000 (Tv Show)

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Silk Stalkings 1991 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Brooklyn South 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Clueless 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Diagnosis Murder 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Second Noah 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Extreme 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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MTV, Give Me Back My Life: A Harvard Lampoon Parody 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Segment Director

America's Dream (TV Show)

Director
Actor (6)

NYPD Blue 1991 - 2000, 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dirt 2007 (Tv Show)

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Will & Grace 2006 (Tv Show)

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TV Revolution 2004 (Tv Show)

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Sliders 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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The Cherokee Kid (TV Show)

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Producer (1)

Pedro (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

An openly gay, African-American director (mostly of TV), Paris Barclay originally harbored dreams of creating projects for the stage. While an undergraduate at Harvard University, he wrote some 16 musicals as well as contributing to the annual Hasty Pudding Theatricals productions. Moving to NYC to pursue his dream, he studied under Stephen Sondheim and Charles Strouse at the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop. He eventually saw his show "Almost a Man", adapted from a Richard Wright story, produced Off-Broadway.

Relationships

Neil Barclay

Brother
year older attended Indiana prep school with Paris where they comprised two-thirds of the black population

EDUCATION

ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop

New York , New York
Studied with Charles Strouse and Stephen Sondheim

La Lumiere School

La Porte , Indiana
A football prowess (and good grades) helped earn him a scholarship; today, there's a Barclay Family Scholarship which sends one student a year to the school (not necessarily based on race, but on talent in athletics or the arts)

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1979
Roomed for three years with Arthur Golden, future best-selling author of "Memoirs of a Geisha" and was a classmate of John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; wrote 16 musicals, including the annual Hasty Pudding shows

Milestones

2009

Directed episodes of Fox's "Glee"; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

2007

Helmed episodes of the FX series, "Dirt" created by and starring Courteney Cox

2007

Co-executive produced (and directed 12 episodes) HBO's drama series, "In Treatment"

2005

Earned a DGA nomination for directing an episode of "House" (Fox) titled Three Stories

2003

Produced and directed episodes of "Cold Case" (CBS)

2003

Helmed episodes of the gritty drama, "The Shield" (TNT)

2002

Helmed the TNT movie, "The Big Time."

2001

In January, signed development deal with John Wells Productions

2000

Directed episodes of the NBC political drama, "The West Wing"

2000

Co-excutive produced (with Bochco) and directed episodes of the CBS drama series "City of Angels"; left series during hiatus citing "creative differences" with Bochco

1998

Assumed role of supervising producer for "NYPD Blue"

1997

Promoted to producer of "NYPD Blue" (ABC)

1997

Helmed episodes of the Bochco-produced "Brooklyn South"

1996

Began directing episodes of "NYPD Blue" (ABC), produced by Stephen Bochco

1996

Feature directing debut, "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood," the parody of black films starring the Wayans family

1996

Helmed episodes of the Wells-produced "ER" (NBC)

1996

Helmed "Reunion" segment of HBO's "America's Dream"

1996

Directed HBO movie "The Cherokee Kid"; also played the bit role of Cowboy No 1

1995

Directed episodes of "Diagnosis Murder" (CBS) and the short-lived "Extreme" (ABC)

1992

Hired as director for first primetime series, the short-lived "Angel Street" (CBS); first collaboration with producer John Wells

1991

Served as segment director on "MTV, Give Me Back My Life: A Harvard Lampoon Parody" (Comedy Central)

Studied with Stephen Sondheim and Charles Strouse at NYC's ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop during his 20s

Adapted "Almost a Man" from a story by Richard Wright, produced off-Broadway

Helmed commercials and music videos for Harry Connick Jr, Barry White, Luther Vandross and Bob Dylan, among others

Left his Harvey, Illinois neighborhood at the age of 14 to attend exclusive all-white private Catholic school in Indiana

Worked as a self-described "token to be shown off at meetings" in the world of New York advertising

Bonus Trivia

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Barclay directed the "NYPD Blue" farewell episode of Detective Bobby Simone [Jimmy Smits]: "I'm so thankful it was [Barclay] directing, because he helped me take the leap in terms of challenging myself. I thought, 'I'm just going to be in this (expletive) bed.' So we were always trying to find new spins on things, to make the audience go through the grieving thing but trying not to be sentimental." - Jimmy Smits to The Los Angeles Times, Jan. 31, 1999

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Awarded the 1998 Project Angel Food Founders Award for his work with that L.A.-based organization which delivers meals to homebound people with AIDS.

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Openly gay since late in his college days, he was a regular contributor to The Advocate for several years.

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