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Paul Picerni was born in the borough of Queens, New York. In Public school he graduated as president of his class and received the proficiency medal for scholastic excellence. As an Eagle Scout he was selected to represent the borough of Queens at the World Jamboree in Washington, D.C.

At Newton High School, as a member of the baseball team, he pitched a no-hit, no run game.

One year after enlisting in the Army Air Corps, he was commisioned as a 2nd Lieutenant Bombardier at Victorville Air Force Base in California. He flew 25 combat missions (in the China, Burma, India theater of war) and received the Air medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Paul graduated in 1949, as a drama major from Loyola University in Los Angeles. He starred in numerous plays on campus , including "Man For All Seasons" and a one-man show as St. Genesius for the Catholic Theater Conference. Upon graduating from Loyola, he was hired by Mount St. Mary's College to teach speech and drama. He wrote a musical called "Everybody Goes To College" and staged it at the famous Wilshire Ebell Theater with great success. Also at this time the Los Angeles Rams NFL football team hired him as their half-time master of ceremonies, a job he performed 30 years until the Rams moved to Anaheim.

Warner Brothers Studios signed him to an important role in a war story called "Breakthrough". This led to a seven year contract and picture after picture, such as "Mara Maru", "Desert Song", "Operation Pacific", ect., and finally he garnered the romantic lead in the biggest hit ever made in three dimensions - "The House of Wax". During this same period, he and his wife Marie had their own productions going ... eventually four boys and four girls.

As Elliot Ness' side-kick, "Lee Hobson", Paul gained international fame in a television series that was to become on of the highest rated shows of all time, "The Untouchables".

You've seen him as a guest star on "Kojak, "The Lucy Show, "Playhouse 90", "Alice" and many others too numerous to mention. All in all he has played roles in 63 motion pictures, has been the commercial spokesman for GE, Rexall Drugs, and the Weber Company, and has guest starred in 455 television shows.

Throughout Hollywood, he is known as the "Benefit King". Paul has M.C.'d banquets for numerous benefits through the years, but he is partial to the Italian and Catholic functions, the Annual Hollywood Actors Communication Breakfast, The Columbus Day Banquets, ect. A week doesn't go by that Paul doesn't get a request to M.C. some function. His answer is always yes.

Marie and Paul still live in the same large ranch-style home in Tarzana, California where they raised their eight children, but now the noises you hear there are from the ten grandchildren
About Paul's brother Charles Picerni:

In July of 1961 Paul brought his brother Charles (Charlie Picerni) out to Hollywood from Corona, New York to be his stand -in on the T.V. series "The Untouchables". During the ensuing years he went from Paul's stand -in to Paul's stunt double. His career progressed to stunt co-ordinator, second unit director, and finally full director. Charlie was stunt coordinator for "The Untouchables", "Time Tunnel", "Mannix", "Kojack", "Starsky and Hutch", "Magnum P.I." and hundreds of other T.V. shows along with new series "7 Days". He also directed over 40 episodes of T.V. productions.

His feature films as a stuntman, stuntman co-ordinator and 2nd unit director include the "Die Hard" movies, "Lethal Weapon" movies, numerous Jean Claude Van Damme productions, plus other films with Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, Gibson and more. He is currently working as stunt co-ordinator, and directing 2nd unit for the new Robert DiNiro movie "15 Minutes". He is also doubling for Nicholas Cage on the film "Gone in 60 Seconds" being coordinated by his son Charles Picerni Jr. His other son Stephen Picerni is also a well known stuntman and coordinator.

Other Picernis in the business include sister Paula Picerni, a precision stunt driver; Paul Picerni Jr. a property master on "Diagnosis Murder"; grandson, actor Rick Picerni on "J.A.G."; and Paul's grandaughter Katie Moran with "Pardee-Hanks" an actor's management company.
Also related to Paul Picerni are his sister Eleanor Tamburro's two sons Chuck and John Tamburro, who are well known as leading helicopter pilots in the motion picture industry.
FILMS (Link to IMDB)

In the near future "Biography" will feature the life of Telly Savalas.
Paul will be on camera to talk about his best friend.

The Fearmaker (1989)
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979
Double Take (1979)
Escape To Athena (1979)
Capricorn One (1979)
Kotch (1971)
Airport (1970)
Land Raiders (1970)
Che! (1969)
Scalphunters, The (1968)
Scarface Mob, The (1962)
Strangers When We Meet (1960)
The Young Philadelphians (1959)
The Man Who Died Twice (1958)
Marjorie Morningstar (1958)
Return To Warbow (1958)
Torpedo Run (1958)
The Big Caper (1957)
The Brothers Rico ((1957)
Omar Khayyam(1957)
Operation Mad Ball (1957)
The Shadow on the Window (1957)
The Come On (1956)
Flight To Hong Kong (1956)
Miracle in the Rain (1956)
Wiretappers (1956)
Bobby Ware is Missing ((1955)
Dial Red 0 (1955)
Hell's Island (1955)
Lord of the Jungle (1955)
To Hell and Back (1955)
Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954)
The Bounty Hunter (1954)
Drive A Crooked Road (1954)
Pushover (1954)
Riding Shotgun (1954)
The Shanghai Story (1954)
The Desert Song (1953)
House of Wax (1953)
She's Back On Broadway (1953)
The System (1953)
Cattletown (1952)
Mara Maru (1952)
The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952)
Operation Secret (1952)
Force of Arms (1951
Fort Worth (1951)
I Was A Communist For The FBI (1951)
Inside The Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)
Operation Pacific (1951)
The Tanks Are Coming (1951)
Breakthrough (1950)
I'll Get By (1950)
Saddle Tramp (1950)
The Secret Fury (1950)

