Paul Raci

Paul Raci
Born (1948-04-07) April 7, 1948 (age 73)
Chicago, Illinois
Years active1987–present
Known forSound of Metal

Paul Raci (/ˈrsi/;[1] born April 7, 1948) is an American character actor. A veteran of stage, film and television, he has appeared in a variety of projects, including small roles in Baskets and Parks and Recreation.[2]

Raci received critical acclaim for his performance as Joe, the deaf mentor to the main character in Sound of Metal, released in 2020.[3] For this role, he received the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor and other accolades, including a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. According to director Darius Marder, several high-profile actors were approached for the role, but for the sake of authenticity, Raci was selected because he was raised as the hearing son of deaf parents and he is fluent in American Sign Language.[4]

Raci was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Laurel and Mitchell Raci.[5] Raci served as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy, attaining the rank of Petty Officer Second Class (HM2). He served aboard the aircraft carrier, the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) from 1969–1973, serving two tours in Vietnam.[6][7]

  1. ^ "Sound Of Metal Supporting Actor Paul Raci Gets His Big Break After 40 Years". The Eddie Mata Show. January 25, 2021. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  2. ^ "Paul Raci". IMDb.
  3. ^ "Paul Raci Is The Guidance Of Deaf Souls In Sound Of Metal [Exclusive]". LRM. November 20, 2020.
  4. ^ Lopez, Kristen (December 8, 2020). "'Sound of Metal' Star Paul Raci Challenges Hollywood: Deaf People Are Sick of Saintly Portrayals".
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  6. ^ ‘Sound of Metal’ Star Paul Raci Challenges Hollywood: Deaf People Are Sick of Saintly Portrayals. IndieWire. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  7. ^ 207: Actor Paul Raci 'Sound of Metal'. Pop Culture Confidential. Retrieved February 13, 2021.