The Working Actor EDITOR'S INTRO
This is the forty second in a continuing feature at IndustryCentral profiling "The Working Actor". (See Archives below)
William Shakespeare said "There are no small parts--.". William Shatner may have said it too, but the longhair with the tights was first, or so the reports go. In this feature we will explore what it really means to be an actor working in Motion Pictures and Television.
Broad public acknowledgment may have eluded some who find their way to these pages, or perhaps they may have brushed against what is referred to as stardom by virtue of one or more remarkable performances. However for many, the rewards of plying their craft in a field which has allowed them to earn a living may exceed the burdens of public acclaim. Given the chance, some in this clan might prefer the longevity offered by anonymity over the potential for short lived fame.
These individuals, either by design or fate, have managed to sustain a career by crafting performances which rendered them a good casting choice. They are usually thought of as a face you recognize, but you just can't get the name past the tip of your tongue.
Most of these folks have spent countless hours on stage in theaters ranging from 20 seats to 2000, building characters from the works of Ibsen, to Eliot, to Williams, to yes even Shakespeare, and so many of the modern Playwrights. They have rounded their skills doing drama, comedy, & musicals. Their work is a serious venture.
These people have given us screen performances which quite often were the catalyst that brought an Oscar or Emmy to another and yet they continue to work as "Characters" or "Co-Stars" without the trophies and plaques adorning their mantle.
Paul Jenkins
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Paul Jenkins has been a professional actor for close to forty years having appeared on and off Broadway, in numerous roles in resident and touring theater, and featured roles in more than forty five movies and several hundred television shows.

He began in amateur theater in the city of his birth, Philadelphia, PA., encouraged by such mentors as Joseph Deeter, Claude Rains, and Alfred Lunt. While reading divinity in the Church of England, he saw he had no vocation for ordination to the priesthood, and turned his attention again to the theater while living in New York and studied the craft with William Hickey. Among his first professional appearances were on the daytime dramas, "Secret Storm" and "Love of Life". Following these first appearances he soon found employment in shows like "Naked City", "N.Y.P.D." (with Jack Warden), "Trials of O'Brien" (with Peter Falk), and off Broadway featured roles in "Miss Julie", and "Stephen D".

He re-organized and co-directed the Theater-By-The-Sea in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and also found time to be the fencing master for the Actors Studio in New York, coaching and working with such talents as Rip Torn, Shelly Winters, Gene Wilder, Robert Viharo and other members of that organization.

A tour of "The Great White Hope" took him to California and since then has worked exclusively in stage, movies, and television. In San Francisco Jenkins was McMurphy in the acclaimed revival of "One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest", the production that served as the springboard for the Movie with Jack Nicholson.

Jenkins co-wrote and starred in "A Journey for Eden", a one man show based on the life of Jack London, which he played to enthusiastic audiences of the Bohemian Club in San Francisco. He was requested by and joined Jason Robards and a distinguished cast in the1976 production of "That Championship Season" by Jason Miller and earlier co-starred in the Joseph Stern/William Devane production of "Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been" in Los Angeles and throughout California.

Primarily Jenkins's most lucrative employment has been in movies and television working for such protean directors as John Huston, Roger Vadim, Mike Nichols, Paul Mazursky, and Costa-Gavras.

He has been a recurring character in a great number of television programs such as Eddie in "Dynasty", Professor Parks in "The Waltons", and a wide assortment of characters from District Attorneys, Firemen, Sailors, Policemen, and a few Priests in shows ranging from "The Rockford Files", "Walker, Texas Ranger", and most recently in "Winchell" with Stanley Tucci.

Representation:
Agency:
Dade / Schultz Associates Talent Agency
6442 Coldwater Cyn, Suite 206
Valley Glen, CA. 91606
Tel: (818) 760-3100

Paul Jenkins' advice to the aspiring actor:

" Try to remember that all of human life and behavior is the actor's laboratory. Classes, workshops, theater of all kinds is where we hone our craft and if we can bear in mind that in holding the mirror up to nature we are often transporting others as we transport ourselves as if we were supra-human beings.

In seeking the role, the best approach is to stick to the actors task and minimize the collected demons of rejection and the overall spectre of the judgment of others. - In short, present one's best efforts and let the chips fall where they will! "


Paul Jenkins' Credits (partial)
FILM
  • TINA TROUT
  • S. C. Smith, Dir.
  • WINCHELL
  • HBO/Paul Mazursky, Dir.
  • PRIMARY COLORS
  • Mike Nichols, Dir.
  • MAD CITY
  • Costa-Gavras, Dir.
  • GREAT POETS DIE...
  • Tim Amold, Dir.
  • SNEAKERS
  • Phil Alden Robinson, Dir.
  • HARD TO HOLD
  • Larry Peerce, Dir.
  • NIGHT GAMES
  • Roger Vadim, Dir.
  • I NEVER PROIMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN
  • Anthony Page, Dir.
  • CHINATOWN
  • Roman Poianski, Dir.
  • ONE IS A LONELY NUMBER
  • Mel Stuart, Dir.
  • CLOSE BUT FREE
  • Lee Mendelson, Dir.
  • THE ORGANIZATION
  • Don Medford, Dir.
  • ALEX LN WONDERLAND
  • Paul Mazursky, Dir.
  • ROSEPMARY'S BABY
  • Roman Polanski, Dir.

    TELEVISION
  • PARTY of FIVE
  • FOX
  • VENGEANCE UNLIMITED
  • ABC
  • ALLY McBEAL/THE PRACTICE (2-part crossover)
  • FOX/ABC
  • MICHAEL HAYES
  • CBS
  • WALKER, TEXAS RANGER
  • CBS
  • REASONABLE DOUBTS
  • NBC
  • KNOTS LANDING
  • CBS
  • FALCON CREST
  • CBS
  • HUNTER
  • NBC
  • THE TWIILIGHT ZONE
  • CBS
  • TRAPPER JOHN, M.D.
  • CBS
  • LOU GRANT
  • CBS
  • TALES FROM: THE DARKSIDE
  • Pilot Episode
  • DYNASTY
  • ABC/Recurring
  • BARNEY MIILLER
  • ABC
  • THE ROCKFORD FILES
  • NBC
  • THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS
  • Contract Role
  • THE MARCUS-NELSON MURDERS
  • MOW-Pilot/Joseph Sargent, Dir.
  • THE WALTONS
  • CBS/Recurring
  • M*A*S*H
  • CBS

    BROADWAY/NATIONAL TOUR

  • THE GREAT WHITE HOPE

    OFF-BROADWAY

  • ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA
  • JULIUS CAESAR
  • MEASURE FOR MEASURE
  • MISS JULIE
  • STEPHEN D.
  • TWELFTH NIGHT

    SAN FRANCISCO THEATRE

  • JOURNEY FOR EDEN (Co-Author)
  • ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
  • THE EXECUTION OF PRIVATE SLOVIK

    LOS ANGELES THEATRE

  • THE WAKE - Celtic Arts Theater
  • I MUST NOT THINK BAD THOUGHTS - Theater/Theater
  • SPEC - The MET Theater
  • ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN?

    REGIONAL THEATRE

  • THE WALT WHITMAN PORTRAIT

    For more info and credits see IMDb

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