Sledge Hammer! "They Shoot Horses Don't They?" (1986)
Matt Houston "The Honeymoon Murders" (1985)
Matt Houston "Target Miss World" (1983)
Gavilan "Desighnated Hero" (1982)
Strike Force "Lonely Ladies" (1982)
The Fall Guy "The Rich Get Richer" (1981)
Quincy, M.E. "Memories of Allison" (1981)
Trapper John, M.D. "Family Affair" 1981)
Hellinger's Law (1981) TV movie
Alcatraz, The Whole Shocking Story (1980) TV movie
Incredible Hulk (1979) "Captive Night"
Marciano (1979) TV movie
Women in White (1979) (mini series)
Sword of Justice (1978) "The Gemini Connection"
Incredible Hulk (1979) "Hulk Breaks Vegas"
Project U.F.O (1978)
Kojak (1978) "60 Miles To Hell"
Last Hurrah (1977) TV movie
Something for Joey (1977) TV movie
Alice (1976) "The Dilemma"
McCoy ((1975) "Double Take"
Police Story (1975) "Officer Needs Help"
Mannix (1975) "Double Take"
Matt Helm (1975) "Hardball"
Lucille Ball Special with Dean Martin (1975) special
The Night Stalker (1975) "Primal Scream"
Kojak (1974) "The Betrayal"
Gunsmoke (1974) "Disciple"
Big Rose (1974) TV movie
The F.B.I. (1974) "The Betrayal"
Adam-12 (1973) "Southwest Division"
Gunsmoke (1973) "Kitty's Love Affair"
Emergency (1973) "The Professor"
Mannix (1973) "Out Of The Night"
Room 222 (1972) "Lift, Thrust & Drag"
O'hara US Treasury (1972) "Operation Dorias"
O'hara US Treasury (1971) "Operation Crystal Springs"
O'hara US Treasury (1971) "Operation Bribery"
Mannix (1971) "Voice in the Dark"
Adam-12 (1970) "Log 85-Sign in the Twins"
Old Man Who Cried Wolf (1970) TV movie
Mannix (1970) "War of Nerves"
The F.B.I. (1970) "Deadfall"
Bracken's World (1969)
Here's Lucy (1969) "Lucy's Wedding Party"
Lancer (1968) "The Prodigal"
Hawaii Five-O (1968) "Yeasterday Died & Tomorrow Lives"
The F.B.I. (1968) "The Phone Call"
The Virginian (1967) "The Fortress"
Hogan's Heroes (1967) "One In Every Crowd"
Gunsmoke (1967) "The Pillagers"
My Three Sons (1967) "The Chameleon"
Gunsmoke (1967) "The Lure"
Batman (1967) "Catwoman Goes To College"
Big Valley (1966) "The Iron Box"
Young Marrieds (1964) series regular to 1966
Great Adventure (1964) "Pirate and the Patriot"
The Fugitive (1964) "Search in the Windy City"
Perry Mason (1963) "Case of Bouncing Boomerang"
The Mcgonigle (1961) pilot
The Rebel (1960) "The Legacy"
The Untouchables (1960) series regular to 1966
Men Into Space (1960) "The Major"
Colt .45 (1960) "Martial Law"
Sugarfoot (1960) "The Corsican"
Rawhide (1960) "Inc of the Dancing Death"
The Rebel (1960) "Unsurrendered Sword"
Bonanza (1960) "The Spanish Grant"
Hawaiian Eye (1960) "The Kamehameha Cloak"
Fury (1960) "Packy the Lion Tamer"
Colt .45 (1959) "Return to El Paso"
Desilu Playhouse (1959) "The Untouchables"
Wyatt Earp (1959) "Horse Race"
M Squad (1959) "The Star Witness"
Northwest Passage (1959) "Stab in the Back"
Fury (1959) "An Old Indian Trick"
Rin Tin Tin (1959) "Star of India"
Maverick (1958) "Escape to Tamico"
Perry Mason (1958) "Case of the Sardonic Sergeant"
Zorro (1958) "The Well of Death"
Zorro (1958) "Deadly Bolas"
Loretta Young (1958) "Strange Adventure"
26 Men (1958) "Gun Hand"
Perry Mason (1958) "Case of the One-Eyed Witness"
Colt .45 (1957) "The Gypsies"
Silent Service (1957) "The Guardfish Story"
Broken Arrow (1957) "White Savage"
The Millionaire (1957) "Story of Larry Smart"
Tales of the Texas Rangers (1957) "Gypsy Boy"
Boots & Saddles (1957) "The Deserter"
Broken Arrow (1957) "Apache Child"
Silent Service (1957) "Two Davids and Goliath"
Circus Boy (1957) "Little Vagabond"
Navy Log (1955) "Phantom of the Blue Angels"
Goodyear Theatre (1955) "End of a Mission"
Big Town (1955) "The Grand Almost"
Cavalcade of America (1954) "Mountain Man"
Public Defender (1954) "Lost Cause"
Four Star Playhouse (1954) "Meet McGraw"
My Little Margie (1954) "Vern's Guilty Feeling"

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