Paul Walter Hauser
20210526—Paul Walter Hauser, interview for "Cruella", LosCriticologos (05m21s).jpg
Hauser in 2021
Born (1986-10-15) October 15, 1986 (age 35)
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active2005–present
Amy Boland
(m. 2020)

Paul Walter Hauser (born October 15, 1986) is an American actor and comedian. He played supporting roles in the films Cruella, I, Tonya, Late Night, BlacKkKlansman, and Da 5 Bloods. In 2019, Hauser had his breakout performance as the title character in the film Richard Jewell, leading the National Board of Review to award him for best Breakthrough Performance. He portrayed Raymond, better known by his nickname "Stingray", in Season 2 and Season 4 of Cobra Kai and was also seen in the TV show Kingdom.

Life and career

Hauser was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. His parents are Deborah and The Rev. Paul Hauser, a Lutheran minister.[1][2] He attended Valley Lutheran High School, a private parochial school in Saginaw.[2]

Hauser portrayed Shawn Eckhardt in the 2017 film I, Tonya, Dale in the 2010 film Virginia, and Keith in the television series Kingdom. He had the recurring role of Deshawn in the Amazon web series Betas, and in 2018 appeared as Lonnie Laloush in Super Troopers 2 and as Ivanhoe in BlacKkKlansman.[3][4] He has also appeared as a guest star on the television series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Night Shift, Superstore, Key & Peele, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Community, Blunt Talk, and Cobra Kai. In 2019, he starred in Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell, portraying the title role, Richard Jewell, the real life security guard who spotted the bomb at the Centennial Olympic Park bombing.[5] In 2020, he starred in Songbird, a film based on the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2021, Hauser played Horace Badun in the crime comedy-drama Cruella, a Disney live-action prequel/spin-off of One Hundred and One Dalmatians.[6]

Personal life

Hauser is a Christian. He married Amy Elizabeth Boland on July 23, 2020, in Los Angeles. Hauser and Boland have a son, who was born on April 21, 2021 in Thomasville, Georgia.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Virginia Dale
2011 Demoted Bothered Salesman Uncredited[citation needed]
2013 iSteve Pastey Jones
2017 Locked Away DJ #1 [citation needed]
I, Tonya Shawn Eckhardt
Kiss Me When I’m Down Robert Short film[citation needed]
2018 Super Troopers 2 Lonnie Laloush
BlacKkKlansman Ivanhoe
2019 Late Night Eugene Mancuso
Beats Terrence
Richard Jewell Richard Jewell
2020 Adam Trent
Da 5 Bloods Simon
Eat Wheaties! James Fisk
Songbird Michael Dozer
2021 Silk Road Curtis Clark Green
Cruella Horace Badun
Queenpins Ken Miller
TBA Delia's Gone Bo Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Too Late with Adam Carolla Various Characters (voice) 2 episodes
2010 Community Student #3 Episode: "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples"
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Richie Episode: "Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth"
Lee Mathers Keanu Pilot[citation needed]
2013 Key & Peele Various roles 2 episodes
2013–2014 Betas Dashawn 4 episodes
2014–2017 Kingdom Keith 27 episodes
2015 The Night Shift Oren Edwards Episode: "Ghosts"
Blunt Talk Episode: "Who Kisses So Early in the Morning?"
2017 Superstore Vince Episode: "Rebranding"
A Midsummer's Nightmare Nick Bottoms Television movie
2018–2019 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tripp Knob 2 episodes
2018 No Apologies Daniel Cohen Pilot
2019–2021 Cobra Kai Raymond "Stingray" 10 episodes
2020 Reno 911! Jeffy Renee Chisholm 6 episodes
2021 Calls Floyd (voice) Episode: "Me, Myself & Darlene"
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson Scott Episode: "Everyone just needs to be more in the moment."
2022 Black Bird Larry Hall


Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2019 CinEuphoria Awards Best Ensemble - International Competition BlacKkKlansman Nominated
2019 Detroit Film Critics Society Breakthrough Performance Richard Jewell Nominated
Late Night
National Board of Review Awards Breakthrough Performance Richard Jewell Won
2020 Hollywood Critics Association Game Changer Award Won
Best Breakthrough Performance (Actor) Nominated
2021 Best Supporting Actor Cruella Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Da 5 Bloods Nominated


  1. ^ "Ordination – Peace Saginaw".
  2. ^ a b Simpson-Mersha, Isis (January 17, 2018). "Saginaw man starring in 'I, Tonya' 'took every opportunity until it happened'".
  3. ^ Ciampaglia, Dante A. (January 17, 2018). "Who Is Shawn Eckardt? Paul Walter Hauser Steals Every Scene As Harding's Bodyguard In 'I, Tonya'". Newsweek.
  4. ^ Alexander, Bryan (March 7, 2018). "'I, Tonya' love is overdue for Paul Walter Hauser as grandiose bodyguard Shawn Eckardt". USA Today.
  5. ^ Kit, Borys (June 12, 2019). "Clint Eastwood Casts 'BlacKkKlansman' Actor as Lead in Richard Jewell Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 29, 2019). "'Richard Jewell' Star Paul Walter Hauser Joins Disney's Live-Action 'Cruella'". Variety. Retrieved August 1, 2019.