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Nom de naissance Paul Inglese
Nationalité Etats-Unis
Naissance 13 octobre 1930 à Brooklyn (Etats-Unis)
Mort 7 octobre 2011 (à 80 ans) à Hollywood Hills (Etats-Unis)

Paul Kent (October 13, 1930 – October 7, 2011) was an American character actor who starred in film, television and theater for over five decades. Kent is perhaps best known for playing Lieutenant Commander Beach in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Doctor Kellin in Hotel.


Early life
Kent was born on October 13, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York. He studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse and briefly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. In 1958, he and his parents moved from New York to California, where he trained under Sanford Meisner and later assisted Meisner with his classes. The two became close friends and colleagues during Meisner's life, and when Meisner left Los Angeles to go back to New York, he left his teaching methods to be carried on in the West by Kent who consequently taught acting for many years through his theater.

Kent played a part in the formation of Lucille Ball's Desilu Workshop, where he became the first acting student signed by the workshop. According to Hedda Hopper, when Kent appeared at the workshop to help a female friend at an audition, he was discovered by Ball and promptly signed to an actor-stage manager contract. Kent's acting roles during this period included a small part in an episode of December Bride in 1957.

Acting instruction
In 1964, Kent founded the Melrose Theater in West Hollywood with the assistance of fellow actors including Tom Troupe, Carole Cook, Richard Bull and Don Eitner. Funds for the theater were partially raised by a guest appearance with Lucille Ball and Gary Morton on the popular game show Password. Kent later recalled in an interview with The Los Angeles Times:

I was scared to death. I wasn't working steadily, I didn't know where the next rent would come from, and I had no experience in building a theater...I bought seats from a defunct movie house on Washington Boulevard. I'll never forget. Two dollars a seat. Linden Chiles and the students and I literally unbolted the seats from the floor and brought them back here.

Throughout the 1960s, the Melrose employed actors who went on to become well-known performers, including Richard Dreyfuss. Many of the theater's plays were broadcast on local CBS television affiliates.

In 1976, Kent entered into a partnership with workshop organizer Jomarie Ward to purchase a former bakery and photographer's studio at 733 North Seward Street in Hollywood. With the assistance of Ward and members of the workshop, the building was renovated and converted to the new Melrose Theater in 1977. The new, larger theater became the permanent headquarters of the Melrose, with Kent installed as artistic director and Ward as managing director.

In 1984, Kent decided to create a production employing the largest possible number of Melrose actors, and convened several playwrights at the Mark Taper Forum to write a play in a bar setting to be produced by the theater. The resulting collaboration, The Bar Off Melrose, was credited to fifteen playwrights and employed nearly forty actors. The play premiered successfully in 1986, and is still performed today at various theaters, drama workshops and colleges.

Acting career
While serving as artistic director of the Melrose Theater, Kent also acted in many of its plays, and continued acting in film and television. He often worked with directors Robert Michael Lewis and Gene Reynolds, Star Trek producer Harve Bennett, and actor William Shatner.

One of Kent's acting appearances in the 1970s was a small part in the television miniseries Helter Skelter. The part was notable because Kent later played a different character in the 2004 adaptation directed by John Gray. Gray later bought Kent back to play a spirit in an episode of his TV series, Ghost Whisperer ("Mended Hearts"). In addition, Kent often played different characters in multiple episodes of a series, including his appearances in Lou Grant, T. J. Hooker and Falcon Crest.

In 1987 Kent played Harry M. Daugherty in a made-for-TV biographical film of J. Edgar Hoover, produced by Showtime. In 1999 Kent became the third actor to play the character of "Doctor Noel Clinton" in Port Charles, a spinoff of General Hospital, succeeding actors Dean Harens and Ron Husmann. Kent later had a lead starring role as the character of "Miles Mason" in Viagra Falls, a television pilot. One of his final acting roles was his portrayal of Mack Sennett in Return to Babylon, an independent film released in 2013.

In 1975, Kent reflected on his craft to Los Angeles Times reporter Lawrence Christon:

Acting is my sanity, the thing I run to when things go wrong in my life. My special joy is rehearsing, making discoveries about the ins and outs of character. I love it so much that the actual performance, to me, is like the cigarette after the affair.

In 2002 the Melrose Theater was acquired by the National Comedy Theatre chain. It is currently the home of ComedySportz LA.

Personal life
Kent was the father of several children. At the time of his death he had been married to actress and author Madelyn Cain.

Kent died on October 7, 2011 from multiple myeloma. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills.

