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Aaron Paul Sturtevant

(1979-08-27) August 27, 1979 (age 39)
Years active1998–present
Lauren Parsekian
(m. 2013)
Children1 [1]

Aaron Paul Sturtevant (born August 27, 1979) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Jesse Pinkman in the AMC series Breaking Bad , for which he won several awards, including the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2014), the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film (2013), and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. This made him one of only two actors to win the latter category three times (2010, 2012, 2014), since its separation into drama and comedy. [note 1] He has also won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television three times (2009, 2011, 2013), more than any other actor in that category. [2]

Jesse Pinkman fictional character of the television drama series Breaking Bad

Jesse Bruce Pinkman is a fictional character in the television series Breaking Bad, played by Aaron Paul. He is a crystal meth cook and dealer, and works with his former high school chemistry teacher, Walter White in a meth operation. Jesse is the only character besides Walt to appear in every episode of the show. In the Colombian remake Metástasis, the character is renamed José Miguel Rosas and is portrayed by Roberto Urbina.

AMC (TV channel) American TV channel

AMC is an American pay television channel that is owned flagship property of AMC Networks. The channel's programming, similar to that of FXM, primarily consists of theatrically released films, along with a limited amount of original programming. The channel's name originally stood for "American Movie Classics", but since 2002 the full name has been de-emphasized as a result of a major shift in its programming.

<i>Breaking Bad</i> American television series (2008-2013)

Breaking Bad is an American neo-western crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on AMC for five seasons, from January 20, 2008 to September 29, 2013. Set and filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the series tells the story of Walter White, a struggling and depressed high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with lung cancer. Together with his former student Jesse Pinkman, White turns to a life of crime by producing and selling crystallized methamphetamine to secure his family's financial future before he dies, while navigating the dangers of the criminal world. The title comes from the Southern colloquialism "breaking bad", meaning to "raise hell" or turn to a life of crime.


Paul began his career with roles in several music videos and guest roles in television, before taking minor roles in films such as Mission: Impossible III (2006) and The Last House on the Left (2009). In 2007, he had a recurring role as Scott Quittman on the HBO series Big Love . Following his breakthrough, he began starring in films such as Need for Speed (2014), A Long Way Down (2014), and Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014). Since 2014, he has been the voice of Todd Chavez on the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman , on which he is also an executive producer, and he portrayed Eddie Lane in the Hulu drama series The Path from 2016 to 2018.

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Early life

Aaron Paul Sturtevant [3] was born in Emmett, Idaho, [4] on August 27, 1979, [5] the youngest of four children born to Darla (née Haynes) and Robert Sturtevant, a Baptist minister. [6] He was born a month premature in his parents' bathroom. [7] Paul attended Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho, graduating in 1998.[ citation needed ] [8] After graduation, he drove to Los Angeles in his 1982 Toyota Corolla with his mother and $6,000 in savings. [9] Prior to gaining fame, he appeared on an episode of The Price Is Right , which aired on January 3, 2000. [10] Appearing under his real name, he played and lost Dice Game and overbid by $132 on the Showcase. [11] He also worked as a movie theater usher at Universal Studios in Hollywood. [12]

Emmett, Idaho City in Idaho, United States

Emmett is a city in Gem County, Idaho, United States. The population was 6,557 at the 2010 census, up from 5,490 in 2000. It is the county seat and the only city in the county. Emmett is part of the Boise−Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Baptists denomination of Protestant Christianity

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Boise, Idaho State capital city in Idaho, United States

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Paul in 2013 at the San Diego Comic-Con Aaron Paul by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Paul in 2013 at the San Diego Comic-Con

In 1996, Paul went to Los Angeles for the International Modeling and Talent Association competition. He won runner-up in the competition and signed with a manager. [13] He starred in the music videos for the Korn song "Thoughtless" and the Everlast song "White Trash Beautiful". [14] He was also featured in television commercials for Juicy Fruit, [15] Corn Pops, [16] and Vanilla Coke. [17] He appeared in the films Whatever It Takes (2000), Help! I'm a Fish (2001), K-PAX (2001), National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002), Bad Girls From Valley High (2005), Choking Man (2006), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and The Last House on the Left (2009). He starred as "Weird Al" Yankovic in the 2010 Funny or Die short Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, [18] and has guest starred on television shows such as The Guardian , CSI: Crime Scene Investigation , CSI: Miami , ER , Sleeper Cell , Veronica Mars , The X-Files , Ghost Whisperer , Criminal Minds , Bones and 3rd Rock from the Sun .

