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Aaron Paul Sturtevant (born August 27, 1979) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Jesse Pinkman in the AMC series Breaking Bad (2008–2013), for which he won several awards, including the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2014), Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film (2013), and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. This made him one of only two actors to win the latter category three times (2010, 2012, 2014), since its separation into comedy and drama.[note 1] He has also won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television three times (2009, 2011, 2013), more than any other actor in that category.[2] In 2019, Paul reprised the role of Jesse Pinkman in the Netflix film El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.[3]

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Paul at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Aaron Paul Sturtevant

(1979-08-27) August 27, 1979 (age 40)
Years active1998–present
Lauren Parsekian
(m. 2013)

Paul began his career with roles in several music videos, guest roles in television, and minor roles in films. In 2007, he had a recurring role as Scott Quittman on the HBO series Big Love (2006–2011). Following Breaking Bad, he starred in films such as Need for Speed (2014), Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), Eye in the Sky (2015), and Central Intelligence (2016). Since 2014, he has been the voice of Todd Chavez on the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman, on which he is also an executive producer, and portrayed Eddie Lane in the Hulu drama series The Path (2016–2018).

Early life and educationEdit

Aaron Paul Sturtevant[4] was born in Emmett, Idaho,[5] on August 27, 1979,[6] the youngest of four children born to Darla (née Haynes) and Robert Sturtevant, a Baptist minister.[7] He was born a month premature in his parents' bathroom.[8] Paul graduated in 1997 from Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho,[citation needed][9] after which he drove to Los Angeles in his 1982 Toyota Corolla with his mother and $6,000 in savings.[10] Prior to gaining fame, he appeared on an episode of The Price Is Right, which aired on January 3, 2000.[11] Appearing under his real name, he played and lost Dice Game and overbid by $132 on the Showcase.[12] He also worked as a movie theater usher at Universal Studios in Hollywood.[13]


Paul at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con

In 1996, Paul went to Los Angeles for the International Modeling and Talent Association competition. He won runner-up and signed with a manager.[14] He starred in the music videos for Korn's song "Thoughtless" and Everlast's song "White Trash Beautiful".[15] He was also featured in television commercials for Juicy Fruit,[16] Corn Pops,[17] and Vanilla Coke.[18] He appeared in the films Whatever It Takes (2000), Help! I'm a Fish (2001), K-PAX (2001), National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002), Bad Girls From Valley High (2005), Choking Man (2006), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and The Last House on the Left (2009). He starred as "Weird Al" Yankovic in the Funny or Die short Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2010),[19] and has guest starred on television shows such as The Guardian, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, ER, Sleeper Cell, Veronica Mars, The X-Files, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, Bones, and 3rd Rock from the Sun.

Paul with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan at the 36th Saturn Awards on June 24, 2010

Paul first became known for his role as Scott Quittman on HBO's Big Love, on which he appeared fourteen times. In 2008, he began playing Jesse Pinkman on the AMC series Breaking Bad. His character was originally meant to die during the first season, but after seeing the chemistry between Paul and the lead actor Bryan Cranston, the series creator Vince Gilligan changed his mind and modified the original plans to include Jesse as a main character.[20] For his role in Breaking Bad, Paul was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014; he won the award in 2010,[21] 2012,[22] and 2014.[23]

Paul starred in the film Smashed, which was one of the official selections for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.[24] In an October 2012 interview with ESPN, he spoke about his childhood experience as a Boise State Broncos fan and discussed the challenges of portraying a meth addict in Breaking Bad.[25] In 2012 and 2013, he made an appearance on the show Tron: Uprising, voicing a character named Cyrus.[citation needed]

In September 2013, he was featured on Zen Freeman's dance song, "Dance Bitch".[26] He made a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live's 39th season opener as "meth nephew", a relative of Bobby Moynihan's popular "drunk uncle" character.[27] In 2014, Paul starred in Need for Speed, as a street racer recently released from prison who takes revenge on a wealthy business associate.[28] Paul stars alongside Juliette Lewis in the family drama Hellion, as the drunken father of two young vandals.[29] Also in 2014, he co-starred in the biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, portraying the Hebrew prophet Joshua.[30]

