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Tom Paolino

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The Purge: Election Year (2016) | Infected (2013) | The Opposite Sex (2014)
T.J. Paolino
5' 9" (1.75m)
Performs ages 30-40
170 lbs
Soccer | Yoga | Ice Hockey | Water Skiing | Boxing | Cycling | Snow Skiing | Ice Skating | Rollerblading | Baseball | Basketball | Martial Arts | Weight Lifting  Less
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United States (without valid passport) (Authorized to work in United States)
Not willing to work unpaid
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Additional Credits (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • THE PURGE : ELECTION YEAR * – Supporting Universal Pictures/James DeMonaco
  • UNDERDOG * – Supporting Walt Disney Pictures/Frederick DuChau
  • OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE * – Supporting Miramax/Michael Corrente
  • LOOSIES * – Supporting IFC Films/Michael Corrente
  • A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY * – Supporting ETA Films/Susan Walter
  • THE OPPOSITE SEX * – Supporting Verdi Productions/Jonathan Silverman
  • PASSAIC * – Supporting Passaic Films/Douglas Underdahl
  • INKUBUS * – Supporting Woodhaven Productions/Glenn Ciano
  • INFECTED * – Supporting Woodhaven Productions/Glenn Ciano
  • ARMY OF THE DAMNED * – Supporting Woodhaven Productions/Tom DeNucci
  • SELF-STORAGE * – Supporting Woodhaven Productions/Tom DeNucci
  • HUMAN NATURE * – Lead D. C. Productions/Chris Ferreria
  • THE LAST HALLOWEEN * – Supporting D. C. Productions/Chris Ferreira
  • THE WITCHING HOUR * – Supporting Wolf Pack Film Works/Kevin MacDonald
  • CHAOS * – Supporting Askwith Productions/Madeline Askwith
  • ACAPULCO H.E.A.T. * – Guest Star USA Networks/Brianne Murphy
  • NASH BRIDGES * – Co-Star CBS/Colin Bucksey
  • HIGH INCIDENT * – Co-Star NBC/Dan Lerner
  • FORBIDDEN COLORS * – Shunsuke/Kaburagi LaMama E.T.C./Sachiko Sunakawa
  • THE ART OF WAITING * – Ensemble Kennedy Center/Christina Sales
  • MOON OVER A RAINBOW SHAWL * – Sailor Lee Strasberg Center/Jeffrey Anderson
  • THE MAN OF THE HOUR * – Mills/Roberts Metropolitan Playhouse/Leonard Peters
  • NUYORICAN NIGHTS * – Mikey Nuyorican Poets Cafe/Rome Neal
  • KITCHEN DUTY * – Bob Sanford Meisner Center/Martin Barter
  • GOD'S COUNTRY * – Parmenter Sanford Meisner Center/Martin Barter
  • CHILI COMMANDOS * – Marcus 1160 Bar and Lounge/Paloma Parfrey
  • MAJOR BARBARA * – Bill 2nd Story Theatre/Ed Shea
  • LINE * – Belden Perishable Theatre/Mark Peckham
  • THE CONDUCT OF LIFE * – Alejo Rites and Reason Theatre/Sarah Cusick
  • ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA * – Antony Production Workshop/Lorin Wertheimer
  • ROOSTERS * – Gallo Leeds Theatre/John Emigh
  • AFIBA AND HER DAUGHTERS * – Phillip/Tom Rites and Reason Theatre/John Emigh

Education & Training (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • Brown University * – B.A. Religious Studies; Minor: Acting and Directing 1992 Providence, RI
  • Loyola Marymount University * – M.A. Counseling 2003 Los Angeles, CA
  • Sanford Meisner Two Year Professional Acting Program * – Professional Acting, Sanford Meisner 1994 Los Angeles, CA
  • Brown University * – B.A. Religion, Minor: Acting and Directing
  • Brian Reise Studios * – Cold Reading, Brian Reise 1996 Los Angeles, CA
  • BANG Comedy Studio * – Improvisation, Aliza Murietta 2006 Los Angeles, CA
  • Larry Moss * – Private Coaching, Larry Moss 2013 New York, NY

References (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • Toni-Ann Baker * – Director/Producer

Prior Job Titles (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

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Performance Reviews in Print
  • * "I was thrilled to have Tom Paolino audition for one of my stories and accepted it immediately. He's got a great voice and I predict a great future, not only in audio but in acting as well. I wouldn't hesitate to use him for more of my stories in the future."

