Aaron Paul

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Aaron Paul
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Paul at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
BornAaron Paul Sturtevant
(1979-08-27) August 27, 1979 (age 35)
Emmett, Idaho, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Lauren Parsekian (m. 2013)
 
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Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Paul at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
BornAaron Paul Sturtevant
(1979-08-27) August 27, 1979 (age 35)
Emmett, Idaho, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Lauren Parsekian (m. 2013)

Aaron Paul Sturtevant (born August 27, 1979),[1][2] known professionally as Aaron Paul, is an American actor. He is best known for his critically acclaimed role as Jesse Pinkman in the hit AMC series Breaking Bad from 2008 to 2013, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014.

Early life[edit]

Paul was born in Emmett, Idaho,[3] the son of Darla (née Haynes) and Robert Sturtevant, a Baptist minister.[4] He is the youngest of four children and was born a month premature in his parents' bathroom.[5] He has English, German, and Scottish ancestry.[6] He attended Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho and graduated in 1998.[7]

After graduation, Paul drove to Los Angeles with his mother in his 1982 Toyota Corolla, with $6,000 in savings.[8] Prior to gaining fame, he appeared on an episode of The Price Is Right on January 3, 2000.[9] Appearing under his real name, he played one pricing game and overbid by $132 on the Showcase.[10] He also worked as a movie theater usher at Universal Studios in Hollywood, California.[11]

Career[edit]

Paul with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan

In 1996, Paul went to Los Angeles for the International Modeling and Talent Association competition. He won runner-up in the competition and signed with a manager.[12] He starred in the music videos for the Korn song "Thoughtless" and the Everlast song "White Trash Beautiful".[13] He was also featured in television commercials for Juicy Fruit,[14] Corn Pops,[15] and Vanilla Coke.[16] He appeared in the films Whatever It Takes (2000), Help! I'm a Fish (2001), K-PAX (2001), National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002), Bad Girls From Valley High (2005), Choking Man (2006), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and The Last House on the Left (2009). He starred as "Weird Al" Yankovic in the 2010 Funny or Die short Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,[17] and has guest starred on television shows such as The Guardian, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, ER, Sleeper Cell, Veronica Mars, The X-Files, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, Bones, and 3rd Rock from the Sun.

Paul first became known for his role as Scott Quittman on HBO's Big Love; he appeared 14 times on the show. In 2008, he began playing Jesse Pinkman on the AMC series Breaking Bad. His character was originally meant to die during the first season, but after seeing the chemistry between Paul and lead actor Bryan Cranston, series creator Vince Gilligan changed his mind and modified the original plans to save the character.[18] For his role in Breaking Bad, Paul was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014; he won the award in 2010, 2012, and 2014.[citation needed]

Paul starred in the film Smashed, which was one of the official selections for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.[19] In October 2012, he was interviewed by ESPN; he spoke about his childhood experience as a Boise State Broncos fan and discussed the challenges of portraying a meth addict in Breaking Bad.[20] In 2012 and 2013, he made an appearance on the show Tron: Uprising, voicing a character named Cyrus.[citation needed]

In September 2013, he was featured on Zen Freeman's dance song, "Dance Bitch".[21] He made a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live '​s 39th season opener as "meth nephew", a relative of Bobby Moynihan's popular "drunk uncle" character.[22] In 2014, Paul starred in Need for Speed, as a street racer recently released from prison who takes revenge on a wealthy business associate.[23] Paul stars alongside Juliette Lewis in the family drama Hellion, as the drunken father of two young vandals.[24] Also in 2014, he co-starred in the biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, portraying the Hebrew prophet Joshua.[25]

In December 2013, Netflix announced that Paul will have his own animated series called BoJack Horseman: A Tale of Fear, Loathing and Animals.[26] On March 3, 2014, he appeared on WWE Raw to promote Need for Speed, entering the arena in a sports car with Dolph Ziggler. He provided commentary for Ziggler's match against Alberto Del Rio, helping Ziggler win by distracting Del Rio.[27] On September 23, 2014, it was announced that Paul will play the young Louis Drax's father who becomes the focus of a criminal investigation after his son suffers a near-fatal fall in an upcoming Miramax film titled The 9th Life of Louis Drax, a supernatural thriller based on a book of the same name.[28]

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, Paul dated Samaire Armstrong, with whom he had worked on an episode of The X-Files earlier that year.[29] From March 2009 to April 2010, he dated Jessica Lowndes.[30] He became engaged to Lauren Parsekian in Paris on January 1, 2012.[31] The two met at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California.[32] They were married on May 26, 2013 in a 1920s Parisian carnival-themed wedding in Malibu, California, with music provided by Foster the People and John Mayer.[33] Paul emailed the entire guest list the song "Beauty" by The Shivers and asked everyone to learn the words so they could sing along during the ceremony.[8]

