Paul David McCrane (born January 19, 1961) is an American film, television and theatre actor, as well as a television director and singer. He is known for his portrayal of Montgomery MacNeil in the 1980 film Fame, Emil Antonowsky in RoboCop and Robert Romano on the NBC medical drama television series ER.
Paul David McCrane
January 19, 1961
|Spouse(s)||Dana Kellin (m. 1998)|
McCrane was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Eileen C. (née Manyak), a nurse, and James J. McCrane, Jr., an actor and writer. He has a brother, Jim, and three sisters, Maureen, Barbara, and Deirdre. His family moved to Richboro, Pennsylvania, where he lived until he moved to New York City after graduating from Holy Ghost Preparatory School in 1978. He studied theatre at HB Studio in New York City.
An early role, when he was just 17 years of age, is in a short scene in Rocky II, playing a multi-fracture patient who asks for Rocky's autograph on his head cast ("Hey Rocky...sign my head!").
With an abundance of red hair, McCrane portrayed the earnest Montgomery MacNeil in Fame. He was the lead vocalist on three songs in the feature film: "Dogs in the Yard", "Miles from Here" and "Is it Okay if I Call You Mine?" (which he also composed and received an Academy Award nomination for). He also had a solo in "I Sing the Body Electric".
Later, he played murderous Emil Antonowsky in RoboCop, followed by astronaut Pete Conrad in From the Earth to the Moon, Guard Trout in The Shawshank Redemption, cancer-absorbing mutant Leonard Betts in The X-Files. After a recurring role as the snarky Dr. Robert "Rocket" Romano on ER, he became a regular cast member (1997–2003) and returned for one episode during its 15th and final season (2008). McCrane guest-starred in 24 Seasons 5 and 6 as Graem Bauer. He has also appeared on Ugly Betty and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
In 2011, McCrane took on the recurring role of Assistant District Attorney Josh Peyton in the NBC television program Harry's Law, a project of producer David E. Kelley. McCrane won the 2011 Emmy Award for Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in the role.
|1979||Rocky II||Young patient|
|1980||Fame||Montgomery MacNeill||Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film|
|1984||The Hotel New Hampshire||Frank|
|1987||RoboCop||Emil M. Antonowsky|
|1988||The Blob||Deputy Bill Briggs|
|1994||The Shawshank Redemption||Guard Trout|
|2000||The Last Producer||Austin Green|
|2002||New Suit||Braggy Shoot|
|2005||A Year and a Day||Therapist|
|2012||Atlas Shrugged II||Wesley Mouch|
|2017||Take the 10||Carey|
|1982||Nurse||George Nicholas||Episode: "On the Line"|
|1986||Hill Street Blues||Albert Sawyer||Episode: "Come and Get It"|
|1989||The Equalizer||Crocker||Episode: "Silent Fury"|
|1989||Wiseguy||Johnny Medley||4 episodes|
|1990||Cop Rock||Det. Bob McIntire||9 episodes|
|1992||The Adventures of Superboy||Chaos||2 episodes|
|1993||Law & Order||James Lee Pawl||Episode: "Jurisdiction"|
|1993||Sirens||Leon||Episode: "Holy Deadlock"|
|1993||The Commish||Neil Perry||Episode: "All That Glitters"|
|1994||North and South, Book III||Klawdell||Episode: "#1.2"|
|1994–1995||Under Suspicion||Detective Patrick Clark||18 episodes|
|1996||Chicago Hope||Bob Broussard||Episode: "The Parent Rap"|
|1996||Champs||Dr. Herb Barton||12 episodes|
|1997||The X-Files||Leonard Morris Betts||Episode: "Leonard Betts"|
|1997–2008||ER||Dr. Robert Romano||107 episodes|
Won—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1999)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000–01)
|1997||Touched by an Angel||Grant Abbott||Episode: "Have You Seen Me?"|
|1997||Life with Louie||Unknown||Episode: "Mr. Louie's Wild Ride"|
|1997||The Practice||Martin Parks||2 episodes|
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon||Pete Conrad||Episode: "That's All There Is"|
|2001||Citizen Baines||Sherman Bloom||2 episodes|
|2005||Unscripted||Support Group Leader||Episode: "#1.8"|
|2006–2007||24||Graem Bauer||9 episodes|
|2008||Ugly Betty||District Attorney Weitz||Episode: "Odor in the Court"|
|2010||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Phil Carpenter||Episode: "World's End"|
|2011||Harry's Law||Josh Peyton||7 episodes|
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
|2013||Major Crimes||Agent Mark Evans||Episode: "There's No Place Like Home"|
|2015||Under the Dome||Patrick Walters||2 episodes|
- 1980: "Is It Okay If I Call You Mine?" / "Dogs in the Yard"