P. J. Byrne

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P. J. Byrne
P. J. Byrne by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Paul Jeffrey Byrne
(1974-12-15) 15 December 1974 (age 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.

Career[edit]

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.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Bruce Almighty Panicked Newsroom Staffer
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Laughing Executive
2005 Bewitched Writer
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Jim Van Wagenen
2007 Evan Almighty Evan’s Staffer
2007 Loveless in Los Angeles Perry
2007 Because I Said So Photographer
2008 Be Kind, Rewind Mr. Baker
2008 First Sunday Dr. Preston
2008 Kissing Cousins Tucker
2008 Surfer, Dude Zarno's Lawyer
2008 Soul Men Floyd's Doctor
2009 Finding Bliss Gary
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Davenport
2010 Extraordinary Measures Dr. Preston
2010 The Candidate Paul Short film
2011 Son of Morning Mitchel Zangwell
2011 Horrible Bosses Kenny Sommerfield
2011 New Romance PJ Short film
2011 Final Destination 5 Isaac Palmer
2011 Snitch Perry
2012 Coffees Barry Short film
2012 The Campaign Rick
2012 K-11 C.R.
2012 Last Supper Short film; Writer and director
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff
2014 Walk of Shame Moshe
2015 Eloise Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Presidio Med Dr. Whitby Episode: “Milagros”
2002 ER Ken the Kiosk Man Episode: "Dead Again"
2003 The Lyon’s Den Larry Michaels Episode: “Blood”
2003 Strong Medicine Levin Episode: "Rash Decisions"
2003 Yes, Dear AD Episode: "Let’s Get Jaggy with It"
2003 Crossing Jordan Forensic Goofball Episode: "Ockham’s Razor"
2005 West Wing David Orbitz Episode: "Ninety Miles Away"
2006 My Boys Keith Luger Episode: “Released”
2006 Just Legal Wayne Episode: "Body in the Trunk"
2006 Reno 911! Agent Bruce Padul Episode: "Spanish Mike Returns"
2006 The New Adventures of Old Christine Doug Episode: "Exile on Lame Street"
2006 Four Kings Sheldon Dratch Episode: "Elephant in the Room"
2006 Twins Eric Weiner Episode: "Sneaks and Geeks"
2006 NCIS Ross Logan Episode: "Deception"
2006–2009, 2012 The Game Irv Smiff 16 episodes
2007 Viva Laughlin Jonesy 2 episodes
2007 Boston Legal Matthew Steinkellner Episode: "Dumping Bella"
2007 Desperate Housewives Nick Episode: "Not While I’m Around"
2009 Hannah Montana Baz B. Berkley 2 episodes
2009 Three Rivers Dale Coffey Episode: "Place of Life"
2009 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Tad Episode: "The Gang Exploits the Mortgage Crisis"
2009 Burn Notice Stacey Conolly Episode: "Fearless Leader"
2009 Bones Joe Fillion Episode: "The Cinderella in the Cardboard"
2011 The Mentalist Kieran Carruthers Episode: "Rhapsody in Red"
2011 Castle Tony Episode: "To Love and Die in LA"
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Elliot 2 episodes
2012–2014 The Legend of Korra Bolin (voice) 47 episodes
2014 Intelligence Nelson Cassidy 11 episodes

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role
2014 The Legend of Korra Bolin (voice)

References[edit]

  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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