Butler, Paul

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Butler, Paul


Career: Actor.

Awards, Honors: Drama Desk Award (with others), outstanding ensemble performance, 1985, for Balm in Gilead; Drama Desk Award, outstanding ensemble performance, and Obie Award, excellence of ensemble performance, Village Voice, both with others, 2000, for Jitney.


Stage Appearances:

Mission preacher and prisoner, Edmond, Provincetown Playhouse, New York City, 1982–83.

John, Balm in Gilead, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1984.

Walter Hollins, The Harvesting, Classical Theatre of Harlem, New York City, 1984.

The Water Engine, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1985.

Butler, Prairie du Chien (one-act play; double-bill with the one-act play The Shawl), Lincoln Center, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, New York City, 1985–86.

Bishop Eli Frey and recruitment officer, Quiet in the Land, Circle Repertory Company, Triplex II Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Claudia-Claudius, Caligula, Circle Repertory Company, Triplex II Theatre, 1986.

Death and the King's Horseman, Goodman Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, and Lincoln Center, New York City, c. 1986–87.

Captain Julius Alexander Randolph, A Few Good Men, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1989–91.

The Piano Lesson, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, c. 1990–91.

Helicanus, Pericles, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, New York City, 1991.

T. O. Jones, I Am a Man, The Working Theater, New York City, 1993.

Two Trains Running, Goodman Theatre, 1993.

Shylock, The Merchant of Venice, Goodman Theatre, 1994.

Antony, Antony and Cleopatra, Riverside Studios, London, 1995.

Doc, Tooth of Crime, Signature Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1996–97.

The author and Buks Jonkers, Valley Song, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA, c. 1998, and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1998.

Becker, Jitney, various productions, including Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh, PA, beginning 1996, Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ, beginning 1997, Huntington Theatre, Boston, MA, beginning 1998, GeVa Theatre, Rochester, NY, 1999–2000, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 2000, Second Stage Theatre, New York City, 2000, Union Square Theatre, New York City, 2000–2001.

Title role, King Lear, Classical Theatre of Harlem, HSA Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Eli, Gem of the Ocean, Goodman Theatre, 2003.

Peter Nicholas, Drowning Crow, Manhattan Theatre Club, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 2004.

Appeared as the title role, Othello, Chicago, IL; in Golden Boy, Broadway production; and in Native Son, Goodman Theatre.

Major Tours:

Shylock, The Merchant of Venice, Goodman Theatre Company, European cities, beginning 1994.

Film Appearances:

Do-Daddy Dean, The Spook Who Sat by the Door, United Artists, 1973.

Security guard, Old Enough, Orion Classics, 1984.

Edgar Rounds, Silver Bullet (also known as Stephen King's "Silver Bullet"), Paramount, 1985.

Second police officer, Compromising Positions, Paramount, 1985.

Jordan, Off Beat, Buena Vista, 1986.

Gas station owner, Things Change, Columbia, 1988.

Captain Blalock, Renegades, Columbia, 1989.

Captain Hargate, The Rookie, Buena Vista, 1990.

Gideon, To Sleep with Anger, Samuel Goldwyn, 1990.

Al at the deli, He Said, She Said, Paramount, 1991.

Commissioner Walker, Homicide, Triumph Releasing, 1991.

Leroy Halloran, Strictly Business (also known as Go Natalie!), Warner Bros., 1991.

Narc, The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez, 1991.

Otis Wimms, Zebrahead (also known as The Colour of Love), Triumph Releasing, 1992.

Police officer, Glengarry Glen Ross, New Line Cinema, 1992.

Federal agent Skouras, Romeo Is Bleeding, Gramercy Pictures, 1993.

Bookbinder, The Spanish Prisoner, Sony Pictures Releasing, 1997.

Lieutenant Lynch, Meschugge (also known as Don't and The Giraffe), 1998, German Independent, 2000.

Charlie Phillips, The Insider (also known as Man of the People, 60 Minutes, Untitled Michael Mann Film, and The Untitled Tobacco Project), Buena Vista, 1999.

Real judge, State and Main (also known as Sequences et consequences), Fine Line Features, 2000.

Professor Sherman, Tadpole, Miramax, 2002.

FBI agent Davis, Confess, Centrifugal Films, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Detective Walter Clemmons, Crime Story, NBC, 1986–88.

Detective Willard Block, a recurring role, 100 Centre Street (also known as 101 Centre Street), Arts and Entertainment, 2001–2002.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Golden Years (also known as Stephen King's "Golden Years"), CBS, 1991.

Preacher, The Wedding (also known as Oprah Winfrey Presents: "The Wedding"), ABC, 1998.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Sergeant Alonzo Hobbs, Dummy, CBS, 1979.

Truck driver, Daybreak, HBO, 1993.

Estabrook, Vanishing Son, syndicated, 1994.

Estabrook, Vanishing Son II, syndicated, 1994.

Estabrook, Vanishing Son III, syndicated, 1994.

Estabrook, Vanishing Son IV, syndicated, 1994.

Stan, Color of Justice, Showtime, 1997.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Caribbean Cool, PBS, 1993.

Tracey Takes on New York (also known as Tracey Ullman Takes on New York), HBO, 1993.

Panelist, Burden of Proof: Clinton, Congress and the Constitution, Cable News Network, 1998.

Himself, People v. Simpson: Unfinished Business, Court TV, 1999.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Alex Chavin, "If Memory Serves," A Man Called Hawk, ABC, 1989.

Judge Tyler B. Ashford, "Life Choice," Law & Order, NBC, 1991.

Judge Edmond Francis, "Self Defense," Law & Order, NBC, 1992.

Leo Hopkins, "School Ties," New York Undercover (also known as Uptown Undercover), Fox, 1994.

Tyrone Hawkins, "All in the Family," New York Undercover (also known as Uptown Undercover), Fox, 1995.

Clifford Ramsey, "Self Defense," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as Homicide and H: LOTS), NBC, 1999.

Morgan, "Goodbye to All That," Third Watch, NBC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Detective Walter Clemmons, Crime Story, NBC, 1986.

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