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Filmographie de Paul Kent (16 films)

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Return to Babylon, 1h15
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie, Comédie dramatique
Acteurs Jennifer Tilly, María Conchita Alonso, Debi Mazar, Ione Skye, Laura Harring, Tippi Hedren
Rôle Mack Sennett
Note62% 3.132243.132243.132243.132243.13224
Photographed with a hand-cranked camera and scored with music of the roaring twenties, this silent film strings together the lives of the most famous and infamous stars of the 1920s, including Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, Clara Bow, Lupe Vélez, Fatty Arbuckle, and William Desmond Taylor.
The Road Home, 1h44
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie, Action, Romance
Acteurs Paul Kent, John Saxon, Stephen Bishop, Bo Hopkins, Wilford Brimley, Marisol Nichols
Note55% 2.759762.759762.759762.759762.75976
The Road Home (A.K.A. "Pitcher and the Pin-Up") is the story of childhood friends Danny (Drew Johnson) and Missy (Corinna Harney). Danny has dreams of making it in Major League Baseball while Missy doesn't really dream of anything except happiness. Danny rescues her from her abusive father (John Saxon) in High School and the two become inseparable. Inseparable, that is, until life comes between them.
A Killer Among Us, 1h40
Réalisé par Peter Levin
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller
Acteurs Jasmine Guy, Anna Maria Horsford, Mykelti Williamson, Dwight Schultz, Lisa Banes, Neil Giuntoli
Note60% 3.048153.048153.048153.048153.04815
Theresa is one of the twelve jurors who have to decide about a case of assassination. She believes very strongly in the innocence of the young man, but cannot convince the others. During the discussions she realizes that one member of the jury knows details that he could not know from the trial alone. Since no one believes her suspicions, she investigates on her own.
Les Griffes du cauchemar, 1h36
Réalisé par Wes Craven, Chuck Russell
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Horreur, Slasher
Thèmes Maladie, Freddy, Tueur en série, Folie, Hôpital psychiatrique
Acteurs Heather Langenkamp, Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Priscilla Pointer, Craig Wasson, Robert Englund
Rôle Dr. Carver
Note66% 3.3007853.3007853.3007853.3007853.300785
L'histoire se déroule 6 ans après les assassinats commis dans la rue d'Elm street. Les nouveaux adolescents du quartier ont disparu ou ont été tués. Parmi les survivants, ils sont internés dans des hôpitaux psychiatriques. Ils ont tous en points communs leurs cauchemars. Freddy Krueger semble avoir fait son retour mais également la seule survivante du premier opus. Le groupe trouvera en elle une puissante alliée et un soutien.
Perfect (1985)
, 1h55
Réalisé par James Bridges
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie dramatique, Romance
Thèmes Film sur un écrivain, Journalisme, Sport
Acteurs John Travolta, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marilu Henner, Laraine Newman, Murphy Dunne, Kenneth Welsh
Rôle Judge
Note46% 2.3164552.3164552.3164552.3164552.316455
Le journaliste Adam Lawrence de Rolling Stone est envoyé de New York à Los Angeles pour écrire un article sur un homme d'affaires arrêté pour trafic de drogue. Pendant son séjour à Los Angeles, Adam voit une occasion de rassembler le matériel pour un autre article sur la façon dont les centres de fitness sont devenus les bars pour célibataires dans les années 1980.
Star Trek II : La colère de Khan, 1h53
Réalisé par Nicholas Meyer
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Science-fiction, Thriller, Action, Aventure
Thèmes L'espace, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Le futur, Extra-terrestres, Politique, Space opera, Extraterrestre
Acteurs William Shatner, Ricardo Montalbán, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei
Rôle Beach
Note76% 3.8483853.8483853.8483853.8483853.848385
En 2285, l’USS Enterprise reçoit un appel de détresse venant d'un vaisseau terrien, le Kobayashi Maru, provenant de l'intérieur de la zone neutre. Le commandant de l’Enterprise, le lieutenant Saavik, décide d'enfreindre le traité de paix avec les Klingons pour sauver l'équipage en péril. Il s'avère que l'appel de détresse était un piège, et des vaisseaux de guerre klingons attaquent l’Enterprise et finissent par le détruire.
Ruby (1977)
, 1h25
Réalisé par Curtis Harrington
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Action, Horreur
Acteurs Piper Laurie, Stuart Whitman, Roger Davis, Paul Kent, Len Lesser, Michael Alldredge
Rôle Louie
Note45% 2.259652.259652.259652.259652.25965
1937, Ruby Claire est la petite amie d'un chef de gang, qu'elle assiste dans ses nombreuses exécutions. Nikki Rocco, l'amant de Ruby, fait partie des victimes. 1957, Ruby est maintenant propriétaire d'un cinéma en plein-air proche du sinistre marécage où Nikki a perdu la vie vingt ans auparavant. D'étranges phénomènes vont alors se produire lors de la projection de ATTACK OF THE FIFTY-FOOT WOMAN.
The Night They Took Miss Beautiful, 1h40
Réalisé par Robert Michael Lewis
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Policier
Thèmes La mer, Le terrorisme, Transport, Aviation, Film catastrophe, Film de catastrophe aérienne, Détournement d'avion
Acteurs Chuck Connors, Sheree North, Gary Collins, Victoria Principal, Stella Stevens, Henry Gibson
Rôle Director
Note45% 2.27012.27012.27012.27012.2701
Following a Miss Universe style contest in Miami, Florida, the five semi-finalists are flown to Nassau, Bahamas in a flying boat along with the American contestant's stage mother, the group's escort Kate Malloy, the Miss Beautiful Master of Ceremonies Marv Barker, and a deadheading pilot, Paul Fabiani.
Lifeguard (1976)

