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Paul Calderon

1959-01-01 Puerto Rico

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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.


The Strike Walt Whitman 2016-04-14
Welcome to New York Pierre 2014-08-07
West End Robert Mackey 2014-11-20
Bolaetrapo Cuenta 2013-10-15
Biodegradable Profesor Lopez 2013-11-14
Gun Detective Jenkins 2010-06-10
Down This Road Father 2010-04-20
Burning Daylight Hughie Luke 2010-11-14
A Kiss of Chaos Oscar Perez 2009-06-27
La soga 2009-09-12
The Hungry Ghosts Carl 2009-01-22
Pistol Whipped Blue 2008-03-04
The Sentinel Deputy Director Cortes 2006-04-19
21 Grams Brown 2003-09-06
Kill the Poor Carlos DeJesus 2003-05-09
3 A.M. Ralph 2001-07-01
The Last Castle Dellwo 2001-10-19
The Atlantis Conspiracy Guy 2001-01-01
Once in the Life Manny Rivera 2000-10-27
Bait Cop (uncredited) 2000-03-17
Girlfight Sandro Guzman 2000-05-01
Oxygen Jesse 1999-11-12
One Tough Cop Sgt. Diaz 1998-10-09
Out of Sight Raymond Cruz 1998-06-26
OK Garage Carl 1998-04-19
Montana Boulez 1998-01-16
Cop Land Hector - Medic 1997-08-15
Dark Angel Vance Pickett 1996-09-10
The Addiction Professor 1995-01-10
Clockers Jesus at Hambones 1995-09-15
Four Rooms Norman 1995-12-09
Condition Red Angel Delgado 1995-12-08
Sweet Nothing Ray 1995-06-08
Pulp Fiction Paul 1994-09-10
Hand Gun Landwick 1994-10-01
The Firm Thomas Richie 1993-06-30
The Keys Garcia 1992-04-12
CrissCross Blacky 1992-05-08
Bad Lieutenant Cop #1 1992-11-20
King of New York Joey Dalesio 1990-07-18
Q & A Roger Montalvo 1990-04-27
Penn & Teller Get Killed Juan 1989-09-22
Sea of Love Serafino 1989-09-15
Sticky Fingers Speed 1988-05-06
The Chair Pizza 1988-10-08
Bad Dealer 1987-08-31
Band of the Hand Tito 1986-04-11
Doubletake Bitong 1985-11-24
Tenement Hector 1985-09-20
Community Plot 1984-12-31