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Albert Paul Shenar

Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Death: October 11, 1989 (53)
West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States (complications of AIDS)
Immediate Family:

Son of Eugene Joseph Shenar and Mary Rosella Shenar
Partner of Jeremy Brett
Brother of Private

Occupation: Actor
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About Paul Shenar

Albert Paul Shenar (February 12, 1936 − October 11, 1989) was an American actor.


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


Shenar became involved in theater at an early age, partaking in the local 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 on 1970s television. He portrayed Orson Welles in the TV movie The Night That Panicked America (1975) (TV) and Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. in Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women (1978) (TV). He also portrayed the murderous Bolivian drug lord Alejandro Sosa in Brian De Palma's 1983 version of Scarface. 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 Tiny Alice. Known for his unsympathetic portrayals,[citation needed] he voiced the evil rat Jenner in the animated feature The Secret of NIMH (1982).

Later roles and death

Shenar continued to act during the 1980s. He did a stage version of Macbeth in Los Angeles and appeared in movies like Best Seller, The Bedroom Window, The Big Blue, and Raw Deal, plus the TV movie Rage of Angels: The Story Continues. He died from complications of AIDS on October 11, 1989.

Personal life

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

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Paul Shenar's Timeline

February 12, 1936
Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
October 11, 1989
Age 53
West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States