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Paul Picerni Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Corona, New York, USA
Died in Llano, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameHorace Paul Picerni
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

As a child Paul Picerni had aspirations to become an attorney until he acted in an eighth-grade play and later learned that the school principal liked his performance and called him "a born actor". He next appeared in little theater productions, then (after World War II Air Force service) on the stage at Loyola University. Picerni was acting in a play in Hollywood when he was spotted by Solly V. Bianco, head of talent at Warner Brothers; brought to the studio, the young actor was given a role in Breakthrough (1950). This WWII actioner turned out to be aptly named, as it led to a Warners contract for Picerni and a long succession of roles at that studio. Best-known for his second-banana role on the TV classic The Untouchables (1959) with Robert Stack, Picerni is the father of eight and grandfather of ten.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver <TomWeavr@aol.com>

Spouse (1)

Marie Mason (9 August 1947 - 12 January 2011) ( his death) ( 8 children)

Trivia (12)

Appeared in the trailer, but not the film, of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
Brother of actor/stuntman Charlie Picerni and Paula Picerni.
Grandfather of stuntman Rick Picerni.
Father, with Marie Mason, of actor/stuntman Paul V. Picerni Jr., Gina Picerni and Marilyn Picerni.
Former Eagle Scout.
During his enlistment as a bombardier in the Army during WWII, he flew 25 combat missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was the bombardier on the plane that bombed and destroyed the real bridge made famous in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).
He brought his brother, Charlie Picerni, out to Hollywood in 1961 to become his stand-in and (eventually) stunt double on The Untouchables (1959). Charles later directed TV and served as stuntman/coordinator for the popular "Die Hard" and "Lethal Weapon" film series.
He and wife Marie had four boys and four girls. They also have ten grandchildren. Many of their children and extended relatives are involved in Hollywood stunt work, including sister Paula Picerni, son Paul V. Picerni Jr. and grandson Rick Picerni.
Was hired by the Los Angeles Rams to be their half-time master of ceremonies and performed the job for over 30 years until the team moved to Anaheim. Was also hired to emcee banquets and benefits throughout his career.
Interviewed about his appearance in the movie The Scalphunters (1968) in the book "Wild Wild Westerners" by Tom Weaver (BearManor, 2012).
Interviewed about his co-starring role in the movie House of Wax (1953) in the book "I Was a Monster Movie Maker" by Tom Weaver (McFarland & Co., 2001).
Was mayor of Tarzana near LA 1965-68.

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