Paul Freeman (actor)

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Paul Freeman
Born (1943-01-18) 18 January 1943 (age 72)
Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, U.K.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1967–present
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.

Personal life[edit]

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.

In 1988, he played Professor Moriarty in Without a Clue, starring Michael Caine as Sherlock Holmes and Ben Kingsley as Watson, and in 1995 was Ivan Ooze in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.[1]

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 recently received acclaim as George Aaranow in the 2008 London revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross.

In 2012 he played Thomas Erpingham in the BBC adaption of William Shakespeare's Henry V from The Hollow Crown series.


  • 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."



Year Title Role Notes/Awards
1975 Feelings Paul Martin
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
1996 Squillo Marco
1997 Double Team Goldsmythe
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
2010 Centurion Governor Agricola
2012 A Fantastic Fear of Everything Dr. Friedkin
2013 Getaway The Man



  1. ^ Gritten, David (28 June 1995). "Oberon to Ooze – It's All in a Day's Work". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 

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