Josh Pais Bio - Biography

Name Josh Pais
Height 5' 7"
Naionality American
Date of Birth 21 June 1964
Place of Birth New York, USA
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In the late 1980s, Josh Pais began appearing on television in an episode of NBC’s hit sitcom "The Cosby Show" and CBS' Emmy Award-winning sitcom "Murphy Brown." After playing a tiny part in the made-for-TV movie Teething with Anger, he made his big screen debut in director David Hugh Jones' take on Stephen Metcalfe's play, Jacknife, starring Robert De Niro and Ed Harris.

Entering the new decade, Pais secured a recurring role as medical examiner assistant Borak (1990-2002) on NBC's police procedural and legal drama "Law & Order." During that time, he was also cast in writer-director Anne Flournoy's romantic comedy How to Be Louise (starring Lea Floden) and portrayed the aggressive Raphael in Steve Barron's first film in the franchise, the live action version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (both in 1990). Afterward, he returned to the small screen in the television films The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (1994; starring Mira Sorvino and Malcolm McDowell) and On Seventh Avenue (1996).

Pais spent the rest of the 1990s in Herb Gardner's film adaptation of his own Tony Award-winning play, I'm Not Rappaport (1996; starring Walter Matthau), Robert Bella's comedy about love, death and rock 'n roll, Colin Fitz (1997; with Matt McGrath and Andy Fowle), and Darshan Bhagat's dark comedy Karma Local (1998). He was also seen in writer-director John Hamburg's crime comedy Safe Men (1998; starring Sam Rockwell and Steve Zahn), John Dahl's cult hit Rounders (1998; starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton), Steven Zaillian's Oscar-nominated adaptation of Jonathan Harr's real life-based book, A Civil Action (1998; starring John Travolta), and Wes Craven's Oscar-nominated biopic about Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras, Music of the Heart (1999; starring Meryl Streep).

Meanwhile, TV audiences could catch him in the syndicated sci-fi series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," NBC's highly-acclaimed police procedural series "Homicide: Life on the Street," HBO's popular drama/comedy "Sex and the City" and the Sci-Fi Channel's "The Crow: Stairway to Heaven." From 2000 to 2001, Pais also appeared in three episodes of NBC's police procedural drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” playing Robert Sorenson. During that time, he also guest starred on Fox’s drama "The $treet" and ABC's single-camera comedy series "The Job."

He also continued to add to his film-acting resume with roles in Wes Craven's third installment in the successful satirical horror films, Scream 3 (2000; with Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox Arquette) and Robert J. Siegel's coming-of-age tale Swimming (2000; starring Lauren Ambrose). He also appeared in Billy Morrissette's dark comedy Scotland, Pa. (2001; starring James LeGros, Maura Tierney and Christopher Walken), based on William Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth," and in Ron Howard's Academy Award-winning film A Beautiful Mind (2001; starring Russell Crowe), which was inspired by the schizophrenic Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash.

After appearing in the comedic TV movie Porn 'n Chicken (2002), he went back to the big screen in Joel Schumacher's drama/thriller Phone Booth (2002; starring Colin Farrell), writer-director Thomas McCarthy's BAFTA-winning indie The Station Agent (2003; with Peter Dinklage and Patricia Clarkson), and Fred Schepisi's light-hearted family comedy starring several generations of the Kirk Douglas family, It Runs in the Family (2003).

Meanwhile, Pais also stepped behind the camera to direct and write the documentary 7th Street (2003), which he also starred. His work later won an award at the Boston Independent Film Festival.

Returning in front of the camera, Pais appeared on NBC's police Procedural drama "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and the ABC sitcom "Hope & Faith." He was then cast in the 2005 films The Reality Trap, a satirical caper-comedy by writer-director Michael Bergmann, Little Manhattan, a romantic comedy film directed and written by husband and wife Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett, and Confess, a political thriller by writer-director Stefan C. Schaefer. He followed it up with roles in Sidney Lumet's comedy-drama based on the longest Mafia trial in American history, Find Me Guilty (2006; starring Vin Diesel), and Bradley Wigor's drama comedy, Unconscious. On television, he was spotted as a guest in an April 2006 episode of HBO drama series "The Sopranos."

2007 saw Pais in writer-director Paul Soter's directorial debut, the comedy Watching the Detectives (starring Cillian Murphy). He also appeared in two films that premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival: writer-director Mitchell Lichtenstein's independent dark comedy horror Teeth (starring Jess Weixler) and writer-director Mike White's drama comedy Year of the Dog (with Molly Shannon, Laura Dern, John C. Reilly and Peter Sarsgaard), in which he portrayed Shannon’s anxiety-prone boss named Robin.

Pais has completed writer-director Noah Buschel's upcoming film, Neal Cassady (starring Tate Donovan), a biographical drama about the inspiration for the character of Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's classic On the Road. He will soon wrap up writer-director Peter Himmelstein's drama thriller, The Key Man, alongside Jack Davenport and Hugo Weaving. He is also set to become a regular in the upcoming TV drama that will debut on ESPN in July 2007, "The Bronx is Burning," adapted from Jonathan Mahler's bestselling book, "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx is Burning." In the show, which will star John Turturro, Oliver Platt and Daniel Sunjata, Pais will portray Reporter Phil Pepe.

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