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Paul Mantee (January 9, 1931 – November 7, 2013) was an American film and television actor.[1][2]

Paul Mantee
Paul Marianetti

(1931-01-09)January 9, 1931
DiedNovember 7, 2013(2013-11-07) (aged 82)
Malibu, California, United States
Years active1958–1998
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Mott (1952-?) (divorced)
Diane E. Worth (1961-) (divorced)
Ann Newman (1970-?) (divorced)
Suzy Davis (?-2013) (his death)


Mantee was born Paul Marianetti in San Francisco, California.[1] A journalism major at San Mateo Junior College, Mantee enlisted in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Korean War[3][4] that made him decide on acting as a career. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.[4][5]

His stage name was changed from an Italian-sounding name to the name of Humphrey Bogart's character in The Petrified Forest.[1] He made a great number of guest appearances in well-known television shows and starred in a handful of films, including a cult classic, Robinson Crusoe on Mars.[2] A restored version of the film was released in 2007 by The Criterion Collection. Mantee authored two novels, In Search of the Perfect Ravioli (Ballantine Books, 1991) and a semi-autobiographical Bruno of Hollywood (Ballantine Books, 1994).[1][2]

Mantee, a longtime Malibu resident, died November 7, 2013 at a rehabilitation center in Canoga Park, California. He was survived by his wife, Suzy Davis Mantee[1] whom he met while standing in line at the Malibu post office.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Passings: Paul Mantee". Los Angeles Times. November 13, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Mike Barnes (November 11, 2013). "Veteran Actor Paul Mantee Dies at 82". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. ^ p. 192 Weaver, Tom Paul Mantee Interview Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Flashbacks McFarland
  4. ^ a b Jethro Nededog. "'Cagney & Lacey' Actor Paul Mantee Dead at 82". TheWrap.
  5. ^ Melissa Caskey (November 8, 2013). "Actor, Malibu Resident Paul Mantee Passes Away". The Malibu Times.
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