P. J. Byrne
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|P. J. Byrne|
Byrne at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Paul Jeffrey Byrne
December 15, 1974
Maplewood, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Boston College|
|Spouse(s)||Jaime Nicole Padula (2007–present)|
Paul Jeffrey "P. J." Byrne (born December 15, 1974) is an American film and television actor. Byrne is best known for his roles as Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff in the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street and Bolin on Nickelodeon's animated series The Legend of Korra. He also starred as lawyer Scott Leavitt on the HBO series Vinyl.
A Garden State native, Byrne was born in Maplewood, New Jersey, to Emma N. (Ferraro) and Paul I. Byrne, Jr., and was raised in Old Tappan, New Jersey, where he graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan in 1992. He is of Irish and Italian descent.
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 provided the voice of Bolin, one of the lead roles in the Nickelodeon series, The Legend of Korra, from the show's beginning in 2012 to the show's end in 2014.
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.
He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Jaime, 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 have one daughter.
|2003||Bruce Almighty||Panicked Newsroom Staffer|
|2005||Fun with Dick and Jane||Laughing Executive|
|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||Surfer, Dude||Zarno's Lawyer|
|2008||Soul Men||Floyd's Doctor|
|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|
|2012||Last Supper||Short film; Writer and director|
|2013||The Wolf of Wall Street||Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff|
|2014||Walk of Shame||Moshe|
|2015||The Gift||Danny McDonald|
|2016||The True Memoirs of an International Assassin||Trent||Post-production|
|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|
|2014||The Legend of Korra||Bolin (voice)|
- "Office of the President - Ms. Emma N. Byrne, Secretary". Intraweb.stockton.edu. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
- 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."
- "Jaime Padula, P. J. Byrne - New York Times". Nytimes.com. 2007-07-08. Retrieved 2011-10-10.