Thursday, January 17, 2019

"Mr. Majestyk" Character Actor Paul Koslo 1944-2019 Memorial Video

Paul Koslo (June 27, 1944 – January 9, 2019) was a German-Canadian actor.


Koslo started his career in such 1970s cult films as Nam's Angels a.k.a. The Losers, (referenced in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction), Vanishing Point and The Stone Killer. He also appeared opposite Charlton Heston in the science fiction cult-classic, The Omega Man in an unusually sympathetic co-starring role. He portrayed villains in Joe Kidd (1972, starring Clint Eastwood), Mr. Majestyk (1974, starring Charles Bronson), and The Drowning Pool (1975, starring Paul Newman). He and fellow Omega Man co-star Anthony Zerbe also appeared in Rooster Cogburn (1975) with John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn. After a solid supporting part as a Jewish concentration camp survivor in the critically acclaimed Voyage of the Damned (1976), as well as the mayor in Heaven's Gate (1980), he began a long run of portraying villainous types in productions such as Roots: The Next Generations and The Glitter Dome.

In rare, in-depth interviews with both Psychotronic Video and Shock Cinema (issue No. 14) magazines, Koslo spoke (mostly unfavorably) about his experiences working in several films with Charles Bronson and in The Omega Man with Heston.

Starting in the late 1970s, Koslo appeared (usually as a villain) in a string of television shows such as The Rockford Files, Mission: Impossible, The Incredible Hulk, Quincy, M.E., Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, T. J. Hooker, The A-Team, The Fall Guy, Dallas and Hunter. He also appeared as Jesse James in The Dukes of Hazzard seventh-season episode "Go West, Young Dukes." More recently, along with television appearances, he appeared in several independent action films (most of them straight-to-video). He was also in Loose Cannons (1990) with Gene Hackman and Dan Aykroyd and appeared as the Russian battle-robot pilot Alexander in the cult science fiction film Robot Jox (1990).

Personal life

Koslo met his wife, Allaire Paterson Koslo, at the MET Theatre in Hollywood, when he produced a one-woman show, Purple Breasts, a critically acclaimed play she co-wrote and starred in. They married in 1997 and have one child together.

Koslo died on January 9, 2019 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 74.

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