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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 1 February 1968Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NamePaul Montgomery Shore
Nickname The Weasel
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Stand-up comic Pauly Shore (né Paul Montgomery Shore) tasted super-stardom in 1990 when his precedent-setting MTV show Totally Pauly (1990) hit the airwaves to major fan approval. The show ran for four years, opening the door wide for him for television and film roles. In 1993, he wrote and starred in a one-hour HBO television special, Pauly Does Dallas (1993), which drew in even more loyal fans.

He had roles in films from 1988, providing supporting comedy relief, but it was the wildly popular Encino Man (1992), partnered with Sean Astin and Brendan Fraser, that put Pauly squarely on the map. Manic showcases followed, including Son in Law (1993), In the Army Now (1994), Jury Duty (1995), Bio-Dome (1996) and The Curse of Inferno (1997), but his lunacy was dismissed as crude, dumb and, for the most part, unfunny. His film career quickly tanked. This downhill spiral was not helped by the failure of his failed Fox sitcom Pauly (1997) in 1997. Lambasted unmercifully by both critics and media alike, he was soon becoming a running joke and forced to lie low and ride out the storm. He provided voices in animated features such as Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997) and An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000).

In better days, his first comedy album, "The Future of America," was named Best Comedy Album by the college music journalists in 1991, while the National Association of Record Merchandisers nominated his second album, "Scraps from the Future," for a Best Sellers Award. His third album, "Pink Diggly Diggly," was taped live at his mother Mitzi Shore's famed Los Angeles improv club The Comedy Store, where Pauly received his stand-up comedy initiation.

Pauly has made do in recent years as a recurring guest on Howard Stern's late-night show, as well as David Letterman's and Craig Kilborn's talk shows. And, of course, he tours the country with his stand-up act. He's been surrounded by show business all his life. In addition to mother Mitzi, father Sammy Shore was a well-known comedian who once opened for Elvis Presley during the Vegas years, while older brother Peter Shore has delved into producing/directing TV endeavors. In a career that skyrocketed quickly only to make a serious crash landing, never-say-die Pauly's latest bid for a comeback is the self-mockumentary Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003), which he directed and co-wrote.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Trade Mark (1)

Known for his spaced-out delivery in a surfer accent, and stretching out certain words, like "bud-dy".

Trivia (12)

His mother, Mitzi Shore, owns The Comedy Store, a legendary comedy club.
Son of Sammy Shore.
While on her way to the hospital to give birth to Pauly, his mother was yet undecided on a name for her child. She passed the Paulee Body shop and a Montgomery Ward, and that's how Pauly got his name.
Brother of Peter Shore
Along with Pia Zadora, Madonna, Sylvester Stallone and Demi Moore, one of the few people who have "won" back to back awards at the Razzies in successive years. He "won" Worst Actor of 1996 for his performance in the film Jury Duty (1995), then again the next year he tied with Tom Arnold in Big Bully (1996), Carpool (1996) and The Stupids (1996) for Worst Actor of 1997 with his performance in Bio-Dome (1996).
Good friends with Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith.
Through his mother, he was a good friend of Richard Pryor, who influenced him choosing comedy.
Is a vegetarian.
Was considered for the role of Michael McManus in The Usual Suspects (1995).
Was considered for the role of Leonard Hofstadter on The Big Bang Theory (2007).
Is briefly mentioned in the 'Weird Al' Yankovic songs "Albuquerque" and "Confessions Part III".

Personal Quotes (13)

I'm Jewish. I've always had a thing where it's okay to dance with the devil, just don't become the devil. Even at my peak, I never went too over the top.
[on the TV show Entourage] It's like the mafia: Either you're in the family or not. A lot of the guys who run the show are my friends. I'm friends with Kevin Dillon and all those guys. So it wasn't like that gig came through my agent.
[on the decline of MTV] It's not just MTV, it's pretty much all the channels. America seems to be fascinated with people who are not talented. America wants to see "Duck Dynasty" and "Storage Wars." It's not MTV's fault it's the viewers fault.
I won't say I love everything I ever did, but I have to say, I honestly like all the stuff I starred in. I really like "Bio-Dome" and "Jury Duty," even though they didn't do as well as the other ones. "Bio-Dome" has become sort of a cult classic over the years. I'm proud of those movies, and when people come to the shows, they've usually seen every one of them. People love those movies, probably more now.
[on his 90's films] It's better to have someone know me for something than have them not know me for anything. The films were good films. They hold up, they constantly play and they're a reason why I still have an audience to be quite honest.
[on his favorite comedian] Growing up as a kid I'd say Richard Pryor. Because he was very vulnerable on stage and very sweet and endearing, yet very dirty and nasty as well. I think that it's important that you connect with the audience, that's the most important thing. All the material and all that other stuff don't really mean anything unless you're connecting with them. There's a lot of comics that go up there and just kind of babble their routine and they're separated from the audience you know what I mean?
[on when the Pauly Shore era ended] Probably after my sitcom got canceled. I was on the road one night by myself and I realized, "Well, the jig is up. Time to move on".
[on dating Kylie Minogue] Yeah. That was when we did Bio-Dome. She was in Bio-Dome with me. That's kind of the one thing I miss about starring in films: hooking up with your co-stars.
[on his weasel character] I was never like Pee-wee Herman, how Paul Reubens is on the left and Pee-wee is on the right. I was one with the Weas. I really dressed like that. I acted like that. I exaggerated it for the camera, for sure. But I would go out like that.
[on making studio films] I miss them a lot. I miss working with great actors, working with great directors. I miss-I don't want to say it was less pressure, but in a way, it was just because I was doing my thing, and I didn't have to worry about all the other stuff that comes along with it. You know, I miss acting, that's the main thing. I miss that process of getting the script and reading it and working on it.
[on his favorite role] I liked all of them. I liked Encino Man. I thought that was fun. I liked Son In Law, In the Army Now. I liked Jury Duty. I liked Bio-Dome. I liked all the movies that I did the voices in, movies that I did parts in, I liked all of them. There's not a favorite.
That I care for my fans and that I care for my mom and I just care. I'm not 25 years old anymore. I'm not some druggie. I'm not banging chicks every night. I'm not an E! True Hollywood Story. I work really hard at what I do. I enjoy making people happy.
[on the Playboy Mansion] I probably spend more time there than I do out in public. They're like "can you leave now" and I'm like "but I've got nothing to do!" No, really though it's just one of those perks that you get when you become known, and Mr. Heffner was nice enough to have me as a guest many years ago, so I've been going up there once in a while ever since.

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