Paul Walter Hauser

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Paul Walter Hauser
20210526—Paul Walter Hauser, interview for "Cruella", LosCriticologos (05m21s).jpg
Hauser in 2021
Born (1986-10-15) October 15, 1986 (age 36)
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active2005–present
Amy Boland Hauser
(m. 2020)

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[edit]

Hauser was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. His parents are 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, 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.[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]

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. [7]

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."[8]

Personal life[edit]

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.[9] 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.



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Virginia Dale
2011 Demoted Bothered Salesman Uncredited[citation needed]
2013 iSteve Pastey Jones
2017 Locked Away DJ #1 [citation needed]
I, Tonya Shawn Eckhardt
Kiss Me When I’m Down Robert Short film[citation needed]
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
Queenpins Ken Miller
2022 Delia's Gone Bo
Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm Elmer Voice, direct-to-video


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[citation needed]
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–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
2023 AEW Dynamite Himself
AEW Rampage
The Afterparty Travis Season 2


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 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 [10]
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor - Television Limited Series/Motion Picture Won [11]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series Pending [12]


  1. ^ "Ordination – Peace Saginaw".
  2. ^ a b Simpson-Mersha, Isis (January 17, 2018). "Saginaw man starring in 'I, Tonya' 'took every opportunity until it happened'".
  3. ^ Ciampaglia, Dante A. (January 17, 2018). "Who Is Shawn Eckardt? Paul Walter Hauser Steals Every Scene As Harding's Bodyguard In 'I, Tonya'". Newsweek.
  4. ^ Alexander, Bryan (March 7, 2018). "'I, Tonya' love is overdue for Paul Walter Hauser as grandiose bodyguard Shawn Eckardt". USA Today.
  5. ^ Kit, Borys (June 12, 2019). "Clint Eastwood Casts 'BlacKkKlansman' Actor as Lead in Richard Jewell Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 29, 2019). "'Richard Jewell' Star Paul Walter Hauser Joins Disney's Live-Action 'Cruella'". Variety. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
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  8. ^ Schager, Nick (July 28, 2022). "Paul Walter Hauser Is Giving the Best Performance on TV Right Now". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 7, 2022.
  9. ^ "Paul Walter Hauser". Retrieved August 7, 2022.
  10. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (January 15, 2023). "Critics Choice Awards: Full List of Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 16, 2023. Retrieved January 16, 2023.
  11. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (January 10, 2023). "Golden Globes: Full List of Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 11, 2023. Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  12. ^ "Jennifer Coolidge, 'Everything Everywhere' storm 2023 SAG Awards nominations: See full list". Retrieved January 11, 2023.

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