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Paul Le Mat

Highest Rated:   100% Citizens Band (1977)
Lowest Rated:   22% More American Graffiti (1979)
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A one-time boxer and a veteran of the Vietnam War, actor Paul Le Mat made a career out of playing gruff, rugged male characters. After attending San Diego City College, Cypress Junior College, Chapman College, and L.A. Valley College following graduation from Newport Harbor High School, the New Jersey native became a war hero after winning a National Defense Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, and a George Washington Honor Medal for his heroic wartime actions. Though he considered a career in the ring after winning the L.A. Diamond Belt and Southern Pacific Boxing Championship in the early '70s, Le Mat decided on a less physically-intensive career path, and studied acting at the Mitchell Ryan Actors' Studio and San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. His role as a tire-squealing drag racer in George Lucas' American Graffiti earned the actor a Most Promising Newcomer award at the 1974 Golden Globe Awards, but Le Mat's star waned after a memorable role as a CB coordinator in Jonathan Demme's Handle With Care (1977). He reprised his American Graffiti role in the film's 1979 sequel, but after appearing in Demme's underappreciated Melvin and Howard and a menacing, Golden Globe-winning performance in the harrowing domestic drama The Burning Bed, good parts became scarce. By the 1990s, Le Mat's roles had gone from leading to supporting, and aside from American History X (1998), most of his roles were in bottom-of-the-barrel, B-grade schlock. Genre fans still relished in his performances in such fare as Grave Secrets and Puppet Master (both 1989), but the most exposure Le Mat received in the '90s was his role as the mayor in the Western series Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years. In 2001, Le Mat received his most substantial dramatic role in years as the best friend to a troubled Vietnam veteran in Arliss Howard's Big Bad Love.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Tales of the Rat Fink
  • Crusin'
2006
No Score Yet Long Shot
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Long Shot: Believe in Courage
  • Guido
2004
41% Big Bad Love
  • Monroe
2001
No Score Yet Citizen's Band
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet The Outfitters
  • Robby
1999
83% American History X
  • McMahon
1998
No Score Yet Sensation
  • Mitch Snyder
1994
No Score Yet Deep Down
  • Ray
1994
No Score Yet Woman with a Past
  • Merle
1994
No Score Yet Caroline at Midnight
  • Emmet
1993
No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion
  • Doug Bodrero
1992
No Score Yet Wishman
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Easy Wheels
  • Bruce
1990
No Score Yet Blind Witness
  • Det. Tuthill
1989
43% Puppet Master
  • Alex
1989
No Score Yet Grave Secrets
  • David Shaw
1989
No Score Yet P.I. Private Investigations
  • Detective Wexler
1987
No Score Yet P.K. and the Kid
  • Kid Kane
1987
No Score Yet Into the Homeland
  • Derrick Winston
1987
No Score Yet The Hanoi Hilton
  • Hubman
1987
No Score Yet Long Time Gone
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet On Wings of Eagles
  • Coburn
1986
No Score Yet The Night They Saved Christmas
  • Michael Baldwin
1984
No Score Yet The Burning Bed
  • Mickey Hughes
1984
63% Strange Invaders
  • Charles Bigelow
1983
No Score Yet Rock And Rule
  • Omar [speaking]
1983
No Score Yet Jimmy the Kid
  • John Dortmunder
1982
No Score Yet Death Valley
  • Mike
1982
94% Melvin and Howard
  • Melvin Dummar
1980
22% More American Graffiti
  • John
1979
100% Citizens Band
  • Spider
1977
No Score Yet Aloha, Bobby and Rose
  • Bobby
1975
95% American Graffiti
  • John
1973
No Score Yet Firehouse
  • Bill Dalzell
1973

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
  • Stranger
The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Actor

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