Paul Shenar Biography (1936-1989)

Full name, Albert Paul Shenar; born February 12, 1936, in Milwaukee, WI; diedof AIDS, October 11, 1989, in West Hollywood, CA; son of Eugene Joseph and Mary Rosella (Puhek) Shenar.

Birth Details
February 12, 1936
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Death Details
October 11, 1989
West Hollywood, California, United States

Famous Works

  • OFF-BROADWAY DEBUT--Michael, Pullman Car Hiawatha, Circle in the Square,1962.
  • BROADWAY DEBUT--Brother Julian, Tiny Alice and Baron Nikolai Lvovich Tusenbach, The Three Sisters (in repertory), both American Conservatory Theatre,American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, 1969.
  • Paul, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Martinique Theatre, 1963.
  • Brother Julian, Tiny Alice, American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco,CA, 1966-68.
  • title role, Oedipus Rex, American Conservatory Theatre, 1970.
  • Eilert Lovborg, Hedda Gabler, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1981.
  • Charles, Blithe Spirit, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 1982.
  • Mikhail Alexandrovich Rakitin, A Month in the Country and voice of the King's herald, Richard III, both Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1983.
  • Banquo, Macbeth, Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, 1988.
  • Also appeared in Antony and Cleopatra and A Midsummer Night's Dream, bothNational Shakespeare Festival, San Diego, CA, 1971; Paradise Lost, AmericanConservatory Theatre, 1972; That Championship Season, American Conservatory Theatre, 1973; Shadow Play, American Conservatory Theatre, 1974; Ring 'round the Moon, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1975; The Heiress, Westwood Playhouse, Los Angeles; and at the Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT; Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN; Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT; and with the Lincoln Center Repertory Theatre, New York City.
  • Credits; MAJOR TOURS
  • Banquo, Macbeth, U.S. cities, 1988.
  • Ludwig Schon, Lulu, Chase, 1978.
  • Arobin, The End of August, Quartet, 1982.
  • voice of Jenner, The Secret of NIMH (animated), Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer/United Artists, 1982.
  • Joshua Adams, Deadly Force, Embassy, 1983.
  • Alejandro Sosa, Scarface, Universal, 1983.
  • Ben Gardner, Dream Lover, United Artists, 1986.
  • Rocca, Raw Deal, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1986.
  • Colin Wentworth, The Bedroom Window, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1987.
  • David Madlock, Best Seller, Orion, 1987.
  • Ettore Balletto, Man on Fire, Tri-Star, 1987.
  • Laurence, The Big Blue (also known as Le Grand Bleu), Gaumont, 1988.
  • Roscoe Corlay, Beaulah Land, NBC, 1980.
  • Credits; PILOTS
  • Charles Edward Royce, Gemini Man (also known as Code Name: Minus One), NBC, 1976.
  • Joe Silvano, Three Eyes, NBC, 1982.
  • J. Elliott Sloan, Streets of Justice, NBC, 1985.
  • Philip Drake, Dark Mansions, ABC, 1986.
  • Chase, Time Out for Dad, NBC, 1987.
  • Credits; EPISODIC
  • Matthew Lowington, Spenser: for Hire, ABC, 1985.
  • Also Paper Dolls, ABC, 1984; Dynasty, ABC, 1985; Scarecrow and Mrs.
  • King, CBS.
  • Credits; MOVIES
  • Crawford, The Execution of Private Slovik, NBC, 1974.
  • Orson Welles, The Night That Panicked America, ABC, 1975.
  • Rudi Portinari, The Keegans, CBS, 1976.
  • James Cardone, The Hostage Heart, CBS, 1977.
  • Nick Silcox, The Courage and the Passion, NBC, 1978.
  • Jack Graham, Suddenly, Love, NBC, 1978.
  • Flo Ziegfeld, Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women, NBC, 1978.
  • Schuyler Ross, Brass, CBS, 1985.
  • Jerry Worth, Rage of Angels: The Story Continues, NBC, 1986.
  • Credits; SPECIALS
  • De Guiche, "Cyrano de Bergerac," Great Performances, PBS, 1974.
  • Also appeared in Richard II.

Further Reference


  • Variety, October 25-31, 1989.

User Contributions:

William French
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Nov 19, 2014 @ 7:19 pm
Just took a look about my former colleague and dear friend. We first met whilst working together at the
American conservatory Theatre in Pittsburgh. It was the founding year. I am not an actor.
I was prop designer first in 1965, then as costume designer in '66 (Charlie's Aunt).
Paul needs to be known as one of the most unspoilt actors in the business, he was not only a joy To work with on a daily basis but had social skills beyond the footlights which endeared him to all his fellow colleagues.
Paul was a fine actor, he was a fine gentleman. I only could wish he could read this sentiment (he would blush). It is too sad he had to leave so soon, so young.
William French, London, United Kingdom

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