Paul Shenar

Actor, Drama teacher
It is a testament to the acting style of Paul Shenar that early in his career he was chosen to play two of the largest personalities in show business history. In 1975 he portrayed filmmaking legend Orson Welles in the ... Read more »
Born: 02/12/1936 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

The Big Blue 1988 (Movie)

Dr Laurence (Actor)

Best Seller 1987 (Movie)

David Madlock (Actor)

Man on Fire 1987 (Movie)

Ettore Belletto (Actor)

The Bedroom Window 1987 (Movie)

Colin Wentworth (Actor)

Time Out For Dad 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Dream Lover 1986 (Movie)

Ben Gardner (Actor)

Raw Deal 1986 (Movie)

Rocca (Actor)

Deadly Force 1983 (Movie)

Joshua Adams (Actor)

Scarface 1983 (Movie)

Alejandro Sosa (Actor)

The Secret of Nimh 1982 (Movie)

of Jenner (Voice)

Three Eyes 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The End of August 1980 (Movie)

Arobin (Actor)

Lulu 1977 (Movie)

Ludwig Schon (Actor)

Gemini Man 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Cyrano de Bergerac 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Beulah Land (TV Show)

Actor

Brass (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Mansions (TV Show)

Actor

Streets of Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Suddenly, Love (TV Show)

Actor

The Courage and the Passion (TV Show)

Actor

The Hostage Heart (TV Show)

Actor

The Keegans (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

It is a testament to the acting style of Paul Shenar that early in his career he was chosen to play two of the largest personalities in show business history. In 1975 he portrayed filmmaking legend Orson Welles in the made for TV drama "The Night That Panicked America", a retelling of the events surrounding the director's infamous 1938 radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds". Three years later Shenar would take on the role of famed theater producer Flo Ziegfeld in another made-for-TV movie. He grew up in Milwaukee, where his immersion in local theater productions led to the calling of acting. After a stint in the Air Force, Shenar, along with other fellow thespians, was integral in founding the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where he became a performer and teacher for the remainder of his career. He branched into television in the 1970s, playing bit parts in the decade's biggest hits until landing the two huge roles as Welles and Ziegfeld. His feature-film career began to take off simultaneously with his TV success, and he gravitated to more villainous performances. He was the voice of the conspiratorial rat Jenner in the animated adventure "The Secret of NIHM", played opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the crime drama "Raw Deal", and was most famously the Bolivian cocaine kingpin, Alejandro "Don't fuck me, Tony!" Sosa in Brian DePalma's crime thriller "Scarface" in 1983. Shenar contracted the AIDS virus and died at the age of 53.

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin

Madison , Wisconsin

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