Paul McCrane

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Paul McCrane
Born Paul David McCrane
(1961-01-19) January 19, 1961 (age 53)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Dana Kellin (m. 1998)
Children 2

Paul David McCrane (born January 19, 1961) is an American film, television and theatre actor, as well as an occasional television director and singer. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Montgomery MacNeil in the 1980 film Fame, Emil Antonowsky in RoboCop and Robert Romano on the NBC medical drama television series ER.

Early life[edit]

McCrane was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Eileen C. (née Manyak), a nurse, and James J. McCrane, Jr., an actor and writer.[1] He has a brother, Jim, and three sisters, Maureen, Barbara, and Deirdre.[2] His family moved to Richboro, Pennsylvania, where he lived until he moved to New York City after graduating from Holy Ghost Preparatory School.

Career[edit]

An early role, when he was just 17 years of age, is in a short scene in Rocky II, playing a wheelchair bound, multi-fracture patient who asks for Rocky's autograph on his head cast ("Hey Rocky...sign my head!").

With an abundance of red hair, McCrane portrayed the earnest Montgomery MacNeil in Fame. He was the lead vocalist on three songs in the feature film: "Dogs in the Yard", "Miles from Here" and "Is it Okay if I Call You Mine?" (which he also composed). He also had a solo in "I Sing the Body Electric".

Later, after losing most of his hair, he played murderous Emil Antonowsky in RoboCop, followed by astronaut Pete Conrad in From the Earth to the Moon, Guard Trout in The Shawshank Redemption, cancer-absorbing mutant Leonard Betts in The X-Files. After a recurring role as the snarky Dr. Robert "Rocket" Romano on ER, he became a regular cast member (1997-2003) and returned for one episode during its 15th and final season (2008). McCrane guest-starred in 24 Seasons 5 and 6 as Graem Bauer. He has also appeared on Ugly Betty and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

In 2011, McCrane took on the recurring role of Assistant District Attorney Josh Peyton in the NBC television program Harry's Law, a project of producer David E. Kelley. McCrane won the 2011 Emmy Award for Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in the role.[3]

Personal life[edit]

McCrane married Dana Kellin, a jewelry designer, in 1998. They have two children, William Thomas and Noa Catherine.[4] McCrane and Kellin met in a yoga class in 1996.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Rocky II Young Patient
1980 Fame Montgomery MacNeill Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film
1982 Nurse George Nicholas Episode: "On the Line"
1984 The Hotel New Hampshire Frank
1984 Purple Hearts Brenner
1986 Hill Street Blues Albert Sawyer Episode: "Come and Get It"
1987 RoboCop Emil M. Antonowsky
1988 The Blob Deputy Bill Briggs
1989 The Equalizer Crocker Episode: "Silent Fury"
1989 Wiseguy Johnny Medley 4 episodes
1992 The Adventures of Superboy Chaos 2 episodes
1993 Law & Order James Lee Pawl Episode: "Jurisdiction"
1993 Sirens Leon Episode: "Holy Deadlock"
1993 The Commish Neil Perry Episode: "All That Glitters"
1994 Heaven and Hell: North and South, Book III Klawdell Episode: "#1.2"
1994 The Shawshank Redemption Guard Trout
1994-1995 Under Suspicion Detective Patrick Clark 18 episodes
1996 Chicago Hope Bob Broussard Episode: "The Parent Rap"
1996 Champs Dr. Herb Barton 12 episodes
1997-2008 ER Dr. Robert Romano 125 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000–01)
1997 The X-Files Leonard Morris Betts Episode: "Leonard Betts"
1997 Touched by an Angel Grant Abbott Episode: "Have You Seen Me?"
1997 Life with Louie Unknown Episode: "Mr. Louie's Wild Ride"
1997 The Practice Martin Parks 2 episodes
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Pete Conrad Episode: "That's All There Is"
2000 The Last Producer Austin Green
2001 Citizen Baines Sherman Bloom 2 episodes
2005 Unscripted Support Group Leader Episode: "#1.8"
2006-2007 24 Graem Bauer 9 episodes
2008 Ugly Betty District Attorney Weitz Episode: "Odor in the Court"
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Phil Carpenter Episode: "World's End"
2011 Harry's Law Josh Peyton 7 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2012 Atlas Shrugged II Wesley Mouch
2013 Major Crimes Agent Mark "Scarface" Evans Episode "There's No Place Like Home"

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