Paul at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
|Born||Aaron Paul Sturtevant
August 27, 1979
Emmett, Idaho, U.S.
Aaron Paul Sturtevant (born August 27, 1979), 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.
Paul was born in Emmett, Idaho, the son of Darla (née Haynes) and Robert Sturtevant, a Baptist minister. He is the youngest of four children and was born a month premature in his parents' bathroom. He has English, German, and Scottish ancestry. He attended Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho and graduated one year early in 1998.
After graduation, he drove to Los Angeles with his mother in his 1982 Toyota Corolla, with $6,000 in savings. Prior to gaining fame, he appeared on an episode of The Price Is Right on January 3, 2000. Appearing under his real name, he played one pricing game and overbid by $132 on the Showcase. He also worked as a movie theater usher at Universal Studios in Hollywood, California.
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. He starred in the music videos for the Korn song "Thoughtless" and the Everlast song "White Trash Beautiful". He was also featured in television commercials for Juicy Fruit, Corn Pops, and Vanilla Coke. 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, 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. Coincidentally, Paul had once unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Francis Wilkerson, the eldest son of Cranston's Malcolm in the Middle character, Hal. 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.
Paul starred in the film Smashed, which was one of the official selections for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. 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. In 2012 and 2013, he made an appearance on the show Tron: Uprising, voicing a character named Cyrus.
In September 2013, he was featured on Zen Freeman's dance song, "Dance Bitch". 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. In 2014, Paul starred in Need for Speed, as a street racer recently released from prison who takes revenge on a wealthy business associate. Paul stars alongside Juliette Lewis in the family drama Hellion, as the drunken father of two young vandals. He will also co-star in the 2014 biblical epic Exodus, portraying the Hebrew prophet Joshua. In December 2013, Netflix announced that Paul will have his own animated series called BoJack Horseman: A Tale of Fear, Loathing and Animals, which is set to premiere in 2014. 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.
In 2001, Paul dated Samaire Armstrong, with whom he had worked in an episode of The X-Files earlier that year. From March 2009 to April 2010, he dated Jessica Lowndes. He became engaged to Lauren Parsekian in Paris on January 1, 2012. The two met at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California. 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. 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.
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. During a ceremony at Boise's famous Egyptian Theatre, Idaho governor Butch Otter declared October 1 "Aaron Paul Sturtevant Day".
|2000||Whatever It Takes||Floyd|
|2000||Help! I'm a Fish||Chuck||Voice|
|2002||National Lampoon's Van Wilder||Wasted Guy|
|2002||Wasted||Owen Turner||Television film|
|2004||Perfect Opposites||Monty Brandt|
|2005||Candy Paint||Brad Miller||Short film|
|2005||Bad Girls from Valley High||Jonathon Wharton||Direct-to-video|
|2006||Mission: Impossible III||Rick Meade|
|2009||The Last House on the Left||Francis|
|2011||Quirky Girl||Joseph||Short film|
|2013||Decoding Annie Parker||Paul|
|2014||Need for Speed||Tobey Marshall|
|2014||A Long Way Down||JJ|
|2014||Hellion||Hollis Wilson||Co-executive producer|
|2014||Exodus: Gods and Kings||Joshua|
|2015||Fathers and Daughters||Cameron|
|1998||Even the Losers||Unknown||Unsold pilot|
|1999||Locust Valley||Gregor||Unsold pilot|
|1999||Beverly Hills, 90210||Chad||Episode: "Fortune Cookie"|
|1999||Melrose Place||Frat Boy||Episode: "The Daughterboy"|
|1999||Suddenly Susan||Zipper||Episode: "A Day in the Life"|
|1999||3rd Rock from the Sun||Student||Episode: "Dick's Big Giant Headache: Part II"|
|2000||Get Real||Derek||Episode: "History Lessons"|
|2001||100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd||Ethan||Episode: "Eddie Loves Tori"|
|2001||The Division||Tyler Petersen||Episode: "Hero"|
|2001||Nikki||Scott||Episode: "Family Lies"|
|2001||The Guardian||Ethan Ritter||Episode: "The Men from the Boys"|
|2001||The X-Files||David "Sky Commander Winky" Winkle||Episode: "Lord of the Flies"|
|2001–2002||Judging Amy||"X-Ray" Conklin||2 episodes|
|2002||NYPD Blue||Marcus Denton||Episode: "Oh, Mama!"|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Peter Hutchins, Jr.||Episode: "Felonious Monk"|
|2002||Birds of Prey||Jerry||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2003||The Snobs||Clay||Unsold pilot|
|2003||ER||Doug||Episode: "A Saint in the City"|
|2003||Kingpin||Stoner||Episode: "El Velorio"|
|2003||CSI: Miami||Ben Gordon||Episode: "Grave Young Men"|
|2003||Guiding Light||Adrian Pascal||1 episode|
|2003||Threat Matrix||Shane||Episode: "Natural Borne Killers"|
|2004||Line of Fire||Drew Parkman||Episode: "Mother & Child Reunion"|
|2005||Veronica Mars||Eddie Laroche||Episode: "Silence of the Lamb"|
|2005||Joan of Arcadia||Denunzio||Episode: "Secret Service"|
|2005||Point Pleasant||Mark Owens||3 episodes|
|2005||Criminal Minds||Michael Zizzo||Episode: "The Popular Kids"|
|2005||Sleeper Cell||Teen||Episode: "Al-Faitha"|
|2006||Bones||Stew Ellis||Episode: "The Superhero in the Alley"|
|2006||Ghost Whisperer||Link||Episode: "Fury"|
|2007–2011||Big Love||Scott Quittman||14 episodes|
|2008–2013||Breaking Bad||Jesse Pinkman||62 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)
Episode: "Robot Chicken DC Comics Special"
|2013||The Simpsons||Jesse Pinkman||Voice
Episode: "What Animated Women Want"
|2013||Saturday Night Live||Jesse Pinkman / Meth Nephew||Episode: "Tina Fey/Arcade Fire"|
|2009||Breaking Bad: Original Minisodes||Jesse Pinkman||Episode: "TwaüghtHammër"|
|2010||Weird: the Al Yankovic Story||"Weird Al" Yankovic||Funny or Die short|
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- Juicy Fruit Commercial, YouTube.com
- Corn Pops Commercial, YouTube.com
- "First Ever Vanilla Coke Commercial". YouTube. October 19, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
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