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Paolo Montalban Poster

Biography

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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 21 May 1973Manila, Philippines
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in the Philippines, Paolo is one of two children. The Montalban family moved to America when Paolo was just one year old. He lived in an apartment in Manhattan, and then in New Jersey, where he grew up in a neighborhood surrounded by mostly Filipinos. He grew up in a musical family: his father played the piano, two aunts studied the violin and piano at Juilliard, and his mother was involved in the theater while a student at St. Paul's College in Manila. Like many other Filipino American children, he learned how to play the piano, as well as the violin and saxophone. And like many Filipino American children, he doesn't play anymore. When Paolo was attending grade school, he auditioned for his school's production of "Oliver" and got the lead role.

Paolo graduated with a pre-med course at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. After graduation, he had his eyes set on Broadway. His parents only wish was for him to get a college degree, which he did. However, after he got his diploma, he went straight for Broadway. His parents did support him in his decision primarily because he had a New York agent during his last year in college, with whom shortly after signing, secured him his first professional job on a national tour with "Man of La Mancha".

Paolo's success has convinced many Filipinos that he is the next best thing to happen to them since Lea Salonga. In an interview, he laughs saying "I wouldn't put myself in the same scale. She's a star. I'm just a guy." Though he may think he is just a guy, he too is considered a star to many people. Paolo understands the disadvantages of being an Asian actor in Hollywood. There isn't much in Hollywood for a stereotypical Asian who knows Kung-fu, who's a gangster or delinquent, or a wise munk of some sort. Still, nothing is stopping him. In the mean time, he's busy auditioning for other roles and relaxing playing video games and watching the cartoon channel.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Terry Ledoux <heavenstar@attbi.com>

Trivia (5)

One of People Magazine's 1998 Most Beautiful People.
Attended Rutgers University, New Jersey
His mother and father are both chemistry professionals and worked in the United States for ten years in cancer research, then they changed to computer programming.
Dec. 2001 to Jan. 2002 playing the Prince in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC [December 2001]
Did the 8 Obie award winning off-Broadway show, Magno Rubio in Stockton, Ca (the play's setting) and San Bruno, California. [October 2008]

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