Paul Bartel

Paul Bartel

Highest Rated: 100% Heart like a Wheel (1983)

Lowest Rated: 0% Heartbeeps (1981)

Birthday: Aug 6, 1938

Birthplace: Not Available

American actor, screenwriter and filmmaker Paul Bartel is perhaps best known as the director and star of the quirky sleeper Eating Raoul (1982). Born in New York City, Bartel was a film aficionado since childhood and entered the industry at age 13 working as an assistant animator for UPA. He later studied film at UCLA and while there, made several short animated films and documentaries; for his work as a student actor and playwright, Bartel won several awards. Later he studied at Rome's prestigious Centro Sperimental di Cinematografica on a Fulbright Scholarship; there his graduation film, Progetti, was shown at the Venice Film Festival. Soon after coming back to the U.S., Bartel began working as an assistant director for military films; he then went on to make films for the U.S. government. As a feature filmmaker, Bartel is consistently drawn to the darkly funny, more perverse aspects of life. His provocative directorial debut was Private Parts (1972) which centered on a runaway teenage girl who encounters several residents involved with bizarre sexual practices in her aunt's ramshackle San Francisco hotel. Though it was a box office flop, the film earned Bartel decent notice from critics. He next involved himself with B-movie king Roger Corman and worked for him as both an actor and a second unit photographer. In 1974, he again tried directing with Big Bad Mama. He directed one more film before coming up with the screenplay for Eating Raoul. Directed by and starring Bartel, it is the ghastly but hilarious tale of an average couple who comes up with an unusual scam for making money involving sex for sale and a very large frying pan. Bartel was unable to find a distributor for the film until he entered it in the Los Angeles Film Festival where it generated such acclaim that 20th Century-Fox obtained the distribution rights. The film has since become a cult favorite. After the success of Raoul, Bartel continued directing a variety of films through the 1980s. Notable efforts from this time period include his wild satire of westerns Lust in the Dust (1985) and Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989). In the early '90s, he directed Shelf Life and then began focusing on his acting career and appearing in such films as The Jerky Boys (1994) and Basquiat (1996). He died of a heart attack, following surgery for liver cancer, on May 13, 2000.

Highest Rated Movies



92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Paul Bartel $7.5K 2011
No Score Yet Dinner and a Movie Lou 2001
50% Dreamers Larry Parker 2000
58% Hamlet Osric 2000
78% Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss Rex Webster 1998
No Score Yet Prey of the Jaguar Actor 1997
68% Basquiat Henry Geldzahler 1996
52% John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. Congressman 1996
19% Joe's Apartment NEA Scout 1996
No Score Yet Not like Us Mortician 1996
89% The Usual Suspects Smuggler 1995
No Score Yet Lewis & Clark & George Cop 1995
17% The Jerky Boys Host 1995
No Score Yet Number One Fan Director 1995
No Score Yet Grief Attorney 1994
No Score Yet Twin Sitters Linguini-Covered Man 1994
29% Posse Mayor Bigwood 1993
No Score Yet Shelf Life Director Various Apparitions 1993
No Score Yet Acting on Impulse Bruno 1993
57% The Living End Twister Master 1992
No Score Yet Liquid Dreams Angel 1992
No Score Yet Evil Lives (Soulmates) (Blood Love) Boring Professor 1992
No Score Yet Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel Manager 1992
No Score Yet Frankenweenie Mr. Walsh 1992
33% The Pope Must Die(t) Fitchie 1991
69% Gremlins 2: The New Batch Theater Manager 1990
No Score Yet Far Out Man Weebee Cool 1990
83% Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills Dr. Mo Van Director 1989
No Score Yet Pucker up and Bark Like a Dog Actor 1989
50% Out of the Dark Executive Producer Hotel Clerk 1989
4% Caddyshack II Jamison 1988
No Score Yet Mortuary Academy Dr. Paul Truscott 1988
63% Shakedown Night Court Judge 1988
59% Amazon Women on the Moon Doctor $0.6M 1987
No Score Yet Baja Oklahoma Minister 1987
No Score Yet Munchies Dr. Crowder 1987
No Score Yet The Longshot Director 1986
No Score Yet Killer Party Professor Zito 1986
56% Chopping Mall (Killbots) Paul Bland 1986
92% Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird Grouch Cook 1985
36% National Lampoon's European Vacation Mr. Froeger 1985
33% Lust in the Dust Director 1985
38% Into the Night Beverly Wilshire Hotel Doorman 1985
No Score Yet Not for Publication Director Screenwriter TV Director 1984
100% Heart like a Wheel Chef Paul 1983
No Score Yet Get Crazy Dr. Carver 1983
No Score Yet Trick or Treats Wino 1982
86% Eating Raoul Director Screenwriter Paul Bland 1982
0% Heartbeeps Guest 1981
81% Rock 'n' Roll High School Mr. McGree 1979
72% Piranha Dumont 1978
No Score Yet Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel Actor 1978
23% Grand Theft Auto Groom 1977
No Score Yet Mr. Billion (The Windfall) Agent 1977
No Score Yet Eat My Dust! Bruno Smith 1976
No Score Yet Hollywood Boulevard Erich Von Leppe 1976
No Score Yet Cannonball Lester Marks Director Screenwriter 1976
83% Death Race 2000 Director 1975
No Score Yet Private Parts Director 1972


61% Ally McBeal
Dr. Witt 1999
No Score Yet Clueless
Director Principal 1996
No Score Yet Fame
Hunsicker 1986
75% More Tales Of The City
Charles Hillary Lord
100% Tales of the City
Charles Hillary Lord


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