Paul Freeman (actor)
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18 January 1943 |
Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, U.K.
|Spouse(s)||Maggie Scott (198?–present)|
Paul Freeman (born 18 January 1943) is an English film, stage, and television actor. He is best known for his role as rival archaeologist René Belloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark, as the evil wine baron, Gustav Reibmann on season 4 of Falcon Crest, and as the evil villain, Ivan Ooze in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.
Freeman was born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, on 18 January 1943. He is married to Maggie Scott, who was his co-star in the 1981 film The Dogs of War. They have a daughter. Freeman was previously married to actress Judy Matheson.
Freeman began his career in advertising and teaching, and landed small roles in the theatre, appearing in productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet. He then went on to play starring roles in the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and later co-founded his own theatre group, the Joint Stock Theatre Company, in 1974 together with director Max Stafford-Clark.
In 1977, he co-starred in The Strange Case of the End of Civilisation as We Know It with John Cleese.
In 1978, he made his television début in the acclaimed serial Life of Shakespeare (1978). Freeman also acted in the ATV docudrama Death of a Princess, a controversial film about the execution of Misha'al bint Fahd al Saud of Saudi Arabia. In 1980 Freeman began his feature film career when he appeared in The Long Good Friday alongside Bob Hoskins and The Dogs of War (1981). In 1981, he starred in the TV show Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years.
In the same year, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas chose Freeman to play French archaeologist René Belloq, the rakish arch rival to Dr. Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The film was a springboard for Freeman in Hollywood and he continued to play the villain in Hollywood and his native Britain, using his uncanny talent for foreign accents. Armed with another accent, this time German, he played the conniving wine baron Gustav Riebmann in the fourth season of Falcon Crest, airing in 1984/85.
Freeman guest-starred in hit shows such as Monarch of the Glen, ER, Falcon Crest and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. He also played in several mini-series, including Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (1989) and The Final Cut (1995). In 2004, Freeman played Angus, Bobby Jones' caddie, in Bobby Jones: A Stroke of Genius. During 2006 and 2007, he starred in the BBC legal drama New Street Law as the main protagonist, alongside John Hannah. Also in 2007, he played Rev. Philip Shooter of Sandford in Hot Fuzz, alongside Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. He is also featured in several 2007–09 Travelers Insurance television commercials.
Among his television work, Freeman appeared in an episode of Midsomer Murders entitled "Down Among the Dead Men". He also appeared in the television crime drama Waking The Dead, in the episode "Straw Dog", and played Adam Kingsley in the BBC TV adaptation of Minette Walters' The Dark Room.
- He has played leading roles at the National Theatre, Royal Court and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
- His first stage role in America was as Prospero in the American Repertory Theatre's production of The Tempest.
- Claimed he had never heard of The Power Rangers when he was cast as Ivan Ooze in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995). When the "Power Rangers" movie was released, a small tub of "Ivan's Ooze" was available from toy stores, featuring Paul's face on the lid.
- [on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)] Freeman was quoted as saying: "Power Rangers was a completely chaotic production. The producer kept me in prosthetics for much longer than I should have been so my face swelled up and that stopped production, and they tried to cheat me out of the money... The stories about it were endless. In the end, you know, it's a perfectly serviceable kids' movie. And I'm rather good in it."
|1980||The Long Good Friday||Colin|
|1980||The Dogs of War||Derek|
|1981||Raiders of the Lost Ark||René Belloq||Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1982||An Unsuitable Job for a Woman||James Calendar|
|1982||Who Dares Wins||Sir Richard|
|1982||The Sender||Dr. Joseph Denman|
|1983||Si elle dit oui... je ne dis pas non||Nick|
|1984||Flight to Berlin||Nicholas|
|1986||Shanghai Surprise||Walter Faraday|
|1988||Prisoner of Rio||Ronald Biggs|
|1988||A World Apart||Kruger|
|1988||Without a Clue||Professor Moriarty|
|1992||Just Like a Woman||Miles Millichamp|
|1993||Piccolo Grande Amore||Otto Von Dix|
|1994||Lie Down With Lions||Dubois|
|1995||Horseman On The Roof||Laurent de Theus|
|1995||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie||Ivan Ooze|
|1997||Bribery And Corruption||Julius Sorenson|
|1999||The Devil's Arithmetic||Rabbi|
|2001||Morlang||Julius Morlang||Cairo International Film Festival Award for Best Actor|
|2002||And Now...Ladies and Gentlemen||English Customer|
|2002||Haker||President of MIT|
|2003||George and the Dragon||Sir Robert|
|2003||Mrs Caldicott's Cabbage War||Jenkins|
|2004||When I'm 64||Ray|
|2006||The Feast of the Goat||Agustin|
|2007||Hot Fuzz||Rev. Philip Shooter|
|2009||The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler||Monsignor Godlewski|
|2012||A Fantastic Fear of Everything||Dr. Friedkin|
- 1967 – Champion House – Elwyn
- 1987 - Yesterday's Dreams - Martin Daniels
- 1992 – The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles – "British East Africa, September 1909" – Frederick Selous
- 1995 – The Final Cut – Tom Makepeace
- 1998–2002 – ER – Dr. Charles Corday – 3 episodes
- 1999 - The Dark Room - Adam Kingsley
- 2002 - Monarch of the Glen - Andrew
- 2012 - Henry V - Thomas Erpingham
- 2013 – The Bible – Samuel – 2 episodes
- Gritten, David (28 June 1995). "Oberon to Ooze – It's All in a Day's Work". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 December 2010.