Paul McCrane

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 McCrane
Paul David McCrane

(1961-01-19) January 19, 1961
OccupationActor, director
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Dana Kellin (m. 1998)

Early life

McCrane was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Eileen C. (née Manyak), a nurse, and James J. McCrane, Jr., an actor and writer.[1] He has a brother, Jim, and three sisters, Maureen, Barbara, and Deirdre.[2] 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[3] 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.[4]

Personal life

McCrane married Dana Kellin, a jewelry designer, in 1998. They have two children, William Thomas and Noa Cathryn.[5] McCrane and Kellin met in a yoga class in 1996.



Year Title Role Notes
1979Rocky IIYoung patient
1980FameMontgomery MacNeillNominated—Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film
1984The Hotel New HampshireFrank
1984Purple HeartsBrenner
1987RoboCopEmil M. Antonowsky
1988The BlobDeputy Bill Briggs
1994The Shawshank RedemptionGuard Trout
2000The Last ProducerAustin Green
2002New SuitBraggy Shoot
2005A Year and a DayTherapist
2012Atlas Shrugged IIWesley Mouch
2017Take the 10Carey


Year Title Role Notes
1982NurseGeorge NicholasEpisode: "On the Line"
1986Hill Street BluesAlbert SawyerEpisode: "Come and Get It"
1989The EqualizerCrockerEpisode: "Silent Fury"
1989WiseguyJohnny Medley4 episodes
1990Cop RockDet. Bob McIntire9 episodes
1992The Adventures of SuperboyChaos2 episodes
1993Law & OrderJames Lee PawlEpisode: "Jurisdiction"
1993SirensLeonEpisode: "Holy Deadlock"
1993The CommishNeil PerryEpisode: "All That Glitters"
1994North and South, Book IIIKlawdellEpisode: "#1.2"
1994–1995Under SuspicionDetective Patrick Clark18 episodes
1996Chicago HopeBob BroussardEpisode: "The Parent Rap"
1996ChampsDr. Herb Barton12 episodes
1997The X-FilesLeonard Morris BettsEpisode: "Leonard Betts"
1997–2008ERDr. Robert Romano107 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)
1997Touched by an AngelGrant AbbottEpisode: "Have You Seen Me?"
1997Life with LouieUnknownEpisode: "Mr. Louie's Wild Ride"
1997The PracticeMartin Parks2 episodes
1998From the Earth to the MoonPete ConradEpisode: "That's All There Is"
2001Citizen BainesSherman Bloom2 episodes
2005UnscriptedSupport Group LeaderEpisode: "#1.8"
2006–200724Graem Bauer9 episodes
2008Ugly BettyDistrict Attorney WeitzEpisode: "Odor in the Court"
2010CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationPhil CarpenterEpisode: "World's End"
2011Harry's LawJosh Peyton7 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2013Major CrimesAgent Mark EvansEpisode: "There's No Place Like Home"
2015Under the DomePatrick Walters2 episodes


  • 1980: "Is It Okay If I Call You Mine?" / "Dogs in the Yard"


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