|Born||October 16, 1971|
Lawton, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Alma mater||New York University|
Paul W. Sparks (born October 16, 1971) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as gangster Mickey Doyle in the HBO period drama series Boardwalk Empire , writer Thomas Yates in the Netflix political drama series House of Cards , mall owner John Breem in the Apple TV+ comedy-drama series Physical , attorney David Tellis in the Starz anthology drama series The Girlfriend Experience , and a recurring role in the limited series The Night Of . Sparks has also starred in the films Deception (2008), Afterschool (2008), The Missing Person (2008), Mud (2012), Parkland (2013), Stealing Cars (2015), Thoroughbreds (2017), and The Greatest Showman (2017).
Sparks was born and raised in Marlow, Oklahoma, to Michael "Mike" Sparks, a high school football coach, and Jane (née Crabb), an elementary school teacher.He attended Marlow High School, where his father coached, graduating in 1990. While attending school in Marlow, Paul was a part of the Marlow Outlaw Speech Team (M.O.S.T.) where he was coached by Paula and Gary McConnell. Sparks earned a scholarship to Oklahoma State University to study chemistry, but later transferred to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama in 1995.
In 2010, Sparks began portraying the regular role of Mickey Doyle on HBO's drama series Boardwalk Empire , which was created by Terence Winter and executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Mark Wahlberg.The series ended in 2014, after completing five seasons.
Sparks is married to actress Annie Parisse, after meeting in 2005.Together they have two children, son Emmett (born 2009), and daughter Lydia (born 2014). Sparks has diabetes mellitus type 1 and works with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He is good friends with fellow actor Michael Shannon; the two have worked together on a number of projects including Waco, The Missing Person , Mud , Boardwalk Empire , and Midnight Special .
|2008||Synecdoche, New York||Derek|
|2008||Rachel Getting Married||12 Step Member|
|2008||The Missing Person||Gus Papitos|
|2010||Please Give||Blind Date|
|2010||Edge of Darkness||Police Detective|
|2012||Forgetting the Girl||Tanner|
|2015||Stealing Cars||Conrad Sean Lewis|
|2016||Midnight Special||Agent Miller|
|2016||All the Birds Have Flown South||Stephen|
|2016||In the Radiant City||Michael Yurley|
|2017||The Greatest Showman||James Gordon Bennett Sr.|
|1998||Trinity||Rod||Episode: "In a Yellow Wood"|
|2000||Law & Order||Paul Luterik||Episode: "Panic"|
|2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Marvin Posey||Episode: "Manhunt"|
|2005||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Keith Durbin||Episode: "Shibboleth"|
|2010–2014||Boardwalk Empire||Mickey Doyle||36 episodes|
|2011||Mildred Pierce||Ted Hobey||Episode: "Part Five"|
|2012–2013||Underemployed||Guy Doyle||3 episodes|
|2013||M.Y.C.||Mickey Mothstein||Television short|
|2013||Person of Interest||Wilson||Episode: "Relevance"|
|2014||Believe||Karl McKenzie||Episode: "Bang and Blame"|
|2015–2017||House of Cards||Thomas Yates||27 episodes|
|2016||The Girlfriend Experience||David Tellis||12 episodes|
|2016||The Night Of||Don Taylor||6 episodes|
|2017||Get Shorty||Owen||Episode: "The Pitch"|
|2017||The Crown||Billy Graham||Episode: "Vergangenheit"|
|2018||Waco||Steve Schneider||6 episodes|
|2019||Castle Rock||John "Ace" Merrill||10 episodes|
|2021||Physical||John Breem||Main role|
|2021||Joe Pickett||Wacey Hedeman||Main role|
|2000||Coyote on a Fence||Bobby Reyburn||Urban Stages|
|2003–2004||Take Me Out||Jason Chenier||Walter Kerr Theatre|
|2004||Blackbird||Baylis||Edge Theater Company|
|2005||Orange Flower Water||Brad Youngquist|
|2006||Landscape of the Body||Marvin Holahan||Signature Theatre Company|
|2007||Essential Self-Defense||Yul Carroll||Edge Theater Company|
|2009||Hedda Gabler||Ejlert Lovborg||American Airlines Theatre|
|2010||Dusk Rings a Bell||Ray||Atlantic Theater Company|
|2016||Buried Child||Tilden||The New Group|
|2018||Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo||Jerry||Signature Theatre|
|2000||Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Play||Coyote on a Fence||Nominated|
|2005||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||Orange Flower Water||Nominated|
|2007||Outstanding Actor in a Play||Essential Self-Defense||Nominated|
|2010||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Boardwalk Empire||Won|
|Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Play||Dusk Rings a Bell||Nominated|
|2012||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Boardwalk Empire||Nominated|
|Film Independent Spirit Awards||Robert Altman Award||Mud||Won|
|2014||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Boardwalk Empire||Nominated|
|2016||Lucille Lortel Awards||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||Buried Child||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||House of Cards||Nominated|
|2018||Lucille Lortel Awards||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|Drama League Awards||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Awards||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||Nominated|
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