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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 19, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, musician, director, singer

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For many television viewers, actor Paul McCrane was forever identified as the ill-tempered Dr. Robert Romano, whose reign of terror as chief of staff on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2004) ended spectacularly when a falling helicopter crushed him on the roof of County General. But McCrane's lengthy career showed a much wider range of talent, including a Grammy-winning turn as a talented art school student in "Fame" (1980) as well as stints on sitcoms and the Broadway stage. McCrane began his on-screen career as sensitive young men in "Fame" and "The Hotel New Hampshire" (1984), but by the mid-1980s, he shed his youthful appearance for a grittier look and segued into explosive character turns in "RoboCop" (1986) and "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994). Meanwhile, "ER" brought him widespread attention as a character that audiences loved to hate, and the exposure afforded him turns on "From the Earth to the Moon" (HBO, 1998) and "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). He went on to play a driven, but slightly unstable district attorney on the popular legal series, "Harry's Law" (NBC, 2010- ), which solidified McCrane's status as one of the small screen's most dependable character actors.

For many television viewers, actor Paul McCrane was forever identified as the ill-tempered Dr. Robert Romano, whose reign of terror as chief of staff on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2004) ended spectacularly when a falling helicopter crushed him on the roof of County General. But McCrane's lengthy career showed a much wider range of talent, including a Grammy-winning turn as a talented art school student in "Fame" (1980) as well as stints on sitcoms and the Broadway stage. McCrane began his on-screen career as sensitive young men in "Fame" and "The Hotel New Hampshire" (1984), but by the mid-1980s, he shed his youthful appearance for a grittier look and segued into explosive character turns in "RoboCop" (1986) and "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994). Meanwhile, "ER" brought him widespread attention as a character that audiences loved to hate, and the exposure afforded him turns on "From the Earth to the Moon" (HBO, 1998) and "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). He went on to play a driven, but slightly unstable district attorney on the popular legal series, "Harry's Law" (NBC, 2010- ), which solidified McCrane's status as one of the small screen's most dependable character actors.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 New Suit (2002) Braggy Shoot
3.
 Last Producer, The (2001) Austin Green
4.
 Shawshank Redemption, The (1994) Guard Trout
5.
 Strapped (1993) Mitch Corman
6.
 Zelda (1993) John Bishop
7.
 The Portrait (1993) Bartel
8.
 With Murder in Mind (1992) Tim Franczyk
9.
 Money, Power, Murder (1989) Billy Lynn
10.
 The Blob (1988) Deputy Bil Briggs
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Raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
1977:
Stage acting debut in "Landscape of the Body" by John Guare; played the son of Shirley Knight
1978:
Broadway debut, "Runaways"
1979:
Film acting debut in small role in "Rocky II"
1980:
Breakthrough film role as aspiring actor Montgomery MacNeil in "Fame"; also film singing debut
1980:
TV acting debut in the CBS TV-movie "Baby Comes Home"
1985:
Had featured role of Don Parritt in a Broadway revival of "The Iceman Cometh" alongside Barnard Hughes and Jason Robards
1988:
Last film for six years, "The Blob"
1990:
TV series debut as regular, the short-lived musical drama "Cop Rock" (ABC)
1991:
Had featured role in the Broadway production of John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation"
1993:
Co-starred as John Bishop in the TNT biopic "Zelda", starring Natasha Richardson as Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald
1994:
Was series regular on the CBS police drama "Under Suspicion"
1994:
Made one-shot return to films as a guard in "The Shawshank Redemption"
1996:
Cast as a heart surgeon in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Champs"
1997:
Delivered memorable guest turn as Leonard Betts, a man who kept regenerating his body, in an episode of "The X-Files"
1997:
Had recurring role as surgeon Dr. 'Rocket' Romano on the hit NBC medical drama "ER"; made regular as of the 1999-2000 season
1998:
Directed Los Angeles stage production of "Home Grown"
1998:
Portrayed astronaut Pete Conrad in the HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon"
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Education

Holy Ghost Preparatory School: -
HB Studio: New York , New York -

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wife:
Dana Kellin. Jewelry designer. Married in fall of 1998.

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father:
James J McCrane Jr. Actor, writer.
mother:
Eileen C McCrane. Nurse.
sister:
Barbara McCrane.
son:
William Thomas McCrane. Born c. September 2000.
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