Paul Freeman (actor)
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Paul Freeman (born 18 January 1943) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles as rival archaeologist René Belloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), evil wine baron Gustav Riebmann on season 4 of Falcon Crest (1984–85), supervillain Ivan Ooze in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) and Reverend Shooter in Hot Fuzz (2007).
Paul Freeman in 2016
18 January 1943 |
Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Referring to Freeman's extensive theatre work, in 1995 the Los Angeles Times described him as "one of Britain's best-regarded actors, classically trained, with stints at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre".
Freeman was born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, on 18 January 1943. He is married to Maggie Scott, who was his co-star in the 1980 film The Dogs of War. They have a daughter. Freeman was previously married to actress Judy Matheson.
He began his career in advertising and teaching, and landed small roles in the theatre, appearing in productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet. He then went on to play starring roles in the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and later co-founded the Joint Stock Theatre Company in 1974, along with director Max Stafford-Clark.
Freeman made his television debut in 1978, in the acclaimed serial Will Shakespeare (1978). He also acted in the ATV docudrama Death of a Princess, a controversial film about the execution of Misha'al bint Fahd al Saud of Saudi Arabia. Freeman began his feature film career in 1980, when he appeared in The Long Good Friday and The Dogs of War. In 1981, he starred in the TV show Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years.
In the same year, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas chose Freeman to play French archaeologist René Belloq, the rakish archrival to Dr. Indiana Jones, in the hugely successful adventure film Raiders of the Lost Ark. The film led to Freeman becoming typecast in villainous roles, especially Nazis. Armed with another accent, this time German, he played the conniving wine baron Gustav Riebmann in the fourth season of Falcon Crest, airing in 1984/85.
In 1988, he played Professor Moriarty in Without a Clue, which starred Michael Caine as Sherlock Holmes and Ben Kingsley as Watson, and in 1995 was Ivan Ooze in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.
Freeman guest-starred in hit shows such as Monarch of the Glen, ER, Falcon Crest and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. He also played in several mini-series, including Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (1989) and The Final Cut (1995). In 2004, Freeman played Angus, Bobby Jones' caddie, in Bobby Jones: A Stroke of Genius. During 2006 and 2007, he starred in the BBC TV legal drama New Street Law as the main protagonist, alongside John Hannah. Also in 2007, he played Rev. Philip Shooter of Sandford in Hot Fuzz, alongside Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. He is also featured in several 2007–09 Travelers Insurance television commercials.
Among his television work, Freeman has appeared in an episode of Midsomer Murders entitled "Down Among the Dead Men". He also appeared in the television crime drama Waking The Dead, in the episode "Straw Dog", and played Adam Kingsley in the BBC TV adaptation of Minette Walters' The Dark Room. He was also seen in Agatha Christie's Poirot in the episode "Appointment with Death" as Colonel Carbury.
|1980||Long Good Friday, TheThe Long Good Friday||Colin|
|1980||Dogs of War, TheThe Dogs of War||Derek|
|1980||Death of a Princess||Christopher Ryder||Television film|
|1981||Raiders of the Lost Ark||René Belloq||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1982||Unsuitable Job for a Woman, AnAn Unsuitable Job for a Woman||James Calendar|
|1982||Who Dares Wins||Sir Richard|
|1982||Sender, TheThe Sender||Dr. Joseph Denman|
|1983||Si elle dit oui... je ne dis pas non||Nick|
|1984||Flight to Berlin||Nicholas|
|1985||A.D.||Centurion Cornelius||TV miniseries|
|1986||Shanghai Surprise||Walter Faraday|
|1988||Prisoner of Rio||Ronald Biggs|
|1988||World Apart, AA World Apart||Kruger|
|1988||Without a Clue||Professor Moriarty|
|1992||Just Like a Woman||Miles Millichamp|
|1992||Aces: Iron Eagle III||Klais|
|1993||Piccolo Grande Amore||Otto Von Dix|
|1994||Lie Down with Lions||Dubois||Television film|
|1995||Horseman on the Roof||Laurent de Theus|
|1995||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie||Ivan Ooze|
|1997||Bribery and Corruption||Julius Sorenson|
|1998||Only Love||Dallesandro||Television film|
|1999||Dark Room, TheThe Dark Room||Adam Kingsley||Television film|
|1999||Devil's Arithmetic, TheThe Devil's Arithmetic||Rabbi||Television film|
|2001||Morlang||Julius Morlang||Cairo International Film Festival Award for Best Actor|
|2002||And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen||English customer|
|2002||Haker||President of MIT|
|2003||George and the Dragon||Sir Robert|
|2003||Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War||Jenkins|
|2004||When I'm 64||Ray||Television film|
|2006||Feast of the Goat, TheThe Feast of the Goat||Agustin|
|2007||Hot Fuzz||Rev. Philip Shooter|
|2009||Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, TheThe Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler||Monsignor Godlewski||Television film|
|2009||Spanish Flu: The Forgotten Fallen||Sir Arthur Newsholme||Television film|
|2012||Fantastic Fear of Everything, AA Fantastic Fear of Everything||Dr. Friedkin|
|2012||Henry V||Thomas Erpingham||Television film|
- 1967 – Champion House – Elwyn
- 1977 – Crown Court – 1 Episode: "The Song Not the Singer" − John Barnard
- 1980 – Death of a Princess - Christopher Ryder
- 1987 – Yesterday's Dreams - Martin Daniels
- 1992 – The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles – "British East Africa, September 1909" – Frederick Selous
- 1994 – Grushko - 2 Episodes – Bosenko
- 1995 – The Final Cut - 4 Episodes – Tom Makepeace
- 1998–2002 – ER – Dr. Charles Corday – 3 episodes
- 2000 - Inspector Morse - 1 Episode: "The Remorseful Day" - Frank Harrison
- 2002 – Monarch of the Glen - Andrew Booth
- 2006 – Midsomer Murders - 1 Episode: "Down Among The Dead Men" - Sir John Waverly
- 2006 - Number 13 - TV movie adaptation of M. R. James short story "Number 13" - Mr Harrington - Cathedral archivist
- 2008 – Agatha Christie's Poirot - 1 Episode: "Appointment With Death" - Col. Carbury
- 2013 – The Bible – Samuel – 2 episodes
- 2015 – Da Vinci's Demons – The Architect
- 2016 – Tokyo Trial – William Donald Patrick, Lord Patrick
- 2017 – Absentia – Warren Byrne
- 2018 – A Very English Scandal – Sir Joseph Cantley