Paul Bartel

Paul Bartel

Infobox actor
name = Paul Bartel
caption =
birthdate = birth date|1938|8|6
birthplace = Brooklyn, New York, USA
deathdate = Death date and age|2000|5|13|1938|8|6
deathplace = New York, New York, USA
occupation = Film actor

Paul Bartel (August 6, 1938 – May 13, 2000) was an American actor, writer and director. Bartel was perhaps most known for his 1982 hit black comedy "Eating Raoul", which he wrote, starred in and directed.


Bartel was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Jesse and William Bartel, who was an advertising executive. [ [ What A Character! ] ] Bartel was openly gay and this influenced his career choices as he found himself more accepted and afforded more opportunities within the independent film industry than he would have in Hollywood.cite web | author=Gary Morris | title=Bartel, Paul | work=glbtq Encyclopaedia | date=2002-10-27 | url= | accessdate =2007-08-07]

Bartel also appeared as an actor in several films. Some of his other well known cameos were in the 1975 cult film "Death Race 2000", which he also directed, and the 1979 cult classic "Rock 'n' Roll High School" alongside "Eating Raoul" co-star Mary Woronov. Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov appeared together in approximately 17 different film roles, including Joe Dante's "Hollywood Boulevard" (1976), and "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills" (1989), another kinky cult comedy directed by Paul Bartel. In the 1986 horror flick "Chopping Mall", Bartel and Woronov's characters are named Paul and Mary Bland, the same names as their characters in "Eating Raoul".

Bartel made an appearance in Tim Burton's short film "Frankenweenie" as Victor's science teacher. Bartel directed ten movies, mostly low-budget comedies that he was hired to direct after the success of "Eating Raoul". He sometimes contributed to the writing of these movies as well. A typical Bartel film of this period stars one or more "B-list" celebrities, includes modest sexual content (often presented ironically), a song and dance routine, and a cameo by Bartel himself.

He also made many guest appearances on TV shows. Bartel died May 13, 2000 of a heart attack, following liver cancer surgery two weeks prior. He was 61.

The Belgian horror movie "Calvaire" paid a tribute to the actor and director: the mad innkeeper is called Paul Bartel.



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NAME= Bartel, Paul
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Actor, writer, film director
DATE OF BIRTH= 1938-8-6
PLACE OF BIRTH= Brooklyn, New York, USA
DATE OF DEATH= 2000-5-13
PLACE OF DEATH= New York, New York, USA

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