Réalisé par Daniel Petrie
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie
Acteurs Sam Elliott, Anne Archer, Stephen Young, Parker Stevenson, Kathleen Denise Quinlan, Steve Burns
Rôle Jack Gilmore
Note65% 3.294783.294783.294783.294783.29478
Rick Carlson, sauveteur de 32 ans sur une plage du sud de la Californie doit faire un choix entre renoncer à sa vocation ou accepter un emploi dit plus sérieux. Lors d'une réunion d'anciens lycéens il retrouve son ancienne petite amie, Cathy, qui est maintenant la mère divorcée d'un jeune garçon. Ils reprennent leur relation passée et Cathy encourage vivement Rick à accepter un poste de vendeur de voiture chez Porsche, qui lui a été proposé par un autre camarade de lycée. En pleine réflexion sur son avenir, Rick doit aussi s'occuper de Wendy, une adolescente solitaire qui a le béguin pour lui.
Pray for the Wildcats, 1h40
Réalisé par Robert Michael Lewis
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Action
Acteurs Andy Griffith, William Shatner, Robert Reed, Marjoe Gortner, Angie Dickinson, Janet Margolin
Rôle Dr. Harris
Note61% 3.0991153.0991153.0991153.0991153.099115
Sam Farragut (Griffith) is a sociopathic business executive in Southern California who forces a team of advertising agency employees (Shatner, Reed, Gortner) to embark on a dangerous dirtbike trip to the Baja California desert in order to compete for his business.
Un camion en or massif, 1h25
Réalisé par Robert Lewis, Robert Michael Lewis
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Policier
Thèmes Hold up
Acteurs Henry Fonda, Leonard Nimoy, Larry Hagman, James McEachin, Elena Verdugo, John Marley
Rôle John Woodbury
Note66% 3.3357453.3357453.3357453.3357453.335745
Déçu par le système, un officier de probation engage trois de ses protégés pour braquer des fourgons blindés.
Le Détraqué, 1h30
Réalisé par Bert I. Gordon
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Policier
Acteurs Vince Edwards, Chuck Connors, Neville Brand, Christina Hart Doubleday, Jeff Burton, Jack Garner
Rôle Dr. Devincy
Note56% 2.849522.849522.849522.849522.84952
Los Angeles. Des bombes éclatent dans la ville. En même temps, et parfois au mêmes endroits, des femmes sont violées. Seul de toute la brigade de police chargée de l'enquête, l'inspecteur Géronimo comprend qu'il s'agit de deux hommes différents, dont l'un a dû voir le poseur de bombes. Désavoué par ses chefs, Géronimo poursuit sa propre enquête...
The Astronaut, 1h13
Réalisé par Robert Michael Lewis
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Science-fiction
Thèmes Sur Mars
Acteurs Jackie Cooper, Monte Markham, Richard Anderson, Robert Lansing, Susan Clark, John Rollin Lupton
Rôle Carl Samuels
Note64% 3.23123.23123.23123.23123.2312
Television coverage of Brice Randolph, the first astronaut on the surface, is interrupted, indicating the signal has been lost. Shortly afterward, Eddie Reese is recruited, and shown what happened after the TV signal was interrupted: Brice reported something penetrating his EVA suit, and soon expiring. The other astronaut lifted off alone. NASA (who fear their project will be cancelled) needs to keep it secret until they have answers about what exactly happened.