Paul Mantee

Paul Mantee loved to do impressions of Hollywood stars as a child, and felt he was destined to become an actor. After earning a journalism degree from San Mateo Junior College, he enlisted in the Navy, in which he ... Read more »
Born: 01/09/1931 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

Apollo 13 1995 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reasonable Doubts 1992 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Seinfeld 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story 1993 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Lurking Fear 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Promises to Keep 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Wolf Lake 1981 (Movie)

Sweeney (Actor)

The Great Santini 1979 (Movie)

Colonel Hedgepath (Actor)

The Manitou 1978 (Movie)

Dr Robert McEvoy (Actor)

Helter Skelter 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

W.C. Fields and Me 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Breakout 1975 (Movie)

Cable (Actor)

Day of the Animals 1975 (Movie)

Roy Moore (Actor)

Framed 1974 (Movie)

Hired Gun (Actor)

Call to Danger 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? 1969 (Movie)

Jiggs (Actor)

An American Dream 1966 (Movie)

Shago Martin (Actor)

Robinson Crusoe on Mars 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

Big Rose (TV Show)

Actor

CHiPs (TV Show)

Actor

Cagney & Lacey: The Return (TV Show)

Actor

Cry Rape! (TV Show)

Actor

Death Ray 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Fugitive Family (TV Show)

Actor

Helter Skelter (Movie)

Sgt. O'Neal (Actor)

In Tandem (TV Show)

Actor

The Healers (TV Show)

Actor

This Girl For Hire (TV Show)

Actor

When Hell Was in Session (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Paul Mantee loved to do impressions of Hollywood stars as a child, and felt he was destined to become an actor. After earning a journalism degree from San Mateo Junior College, he enlisted in the Navy, in which he served for four years before pursuing acting. He initially struggled, landing small roles on shows that like "Dragnet" and "The Rifleman". Then in 1964, Mantee won the lead role of Commander Christopher 'Kit' Draper in the cult hit" Robinson Crusoe on Mars". It would become his best-remembered performance. Throughout the 1960s he garnered numerous guest spots on television and turned up in films like "An American Dream" and "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" As he built a more solid filmography, he won roles on numerous major television shows of the 1970s and 1980s, like "Ironside", "S.W.A.T. ", and "CHIPs". A well-reputed character actor, Mantee continued to find steady work on television, snagging parts on "Cagney & Lacey", "Alice", and "Scarecrow and Mrs. King". He retired from acting in 1998 after co-starring in the action comedy "Memorial Day". In a career that spanned fifty years, Mantee appeared in more than 120 productions, including the Oscar nominated drama "The Great Santini", and the Oscar-winning docudrama "Apollo 13".

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