A music video is a short film that integrates a song with imagery, and is produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are also cases where songs are used in tie-in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie-ins and merchandising can be used for toys or for food or other products. Although the origins of the music video date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they again came into prominence in the 1980s when the channel MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these kinds of videos were described by various terms including "illustrated song", "filmed insert", "promotional (promo) film", "promotional clip", "promotional video", "song video", "song clip" or "film clip".

Korn American nu-metal band

Korn is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band is notable for pioneering the nu metal genre and bringing it into the mainstream.

Thoughtless 2002 single by Korn

"Thoughtless" is a song written by American nu metal band Korn for their fifth studio album, Untouchables. "Thoughtless" was released as the album's second single in July 2002. The single charted at 11 on the US Alternative chart, and at 37 on the UK main chart.

Paul with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan at the 36th Saturn Awards on June 24, 2010 Vince Gilligan and Aaron Paul cropped.jpg
Paul with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan at the 36th Saturn Awards on June 24, 2010

Paul first became known for his role as Scott Quittman on HBO's Big Love ; he appeared 14 times on the show. In 2008, he began playing Jesse Pinkman on the AMC series Breaking Bad . His character was originally meant to die during the first season, but after seeing the chemistry between Paul and lead actor Bryan Cranston, series creator Vince Gilligan changed his mind and modified the original plans to include Jesse as a main character in the series. [19] For his role in Breaking Bad, Paul was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014; he won the award in 2010, [20] 2012, [21] and 2014. [22]

<i>Big Love</i> American television series

Big Love is an American television drama series that aired on HBO between March 2006 and March 2011. It stars Bill Paxton as the patriarch of a fundamentalist Mormon family in contemporary Utah who practices polygamy, with Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny, and Ginnifer Goodwin portraying his wives. The series charts the family's life in and out of the public sphere in their Salt Lake City suburb, as well as their associations with a fundamentalist compound in the area. It features key supporting performances from Amanda Seyfried, Grace Zabriskie, Daveigh Chase, Matt Ross, Mary Kay Place, Bruce Dern, Melora Walters, and Harry Dean Stanton.

Bryan Cranston American actor, producer, director and screenwriter

Bryan Lee Cranston is an American actor, voice actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for his roles as Walter White on the AMC crime drama Breaking Bad, Hal on the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, and Dr. Tim Whatley on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. Cranston's performance as Walter White on Breaking Bad is widely regarded as one of the best performances in television history.

Vince Gilligan American writer, director and producer

George Vincent Gilligan Jr. is an American writer, producer, and director. He is known for his television work, specifically as creator, head writer, executive producer, and director of Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul. He was a writer and producer for The X-Files and was the co-creator of its spin-off The Lone Gunmen.

Paul starred in the film Smashed , which was one of the official selections for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. [23] In October 2012, he was interviewed by ESPN; he spoke about his childhood experience as a Boise State Broncos fan and discussed the challenges of portraying a meth addict in Breaking Bad. [24] In 2012 and 2013, he made an appearance on the show Tron: Uprising , voicing a character named Cyrus.[ citation needed ]

<i>Smashed</i> (film) 2012 film by James Ponsoldt

Smashed is a 2012 American drama film directed by James Ponsoldt, written by Ponsoldt and Susan Burke, and starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul. Winstead and Paul play a married couple, Kate and Charlie Hannah, both alcoholics. After a series of embarrassing incidents caused by her drinking habit, Kate decides to get sober with the help of a coworker and a sponsor from Alcoholics Anonymous.

2012 Sundance Film Festival 2012 film festival edition

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival took place from January 19 until January 29, 2012 in Park City, Utah.

