Paul Walter Hauser

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Paul Walter Hauser
Born (1986-10-15) October 15, 1986 (age 33)
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active2005–present

Paul Walter Hauser (born October 15, 1986) is an American actor and comedian. He played supporting roles in the films I, Tonya and BlacKkKlansman, 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.

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.[3]

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.[4][5] 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, and Blunt Talk. 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.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Virginia Dale
2011 Demoted Bothered Salesman Uncredited
2013 Quad Trent
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 Mancuso
Beats Terrence
Richard Jewell Richard Jewell
2020 Da 5 Bloods Simon Post-production
2021 Cruella Horace Post-production
TBA Silk Road Curtis Clark Green


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Too Late with Adam Carolla Various Characters (voice) Episodes- 26 October 2005 and 16 November 2005
2010 Community Student #3 1 Episode- "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples"
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Richie 1 Episode- "Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth"
Lee Mathers Keanu Television movie
2013 Key & Peele Overweight Guy 2 episodes
2013–2014 Betas Dashawn 4 episodes
2014–2017 Kingdom Keith 27 episodes
2015 The Night Shift Oren Edwards 1 episode- "Ghosts"
Blunt Talk 1 episode- "Who Kisses So Early in the Morning?"
2017 Superstore Vince 1 episode- "Rebranding"
A Midsummer's Nightmare Nick Bottoms Television movie
2018–2019 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tripp Knob 2 episodes
2019 Cobra Kai Raymond/Stingray Season 2 recurring character.


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
2019 National Board of Review Breakthrough Performance Richard Jewell Won
2020 Hollywood Critics Association Game Changer Award Won
Best Breakthrough Performance (Actor) Nominated


  1. ^ "Ordination – Peace Saginaw".
  2. ^ "Saginaw man starring in 'I, Tonya' 'took every opportunity until it happened'". 2018-01-17.
  3. ^ "Saginaw man starring in 'I, Tonya' 'took every opportunity until it happened'". 2018-01-17.
  4. ^ "Who Is Shawn Eckardt? Paul Walter Hauser Steals Every Scene As Harding's Bodyguard In 'I, Tonya'". Newsweek. January 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Bryan Alexander (March 7, 2018). "'I, Tonya' love is overdue for Paul Walter Hauser as grandiose bodyguard Shawn Eckardt". USA Today.
  6. ^ Borys Kit (June 12, 2019). "Clint Eastwood Casts 'BlacKkKlansman' Actor as Lead in Richard Jewell Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 12, 2019.

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