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Paul Calderon

He was born in Puerto Rico 1959. Calderon moved to New York with his family at the age of six, where he grew up on the streets of the Lower East Side and Spanish Harlem. Following some time in college, he enlisted in the United States Army and served overseas as an infantryman. Returning to the States, Calderon set his sights on an acting career. Starting out on the New York stage, he won an Obie Award for his performance in Blade to the Heat at the Public Theatre. His most notable Broadway role was opposite Robert De Niro in Cuba and His Teddy Bear. Calderon also appeared off-Broadway in such plays as Requiem For A Heavyweight and Divine Horsemen, and played Achilles in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s production of Troilus and Cressida in Central Park. He is a founding member of the Touchstone Theatre, the American Folk Theatre and the Labyrinth Theatre Company. Calderon was originally slated to portray the role of Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction; Samuel L. Jackson was subsequently given the role. Correction Samuel Jackson told Tarantino he had messed up by not casting him in Reservoir Dogs. Tarantino agreed and told him he was writing a script and had a character that he had written specifically with Jackson in mind. Calderon had a better initial reading than Jackson and Tarantino gave serious consideration to casting him as Jules Winnfield. Calderon portrays Paul the bartender in dialogue scene between Butch Coolidge and Marsellus Wallace. Calderon also co-wrote Abel Ferrara's 1992 crime drama Bad Lieutenant, starring Harvey Keitel. Calderon acted in The Last Castle and the critically acclaimed independent feature Girlfight. His more than three dozen film credits also include Out of Sight, Cop Land, Four Rooms, Pulp Fiction, Bad Lieutenant, The Firm, The Addiction, Q & A, Sea of Love, Clockers and King of New York. In addition, he has made numerous guest appearances on television series, including recurring roles on Dream Street, Law & Order and Miami Vice. In 2010, Calderon is set to star as The Businessman in Sanzhar Sultanov's crime drama - The Story.

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Jan 1, 1959 In Puerto Rico
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Miami Vice 1984-09-16
Latest Project:
Movie The Strike 2016-04-14
Known For
Poster of A Kiss of Chaos
Poster of The Last Castle
Poster of Cop Land
Poster of Four Rooms
Movie The Strike Walt Whitman 2016-04-14
Series Bosch Jimmy Robertson 2015-02-13
Series Fear the Walking Dead Alejandro Núñez 2015-08-23
Series Blindspot Drill Instructor 2015-09-21
Movie Welcome to New York Pierre 2014-05-22
Movie West End Robert Mackey 2014-11-20
Series The Blacklist Manuel Esteban 2013-09-23
Movie Bolaetrapo Cuenta 2013-10-15
Movie Biodegradable Profesor Lopez 2013-11-14
Movie Down This Road Father 2010-04-20
Movie Gun Detective Jenkins 2010-06-10
Series Blue Bloods Lieutenant Perez 2010-09-24
Movie Burning Daylight Hughie Luke 2010-11-14
Series Lie to Me Manny Trillo 2009-01-21
Movie La soga Unknown 2009-09-12
Movie A Kiss of Chaos Oscar Perez 2009-06-27
Movie Pistol Whipped Blue 2008-03-04
Movie The Sentinel Deputy Director Cortes 2006-04-19
Movie Kill the Poor Carlos DeJesus 2003-03-09
Movie 21 Grams Brown 2003-03-05
Movie The Atlantis Conspiracy Guy 2001-01-01
Movie 3 A.M. Ralph 2001-07-01
Movie The Last Castle Dellwo 2001-10-19
Series Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown 2001-09-30
Movie Girlfight Sandro Guzman 2000-05-01
Movie Once in the Life Manny Rivera 2000-10-27
Series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
Movie Oxygen Jesse 1999-11-12
Movie Montana Boulez 1998-01-01
Movie Out of Sight Raymond Cruz 1998-06-26
Movie All Revved Up Carl 1998-04-19
Movie Cop Land Hector - Medic 1997-08-15
Movie Dark Angel Vance Pickett 1996-09-10
Movie Michael Jackson - Video Greatest Hits - HIStory Dealer (segment "Bad") 1995-06-16
Movie The Addiction Professor 1995-01-10
Movie Clockers Jesus at Hambones 1995-09-15
Movie Condition Red Angel Delgado 1995-12-08
Movie Four Rooms Norman 1995-12-09
Movie Pulp Fiction Paul 1994-09-10
Movie Hand Gun Landwick 1994-10-01
Movie The Firm Thomas Richie 1993-06-30
Movie CrissCross Blacky 1992-05-08
Movie Bad Lieutenant Cop #1 1992-09-16
Movie Q & A Roger Montalvo 1990-04-27
Movie King of New York Joey Dalesio 1990-07-18
Movie Sea of Love Serafino 1989-09-15
Movie Penn & Teller Get Killed Juan 1989-09-22
Movie The Chair Pizza 1988-10-08
Movie Band of the Hand Tito 1986-04-11
Series The Equalizer Chacon 1985-09-18
Movie Tenement Hector 1985-09-20
Series Miami Vice Nicky 1984-09-16