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Paul Calderón or Paula Calderón Martinez (born 1959) is an American actor. He is a founding member of the Touchstone Theatre, the American Folk Theatre and the LAByrinth Theater Company. He is also a member of the Actors Studio, auditioning and accepted as a member in 1984 alongside Melissa Leo and two other actors.
Life and career
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Calderón was born in Puerto Rico to a Puerto Rican mother and a father of Afro-Caribbean descent. He moved with his family at the age of six to New York City, where he grew up on the streets and sidewalks of the Lower East Side and Spanish Harlem. Following some time in college, studying anthropology, he enlisted in the United States Army and served overseas as an Infantryman.
After his discharge, he worked as a trail cutter in the Amazon jungle for a team of anthropologists stationed in the border between Peru and Brazil. After his stint as trail cutter, he traveled extensively throughout Peru on train and foot, visiting and living in such places as Iquitos, Cuzco and Puno. After his South American venture, he lived in Mexico City for three months and traveled to Tijuana and to Mazatlán.
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Returning to the United States, Calderón worked as a demolition man, and later as a Latin dance instructor. At the same time he began studying and performing in many Off-Off-Broadway productions as well as Regional Theatre. He got his big break in 1984 in a revival of Miguel Piñero's Short Eyes directed by Kevin Conway at the Second Stage Theatre. In 1995 he won an Obie and an Audelco Award for his performance in Blade to the Heat at the Public Theater. His most notable Broadway role was opposite Robert De Niro in Cuba and His Teddy Bear.
He appeared off-Broadway in such plays as Requiem for a Heavyweight; "Two Sisters and a Piano" and "Dancing on Her Knees", both written by Nilo Cruz; Troilus and Cressida at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, in the role of Achilles; and Divine Horsemen for the LAByrinth Theater Company, a play which he had written, directed and produced.
Writing and acting
Calderón co-wrote Abel Ferrara's 1992 crime drama Bad Lieutenant, starring Harvey Keitel. He has had various short stories published in literary journals. His last published story was "Primitive Grace" for the international e-magazine Noir Nation.
Calderón's more than four dozen film appearances include Q&A, King of New York, Sea of Love, The Last Castle, The Firm, Bad Lieutenant, Four Rooms, Out of Sight, In the Life, Clockers, Pulp Fiction, Addiction, La Soga, Cop Land, and 21 Grams.
He has also made numerous guest appearances on television series, including recurring roles on Dream Street, Law & Order and Miami Vice. In 2012, he guest-starred in the Blue Bloods episode "Domestic Disturbance", playing the role of Lieutenant Martin Perez; as well as working on two films: West End, directed by Joe Basille; and Biodegradable, a futuristic film shot in the Dominican Republic with an all Latin cast, directed by Juan Basanta. In 2014, he played "Arquimedes", the bodyguard of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (played by actor Steve Buscemi) in 7 episodes of the 5th and final season of Martin Scorsese's HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
- Paul Calderón profile, filmreference.com; accessed January 14, 2017.
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