ESPN is a U.S.-based sports television channel owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture owned by The Walt Disney Company (80%) and Hearst Communications (20%). The company was founded in 1979 by Bill Rasmussen along with his son Scott Rasmussen and Ed Egan.

In September 2013, he was featured on Zen Freeman's dance song, "Dance Bitch". [25] He made a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live 's 39th season opener as "meth nephew", a relative of Bobby Moynihan's popular "drunk uncle" character. [26] In 2014, Paul starred in Need for Speed , as a street racer recently released from prison who takes revenge on a wealthy business associate. [27] Paul stars alongside Juliette Lewis in the family drama Hellion, as the drunken father of two young vandals. [28] Also in 2014, he co-starred in the biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings , portraying the Hebrew prophet Joshua. [29]

In December 2013, Netflix announced that Paul would be a cast member on the animated series BoJack Horseman . [30] On March 3, 2014, he appeared on WWE Raw to promote Need for Speed, entering the arena in a sports car with Dolph Ziggler. He provided commentary for Ziggler's match against Alberto Del Rio, helping Ziggler win by distracting Del Rio. [31] On September 23, 2014, it was announced that Paul will play the young Louis Drax's father who becomes the focus of a criminal investigation after his son suffers a near-fatal fall in an upcoming Miramax film titled The 9th Life of Louis Drax , a supernatural thriller based on a book of the same name. [32]

In 2015, he did voiceover narration in a Mazda commercial. [33] In 2016, Paul began playing Eddie Lane, a man who in a crisis of faith joins a cult, in the Hulu series The Path . The Path debuted on March 30, 2016. [34] Paul voiced the main protagonist, Nyx Ulric, in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV released in July 2016.

In June 2018, Paul joined the cast of the upcoming Apple crime-thriller drama series Are You Sleeping opposite Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Caplan. [35]

In September 2018, Paul joined the cast HBO science-fiction series Westworld for the third season of the series. [36]

Personal life

Aaron Paul became engaged to Lauren Parsekian in Paris on January 1, 2012. [37] The two met at Coachella in Indio, California. [38] They were married on May 26, 2013, in a 1920s Parisian carnival-themed wedding, in Malibu, California; music was provided by Foster the People and John Mayer. [39] Paul emailed the song "Beauty" by The Shivers to everyone on the guest list and asked them to learn the words so they could sing along during the ceremony. [9] In September 2017, Paul announced that he and Parsekian were expecting their first child. [40] Their daughter, Story Annabelle, was born in February 2018. [41]

To commemorate the final episode of Breaking Bad , Paul and castmate Bryan Cranston both got Breaking Bad tattoos on the last day of filming; Paul had 'no half measures' tattooed onto his bicep, while Cranston got the show's logo tattooed on one of his fingers. [42] [43]

In 2013, Paul and his wife helped raise $1.8 million for the Kind Campaign, a non-profit anti-bullying organization. The winners of the contest won a trip to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening of the final episode of Breaking Bad. [44] During a ceremony at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise, Idaho, Idaho governor Butch Otter declared October 1 "Aaron Paul Sturtevant Day". [45]



2000 Whatever It Takes Floyd
2000 Help! I'm a Fish ChuckVoice
2001 K-PAX Michael Powell
2002 National Lampoon's Van Wilder Wasted Guy
2004Perfect OppositesMonty Brandt
2005Candy PaintBrad MillerShort film
2005 Bad Girls from Valley High Jonathon Wharton
2006 Choking Man Jerry
2006 Mission: Impossible III Rick Meade
2007DaydreamerClinton Roark
2007LeoHustlerShort film
2008Say GoodnightVictor
2009 The Last House on the Left Francis
2010 Weird: the Al Yankovic Story "Weird Al" Yankovic Short film
2011Quirky GirlJosephShort film
2012 Smashed Charlie Hannah
2013 Decoding Annie Parker Paul Milano International Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014 Need for Speed Tobey Marshall
2014 A Long Way Down JJ
2014 Hellion Hollis WilsonAlso co-executive producer
Grand Jury Prize Award for Narrative Feature Competition
2014 Exodus: Gods and Kings Joshua
2015 Unity [46] NarratorVoice
2015 Eye in the Sky Steve Watts
2015 Fathers and Daughters Cameron
2016 Triple 9 Gabe Welch
2016 Central Intelligence Phil Stanton
2016 Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Nyx Ulric [47] Voice
2016 The 9th Life of Louis Drax Peter
2016 Come and Find Me David
2018 American Woman Chris
2018 Welcome Home Bryan
2019 The Parts You Lose Post-production
TNA Untitled Breaking Bad film Jesse Pinkman Filming


