P. J. Byrne

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P. J. Byrne
P. J. Byrne by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Paul Jeffrey Byrne
1974 (age 39–40)
Maplewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Jaime Nicole Padula (2007–present)

Paul Jeffrey "P. J." Byrne (born 1974) is an American film and television actor. Byrne is known for his roles in films such as Horrible Bosses, Final Destination 5, The Campaign and The Wolf of Wall Street. He is known for his television roles such as his recurring role in The Game and his starring role in Intelligence. He also provides the voice of Bolin on Nickelodeon's animated TV series The Legend of Korra.

Early life[edit]

A Garden State native, Byrne was born in Maplewood, New Jersey, to Emma N. (Ferraro) and Paul I. Byrne, Jr.,[1][2] and was raised in Old Tappan, New Jersey, where he graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan in 1992.[3] He is of Irish and Italian descent.[4]

A graduate of Boston College with a double major in finance and theatre and an M.F.A. from the Theatre School at DePaul University, Byrne was on his way to becoming an investment banker out of college when a drama teacher at BC convinced him to follow his passion for acting.


Byrne started his career in small roles in such films as Bruce Almighty, Fun with Dick and Jane, Bewitched and Because I Said So. He also had guest roles on television series such as ER, West Wing, Reno 911! and NCIS before getting a recurring role on The Game.

Byrne went on to have more prominent roles in films such as Dinner for Schmucks, Extraordinary Measures, The Campaign and Horrible Bosses. He was cast in one of the main roles in Final Destination 5, which received generally positive reviews and was a commercial success.

In addition to his on screen roles, Byrne has provided the voice of Bolin, one of the lead roles in the Nickelodeon series, The Legend of Korra, since 2012.

In 2013, he appeared in the Martin Scorsese directed film The Wolf of Wall Street, which received critical acclaim and was nominated for numerous awards. The next year he starred in the television series Intelligence.

Personal life[edit]

He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Jaime,[5] who is the district director in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills for health care services and fund-raising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Byrne and his wife are currently expecting their first child.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Bruce Almighty Panicked Newsroom Staffer
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Laughing Executive
Bewitched Writer
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Jim Van Wagenen
Evan Almighty Evan’s Staffer
Loveless in Los Angeles Perry
Because I Said So Photographer
2008 Be Kind, Rewind Mr. Baker
First Sunday Dr. Preston
Kissing Cousins Tucker
Surfer, Dude Zarno's Lawyer
Soul Men Floyd's Doctor
2009 Finding Bliss Gary
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Davenport
Extraordinary Measures Dr. Preston
2011 Son of Morning Mitchel Zangwell
Horrible Bosses Kenny Sommerfield
Final Destination 5 Isaac Palmer
Snitch Perry
2012 The Campaign Rick
K-11 C.R.
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff
2014 Walk of Shame Moshe


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Presidio Med Dr. Whitby Episode: “Milagros”
ER Ken the Kiosk Man Episode: "Dead Again"
2003 The Lyon’s Den Larry Michaels Episode: “Blood”
Strong Medicine Levin Episode: "Rash Decisions"
Yes, Dear AD Episode: "Let’s Get Jaggy with It"
Crossing Jordan Forensic Goofball Episode: "Ockham’s Razor"
2005 West Wing David Orbitz Episode: "Ninety Miles Away"
2006 My Boys Keith Luger Episode: “Released”
Just Legal Wayne Episode: "Body in the Trunk"
Reno 911! Agent Bruce Padul Episode: "Spanish Mike Returns"
The New Adventures of Old Christine Doug Episode: "Exile on Lame Street"
Four Kings Sheldon Dratch Episode: "Elephant in the Room"
Twins Eric Weiner Episode: "Sneaks and Geeks"
NCIS Ross Logan Episode: "Deception"
2006–2009, 2012 The Game Irv Smiff 16 episodes
2007 Viva Laughlin Jonesy 2 episodes
Boston Legal Matthew Steinkellner Episode: "Dumping Bella"
Desperate Housewives Nick Episode: "Not While I’m Around"
2009 Hannah Montana Baz B. Berkley 2 episodes
Three Rivers Dale Coffey Episode: "Place of Life"
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Tad Episode: "The Gang Exploits the Mortgage Crisis"
Burn Notice Stacey Conolly Episode: "Fearless Leader"
Bones Joe Fillion Episode: "The Cinderella in the Cardboard"
2011 The Mentalist Kieran Carruthers Episode: "Rhapsody in Red"
Castle Tony Episode: "To Love and Die in LA"
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Elliot 2 episodes
2012–present The Legend of Korra Bolin (voice) 23 episodes
2014 Intelligence Nelson Cassidy 11 episodes


  1. ^ "Office of the President - Ms. Emma N. Byrne, Secretary". Intraweb.stockton.edu. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  2. ^ Newsbank.com
  3. ^ Rohan, Virginia. "Old Tappan's P.J. Byrne co-stars on new CBS series 'Intelligence'", The Record (Bergen County), January 7, 2014. Accessed January 22, 2014. "It's a great time for P.J. Byrne.On the big screen, the actor with roots in Old Tappan can be seen as one of Leonardo DiCaprio's debaucherous crew in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.... 'Fourth grade all through high school, that was Old Tappan,' says Byrne, whose older sister Courtney was in the same Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan graduating class as Cory Booker."
  4. ^ http://ca.movies.yahoo.com/person/pj-byrne-2/biography.html
  5. ^ "Jaime Padula, P. J. Byrne - New York Times". Nytimes.com. 2007-07-08. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 

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