Paul Mercurio

Actor, Dancer, Dance company impresario
Handsome, muscular Australian dancer turned actor, with thick, dark hair and a playfully boyish and naughty manner. Mercurio danced and trained with the West Australian Ballet Company and later the Australian Ballet ... Read more »
Born: 03/31/1963 in Western Australia, AU

Filmography

Actor (17)

Million Dollar Password 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Day of the Roses 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sydney: A Story of a City 1999 (Movie)

Malcolm (Actor)

Kick 1998 (Movie)

David Knight (Actor)

Welcome to Woop Woop 1998 (Movie)

Midget (Actor)

Museum of Love 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The First 9 1/2 Weeks 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Back of Beyond 1996 (Movie)

The Mechanic (Actor)

Red Ribbon Blues 1996 (Movie)

Troy Ryan (Actor)

Exit to Eden 1994 (Movie)

Elliot Slater (Actor)

Strictly Ballroom 1993 (Movie)

Scott Hastings (Actor)

Boxes: With the Sydney Dance Company 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Code 11-14 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Planet (TV Show)

Actor

Joseph (TV Show)

Actor
Other (2)

Garage Days 2003 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

Kick 1998 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

Biography

Handsome, muscular Australian dancer turned actor, with thick, dark hair and a playfully boyish and naughty manner. Mercurio danced and trained with the West Australian Ballet Company and later the Australian Ballet School before joining the prestigious Sydney Dance Company, touring with them from 1982 to 1992. One of the company's performances, "Boxes", was recorded for US TV and aired on PBS's "Great Performances" in 1986.

Mercurio established his own ballet company, the Australian Choreographic Ensemble (ACE) in 1992, and while he was creating the outfit's first presentation, began to attract incredible media attention with his leading role in his first feature. "Strictly Ballroom" (1992), a fairly conventional but zestfully presented tale of a rebel hoofer and his search for a partner who can match his dynamic but unconventional style. It also did so well on the US art-house circuit that Mercurio was invited to star in a Hollywood film, but "Exit to Eden" (1994), aiming to be a titillating comedy set on an island resort for those eager to try sadomasochistic sex, was roundly spanked by critics, mass audiences and SM practitioners alike.

Relationships

Andrea Mercurio

Wife
married c. 1986

EDUCATION

West Australian Ballet Company

received full scholarship to study and dance with the company

Australian Ballet School

attended after his work with the West Australian Ballet Company

Milestones

1998

Made silent cameo appearance in Stephan Elliot's "Welcome to Woop Woop"

1994

Made US feature film debut in a leading role in the comedy, "Exit to Eden"

1994

Commissioned by ABC-TV to choreograph a dance film, "Envy"; part of a series which aired during the summer on Australian TV, "Seven Deadly Sins"

1992

Made feature film debut in the leading role of the Australian dance-oriented musical romance, "Strictly Ballroom"

1992

Founded own ballet company, the Australian Choreographic Ensemble (ACE)

1986

Appeared on US TV when he danced with the Sydney Dance Company in "Boxes: With the Sydney Dance Company", aired on PBS station as part of the series, "Great Performances"

1982

Toured in both Australia and abroad with the Sydney Dance Company

Danced with the West Australian Ballet Company and later attended the Australian Ballet School

Grew up in Fremantle on the west coast of Australia

Co-founded a production company, Feel Good Films; first undertaking was a documentary, "Life's Burning Desire", about the presentation of Mercurio's first work with the ACE and his making of "Strictly Ballroom" (date approximate)

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