P. J. Byrne

American actor

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P. J. Byrne
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Byrne in 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
Paul Jeffrey Byrne

(1974-12-15) December 15, 1974 (age 48)
EducationBoston College (BA)
DePaul University (MFA)
Years active2001–present
Jaime Padula
(m. 2007)

Paul Jeffrey Byrne (born December 15, 1974) is an American film and television actor. He is best known for his roles as Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff in the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and Bolin on Nickelodeon's animated series The Legend of Korra (2012–2014).

Early life and education

Byrne was born in Maplewood, New Jersey, to Emma N. (Ferraro) and Paul I. Byrne Jr.,[1][2] and was raised in Old Tappan, New Jersey, where he graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan in 1992.[3]

A graduate of Boston College with a double major in finance and theater and an MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University, Byrne was on his way to becoming an investment banker out of college when a drama teacher at BC convinced him to follow his passion for acting.[4]


Byrne started his career in small roles in such films as Bruce Almighty, Fun with Dick and Jane, Bewitched and Because I Said So. He also had guest roles on television series such as ER, The West Wing, Reno 911! and NCIS before getting a recurring role on The Game.[5]

Byrne went on to have more prominent roles in films such as Dinner for Schmucks, Extraordinary Measures, The Campaign and Horrible Bosses. He was cast in one of the main roles in Final Destination 5, which received generally positive reviews and was a commercial success.[6]

In addition to his on-screen roles, Byrne provided the voice of Bolin, one of the lead roles in the Nickelodeon series The Legend of Korra, from the show's beginning in 2012 to its end in 2014.[7]

In 2013, he appeared in the Martin Scorsese directed film The Wolf of Wall Street, which received critical acclaim and was nominated for numerous awards.[4] The next year he starred in the television series Intelligence.[5]

He joined Dwayne Johnson in the 2018 action film Rampage.[7]

