Paul Bartel

Actor, Director, Producer
One of the few openly gay directors in Hollywood, Paul Bartel is a visual satirist who has directed a range of bawdy, violent, sophisticated and nearly always controversial films. His work is distinguished primarily by ... Read more »
Born: 08/06/1938 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (75)

Zoo 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dinner and a Movie 2000 (Movie)

Lou (Actor)

Dreamers 2000 (Movie)

Larry Parker (Actor)

GvsE 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Hamlet 2000 (Movie)

Osric (Actor)

Ally McBeal 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1990 - 1991, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1990 - 1991, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Elevator 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Premonition 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Vengeance Unlimited 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss 1998 (Movie)

Rex Webster (Actor)

The Devil's Child 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Clueless 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cybill 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lewis & Clark & George 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Louisa May Alcott's "The Inheritance" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Bucket of Blood 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Basquiat 1996 (Movie)

Henry Geldzahler (Actor)

Joe's Apartment 1996 (Movie)

NEA Scout (Actor)

John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. 1996 (Movie)

Congressman (Actor)

Prey of the Jaguar 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Love & Happiness 1995 (Movie)

Sulley (Actor)

The Jerky Boys 1995 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

The Usual Suspects 1995 (Movie)

Smuggler (Actor)

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Grief 1994 (Movie)

Attorney (Actor)

Sex, Shock and Censorship in the 90's 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Posse 1993 (Movie)

Mayor Bigwood (Actor)

Shelf Life 1993 (Movie)

Various Apparitions (Actor)

Desire & Hell at Sunset Motel 1992 (Movie)

Manager (Actor)

Liquid Dreams 1992 (Movie)

Angel (Actor)

The Living End 1992 (Movie)

Twister Master (Actor)

Our Hollywood Education 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Soulmates 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Pope Must Diet 1991 (Movie)

Monsignor Vitchie (Actor)

White Dog 1991 (Movie)

Cameraman (Actor)

Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

Theatre Manager (Actor)

Out of the Dark 1989 (Movie)

Motel Clerk (Actor)

Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog 1989 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills 1989 (Movie)

Doctor Mo Van DeKamp (Actor)

Caddyshack II 1988 (Movie)

Jamison (Actor)

Mortuary Academy 1988 (Movie)

Dr Paul Truscott (Actor)

Shakedown 1988 (Movie)

Night Court Judge (Actor)

Amazon Women on the Moon 1987 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Munchies 1987 (Movie)

Dr Crowder (Actor)

Chopping Mall 1986 (Movie)

Paul Bland (Actor)

Killer Party 1986 (Movie)

Professor Zito (Actor)

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

Beverly Wiltshire Hotel Doorman (Actor)

National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985 (Movie)

Mr. Froeger (Actor)

Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird 1985 (Movie)

Grouch Cook (Actor)

Frankenweenie 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Not For Publication 1984 (Movie)

TV Director (Actor)

Get Crazy 1983 (Movie)

Dr Carver (Actor)

Heart Like A Wheel 1983 (Movie)

Chef Paul (Actor)

Eating Raoul 1982 (Movie)

Paul Bland (Actor)

Trick or Treats 1982 (Movie)

Wino (Actor)

Rock 'n' Roll High School 1979 (Movie)

Mr McGree (Actor)

Piranha 1978 (Movie)

Dumont (Actor)

Mr. Billion 1977 (Movie)

Agent (Actor)

Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel 1977 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cannonball 1976 (Movie)

Lester Marks (Actor)

Eat My Dust 1976 (Movie)

Bruno Smith (Actor)

Grand Theft Auto 1976 (Movie)

Groom (Actor)

Hollywood Boulevard 1976 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

Hi, Mom! 1970 (Movie)

Uncle Tom Wood (Actor)

Acting on Impulse (TV Show)

Actor

Baja Oklahoma (TV Show)

Actor

Not Like Us (TV Show)

Actor

Skeletons (TV Show)

Actor

The Hustler of Muscle Beach (TV Show)

Actor
Director (9)

Shelf Life 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Longshot 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Lust in the Dust 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Not For Publication 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Eating Raoul 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Cannonball 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Death Race 2000 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Private Parts 1972 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (5)

Not For Publication 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eating Raoul 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cannonball 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (3)

Not For Publication 1984 (Movie)

("You Bring Out the Beast in Me") (Song)

Cannonball 1976 (Movie)

("Green Eyed Surfer Boy") (Song)

Cannonball 1976 (Movie)

("Green Eyed Surfer Boy") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

Out of the Dark 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

One of the few openly gay directors in Hollywood, Paul Bartel is a visual satirist who has directed a range of bawdy, violent, sophisticated and nearly always controversial films. His work is distinguished primarily by its subject matter rather than by its style.

Relationships

William Bartel

Father
survived him

Peter Bartel

Brother
survived him

Lucy Bartel

Sister
survived him

Wendy Bartel

Sister
survived him

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California 1956 - 1961
won awards for acting and playwriting; produced short animated films

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia

was a Fulbright Scholar

Milestones

2000

Last film role as Osric in "Hamlet", directed by Michael Almereyda

1997

Acted in the comedy "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss"

1996

Had occasional role of a teacher on TV series version of "Clueless" (ABC)

1994

Co-starred in PBS miniseries "Armistead Maupin's 'Tales of the City'"

1994

Directed "Shelf Life", adapted from the play by O-Lan Jones, Andrea Stein and Jim Turner

1993

Stage musical based on "Eating Raoul" produced

1989

Garnered critical acclaim for writing and directing "Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills"

1982

First film as producer, "Eating Raoul"; also co-wrote, acted in and directed

1980

First directed for small screen with TV-movie ""The Hustler of Muscle Beach" (ABC)

1976

Wrote, produced and acted in "Cannonball"; selected to open Edinburgh Film Festival

1972

Feature film directing debut, "Private Parts"

1969

Played uncle Tom Wood in Brian DePalma's "Hi, Mom!"

1966

Directed the short "The Secret Cinema"

1951

Worked for the summer at the New York studio of UPA Cartoons

Worked for US Army Pictorial Center

Wrote and directed documentary series for US Information Agency

In Rome, wrote and directed first short theatrical film, "Progetti"; shown at 1962 Venice Film Festival

Raised in Nutley and Montclair, New Jersey

Bonus Trivia

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On the rejection of "Shelf Life" by several film festivals, Bartel told the Daily News (March 14, 1994): "Even in the field of independent film-making, people tend to get pigeonholed, and if a film isn't a certain kind of comedy, then I couldn't have made it."

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Just days before his death from a heart attack, Bartel had been diagnosed with liver cancer.

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