Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul Biography

Aaron Michael Paul (born Aaron Paul Sturtevant; August 27, 1979) is an American actor. After appearing in American television shows, including a recurring role on the HBO series Big Love, Paul came to prominence in 2008 for his critically acclaimed role as Jesse Pinkman in the hit AMC series Breaking Bad. For his portrayal of Jesse, Paul won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, making him one of five actors to win the award more than once. He has also won two Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actor on Television.

Early life

Paul was born in Emmett, Idaho, the son of Darla (née Haynes) and Robert Sturtevant, a Baptist minister. He is the youngest of five children, and was born a month premature in his parents' bathroom. He has English, German, and Scottish ancestry; the surname Sturtevant is English. Paul attended Centennial High School in Boise and graduated one year early. Prior to gaining fame, he appeared on an episode of The Price Is Right on January 3, 2000, winning a desk. He also worked as a movie theater usher at Universal Studios in Hollywood.


In 1996, Paul went to Los Angeles for the International Modeling and Talent Association competition. He won runner-up in the competition and signed with a manager. He starred in music videos for Korn's song "Thoughtless" and Everlast's song "White Trash Beautiful". He was featured in television commercials for Juicy Fruit, Corn Pops, and Vanilla Coke.

Paul has appeared in the films Whatever It Takes (2000), Help! I'm a Fish (2001), K-PAX (2001), MTV's film Wasted (2002), National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002), Perfect Opposites (2004), Bad Girls From Valley High (2005), Choking Man (2006), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and The Last House on the Left (2009), among others. He starred in the 2010 web-released Funny or Die short Weird: The Al Yankovic Story as "Weird Al" Yankovic. He starred in the film Wreckage in 2010. Smashed, a film in which Paul starred, was one of the official selections for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. In 2014, he is starring in Dreamworks' Need for Speed as Tobey Marshall, a street racer recently released from prison who seeks to take revenge on a wealthy business associate. Paul is also starring alongside Christian Bale in Ridley Scott's 2014 biblical epic Exodus, playing the Hebrew prophet Joshua.

Paul has made guest appearances on television shows such as The Guardian, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, ER, Sleeper Cell, Veronica Mars, The X-Files, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, Bones, and 3rd Rock from the Sun (season 4, episode 24). His recurring character Scott Quittman on HBO's Big Love appeared 14 times over the show's five seasons.

In 2008, Paul began playing Jesse Pinkman on the AMC series Breaking Bad. His character was originally meant to die during the first season, but after seeing the chemistry between Paul and series star Bryan Cranston, series creator Vince Gilligan changed his mind and modified the original plans to save the character. Coincidentally, Paul had once unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Francis, the eldest son of Cranston's Malcolm in the Middle character. For his role in Breaking Bad, Paul was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013, winning in 2010 and 2012.

In 2012, Paul was rumored to be in talks for the lead in the HBO pilot The Missionary, a spy drama set during the Cold War, but Benjamin Walker was eventually cast.

In September of 2013 Aaron was featured on Zen Freeman's House and electronic dance song called "Dance Bitch"

In 2013, Paul made a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Lives 39th season opener as "meth nephew", a relative of Bobby Moynihan's popular character, Drunk Uncle.

Personal life

In 2001, Paul began dating Samaire Armstrong, with whom he worked in an episode of The X-Files that year. Paul dated Jessica Lowndes starting in March 2009 and ending in April 2010. Paul became engaged to Lauren Corinne Parsekian in Paris on January 1, 2012. The two met at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California, and began dating a year later at the same festival. They were married on May 26, 2013.

In 2013, Aaron and Lauren helped raise $1.8 million for the Kind Campaign, an anti-bullying non-profit. The winners of the contest won a trip to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening of the Breaking Bad finale.


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Whatever It Takes Floyd
2000 Help! I'm a Fish Chuck Voice only
2001 K-PAX Michael Powell
2002 Wasted Owen Television film
2002 National Lampoon's Van Wilder Wasted guy
2004 Perfect Opposites Monty Brandt
2005 Candy Paint Brad Miller Short film
2005 Bad Girls from Valley High Jonathon Wharton
2006 Choking Man Jerry
2006 Mission: Impossible III Rick Meade
2007 Daydreamer Clinton Roark
2007 Leo Hustler Short film
2008 Say Goodnight Victor
2009 ' Francis
2010 Wreckage Rick
2011 Quirky Girl Joseph Short film
2012 Smashed Charlie Hannah
2013 Decoding Annie Parker Paul
2014 Quad Adam Niskar Completed
2014 ' JJ Completed
2014 Need for Speed Tobey Marshall Completed
2014 Hellion Hollis Wilson Post-production
2014 Exodus Joshua Filming
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Even the Losers Unknown Unsold pilot
1999 Locust Valley Gregor Unsold pilot
1999 Beverly Hills, 90210 Chad Episode: "Fortune Cookie"
1999 Melrose Place Frat boy #2 Episode: "The Daughterboy"
1999 Suddenly Susan Zipper Episode: "A Day in the Life"
1999 3rd Rock from the Sun Student Episode: "Dick's Big Giant Headache: Part II"
2000 Get Real Derek Episode: "History Lessons"
2001 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd Ethan Episode: "Eddie Loves Tori"
2001 ' Tyler Petersen Episode: "Hero"
2001 Nikki Scott Episode: "Family Lies"
2001 ' Ethan Ritter Episode: "The Men from the Boys"
2001 ' David "Sky Commander Winky" Winkle Episode: "Lord of the Flies"
2001"2002 Judging Amy "X-Ray" Conklin 2 episodes
2002 NYPD Blue Marcus Denton Episode: "Oh, Mama!"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Peter Hutchins, Jr. Episode: "Felonious Monk"
2002 Birds of Prey Jerry Episode: "Pilot"
2003 ' Clay Unsold pilot
2003 ER Doug Episode: "A Saint in the City"
2003 Kingpin Stoner Episode: "El Velorio"
2003 CSI: Miami Ben Gordon Episode: "Grave Young Men"
2003 Guiding Light Adrian Pascal Episode dated 8 May 2003
2003 Threat Matrix Shane Episode: "Natural Borne Killers"
2004 Line of Fire Drew Parkman Episode: "Mother & Child Reunion"
2005 Veronica Mars Eddie Laroche Episode: "Silence of the Lamb"
2005 Joan of Arcadia Denunzio Episode: "Secret Service"
2005 Point Pleasant Mark Owens 3 episodes
2005 Criminal Minds Michael Zizzo Episode: "The Popular Kids"
2005 Sleeper Cell Teen #1 Episode: "Al-Faitha"
2006 Bones Stew Ellis Episode: "The Superhero in the Alley"
2006 Ghost Whisperer Link Episode: "Fury"
2007"2011 Big Love Scott Quittman 14 episodes
2008"2013 Breaking Bad Jesse Pinkman Main cast
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2010, 2012)
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television (2010, 2012)
Nominated"?Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2012)
Nominated"?Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2009, 2013)
Nominated"?Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor " Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2010)
Nominated"?Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2012, 2013)
Nominated"?Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television (2011)
Nominated"?TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2010)
Nominated"?Prism Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (2010)
2012 Robot Chicken DC Comics Special Glenn (voice) Television special
2012 Tron: Uprising Cyrus (voice) 3 episodes
2013 ' Jesse Pinkman Episode: "What Animated Women Want"
2013 Saturday Night Live Jesse Pinkman/meth nephew Episode: "Tina Fey/Arcade Fire"
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Weird: The Al Yankovic Story "Weird Al" Yankovic Funny or Die short video

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