1999 Beverly Hills, 90210 ChadEpisode: "Fortune Cookie"
1999 Melrose Place Frat BoyEpisode: "The Daughterboy"
1999 Suddenly Susan ZipperEpisode: "A Day in the Life"
1999 3rd Rock from the Sun StudentEpisode: "Dick's Big Giant Headache: Part II"
2000 The Price is Right Himself - ContestantEpisode: "Season 28, Episode 69"
2000 Get Real DerekEpisode: "History Lessons"
2001 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd EthanEpisode: "Eddie Loves Tori"
2001 The Division Tyler PetersenEpisode: "Hero"
2001 Nikki ScottEpisode: "Family Lies"
2001 The Guardian Ethan RitterEpisode: "The Men from the Boys"
2001 The X-Files David "Winky" WinkleEpisode: "Lord of the Flies"
2001–2002 Judging Amy "X-Ray" Conklin2 episodes
2002 NYPD Blue Marcus DentonEpisode: "Oh, Mama!"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Peter Hutchins, Jr.Episode: "Felonious Monk"
2002 Birds of Prey JerryEpisode: "Pilot"
2002WastedOwen TurnerTelevision film
2003 ER DougEpisode: "A Saint in the City"
2003 Kingpin StonerEpisode: "El Velorio"
2003 CSI: Miami Ben GordonEpisode: "Grave Young Men"
2003 Guiding Light Adrian Pascal1 episode
2003 Threat Matrix ShaneEpisode: "Natural Borne Killers"
2004 Line of Fire Drew ParkmanEpisode: "Mother & Child Reunion"
2005 Veronica Mars Eddie LarocheEpisode: "Silence of the Lamb"
2005 Joan of Arcadia DenunzioEpisode: "Secret Service"
2005 Point Pleasant Mark Owens3 episodes
2005 Criminal Minds Michael ZizzoEpisode: "The Popular Kids"
2005 Sleeper Cell TeenEpisode: "Al-Faitha"
2006 Bones Stew EllisEpisode: "The Superhero in the Alley"
2006 Ghost Whisperer LinkEpisode: "Fury"
2007–2011 Big Love Scott Quittman14 episodes
2008–2013 Breaking Bad Jesse Pinkman 62 episodes
2012 Robot Chicken Glenn (voice)Episode: "Robot Chicken DC Comics Special"
2012–2013 Tron: Uprising Cyrus (voice)3 episodes
2013 The Simpsons Jesse PinkmanEpisode: "What Animated Women Want"
2013 Saturday Night Live Meth NephewEpisode: "Tina Fey/Arcade Fire"
2014–present BoJack Horseman Todd Chavez (voice)61 episodes; also executive producer [48]
2016–2018 The Path Eddie Lane36 episodes; also producer [49]
2017 Black Mirror Gamer691 (voice)Episode: "USS Callister"
TBA Are You Sleeping Warren CaveFilming
TBA Westworld

Music videos

2002 Thoughtless Korn Floyd Louis Cifer
2002 Screaming Infidelities Dashboard ConfessionalEx-boyfriend
2003 White Trash Beautiful Everlast Boyfriend

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2009 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor on Television Won
2010 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won
Prism AwardMale Performance in a Drama SeriesNominated
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Nominated
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated
TCA Award Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
2011 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor on Television Won
Prism AwardMale Performance in a Drama SeriesWon
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won
2013 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Nominated
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Won
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor on Television Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
Dorian Awards TV Performance of the Year – ActorNominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Prism AwardMale Performance in a Drama SeriesNominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won
Young Hollywood Award Fan Favorite Actor – MaleNominated


  1. Starting with the show's second season, Paul was nominated each year he was eligible, for a total of five times: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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