    Will Bevis
    Author of that top 100 free for Kindle story, "The Killing of Train-Man Brown"

    As "Sera's Father" in "Infected":

    "...Paolino manages to deliver a memorable performance as an infected father struggling to care for his daughter."

    -GoLocalProv (October, 2012)

    As "Bob" in "Kitchen Duty" at The Sanford Meisner Center for the Arts in Los Angeles:

    "...Paolino is a hoot to watch..."

    Drama-Logue (June, 1995)

    "...the very funny Paolino..."

    LA Weekly (June, 1995)

    As "Parmenter" in "God's Country" at The Sanford Meisner Center for the Arts:

    "...Paolino is magnificently understated..."

    LA Weekly (August, 1995)
  • * Don’t be Denied by Mike Messier

    I always encourage my Acting students to generate their OWN projects. This is why…

    On Saturday, Sep 7, 2013, I was witness to the evolution of an Actor and his commitment to his profession. My friend, colleague and personal C.O.R.E. A.C.T.I.N.G. student Tom Paolino invited me to his trip to New York City for encouragement and to help process his afternoon’s work with legendary Acting Coach Larry Moss. Larry Moss wrote the highly influential book The Intent to Live, a must read for Actors and human beings of all professions who have or wish to develop a deep understanding and empathy for life. By the end of the day, I had witnessed greatness in Action, both the greatness of the world’s greatest Acting Coach Larry Moss and greatness by my friend and fellow Rhode Islander Tom Paolino.

    I have known Tom since 2006, and we have been through a lot. While Tom took classes with the Sanford Meisner (in Meisner’s last class on Earth) I was lucky enough to be trained by Barry Primus (from Cagney and Lacey). I’d say we are both somewhat unconventional in our thinking and approach to life. We both seek greater understanding of ourselves and humanity. What I like about Tom is that he bites in, goes right into the heart of the dragon, and jumps into the fire. So when I asked Tom what Acting book, I should read for myself and my C.O.R.E. A.C.T.I.N.G. students, Tom did not hesitate. “The Intent to Live” said Tom. “Larry Moss”.

    So I read the book and I didn’t even fully “get it’ myself the fist time I read it. It’s deep and it comes from the heavy heart of an outsider, Moss, who BECAME the insider – the Inside of Humanity and the Inside of his profession – Acting.

    I didn’t even fully grasp the full knowledge of the book before I began to recommend it to my students – some of which, like Lawrence O’Leary, Debra Gagnon and David Graziano have read the book several times. They “get it”. To be an Actor, you must do the work. DO THE WORK. It’s not about being an elbow in the background, or getting facetime. It’s not about bathing in Karo syrup in a backyard horror film. It’s about creating characters, BEING the character or just BEING, a conduit for God’s energy that will and does shed light on the nature of human existence. Truth.

    What Tom understands, is that Larry Moss teaches and works at the highest level of humanity and understanding of the Craft of Acting. Moss has worked with Hilary Swank, Michael Clark Duncan and so many others in Oscar winning roles. To put forth the time, commitment and investment towards scheduling an appointment with Moss, meant that Tom had to do the work, yes, actually, DO THE WORK, to justify such an experience. Towards a shot at an audition for the scheduled upcoming Vinny Paz bio-pic currently titled Bleed for This, to be directed by Ben Younger (The Boiler Room, Prime), produced and championed by life long boxing fan Chad Verdi and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Tom put in a solid TWO YEARS of training: both as an Actor and as a boxer, training IN THE RING, with up and coming boxers. Tom actually moved to Catskills, NY to train with Vinny Paz’s real life boxing trainer Kevin Rooney, the heir to the throne of legendary trainer Cus D’Amato. Tom lost fat and gained muscle, transforming himself and his body into shape for a run at the lead role of Vinny Paz himself.

