as Jake McAllister
Actor, writer and now director Paul Sampson suffers with a rare Hollywood condition called Terminal Success. He notes that Penicillin took care of many of the other conditions. Paul denies most allegations that he gets his Penicillin from alleged actor and friend Norman Reedus (who eats the shit like JuJuBes).
Paul made his stage debut in third grade with the lead role of Kris Kringle where he awed the audience, not for his performance, but due to the fact that he was able to wear the heavy Santa costume and itchy beard for two full acts without crying or soiling himself. Truly a feat unheard of for a boy at the tender age of seven. He started school at age four.
He began his training in Voice and Movement with Bernard Rheehle of the New England Vaudeville. Since then he has trained one-on-one with legendary "Old Establishment" greats including Carlton Coyer of Trinity Repertory and New York City's Donald Buka and Liz Dixon.
Over the years Paul has carried roles ranging from slapstick to psychotic killer with equal adeptness. Whether playing the cop, the heavy, the comic relief, the town hunk or the mentally challenged, his strong emotional range, comedic timing, and dramatic physical presence have resulted in dozens of commendable stage performances.
A clear noteworthy mark in his body of (stage) works was his ability to play and receive rave reviews in multiple roles in two different stage productions of Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men"; one where he played George Milton and the other Lennie Small. Some say that his ability to transform from one character to another - from project to project - is based on an acute case of Schizophrenia. Luckily, the Penicillin has had no effect on that.
Paul made a seamless transition from the stage to film and has both starred (i.e. "Whacked") and supported in many Independent and Studio level feature films. He maintains the ability to jump from leading man to character actor and back effortlessly and convincingly, working alongside a long list of well known and respected industry actors, none of which he cares to mention… they can do their own publicity. Except Norman Reedus, of course, whose name Paul is commissioned to mention at least three times each article.
Upon completion of Night of the Templar, Paul looks forward to returning to solely acting for the remainder of 2012 (He needs a break). He is already slated to act in three movies, one being the title role in the upcoming family feature, "Captain Invincible." Yep, someone is actually going to let him play a super hero ... God help us.
But these movies will have to wait until friend Norman Reedus takes his homie on a 2 week "sex, drugs, and rock n' roll" binge… as opposed to their usually 4 night/2 day excursions. When asked about Norman's performance in the film, NIGHT OF THE TEMPLAR, Paul commented, "Norman, yeah, last time I saw him we got pretty messed up in Hollywood…I think it was Hollywood…I don't remember… or was it New York? Shit I hate when I can't remember… anyway, yeah, we usually hate each other the next morning, blaming one another for our depths of primitive behavior and debauchery, but then usually we meet up again from wherever we landed from the night before … because, you know, we try to separate end of the night if you know what I mean… did that answer your question?… um, oh, yeah, we were in the film… the two of us.
Presently, Paul is single and divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City. He holds an MBA in Finance, which he proudly admits was a total fucking waste of both time and money. He also has a U.S. Passport, United Kingdom Passport, and European Community Passport… and a library card in several cities. Some people believe that he is a secret agent. I mean, seriously, who has that many library cards?
Paul would like to add that although he usually plays dramatic roles (some a bit twisted), he takes his comedy very seriously! He noted, "Yes, I like to make people cry (sometimes for their lives). I mean who doesn't… but making them smile before you kill them... priceless!