In December 2013, Netflix announced that Paul would be a cast member on the animated series BoJack Horseman.[31] On March 3, 2014, he appeared on WWE Raw to promote Need for Speed, by entering the arena in a sports car with Dolph Ziggler, providing commentary for Ziggler's match against Alberto Del Rio, and helping Ziggler win by distracting Del Rio.[32] On September 23, 2014, it was announced that Paul will play the young Louis Drax's father who becomes the focus of a criminal investigation after his son suffers a near-fatal fall in an upcoming Miramax film titled The 9th Life of Louis Drax, a supernatural thriller based on a book of the same name.[33]

In 2015, he did voiceover narration in a Mazda commercial.[34] In 2016, Paul began playing Eddie Lane, a man who in a life crisis joins a cult but subsequently questions his faith, in the Hulu series The Path, which debuted on March 30, 2016.[35] Paul voiced the main protagonist, Nyx Ulric, in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, released in July 2016.

Paul in February 2014

In June 2018, Paul joined the cast of the upcoming Apple TV+ crime drama series Truth Be Told, opposite Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Caplan.[36]

In September 2018, Paul joined the cast of the HBO science fiction western series Westworld for the third season.[37]

Personal lifeEdit

Paul became engaged to Lauren Parsekian in Paris on January 1, 2012.[38] The two had met at the Coachella Festival.[39] They were married on May 26, 2013, in a 1920s Parisian carnival-themed wedding in Malibu, California; music was provided by Foster the People and John Mayer.[40] Paul emailed the song "Beauty" by The Shivers to everyone on the guest list and asked them to learn the words so they could sing along during the ceremony.[10] In September 2017, he announced that he and Parsekian were expecting their first child.[41] Their daughter, Story Annabelle, was born in February 2018.[42]

To commemorate the final episode of Breaking Bad ("Felina"), Paul and co-star Bryan Cranston both got Breaking Bad tattoos on the last day of filming; Paul had the phrase, "no half measures", tattooed onto his bicep, while Cranston got the show's logo tattooed on one of his fingers.[43][44]

In 2013, Paul helped raise $1.8 million for Parsekian's non-profit anti-bullying organization, the Kind Campaign. The winners of the contest won a trip to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening of the final episode of Breaking Bad.[45] During a ceremony at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise, Idaho, governor Butch Otter declared October 1 to be "Aaron Paul Sturtevant Day".[46]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Whatever It Takes Floyd
Help! I'm a Fish Chuck (voice)
2001 K-PAX Michael Powell
2002 National Lampoon's Van Wilder Wasted Guy
2004 Perfect Opposites Monty Brandt
2005 Candy Paint Brad Miller Short film
Bad Girls from Valley High Jonathon Wharton
2006 Choking Man Jerry
Mission: Impossible III Rick Meade
2007 Daydreamer Clinton Roark
Leo Hustler Short film
2008 Say Goodnight Victor
2009 The Last House on the Left Francis
2010 Wreckage Rick
Weird: the Al Yankovic Story "Weird Al" Yankovic Short film
2011 Quirky Girl Joseph Short film
2012 Smashed Charlie Hannah
2013 Decoding Annie Parker Paul Milano International Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014 Need for Speed Tobey Marshall
A Long Way Down J.J. Maguire
Hellion Hollis Wilson Also co-executive producer
Grand Jury Prize Award for Narrative Feature Competition
Exodus: Gods and Kings Joshua
2015 Unity[47] Narrator Documentary (voice)
Eye in the Sky Steve Watts
Fathers and Daughters Cameron
2016 Triple 9 Gabe Welch
Central Intelligence Phil Stanton
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Nyx Ulric (voice)[48]
The 9th Life of Louis Drax Peter
Come and Find Me David
2018 American Woman Chris
Welcome Home Bryan
2019 The Parts You Lose Fugitive Criminal
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie Jesse Pinkman Also producer