    When it became clear later that Tom was no longer right for the role of Paz, it was with the encouragement of the actual Pazman himself, Vinny Pazienza , that Tom changed gears for an audition for the Kevin Rooney role in the movie. This wasn’t the first time in fact, that Paolino changed gears but kept on the the path for the Paz movie; Paolino himself outlasted a few behind the scenes players who came and went from the project. These things are part of the business, and Paolino knew that. The important thing was, and is, to stay focused on what he CAN control: His Acting. His performance. His role. His life. Two years for one audition. Putting it all on the line. (Can the rest of us say that we have or ever will do something like this, or do we blame others or look for an excuse to quit when it really gets hard?)

    Overcoming any societal negativity that may exist with anyone following their dreams and turning goals into reality, Paolino continued with a high level of determination to earn a fair shot at the Rooney role. Working in 11 films over the last several years, several of them with Verdi’s Woodhaven films (Inkubus, Army of the Damned), Paolino’s roles and prowess as an Actor grew concurrently. I was able to witness this as Tom’s friend and his Paz project Acting coach, offering written exercises and visualization techniques to help educate and inspire. And yeah, we watched Rocky a few times.

    It was one night while watching the bonus features of Scorsese’s Raging Bull, that Tom raised the notion of working with Larry Moss. Certainly, it would be expensive.

    But… you’d hire him if you got the role, right? Then you could afford it. Or maybe the production would pay for it.

    But… would you hire Larry… to help you audition for the role? With your own money? When there is no guarantees? No refunds? No safety net? No excuses?

    So I was honored but not surprised when Tom invited me along for the ride, for his work and process with Larry Moss, a scene partner named Jack and a DP named Carlos. The mission; for Larry to help tweak Tom’s performance as Kevin Rooney into an audition tape worth sending over immediately. The date? September 7, 2013. The time parameters? 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

    Tom was up at 5:15am. I was up at 5.

    Tom drove down from Cranston to Wickford to pick me up for 10:30am. In the car, he described himself as being “uncomfortable” yet “excited” and “ready.” I don’t know if it helped or hurt when I said “This is probably the biggest day of your life.”

    Tom said it felt like a “marriage of myself to my career.”

    By 1:30pm we were in a New York City coffee house, waiting to meet the rest of Tom’s team, before Tom’s meeting with Larry. Minutes seemed like hours and small talk was not really welcome or necessary. We had a job to do.

    Some twelve hours later, we were walking around New York City, looking for Tom’s car. Our feet blistered, our backs sweaty, our nerves frazzled. But the tape had been sent. Mission accomplished.

    *** In New York City, the gauntlet was laid down. Tom’s audition reel for Kevin Rooney was created, Tom’s hat was put in the ring, and from my perspective the quality of Acting in Bleed for This is now challenged to rise to the occasion itself. If the full script is indicative of what I witnessed from Tom’s audition, this movie has World Champion potential.

    I do not know the process that is being used to cast Rooney or any of the other roles for the movie. All I know is what I saw, when Larry Moss had Tom Paolino drop and do ten pushups followed immediately by filming. I saw Moss, get in Tom’s face, not out of some need to intimidate but for an urgent need to resonate. The intent. The intent to Live.

    I saw something great. When an Actor meets a Character, when the Heavens meet the Earth, there is the CORE.

    Moving forward, it doesn’t matter to me if Tom gets the role of Rooney or not. He has proven he has what it takes. Paolino has given 15 rounds of blood, sweat and tears to this. To be a Prime Time player. A Working Actor. A Force of Creation. The take on Rooney Tom has created is a chipped-tooth pit bull of humanity. If chosen, Paolino will inhabit this monster and give the Rooney role the life it wants and deserves.

    Bleed for This, The Paz movie, as all movies, is an entity onto itself now, and I hope and trust the powers in charge will deliver the goods. As a friend of the Pazman himself, I personally want the best for the movie and Paz’s own personal legacy.

