P. J. Byrne

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P. J. Byrne
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Byrne at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
Paul Jeffrey Byrne

(1974-12-15) December 15, 1974 (age 46)
EducationBoston College (BA)
DePaul University (MFA)
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Jaime Nicole Padula (2007–present)

Paul Jeffrey Byrne (born December 15, 1974) is an American character actor. Byrne is best known for his roles as Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff in the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and Bolin on Nickelodeon's animated series The Legend of Korra (2012–2014).

Early life and education[edit]

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]

A graduate of Boston College with a double major in finance and theatre and an MFA 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.[4]


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, The West Wing, Reno 911! and NCIS before getting a recurring role on The Game.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[4] The next year he starred in the television series Intelligence.[5]

He joined Dwayne Johnson in the 2018 action film Rampage.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Jaime,[8] 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.[9]



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 The Gift Danny McDonald
2016 True Memoirs of an International Assassin Trent
2017 Eloise Scott Carter
2017 The Clapper Mr. Caldwell
2017 Home Again Paul
2017 Miyubi
2018 The 15:17 to Paris Mr. Henry
2018 Rampage Nelson
2018 Green Book Record Exec
2019 The World Without You Amram
2019 Countdown Father John
2019 Bombshell Neil Cavuto
2019 Apalachin Vincent Vasisko
2022 Babylon Filming


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 The 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"
2012, 2015
The Game Irv Smiff Recurring role
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) Main role
2014 Intelligence Nelson Cassidy Main role
2015 Being Mary Jane Arthur Holzman 2 episodes
2016 Vinyl Scott Leavitt Main role
2016 Blindspot Douglas Winter Episode: "Her Spy's Harmed"
2016–2017 Justice League Action Firestorm / Ronnie Raymond (voice) Recurring role
2017, 2019 Big Little Lies Principal Nippal Recurring role
2017 I'm Dying Up Here Kenny Vessey 3 episodes
2018–2019 Black Lightning Principal Mike Lowry 4 episodes
2018 Tremors Melvin Plug Television film
2019 Black-ish Mr. Solomon Episodes: "Wilds of Valley Glen"
2019 Dynasty Stuart Episode: "Miserably Ungrateful Men"
2020 The Boys Adam Bourke 2 Episodes
2021 Never Have I Ever Evan Recurring (season 2)
2021 Them Stuart Berks 3 Episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Notes
2011 "New Romance" Miles Fisher

Video game[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2014 The Legend of Korra Bolin


  1. ^ "Office of the President - Ms. Emma N. Byrne, Secretary". Intraweb.stockton.edu. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  2. ^ "Newsbank.com". Archived from the original on January 4, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  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. ^ a b "P.J. Byrne Talks New HBO Hit Series "Vinyl," Appearing in "The Wolf of Wall Street," New York and More". Downtown Magazine NYC. February 15, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "P.J. Byrne". TV Guide. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  6. ^ Barton, Steve (August 31, 2010). "P.J. Byrne the Latest to Cheat Death in Final Destination 5". Dread Central. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Cook, Justin (March 1, 2017). "The Legend of Korra actor P.J. Byrne joins Dwayne Johnson's Rampage". Flickering Myth. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "Jaime Padula, P. J. Byrne - New York Times". Nytimes.com. July 8, 2007. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  9. ^ Travin, Michael. "The Master of Improv – P.J. Byrne". Resident. Retrieved March 27, 2019.

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