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Paul Bartel

Highest Rated:   100% Heart like a Wheel (1983)
Lowest Rated:   0% Heartbeeps (1981)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel
  • Paul Bartel
$0.1M 2011
50% Dreamers
  • Larry Parker
2000
56% Hamlet
  • Osric
2000
74% Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss
  • Rex Webster
1998
No Score Yet Prey of the Jaguar
  • Actor
1997
70% Basquiat
  • Henry Geldzahler
1996
53% John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.
  • Congressman
1996
19% Joe's Apartment
  • NEA Scout
1996
No Score Yet Not like Us
  • Mortician
1996
88% The Usual Suspects
  • Smuggler
1995
No Score Yet Lewis & Clark & George
  • Cop
1995
9% 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
31% Posse
  • Mayor Bigwood
1993
67% The Living End
  • Twister Master
1992
No Score Yet Evil Lives (Soulmates) (Blood Love)
  • Boring Professor
1992
No Score Yet Liquid Dreams
  • Angel
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
67% Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Theater Manager
1990
No Score Yet Far Out Man
  • Weebee Cool
1990
80% Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills
  • Dr. Mo Van
  • Director
1989
50% Out of the Dark
  • Executive Producer
  • Hotel Clerk
1989
4% Caddyshack II
  • Jamison
1988
63% Shakedown
  • Night Court Judge
1988
63% Amazon Women on the Moon
  • Doctor
$0.6M 1987
No Score Yet Munchies
  • Dr. Crowder
1987
No Score Yet The Longshot
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Killer Party
  • Professor Zito
1986
57% Chopping Mall (Killbots)
  • Paul Bland
1986
91% Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird
  • Grouch Cook
1985
39% National Lampoon's European Vacation
  • Mr. Froeger
1985
38% Lust in the Dust
  • Director
1985
41% Into the Night
  • Beverly Wilshire Hotel Doorman
1985
No Score Yet Not for Publication
  • 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
85% Eating Raoul
  • Director
  • Paul Bland
1982
0% Heartbeeps
  • Guest
1981
80% Rock 'n' Roll High School
  • Mr. McGree
1979
72% Piranha
  • Dumont
1978
No Score Yet Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel
  • Actor
1978
25% 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
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1976
85% Death Race 2000
  • Director
1975
No Score Yet Private Parts
  • Director
1972

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Dr. Witt
  • 1999

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