    This is the story of Vinny Paz, who himself has his friends and his detractors. Paz became a 5X World Champion because people believed in him, like his Dad Angelo, and many friends and family from Rhode Island, who came to the Providence Civic Center to see him fight. Paz did these people proud by fighting his ass off. A few years later, Paz’s career was left for dead when a car accident left him with a broken neck. But he fought back. He didn’t give up. With Rooney in his corner, Paz won three more World Championships, beating the likes of Roberto Duran, en route to a 50 win career with 30 knockouts. It took a guy like Rooney, the “Mickey” to Paz’s “Rock” to provide the inspiration and focus to help Paz.

    Larry Moss, in Action, was a great inspiration to me as an Acting Coach. I hope to bring some of Larry’s power to my future classes just as in-person learning from Primus and Howard Fine, a great coach from Rhode Island who now has his own studio in Hollywood, has taught me in previous years.
    On the way back from NYC, Tom and I said it will take a Breakout Actor from the current New England scene to really inspire the rest of us to get over the hump and break through our own self imposed glass ceilings. This Actor will demonstrate that it’s not who you know or where you’re born… it’s who you are and what you’ll do.

    This Artist, this Actor, this Warrior, will demonstrate to all of us, that true greatness comes from sharing one’s own heart, one’s own life blood, by generating one’s own Actor’s Project not waiting for a phone to ring or to be fed scraps from Hollywood’s dinner plate. This Actor will not feed into the weakness, the weakness that says “I am ‘only an Actor’” or “I can’t do it, I’m too old.” “I’m too fat.” “I’m only from New England.”

    This Actor will tune out that noise and focus on The Project. This Actor’s Project will be personal and unique, something that may take six months, six years or sixty years to fully develop and demonstrate. Whatever length it takes to make This Actor’s Project, we will wait because it will be worth it.

    The Project may be something like C.O.R.E. A.C.T.I.N.G., that I started in 2009 after learning myself from Barry Primus at Maine Media Workshops. This project may be something like The Intent to Live, the book that Larry Moss told me personally “It took me three years and it almost killed me.”

    The Project may take The Actor a lifetime, may leave him or her battered and bloodied, emotionally spent, first uncomfortable and ultimately unrecognizable , with a few or several battle scars along the way. This Actor, this self-chosen Actor, may take some inspiration from the early life of Vinny Paz, and see that a broken neck didn’t stop that lions heart from fighting for anything he truly wanted. It didn’t stop him from fighting for New England, for Rhode Island, for Cranston.

    This Actor’s Project may be something like the three minute audition tape, two years in the making, that Tom Paolino captured on September 7, 2013 in New York City as Kevin Rooney for Ben Younger’s Bleed for This.

    Tom Paolino may be The Breakout Actor from New England to change the game for the rest of us.

    Or you know what?

    That Breakout Actor…

    may be you.

    - Mike Messier
Tom Paolino — RI’s Rising Star
  • * Tom Paolino — RI’s Rising Star
    by Rosemary Pacheco

    When you meet Tom Paolino, there is something you immediately see — a depth and a spirituality that is both calming and intriguing. He’s the real thing, with a dedication to his craft and a gratitude for everything that has happened to him and around him. There are no small moments in his life — or in anyone’s life — everything means something and is interconnected. Whether you believe this or not, you will feel it when you interact with Tom Paolino. The man has an intensity that matches his talent.

    Tom Paolino is a native Rhode Islander, an alumnus of Brown University who has also received his master’s degree in counseling from Loyola Marymount University. An interesting fact, because he is now co-writing, co-producing and co-starring in a romantic comedy with Alexa Servodidio who is also an actor and therapist. Tom and Alexa wrote a story about dating that utilizes their education as professional therapists and actors. They will produce the play in New York in March 2014 and are meeting directors for both the stage and film versions.

