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Paul Shenar

Paul Shenar as Alejandro Sosa in Scarface (1983)
Born February 12, 1936(1936-02-12)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died October 11, 1989 (aged 53)
West Hollywood, California U.S.

Paul Shenar (February 12, 1936 - October 11, 1989) was an American actor.

Shenar's birth name was Albert Paul Shenar. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Turkish and Jewish heritage, he was one of four children. Paul became involved in theater at an early age, partaking in the local Milwaukee playhouse productions. After graduating from high school, Shenar enlisted in the US Air Force. Following his military career he began acting again. Shenar gained attention playing larger-than-life entertainment legends on 1970s television. He portrayed Orson Welles in the TV movie The Night That Panicked America (1975) (TV) and Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. in Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women (1978) (TV). He is probably best known for playing the murderous Bolivian drug lord Alejandro Sosa in Brian DePalma's 1983 version of Scarface.

A founding member, actor, director and teacher of the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco, he played more than forty roles there, including "Hamlet," "Oedipus Rex" and "Tiny Alice." Known for his unsympathetic portrayals, he voiced the evil rat Jenner in the animated feature The Secret of NIMH (1982). After seeing what kind of drawing Jenner was depicted as, Paul Shenar requested to director Don Bluth that he re-dub his lines in order to give Jenner a more villainous tone fit for the animation. Bluth later commented he would have liked to hire Shenar to also voice the comic villain Borf in the video game Space Ace, but due to budget limitations the role went to Bluth himself.

Shenar died of AIDS-related complications in West Hollywood, California in 1989. His longtime companion was Jeremy Brett, who was with him every day during his final illness.

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