Paul McCrane

Actor, Director, Singer
For many television viewers, actor Paul McCrane was forever identified as the ill-tempered Dr. Robert Romano, whose reign of terror as chief of staff on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2004) ended spectacularly when a falling ... Read more »
Born: 01/18/1961 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Major Crimes 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

24 1999 - 2003, 2005 - 2007, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Atlas Shrugged: Part II -- The Strike 2012 (Movie)

Wesley Mouch (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1992 - 2007, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 1997 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Harry's Law 1999 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sirens 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 2007, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Commish 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 2007, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 1992 - 2007, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ugly Betty 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living With Ed 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Unscripted 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 200: A Dateline Special 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

New Suit 2003 (Movie)

Braggy Shoot (Actor)

Citizen Baines 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual People's Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Producer 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Champs 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Under Suspicion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shawshank Redemption 1994 (Movie)

Guard Trout (Actor)

Law & Order 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Blob 1988 (Movie)

Deputy Bil Briggs (Actor)

Robocop 1987 (Movie)

Emil (Actor)

Purple Hearts 1984 (Movie)

Brenner (Actor)

The Hotel New Hampshire 1984 (Movie)

Frank Berry (Actor)

We're Fighting Back 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Fame 1980 (Movie)

Montgomery MacNeil (Actor)

Rocky II 1979 (Movie)

Young Patient (Actor)

Baby Comes Home (TV Show)

Actor

Death Penalty (TV Show)

Actor

From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor

Money, Power, Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Strapped (TV Show)

Actor

The Portrait (TV Show)

Actor

With Murder in Mind (TV Show)

Actor

Zelda (TV Show)

Actor
Director (25)

Glee 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Extant 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Scandal 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Betrayal 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Golden Boy 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Nashville 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Vegas 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Dr. Vegas 1992 - 2007, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

The Closer 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

The Defenders 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Chase 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Detroit 1-8-7 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Miami Medical 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Eleventh Hour 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

The Forgotten 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Without A Trace 2005, 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

House 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Shark 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Close to Home 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Jericho 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Justice 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

The West Wing 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Third Watch 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Secrets & Lies (Tv Show)

Director
Music (1)

Fame 1980 (Movie)

("Is It Okay If I Call You Mine?") (Song)

Biography

For many television viewers, actor Paul McCrane was forever identified as the ill-tempered Dr. Robert Romano, whose reign of terror as chief of staff on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2004) ended spectacularly when a falling helicopter crushed him on the roof of County General. But McCrane's lengthy career showed a much wider range of talent, including a Grammy-winning turn as a talented art school student in "Fame" (1980) as well as stints on sitcoms and the Broadway stage. McCrane began his on-screen career as sensitive young men in "Fame" and "The Hotel New Hampshire" (1984), but by the mid-1980s, he shed his youthful appearance for a grittier look and segued into explosive character turns in "RoboCop" (1986) and "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994). Meanwhile, "ER" brought him widespread attention as a character that audiences loved to hate, and the exposure afforded him turns on "From the Earth to the Moon" (HBO, 1998) and "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). He went on to play a driven, but slightly unstable district attorney on the popular legal series, "Harry's Law" (NBC, 2010- ), which solidified McCrane's status as one of the small screen's most dependable character actors.

Relationships

James J McCrane Jr

Father

Barbara McCrane

Sister

Dana Kellin

Wife
married in fall of 1998

Eileen McCrane

Mother

William McCrane

Son
born c. September 2000

EDUCATION

HB Studio

New York , New York
studied acting with Uta Hagen

Holy Ghost Preparatory School

Pennsylvania

Milestones

1998

Portrayed astronaut Pete Conrad in the HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon"

1998

Directed Los Angeles stage production of "Home Grown"

1997

Had recurring role as surgeon Dr. 'Rocket' Romano on the hit NBC medical drama "ER"; made regular as of the 1999-2000 season

1997

Delivered memorable guest turn as Leonard Betts, a man who kept regenerating his body, in an episode of "The X-Files"

1996

Cast as a heart surgeon in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Champs"

1994

Made one-shot return to films as a guard in "The Shawshank Redemption"

1994

Was series regular on the CBS police drama "Under Suspicion"

1993

Co-starred as John Bishop in the TNT biopic "Zelda", starring Natasha Richardson as Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald

1991

Had featured role in the Broadway production of John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation"

1990

TV series debut as regular, the short-lived musical drama "Cop Rock" (ABC)

1988

Last film for six years, "The Blob"

1985

Had featured role of Don Parritt in a Broadway revival of "The Iceman Cometh" alongside Barnard Hughes and Jason Robards

1980

TV acting debut in the CBS TV-movie "Baby Comes Home"

1980

Breakthrough film role as aspiring actor Montgomery MacNeil in "Fame"; also film singing debut

1979

Film acting debut in small role in "Rocky II"

1978

Broadway debut, "Runaways"

1977

Stage acting debut in "Landscape of the Body" by John Guare; played the son of Shirley Knight

Raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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