In 2013, Aaron and Parsekian helped raise $1.8 million for the Kind Campaign, a non-profit anti-bullying organization. The winners of the contest won a trip to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening of the final episode of Breaking Bad.[34] During a ceremony at Boise's Egyptian Theatre, Idaho governor Butch Otter declared October 1 "Aaron Paul Sturtevant Day".[35]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000Whatever It TakesFloyd
2000Help! I'm a FishChuckVoice
2001K-PAXMichael Powell
2002National Lampoon's Van WilderWasted Guy
2002WastedOwen TurnerTelevision film
2004Perfect OppositesMonty Brandt
2005Candy PaintBrad MillerShort film
2005Bad Girls from Valley HighJonathon WhartonDirect-to-DVD
2006Choking ManJerry
2006Mission: Impossible IIIRick Meade
2007DaydreamerClinton Roark
2007LeoHustlerShort film
2008Say GoodnightVictor
2009The Last House on the LeftFrancis
2010WreckageRick
2010Weird: the Al Yankovic Story"Weird Al" YankovicVideo short
2011Quirky GirlJosephShort film
2012SmashedCharlie Hannah
2013Decoding Annie ParkerPaul
2014Need for SpeedTobey Marshall
2014A Long Way DownJJ
2014HellionHollis WilsonAlso co-executive producer
2014UnityNarratorDocumentary
2014Exodus: Gods and KingsJoshua
2015Fathers and DaughtersCameronPost-production
2015Triple NinePost-production
2015The 9th Life of Louis DraxPeterPost-production
2015Eye in the SkySteve WattsPost-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999Beverly Hills, 90210ChadEpisode: "Fortune Cookie"
1999Melrose PlaceFrat BoyEpisode: "The Daughterboy"
1999Suddenly SusanZipperEpisode: "A Day in the Life"
19993rd Rock from the SunStudentEpisode: "Dick's Big Giant Headache: Part II"
2000Get RealDerekEpisode: "History Lessons"
2001100 Deeds for Eddie McDowdEthanEpisode: "Eddie Loves Tori"
2001The DivisionTyler PetersenEpisode: "Hero"
2001NikkiScottEpisode: "Family Lies"
2001The GuardianEthan RitterEpisode: "The Men from the Boys"
2001The X-FilesDavid "Sky Commander Winky" WinkleEpisode: "Lord of the Flies"
2001–2002Judging Amy"X-Ray" Conklin2 episodes
2002NYPD BlueMarcus DentonEpisode: "Oh, Mama!"
2002CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationPeter Hutchins, Jr.Episode: "Felonious Monk"
2002Birds of PreyJerryEpisode: "Pilot"
2003ERDougEpisode: "A Saint in the City"
2003KingpinStonerEpisode: "El Velorio"
2003CSI: MiamiBen GordonEpisode: "Grave Young Men"
2003Guiding LightAdrian Pascal1 episode
2003Threat MatrixShaneEpisode: "Natural Borne Killers"
2004Line of FireDrew ParkmanEpisode: "Mother & Child Reunion"
2005Veronica MarsEddie LarocheEpisode: "Silence of the Lamb"
2005Joan of ArcadiaDenunzioEpisode: "Secret Service"
2005Point PleasantMark Owens3 episodes
2005Criminal MindsMichael ZizzoEpisode: "The Popular Kids"
2005Sleeper CellTeenEpisode: "Al-Faitha"
2006BonesStew EllisEpisode: "The Superhero in the Alley"
2006Ghost WhispererLinkEpisode: "Fury"
2007–2011Big LoveScott Quittman14 episodes
2008–2013Breaking BadJesse Pinkman62 episodes
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2014)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2010, 2012, 2014)
Prism Award for Male Performance in a Drama Series – Multi-Episode Story Line (2011)
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2014)
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television (2010, 2012, 2014)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2014)
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2012)
Nominated—Dorian Award for TV Performance of the Year - Actor (2013)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2014)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2009, 2013)
Nominated—Prism Award for Male Performance in a Drama Series – Multi-Episode Story Line (2010, 2013)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2010)
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television (2011)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2011, 2013)
Nominated—TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2010)
Nominated—Young Hollywood Award for Fan Favorite Actor–Male (2014)[36]
2012Robot ChickenGlenn (voice)Episode: "Robot Chicken DC Comics Special"
2012–2013Tron: UprisingCyrus (voice)3 episodes
2013The SimpsonsJesse PinkmanEpisode: "What Animated Women Want"
2013Saturday Night LiveJesse Pinkman/Meth NephewEpisode: "Tina Fey/Arcade Fire"
2014–presentBoJack HorsemanTodd (voice)Also executive producer[37]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2009Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesBreaking BadNominated
Online Film & Television Association AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesWon
2010Won
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesWon
Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actor on TelevisionWon
PRISM AwardPerformance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode SeriesNominated
Satellite AwardBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionNominated
Television Critics Association AwardIndividual Achievement in DramaNominated
2011Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actor on TelevisionNominated
2012Best Supporting Actor on TelevisionWon
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesWon
Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Online Film & Television Association AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Shared with Jonathan Banks, Betsy Brandt, Bryan Cranston, Giancarlo Esposito, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, and Bob Odenkirk Nominated
2013Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Shared with Jonathan Banks, Betsy Brandt, Bryan Cranston, Laura Fraser, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Jesse Plemons and Steven Michael Quezada Nominated
Satellite AwardBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionWon
Online Film & Television Association AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesWon
Dorian AwardTV Performance of the Year - ActorNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
2014Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesWon
Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Television SeriesWon
Golden Globe AwardBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionNominated
Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesWon
Online Film & Television Association AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Tied with Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones Won
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Shared with Michael Bowen, Betsy Brandt, Bryan Cranston, Lavell Crawford, Tait Fletcher, Laura Fraser, Anna Gunn, Matthew T. Metzler, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Jesse Plemons, Steven Michael Quezada, Kevin Rankin, and Patrick Sane Won
Young Hollywood AwardFan Favorite Actor - MaleNominated
Leonardo's HorseBest Supporting ActorDecoding Annie ParkerWon
Grand Jury PrizeNarrative Feature Competition Shared with Kat Candler, Kelly Williams, Jonathan Duffy, Tanner Beard, Janice Beard, Suzanne Weinert, Sarah Green, Jeff Nichols, and Andrew Logan HellionWon

References[edit]

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