Personal life

He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Jaime,[8] who was the executive director in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills for health care services and fund-raising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and now president of Jaime Byrne Events, LLC. Byrne and his wife have two daughters and one son.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Bruce Almighty Panicked Newsroom Staffer
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Laughing Executive
Bewitched Writer
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Jim Van Wagenen
Evan Almighty Evan's Staffer
Loveless in Los Angeles Perry
Because I Said So Photographer
2008 Be Kind Rewind Mr. Baker
First Sunday Dr. Preston
Kissing Cousins Tucker
Surfer, Dude Zarno's Lawyer
Soul Men Floyd's Doctor
2009 Finding Bliss Gary
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Davenport
Extraordinary Measures Dr. Preston
The Candidate Paul Short film
2011 Son of Morning Mitchel Zangwell
Horrible Bosses Kenny Sommerfield
New Romance PJ Short film
Final Destination 5 Isaac Palmer
The Visitor Isaac Wilson / The Visitor
2012 Coffees Barry Short film
The Campaign Rick
K-11 C.R.
Last Supper Short film; Writer and director
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff
2014 Walk of Shame Moshe
2015 The Gift Danny McDonald
2016 True Memoirs of an International Assassin Trent
2017 Eloise Scott Carter
The Clapper Mr. Caldwell
Home Again Paul
2018 The 15:17 to Paris Mr. Henry
Rampage Nelson
Green Book Record Exec
2019 The World Without You Amram
Countdown Father John
Bombshell Neil Cavuto
Mob Town Vincent Vasisko
2022 The Moon & Back Mr. Martin
Somewhere in Queens Ben Pearson
Spirited Mr. Alteli
Babylon Ruth's AD Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Presidio Med Dr. Whitby Episode: "Milagros"
ER Ken the Kiosk Man Episode: "Dead Again"
2003 The Lyon's Den Larry Michaels Episode: "Blood"
Strong Medicine Levin Episode: "Rash Decisions"
Yes, Dear AD Episode: "Let's Get Jaggy with It"
Crossing Jordan Forensic Goofball Episode: "Ockham's Razor"
2005 The West Wing David Orbitz Episode: "Ninety Miles Away"
2006 My Boys Keith Luger Episode: "Released"
Just Legal Wayne Episode: "Body in the Trunk"
Reno 911! Agent Bruce Padul Episode: "Spanish Mike Returns"
The New Adventures of Old Christine Doug Episode: "Exile on Lame Street"
Four Kings Sheldon Dratch Episode: "Elephant in the Room"
Twins Eric Weiner Episode: "Sneaks and Geeks"
NCIS Ross Logan Episode: "Deception"
2012, 2015
The Game Irv Smiff Recurring role
2007 Viva Laughlin Jonesy 2 episodes
Boston Legal Matthew Steinkellner Episode: "Dumping Bella"
Desperate Housewives Nick Episode: "Not While I'm Around"
2009 Hannah Montana Baz B. Berkley 2 episodes
Three Rivers Dale Coffey Episode: "Place of Life"
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Tad Episode: "The Gang Exploits the Mortgage Crisis"
Burn Notice Stacey Conolly Episode: "Fearless Leader"
Bones Joe Fillion Episode: "The Cinderella in the Cardboard"
2011 The Mentalist Kieran Carruthers Episode: "Rhapsody in Red"
Castle Tony Episode: "To Love and Die in LA"
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Elliot 2 episodes
2012–2014 The Legend of Korra Bolin Voice, main role
2014 Intelligence Nelson Cassidy Main role
2015 Being Mary Jane Arthur Holzman 2 episodes
2016 Vinyl Scott Leavitt Main role
Blindspot Douglas Winter Episode: "Her Spy's Harmed"
2016–2017 Justice League Action Ronnie Raymond / Firestorm Voice, recurring role
2017-2019 Big Little Lies Principal Nippal Recurring role
2017 I'm Dying Up Here Kenny Vessey 3 episodes
2018–2019 Black Lightning Principal Mike Lowry 4 episodes
2018 Tremors Melvin Plug Television film
2019 Black-ish Mr. Solomon Episodes: "Wilds of Valley Glen"
Dynasty Stuart Episode: "Miserably Ungrateful Men"
2020-2022 The Boys Adam Bourke 3 episodes
2021 Never Have I Ever Evan Recurring (season 2)
Them Stuart Berks 3 episodes
Cobra Kai Greg Episode: "Party Time"
2022 Roar Rodney Episode: "The Woman Who Found Bite Marks on Her Ski"
2022 Irreverent Mackenzie 'Mack' Boyd 10 episodes
TBA The Big Cigar Stephen Blauner Upcoming miniseries
2023 Gen V Adam Bourke [10]

Music videos

Year Title Artist Notes
2011 "New Romance" Miles Fisher

Video game

Year Title Voice role Notes
2014 The Legend of Korra Bolin


  1. ^ "Office of the President – Ms. Emma N. Byrne, Secretary". Intraweb.stockton.edu. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  2. ^ "Newsbank.com". Archived from the original on January 4, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  3. ^ Rohan, Virginia. "Old Tappan's P.J. Byrne co-stars on new CBS series 'Intelligence'", The Record (Bergen County), January 7, 2014. Accessed January 22, 2014. "It's a great time for P.J. Byrne.On the big screen, the actor with roots in Old Tappan can be seen as one of Leonardo DiCaprio's debaucherous crew in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.... 'Fourth grade all through high school, that was Old Tappan,' says Byrne, whose older sister Courtney was in the same Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan graduating class as Cory Booker."
  4. ^ a b "P.J. Byrne Talks New HBO Hit Series "Vinyl," Appearing in "The Wolf of Wall Street," New York and More". Downtown Magazine NYC. February 15, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "P. J. Byrne". TV Guide. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  6. ^ Barton, Steve (August 31, 2010). "P.J. Byrne the Latest to Cheat Death in Final Destination 5". Dread Central. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Cook, Justin (March 1, 2017). "The Legend of Korra actor P.J. Byrne joins Dwayne Johnson's Rampage". Flickering Myth. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "Jaime Padula, P. J. Byrne". The New York Times. July 8, 2007. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  9. ^ Travin, Michael (June 2, 2017). "The Master of Improv – P. J. Byrne". Resident. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  10. ^ Panaligan, EJ (December 3, 2022). "'Gen V' Trailer Takes 'The Boys' to College, Teases Appearances From Main Series Characters". Variety. Retrieved December 4, 2022.

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