Paul Walter Hauser

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Paul Walter Hauser
Hauser in 2019
Born (1986-10-15) October 15, 1986 (age 34)
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active2005-present
Amy Boland Hauser
(m. 2020)
ChildrenHarris Boland Hauser

Paul Walter Hauser (born October 15, 1986) is an American actor and comedian. He played supporting roles in the films Cruella, I, Tonya, Late Night, BlacKkKlansman, and Da 5 Bloods, and in 2019 had his breakout performance as the title character in the film Richard Jewell, leading the National Board of Review to award him for best Breakthrough Performance. He portrayed Stingray in Season 2 of Cobra Kai.

Life and career[edit]

Hauser was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and raised in Saginaw, the son of Deborah and The Rev. Paul Hauser, a Lutheran minister.[1][2] He attended Valley Lutheran High School, a private parochial school in Saginaw.[2]

Hauser portrayed Shawn Eckhardt in the 2017 film I, Tonya, Dale in the 2010 film Virginia, and Keith in the television series Kingdom. He had the recurring role of Deshawn in the Amazon web series Betas, and in 2018 appeared as Lonnie Laloush in Super Troopers 2 and as Ivanhoe in BlacKkKlansman.[3][4] He has also appeared as a guest star on the television series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Too Late with Adam Carolla, The Night Shift, Superstore, Key & Peele, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Community, Blunt Talk. Cobra Kai. In 2019, he starred in Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell, portraying the title role, Richard Jewell, the real life security guard who spotted the bomb at the Centennial Olympic Park bombing.[5] In 2020, he starred in Songbird, a film based on the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2021, Hauser played Horace Badun in the crime comedy-drama Cruella, a Disney live-action prequel/spin-off of One Hundred and One Dalmatians.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Hauser married Amy Elizabeth Boland on July 23, 2020, in Los Angeles. The couple have one son together, Harris Boland Hauser, who was born on April 21, 2021, in Thomasville, Georgia.

He is a fan of professional wrestling.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Virginia Dale
2011 Demoted Bothered Salesman Uncredited
2013 iSteve Pastey Jones
2017 Locked Away DJ #1
I, Tonya Shawn Eckhardt
Kiss Me When I’m Down Robert Short film
2018 Super Troopers 2 Lonnie Laloush
BlacKkKlansman Ivanhoe
2019 Late Night Eugene Mancuso
Beats Terrence
Richard Jewell Richard Jewell
2020 Adam Trent
Da 5 Bloods Simon
Eat Wheaties! James Fisk
Songbird Michael Dozer
2021 Silk Road Curtis Clark Green
Cruella Horace Badun
TBA Delia's Gone Bo Post-production
Queenpins Ken Miller Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Too Late with Adam Carolla Various Characters (voice) 2 episodes
2010 Community Student #3 Episode: "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples"
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Richie Episode: "Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth"
Lee Mathers Keanu Pilot
2013 Key & Peele Various roles 2 episodes
2013–2014 Betas Dashawn 4 episodes
2014–2017 Kingdom Keith 27 episodes
2015 The Night Shift Oren Edwards Episode: "Ghosts"
Blunt Talk Episode: "Who Kisses So Early in the Morning?"
2017 Superstore Vince Episode: "Rebranding"
A Midsummer's Nightmare Nick Bottoms Television movie
2018–2019 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tripp Knob 2 episodes
2018 No Apologies Daniel Cohen Pilot
2019 Cobra Kai Raymond "Stingray" 8 episodes
2020 Reno 911! Jeffy Renee Chisholm 6 episodes


Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2019 CinEuphoria Awards Best Ensemble - International Competition BlacKkKlansman Nominated
2019 Detroit Film Critics Society Breakthrough Performance Richard Jewell Nominated
Late Night
National Board of Review Awards Breakthrough Performance Richard Jewell Won
2020 Hollywood Critics Association Game Changer Award Won
Best Breakthrough Performance (Actor) Nominated
2021 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Da 5 Bloods Nominated


  1. ^ "Ordination – Peace Saginaw".
  2. ^ a b "Saginaw man starring in 'I, Tonya' 'took every opportunity until it happened'". 2018-01-17.
  3. ^ "Who Is Shawn Eckardt? Paul Walter Hauser Steals Every Scene As Harding's Bodyguard In 'I, Tonya'". Newsweek. January 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Bryan Alexander (March 7, 2018). "'I, Tonya' love is overdue for Paul Walter Hauser as grandiose bodyguard Shawn Eckardt". USA Today.
  5. ^ Borys Kit (June 12, 2019). "Clint Eastwood Casts 'BlacKkKlansman' Actor as Lead in Richard Jewell Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  6. ^ "'Richard Jewell' Star Paul Walter Hauser Joins Disney's Live-Action 'Cruella'". Variety. July 29, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "Paul Walter Hauser Describes How He Would Have Presented FTR's AEW Debut Differently". Wrestling Inc. May 29, 2020.

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