|Born||April 7, 1948|
|Known for||Sound of Metal|
Paul Raci (//; 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.
Raci received critical acclaim for his performance as Joe, the deaf mentor to the main character in Sound of Metal, released in 2020. 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.
Raci was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Laurel and Mitchell Raci. 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.