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SpouseSuzanne de Passe
FactPaul Lemat graduated from Newport Harbor High in 1963, in the same class as documentary film maker Greg MacGillivray. Others who have attended Newport Harbor High include Frank Marshall and Anthony Zerbe.

Paul Le Mat (born September 22, 1953) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as John Milner in American Graffiti (1973), Pvt. Joker in Full Metal Jacket (1987) and Pee-wee Herman in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985).

Le Mat was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Pauline (née Johnson) and Frank Le Mat. His father was of French descent and his mother was of English and Irish ancestry. He has two sisters, Michele and Sharon. Le Mat was raised in San Pedro, California. He attended San Pedro High School, where he was a member of the wrestling team.

Le Mat began his acting career in the early 1970s with guest appearances on such television shows as The Odd Couple, Love, American Style and Marcus Welby, M.D.. His first film role was in the 1973 coming-of-age classic American Graffiti, in which he played John Milner, the hot rod-racing “Wolfman.” He also appeared in the 1974 film The California Kid.

In 1975, Le Mat starred in the short-lived television series Movin’ On as trucker Sonny Pruitt. He also appeared in an episode of The Rockford Files that same year. In 1977, he co-starred with James Caan and Kirk Douglas in the film The Final Countdown.

Le Mat’s most famous role came in 1985, when he played Pee-wee Herman in Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. He also appeared in Burton’s 1988 film Beetlejuice as Adam Maitland.

In 1987, Le Mat starred in Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam War film Full Metal Jacket as Pvt. Joker. He also appeared in the 1989 film Glory as Sgt. Major Mulcahy.

Le Mat has appeared in many other films and television shows over the years, including The A-Team, Magnum, P.I., L.A. Law, Star Trek: The Next Generation and ER.

Le Mat is married to actress Sharon Farrell. They have two daughters, Erin and Katie.

Le Mat has a net worth of $3 million.

General Info

Full NamePaul Le Mat
EducationNewport Harbor High School


SpouseSuzanne de Passe
ParentsPaula Le Mat, Matthew Le Mat


AwardsGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actor
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
MoviesAmerican Graffiti, More American Graffiti, Puppet Master, Melvin and Howard, American History X, The Burning Bed, Aloha, Bobby and Rose, Strange Invaders, Handle with Care, Rock & Rule, The Night They Saved Christmas, The Long Shot, The Hanoi Hilton, Cyborg Conquest, Big Bad Love, P.K. and the Kid, ...

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1He was one of the people that George Lucas had in mind to play Han Solo in the first Star Wars movie.
2He wrote the EBook "Hasten Down The Wind".
3Moved to California when he was five years old.
4Spent six months in the Philippines in addition to a tour of duty in Vietnam.
5Attended various local colleges without receiving a degree.
6At age twenty one, he went to New York to study acting. He studied at the The Actors Studio with Milton Katselas and Herbert Berghof, and at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
7Signed sixty of the Franklin Mint 32 Ford Deuce Coupes for the first time ever, during a private signing with Rocky Whitehead & Brenda Whitehead in Hollywood, California on 1 April 2002.
8Close friend, Rocky Whitehead, is webmaster of his Official MySpace Website.
9Paul Lemat graduated from Newport Harbor High in 1963, in the same class as documentary film maker Greg MacGillivray. Others who have attended Newport Harbor High include Frank Marshall and Anthony Zerbe.




Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction2000TV SeriesSheldon Ludavik
The Outfitters1999Robby
American History X1998McMahon
Conan1997TV SeriesFarmer Leader
Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years1995-1996TV SeriesJosiah Peale
Grace Under Fire1995TV SeriesThe stranger
Lonesome Dove: The Series1994-1995TV SeriesJosiah Peale
Sensation1994Mitch Snyder
Deep Down1994Ray
Caroline at Midnight1994Emmet
Deuce Coupe1992Sheriff
Woman with a Past1992TV MovieMerle
In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion1992TV MovieDoug Bodrero
The Ray Bradbury Theater1992TV SeriesCharlie
Blind Witness1989TV MovieDet. Mike Tuthill
Puppetmaster1989VideoAlex Whitaker
Grave Secrets1989David Shaw
Easy Wheels1989Bruce
Veiled Threat1989Jack Purcell
The Twilight Zone1988TV SeriesTom Bennett
Secret Witness1988TV MovieKurt
Murder, She Wrote1988TV SeriesLuke Purdue / Carl Mattson
Into the Homeland1987TV MovieDerrick Winston
P.I. Private Investigations1987Detective Wexler
The Hanoi Hilton1987Hubman
The Hitchhiker1987TV SeriesJake Purly
P.K. and the Kid1987Kid Kane
Long Time Gone1986TV MovieNick Sandusky
On Wings of Eagles1986TV Mini-SeriesJay Coburn
The Night They Saved Christmas1984TV MovieMichael Baldwin
The Burning Bed1984TV MovieMickey Hughes (as Paul LeMat)
Strange Invaders1983Charles Bigelow
Rock & Rule1983Omar (voice)
Jimmy the Kid1982John Dortmunder
The Gift of Life1982TV MovieDwayne Sutton
Death Valley1982Mike
Melvin and Howard1980Melvin Dummar
More American Graffiti1979John Milner
Handle with Care1977Spider
Aloha, Bobby and Rose1975Bobby
American Graffiti1973John
Firehouse1973TV MovieBilly Dalzell
Heaven with a Gunpre-productionMurphy
Chrome Angels2009Elliot Davros
The Long Shot2004TV MovieGuido Levits
Stateside2004Dori's Internist
Big Bad Love2001Monroe


Hot Rods Across America: Part 22008Documentary


Hot Rods Across America: Part 22008Documentary co-executive producer


Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy2004Video documentary special thanks


Tales of the Rat Fink2006DocumentaryCruisin' (voice)
Movies That Shook the World2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Movies' Greatest Cars2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Marty's Corner2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
George Lucas... Cruisin' Modesto1998Himself
The Making of 'American Graffiti'1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Directors1997TV Series documentaryHimself
The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Nominee

Archive Footage

Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2012TV Series documentaryAlex Whitaker
Banda sonora2009TV SeriesJohn Milner
Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation2001Video documentaryAlex Whitaker (Puppert Master)
Biography2000TV Series documentaryMickey Hughes in 'The Burning Bed'
Playboy: Farrah Fawcett, All of Me1997Video documentaryHimself


Won Awards

1985Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Burning Bed (1984)
1974Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - MaleAmerican Graffiti (1973)

Nominated Awards

1981Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalMelvin and Howard (1980)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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