Paul Walter Hauser
|Born||October 15, 1986|
Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
Amy Boland Hauser
Paul Walter Hauser (born October 15, 1986) is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his supporting roles in the films Cruella, I, Tonya, Late Night, BlacKkKlansman, and Da 5 Bloods. In 2019, Hauser 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 starred as suspected serial killer Larry Hall in the 2022 miniseries Black Bird, and was also seen in the TV show Kingdom. For his role in Black Bird, he won a Critics' Choice Television Award and a Golden Globe Award.
Life and career
Hauser was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. His parents are Deborah and The Rev. Paul Hauser, a Lutheran minister. He attended Valley Lutheran High School, a private parochial school in Saginaw.
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. He has also appeared as a guest star on the television series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Night Shift, Superstore, Key & Peele, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Community, Blunt Talk, and 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. In 2020, he starred in Songbird, a film based on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hauser also stars as Raymond Porter, better known by his nickname Stingray, is a recurring character in Cobra Kai. He is a recurring character in Season 2 and a major anti-hero in Season 4 & Season 5. 
Although known for his comedic turns, Hauser gained broad recognition and critical praise for his portrayal of the serial killer Larry Hall in the 2022 Apple TV+ true crime miniseries Black Bird. Critic Nick Schager wrote of Hauser's performance, "even in a sea of maniacal villains, his Larry Hall stands out as a uniquely cunning madman, so unpredictable and unnerving as to be downright unforgettable."
He married Amy Elizabeth Boland on July 23, 2020, in Los Angeles. Hauser and Boland have a son, Harris Boland Hauser, who was born on April 21, 2021, in Thomasville, Georgia. Their son was in his first movie, Bandit, when he was just 5 weeks old. On January 11, 2023 (Golden Globe Awards) during his acceptance speech, he announced he and his wife were expecting their second son.
|2011||Demoted||Bothered Salesman||Uncredited|
|2017||Locked Away||DJ #1|||
|I, Tonya||Shawn Eckhardt|
|Kiss Me When I’m Down||Robert||Short film|
|2018||Super Troopers 2||Lonnie Laloush|
|2019||Late Night||Eugene Mancuso|
|Richard Jewell||Richard Jewell|
|Da 5 Bloods||Simon|
|Eat Wheaties!||James Fisk|
|2021||Silk Road||Curtis Clark Green|
|Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm||Elmer||Voice, direct-to-video|
|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|
|2015||The Night Shift||Oren Edwards||Episode: "Ghosts"|
|Blunt Talk||Episode: "Who Kisses So Early in the Morning?"|
|A Midsummer's Nightmare||Nick Bottoms||Television movie|
|2018–2019||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Tripp Knob||2 episodes|
|2018||No Apologies||Daniel Cohen||Pilot|
|2019–present||Cobra Kai||Raymond "Stingray" Porter||Season 2, Season 4, Season 5|
|2020||Reno 911!||Jeffy Renee Chisholm||6 episodes|
|2021||Calls||Floyd (voice)||Episode: "Me, Myself & Darlene"|
|I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson||Scott||Episode: "Everyone just needs to be more in the moment."|
|2022||Black Bird||Larry Hall|
|The Afterparty||Travis||Season 2|
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|2019||CinEuphoria Awards||Best Ensemble - International Competition||BlacKkKlansman||Nominated|
|2019||Detroit Film Critics Society||Breakthrough Performance||Richard Jewell||Nominated|
|National Board of Review Awards||Breakthrough Performance||Richard Jewell||Won|
|2020||Hollywood Critics Association||Game Changer Award||Won|
|Best Breakthrough Performance (Actor)||Nominated|
|2021||Best Supporting Actor||Cruella||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Da 5 Bloods||Nominated|
|2023||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries||Black Bird||Won|||
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Supporting Actor - Television Limited Series/Motion Picture||Won|||
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series||Pending|||
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