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Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Died in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA  (AIDS)
Birth NameAlbert Paul Shenar
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Attractive, dark-featured character actor with a voice like thunder, and eyes like a wolf, who was featured in less than sympathetic roles throughout his career. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Albert Paul Shenar attended the University of Wisconsin. Soon after graduation, he relocated to New York City, where he quickly landed roles on the stage. These experiences led to a Broadway debut in 'Tiny Alice' as 'Brother Julian.' After a few satiating years on and off Broadway, Paul found himself again relocating, this time to Philadelphia. It was here where he made a considerable contribution to the arts. Along with fellow actors Rene Auberjonois and Bill Ball, to name a few, he co-founded the American Conservatory Theater, where he was not only a regular performer until the day he died, but a teacher and advisor as well. From there, roles on television, and the big screen followed. Shenar made a splash, portraying Orson Welles in The Night That Panicked America (1975). He received some of the best reviews of his career for this famous television film. Soon after he received more for his portrayal of another famous celebrity, as Florenz Ziegfeld in Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women (1978). He continued working steadily on television, even appearing in shot-for-television replacement footage for the disaster film, Two-Minute Warning (1976). And then feature films came calling. Shenar turned in credible and memorable performances in film, such as the diabolical Columbian drug lord Alejandro Sosa, in 'Brian De Palma''s _Scarface(1983)_, and most notably, voicing the evil conspiring rat, Jenner, in Don Bluth's The Secret of NIMH (1982). Other roles of note include Dr. Lawrence in Luc Besson's The Big Blue (1988), Joshua Adams in Deadly Force (1983), Paulo Rocca in the action packed Arnold Schwarzenegger film, Raw Deal (1986), and Ben Gardner, the father of a troubled Kristy MacNicol, in Alan J. Pakula's Dream Lover (1986), respectively. Though not a household name in his time, his candor, energy, and aesthetic performances have left a long lasting impression, that only gets better with age, and will not soon be forgotten.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: TruPretender

Trivia (12)

Gained attention playing larger-than-life entertainment legends on 70s TV. Portrayed Orson Welles in the TV movie The Night That Panicked America (1975) and Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. in Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women (1978).
A founding member, actor, director, and teacher of the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco, he played more than 40 roles there, including "Hamlet," "Oedipus Rex" and "Tiny Alice."
Known for his unsympathetic portrayals, he voiced the evil rat Jenner in the animated feature The Secret of NIMH (1982).
Father's name was Eugene Joseph Shenar; Mother's name was Mary Rosella Puhek-Shenar.
Made his Broadway debut as 'Brother Julian' in the production of "Tiny Alice" circa 1965.
Made his Off-Broadway debut as 'Michael' in "Pullman Car Hiawatha" at the Circle in the Square in 1962.
Recorded his dialogue for the evil rat Jenner in The Secret of NIMH (1982) before he actually saw the character design. After seeing Jenner's character design, he requested to re-record some of his dialogue so that he could get the "performance" just right.
Was a very good friend of Marsha Mason. They worked together on several ACT Productions, and Shenar even put in a good word for her to the higher ups. He is also mentioned in Mason's autobiography, "Odyssey: A Personal Journey" several times.
Attended and Graduated from the University of Wisconsin.
Was one of four children; He had three brothers. An older brother, John, and two younger brothers, Michael and Marc.
Served in the U.S. Air Force circa 1954-1957.
He was of Polish, Slovenian, Turkish, Greek and Jewish descent.

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