Paul has been a performer for his entire professional life. His first professional job, at just 18 years of age, was in the original Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar, a gig which opened doors that are swinging still. After two years in Jesus Christ Superstar more musical theatre followed in rapid succession. To name a few;
– ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ – original Australian production, playing – at various times – Riff Raff, Narrator, and the dual role of Eddie/Dr Scott
– ‘Joseph And His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ – original Australian production
– ‘Ned Kelly’ – Reg Livermore’s rock musical
– ‘A Cheery Soul’, the inaugural production of the newly-formed Sydney Theatre Company
During these years, the demands of singing a two-hour show, eight shows per week honed PJ’s vocal chops, and led to engagements as a studio session singer. When occasional requests to drop a voice-over tag onto the jingle led to voice-overs became more frequent, what had begun as a side-line to his ‘real job’ in musical theatre, or behind the drums with bands, gradually became PJ’s main game. Throughout his career PJ has also served as drummer/vocalist with many bands, including 70’s legends Jeff St John, and Ross Ryan, touring Australia playing percussion with 80’s legends Models.
PJ has appeared in dozens of TV commercial 100% roles and several feature films. But by far his best-known screen acting role was the outlaw biker Cundalini in George Miller’s original MAD MAX (1979), a role that has echoed down through the decades as MAD MAX became a cult classic and opened doors to appearances at fans events in Australia and Japan, where fans still ask “Did Cundalini get his hand back…?”
But it’s Paul’s voice that turned out to be his Golden Ticket. A veteran of over 40 years as a voice-over, PJ has voiced literally thousands of sessions. From years as the on-air promos voice of ABC-TV and Channel Seven, to the voice of the Yogo Gorilla and classic beer commercials. From narration presentations to vocal imitations, PJ’s versatility, ability to understand direction, creative contribution, and respected professionalism has seen him amass one of the widest-ranging CV’s in the business.