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Born: July 17, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, songwriter, singer, musician, producer, director

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An accomplished singer, songwriter and actor, Paul Hipp left his Bucks County suburban home after high school for the hardscrabble life of a Greenwich Village musician. He made his feature debut as gang thug Nino Vallachi in Abel Ferrara's "China Girl" (1987) and also recorded the main theme for the movie. He subsequently worked on three other Ferrara projects, acting in "The Bad Lieutenant" (1992) and "The Funeral" (1996) and writing, producing and singing the song "I Want You Back" for "Body Snatchers" (1993). Ferrara also served as executive producer for Hipp's feature directorial debut "Death of a Dog" (lensed 1997).

An accomplished singer, songwriter and actor, Paul Hipp left his Bucks County suburban home after high school for the hardscrabble life of a Greenwich Village musician. He made his feature debut as gang thug Nino Vallachi in Abel Ferrara's "China Girl" (1987) and also recorded the main theme for the movie. He subsequently worked on three other Ferrara projects, acting in "The Bad Lieutenant" (1992) and "The Funeral" (1996) and writing, producing and singing the song "I Want You Back" for "Body Snatchers" (1993). Ferrara also served as executive producer for Hipp's feature directorial debut "Death of a Dog" (lensed 1997).

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 Chippendales Murder, The (2000) Nick Denoia
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 Waking the Dead (2000) Danny Pierce
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 Cleopatra's Second Husband (1998) Robert Marrs
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 Another Day in Paradise (1998) Richard Johnson
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 Vicious Circles (1997)
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Grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of Warminster in Bucks County, PA
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Moved to NYC upon graduation from high school; played rockabilly and Texas blues in Washington Square Park and on Bleecker Street
1987:
Feature film debut, "China Girl", directed by Abel Ferrara; recorded the main theme for the movie
1988:
TV debut portraying Elvis Presley in the CBS biopic "Liberace: Behind the Music"
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Met Carole King while he was playing in "Rockabilly Road"; appeared with her in two-character "A Minor Incident" on Theater Row; performed with her in concert at The Royal Albert Hall, London; has written songs with her
1989:
Created role of Buddy Holly in London production of "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story"
1990:
Made Broadway debut in title role "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story"; nominated for a Tony Award
1992:
Had featured role in Ferrara's "Bad Lieutenant"
1993:
Wrote and performed songs on the soundtrack for Ferrara's "Body Snatchers"
1993:
Starred as George Berger in the 25th anniversary revival of "Hair" at the Old Vic
1996:
Appeared in Ferrara's "The Funeral"
1997:
Played Fitch in John Woo's "Face/Off"
1997:
Lensed "Death of a Dog", his feature directorial debut (as yet unreleased); also produced; Abel Ferrara executive produced; David Caruso provided additional funding
1997:
Cast as Joe Odom by Clint Eastwood in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"
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Education

Archbishop Wood High School: Warminster , Pennsylvania -
William Tennent High School: Warminster , Pennsylvania -

Notes

"I have a few more rough edges than [Buddy Holly]. I put in my time Downtown . . . I stayed in the Bowery Men's Shelter for a few nights, I slept in every house in this town, I've stolen tins of Dinty Moore's stew with the fliptop so I could eat. I don't want to cry the blues about it, I guess I had a pretty good time, but there were some rough times, times I wondered if I could find a place to sleep . . ." --Paul Hipp in NEW YORK NEWSDAY, November 2, 1990

"People always ask me, 'Which do you do, are you an actor or a musician?' and I see no reason why there's got to be an answer. I guess a lot of actors slum as musicians and the other way around, but for me I've come up doing both things, putting equal importance on both." --Hipp to THEATERWEEK, February 4, 1991

"[Clint Eastwood] makes movies the way they used to be made. He doesn't sit behind a monitor with ten cameras. He watches the actors and works with what's around him. He knows what he wants. I like his quiet efficiency. Last night he quoted that great [James] Cagney line: 'Plant your feet, look the other guy in the eye and tell the truth.'" --Paul Hipp, quoted in SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS, November 26, 1997

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father:
Jack Hipp. Salesman.
mother:
Nancy Hipp.

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