Actor Paul Schulze, born in 1962, began his acting career in 1989, appearing in the movie The Unbelievable Truth. Many of his early roles were in films, such as Hand Gun, Illtown, The LaMastas and Panic Room, as well as guest roles in television shows such as Oz, NYPD Blue and Grounded for Life.
Schulze was, however, best known for his prominent roles in two acclaimed television series. He was part of The Sopranos as Phil Intintola, a priest who had a fondness for Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco). He appeared intermittently in 13 episodes throughout the show’s run. He also appeared as CTU director Ryan Chappelle in the first three seasons of 24. While his character wasn’t a major one, his death was a point of significance and debate among fans and critics.
During the same time, Schulze also held guest roles in television shows such as Frasier, The West Wing, Law & Order, CSI and Cold Case. He also had recurring roles in The Closer, Journeyman and Justice. His next major film was 2008’s Rambo, the fourth installment of the Sylvester Stallone-fronted series.
At present, he stars in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie, marking his reunion with his Sopranos co-star Falco.