Actor Morgan Paull dies at 67

Appeared in opening scene of 'Blade Runner'

Morgan Paull, the actor best known for his role as the blade runner whom Harrison Ford’s character replaces in the seminal science-fiction film of that name, died Tuesday in Ashland, Ore., after having been diagnosed with stomach cancer. He was 67.

The actor was also a candidate for president of the Screen Actors Guild in 1981, though he came in third, with Ed Asner winning the post.

Paull appears in the opening scene of Ridley Scott’s 1982 film “Blade Runner,” where as a detective he is interviewing a job applicant to make sure he is not a replicant, or genetically engineered human.

Paull had supporting roles in several other high-profile films, including “Patton,” John Wayne starrer “Cahill U.S. Marshal,” “The Swarm” and “Norma Rae,” but he worked more often in television. The actor made his debut in an episode of “The Patty Duke Show” in 1965 and later guested in series including “Ironside,” “Emergency!,” “Gunsmoke,” “Chico and the Man,” “Quincy, M.E.” and “The Fall Guy.”

Paull is survived by longtime companion Jenny Elam; two daughters; two sisters; a granddaughter and grandson; and his stepmother.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading