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Albert Paul Shenar (February 12, 1936 − October 11, 1989) was an American actor and theatre director, known for portraying the Bolivian drug lord Alejandro Sosa, in Scarface (1983).

Paul Shenar
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Albert Paul Shenar

(1936-02-12)February 12, 1936
DiedOctober 11, 1989(1989-10-11) (aged 53)
Cause of deathComplications of AIDS[1]
Resting placeCalifornia
Years active1971−1989

A veteran Broadway and Shakespearean actor, he was one of the twenty-seven founding members of the American Conservatory Theater.


Early lifeEdit

Shenar was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Mary Rosella (née Puhek) and Eugene Joseph Shenar.[2]


Shenar became involved in theatre at an early age, working in Milwaukee playhouse productions. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. Following his military career he began acting again. Shenar gained attention playing larger-than-life entertainment legends in 1970s television filmsOrson Welles in The Night That Panicked America (1975) and Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., in Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women (1978). He portrayed the character John Carrington in Part III of the miniseries Roots (1977).

Shenar also portrayed the ruthless Bolivian drug lord Alejandro Sosa in Brian De Palma's 1983 feature film, Scarface. He portrayed crime boss Luigi Patrovita's (Sam Wanamaker) second in command, Paulo Rocca in Raw Deal (1986).

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 Brother Julian in Tiny Alice. He voiced the evil rat Jenner in the animated feature The Secret of NIMH (1982). Shenar's performance in The Secret of NIMH so impressed producer Don Bluth he had wanted to hire Shenar to also voice the villain Borf in the game Space Ace, but was unable to do so due to budget issues (a role that ultimately went to Bluth himself).[3]

Shenar continued to act during the late 1980s. He did a stage version of Macbeth in Los Angeles and appeared in films like Best Seller (1987), The Bedroom Window (1987), The Big Blue (1988), plus the TV film Rage of Angels: The Story Continues.

Personal lifeEdit

Shenar and British actor Jeremy Brett were in a relationship in the 1970s; it reportedly lasted five years.[4]


He died from complications of AIDS on October 11, 1989.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1978 Lulu Ludwig Schon
1982 The End of August Arobin
The Secret of NIMH Jenner Voice
1983 Deadly Force Joshua Adams
Scarface Alejandro Sosa
1986 Dream Lover Ben Gardner
Raw Deal Paulo Rocca
1987 The Bedroom Window Collin Wentworth
Man on Fire Ettore
Best Seller David Madlock
1988 The Big Blue Dr. Laurence (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes
1973 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak Lt. Joe Moroni Episode: "Alone with Terror"
1974 Columbo Sgt. Young Episode: "Publish or Perish"
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Blair Episode: "House of Friends"
Mannix Johnny Sands Episode: "The Dark Hours"
Great Performances De Guiche Episode: "Cyrano de Bergerac"
The Execution of Private Slovik Crawford TV movie
1975 Kojak Arthur Harris Episode: "Night of the Piraeus"
Petrocelli Archie LaSalle Episode: "Death in Small Doses"
The Invisible Man Alexi Zartov Episode: "Barnard Wants Out"
Ellery Queen Announcer Wendell Warren Episode: "The Adventure of Miss Aggie's Farewell Performance"
The Night That Panicked America Orson Welles TV movie
1976, 1977 Hawaii Five-O Chadwick
Todd Daniels
Episodes: "A Killer Grows Wings"
"See How She Runs"
1976 The Keegans Rudi Portinari TV movie
Gemini Man Charles Edward Royce Episode: "Pilot"
The Bionic Woman Dr. Alan Cory Episode: "The Ghosthunter"
Wonder Woman Lieutenant Wertz Episodes: "The Feminum Mystique: Part 1"
"The Feminum Mystique: Part 2"
1977 Roots John Carrington Episode: "Part II"
The Hostage Heart James Cardone TV movie
Young Dan'l Boone Hammond Episode: "The Pirate"
Logan's Run David Eakins Episode: "Man Out of Time"
The Mask of Alexander Cross Alexander Cross TV movie
1978 Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women Florenz Ziegfeld
The Courage and the Passion Nick Silcox
Suddenly, Love Jack Graham
1979 Family Bob Gantry Episode: "Moment of Truth"
1980 Hart to Hart Michael Shillingford Episode: "Night Horrors"
Beulah Land Roscoe Corlay TV mini-series
1983, 1985 Dynasty Jason Dehner
Justin Dehner
Episodes: "The Search"
"The Californians"
1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King James Delano Episode: "Service Above and Beyond"
1984 Paper Dolls Jonathan Westfield Episode: #1.1
1985 Brass Schuyler Ross TV movie
Spenser: For Hire Matthew Lowington Episode: "Discord in a Minor"
Streets of Justice J. Elliott Sloan TV movie
Best of the Football Follies Narrator
1986 Dark Mansions Phillip Drake
Rage of Angels: The Story Continues Jerry Worth
1987 Time Out for Dad Chase


  1. ^ a b "AIDS at 25". San Francisco Chronicle. June 8, 2006. p. E1. Retrieved October 3, 2011. Paul Shenar, died Oct. 11, 1989, at age 53. Actor. Part of the American Conservatory Theater's founding acting company, Shenar appeared in more than 40 plays with ACT in the 1970s, including appearances as Hamlet, Oedipus and in "Tiny Alice."
  2. ^ "Paul Shenar Biography (1936-1989)". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  3. ^ Space Ace Blu-Ray, commentary by Bluth
  4. ^ Graham, David, Casting About: A Memoir (iUniverse, 2007), page 265

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