Joshua Atwill Pais (born June 21, 1958) is an American actor and acting coach. He is perhaps best known for his role in the television series Ray Donovan (2013–2018). He has also appeared in films such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Music of the Heart (1999), Assassination of a High School President (2008), I Saw the Light (2015) and Motherless Brooklyn (2019).

Josh Pais
Joshua Atwill Pais

(1958-06-21) June 21, 1958 (age 61)
Acting coach
Years active1988–present
Lisa Emery
(m. 1990; div. 2003)

Marie Forleo (m. 2006)
Parent(s)Abraham Pais
Lila Lee Atwill

Early lifeEdit

Pais was born in New York City, New York, and is the son of Lila Lee (née Atwill), a painter and poet, and Dutch-born physicist, professor, and writer Abraham Pais.[1][2][3] His father was from a Jewish family, and his mother converted to Judaism.[4]


He has appeared in Hollywood films including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (in which he was both in the costume and was the voice) as Raphael, Music of the Heart, Scream 3, It Runs in the Family, Phone Booth, Little Manhattan and Find Me Guilty.[5] He played Assistant M.E. Borak in 15 episodes of the series Law & Order, between 1990 and 2002. He also played the Spanish teacher in the film Assassination of a High School President. He had a recurring role as an obnoxious movie producer on the American crime drama series Ray Donovan. He also appeared as a lawyer on 2 Broke Girls.

Personal lifeEdit

Pais married actress Lisa Emery on August 27, 1990; actor Zane Pais is their son.[1] They divorced in 2003. Pais is married to Marie Forleo.



  1. ^ a b "Josh Pais Biography (1958-)". Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  2. ^ Crow, Kelly (4 November 2017). "NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: CITYPEOPLE; For Seventh Street, a Love Letter on Film". Retrieved 4 November 2017 – via
  3. ^ Dollar, Steve (16 August 2013). "Spotlight Turns to 'That Guy' on TV". Retrieved 4 November 2017 – via
  4. ^ "How Josh Pais Learned To Be Invisible – The Arty Semite –". 2013-09-04. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  5. ^ "Josh Pais - Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved 4 November 2017.

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