Paul Sparks

  • Birth Place: Lawton, Oklahoma, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Studied chemical engineering in Oklahoma before moving on to drama at New York University, where he also minored in philosophy.
  • Appeared as an understudy in Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out in 2003, but considers his Broadway debut a starring role in a 2009 revival of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, costarring Mary-Louise Parker.
  • Earned fifth Drama Desk Award nomination for Stephen Belber's Dusk Rings a Bell in 2011; his first was in 2000 for Bruce Graham's Coyote on a Fence.
  • Has type 1 diabetes, and ran his first marathon—in 3:52:46, by the way—in New York City in 2011 to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; he's since become an avid runner.

Awards

  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Emmett — Son
  • Mike Sparks — Father
  • Annie Parisse — Wife
  • Jane Sparks — Mother

College

  • Attended Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States; New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, United States (BFA in Drama, 1995)

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