    Paolino is an actor/writer and producer who is helping to put RI on the map as a place to find hard working, up-and-coming talented performers. At one time, he had other aspirations. He was a hockey player at Brown University, but sustained a somewhat life-changing injury during his freshman year. He did come back to play hockey, but after discovering acting in his sophomore year at Brown, switched his focus to the stage. He has not looked back since and has become very accomplished in his chosen career.

    Tom is the only actor who appeared in all six of Chad Verdi’s films, most recently as Sobecheck in Army of the Damned, which went into worldwide distribution on December 3. In February, he will appear in a play by Laura Colella, the writer /director of Breakfast With Curtis, which attracted major attention at Sundance, and from Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, There Will Be Blood).

    Tom introduced himself to Laura after reading my profile on her in Motif. This does not surprise me — he is determined, he knows when he has experienced something that feels “right” to him, and the benevolence within his life does not go unnoticed by him.

    Add to these performances a film coming out by Joshua Gleason of Spirit Farm Films about a young man who is seduced into a cult by two leaders, one of whom Tom plays. This particular cult believes that by physically harming themselves, they make it possible to control the circumstances of their lives.

    This is a man who, upon entering and getting set for a training session at a gym recently, followed a disciplined ritual, which starts with writing down all the things he is grateful for, and that’s not a short list. Tom was inspired by the writings of Rhonda Byrne (The Secret), to take this action. The things most of us never think about on a daily basis are the things that this man gives his humble and sincere thanks for before declaring those things that he will accomplish in the future.

    I am also particularly struck by his main concern with high quality work and being the best he can be in any situation. It is not fame and money that drive him, but the the quality and depth of the work and doing his best to bring these stories to life.

    This dedication is evident in his family life as well. On January 29, his father, who was afflicted with leukemia, entered the hospital after receiving a bone marrow transplant. Tom contacted his father — after the two were estranged for some time — with this request: “Let me take care of you.”

    Tom drove through ice and snow to get to his dad, and did not leave his side for three weeks until he passed. Tears fall at the table where I am sitting with Tom — from both of us. I was moved by his sincerity, his openness and his belief that gratitude and giving back is the cornerstone to a life well lived. A life worth living requires those you love and cherish.

    I am also completely floored by his simple declaration: “I am where I am supposed to be. I will put my best self into this life, and God willing, those things I desire to accomplish will come to me.”

    Tom’s about balance, though, so he has a very comedic side, too. In fact, he wrote a story called ”House of No,” which Rich Camp converted into the screenplay, Please Punish Me. It’s a short comedy film about a successful businessman who doesn’t feel that he deserves all the good fortune in his life. Chris Esper will direct and the film will be produced by Macremi in 2014.

    Lastly, I’ve got to mention the film that has been on Tom’s mind for some time – the one he feels that he should be a part of as he knows the sun will rise in the morning. This film, of course, is Bleed for This, a film about the great fighter Vinny Pazienza, or “Paz” as he is known.

    There are similarities between these two. They both overcame major setbacks, regained control over their lives and beat the odds — Tom with alcohol abuse and Vinny with a devastating auto accident. The film is a Chad Verdi production, and Martin Scorsese is executive producing it, with a budget of 16 to 20 million dollars. It would be an understatement to say that everyone in the film business in Rhode Island would like to be a part of this film. Few, however, match Tom’s passion – and the blood, sweat and tears he’s already devoted to this film.

    From his research to his living arrangements to dozens of hours spent with the boxer himself, Tom has immersed himself in the story of Vinny Paz and this film. Originally, he hoped to play the boxer, but he realized that they would want a younger man to play the part. On September 7, Tom auditioned for Kevin Rooney, Vinny’s trainer, a very important and integral part of the film. Based on the very positive response from writer/director Ben Younger (that’s what happens when you read the script 65 times), he continues to prepare, put his best foot forward and let the universe do the rest.

    Tom Paolino is already a winner. He is gracious, humble and massively talented. Whether he gets a part in the Paz film will not change this fact, and I wish him well. Whatever he does, it is the right thing, at the right time, in the right place. His star is ascending, and the higher it goes, the brighter it burns.

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