  Denotes series that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Beverly Hills, 90210 Chad Episode: "Fortune Cookie"
1999 Melrose Place Frat Boy Episode: "The Daughterboy"
1999 Suddenly Susan Zipper Episode: "A Day in the Life"
1999 3rd Rock from the Sun Student Episode: "Dick's Big Giant Headache: Part II"
2000 The Price Is Right Himself Contestant
2000 Get Real Derek Episode: "History Lessons"
2001 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd Ethan Episode: "Eddie Loves Tori"
2001 The Division Tyler Petersen Episode: "Hero"
2001 Nikki Scott Episode: "Family Lies"
2001 The Guardian Ethan Ritter Episode: "The Men from the Boys"
2001 The X-Files David "Winky" Winkle Episode: "Lord of the Flies"
2001–2002 Judging Amy "X-Ray" Conklin 2 episodes
2002 NYPD Blue Marcus Denton Episode: "Oh, Mama!"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Peter Hutchins, Jr. Episode: "Felonious Monk"
2002 Birds of Prey Jerry Episode: "Pilot"
2002 Wasted Owen Turner Television film
2003 ER Doug Episode: "A Saint in the City"
2003 Kingpin Stoner Episode: "El Velorio"
2003 CSI: Miami Ben Gordon Episode: "Grave Young Men"
2003 Guiding Light Adrian Pascal 1 episode
2003 Threat Matrix Shane Episode: "Natural Borne Killers"
2004 Line of Fire Drew Parkman Episode: "Mother & Child Reunion"
2005 Veronica Mars Eddie Laroche Episode: "Silence of the Lamb"
2005 Joan of Arcadia Denunzio Episode: "Secret Service"
2005 Point Pleasant Mark Owens 3 episodes
2005 Criminal Minds Michael Zizzo Episode: "The Popular Kids"
2005 Sleeper Cell Teen Episode: "Al-Faitha"
2006 Bones Stew Ellis Episode: "The Superhero in the Alley"
2006 Ghost Whisperer Link Episode: "Fury"
2007–2011 Big Love Scott Quittman 14 episodes
2008–2013 Breaking Bad Jesse Pinkman 62 episodes
2012 Robot Chicken Glenn (voice) Episode: "Robot Chicken DC Comics Special"
2012–2013 Tron: Uprising Cyrus (voice) 3 episodes
2013 The Simpsons Jesse Pinkman Episode: "What Animated Women Want"
2013 Saturday Night Live Meth Nephew Episode: "Tina Fey/Arcade Fire"
2014–present BoJack Horseman Todd Chavez (voice) 61 episodes; also executive producer[49]
2016–2018 The Path Eddie Lane 36 episodes; also producer[50]
2017 Black Mirror Gamer691 (voice) Episode: "USS Callister"
2019 Truth Be Told   Warren Cave Post-production
2020 Westworld   Caleb Filming

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Breaking Bad: Criminal Elements Jesse Pinkman Character design

Music videosEdit

Year Song Artist Role
2002 "Thoughtless" Korn Floyd Louis Cifer
2002 "Screaming Infidelities" Dashboard Confessional Ex-Boyfriend
2003 "White Trash Beautiful" Everlast Boyfriend

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad Nominated
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor on Television Won
2010 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won
PRISM Award Male Performance in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Nominated
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated
TCA Award Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
2011 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor on Television Won
PRISM Award Male Performance in a Drama Series Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won
2013 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Nominated
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Won
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor on Television Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
Dorian Award TV Performance of the Year – Actor Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
PRISM Award Male Performance in a Drama Series Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won
Young Hollywood Award Fan Favorite Actor – Male Nominated
2019 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program BoJack Horseman Nominated


  1. ^ Starting with the show's second season, Paul was nominated each year he was eligible, for a total of five times: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014.


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