Paul Jeffrey "P. J." Byrne (born December 15, 1974) is an American film and television actor. Byrne is known for his roles in films such as Horrible Bosses, Final Destination 5, The Campaign and The Wolf of Wall Street. He is known for his television roles such as his recurring role in The Game and his starring role in Intelligence. He also provided the voice of Bolin on Nickelodeon's animated TV series The Legend of Korra.
A Garden State native, Byrne was born in Maplewood, New Jersey, to Emma N. (Ferraro) and Paul I. Byrne, Jr., and was raised in Old Tappan, New Jersey, where he graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan in 1992. He is of Irish and Italian descent.
A graduate of Boston College with a double major in finance and theatre and an M.F.A. from the Theatre School at DePaul University, Byrne was on his way to becoming an investment banker out of college when a drama teacher at BC convinced him to follow his passion for acting.
Byrne started his career in small roles in such films as Bruce Almighty, Fun with Dick and Jane, Bewitched and Because I Said So. He also had guest roles on television series such as ER, West Wing, Reno 911! and NCIS before getting a recurring role on The Game.
Byrne went on to have more prominent roles in films such as Dinner for Schmucks, Extraordinary Measures, The Campaign and Horrible Bosses. He was cast in one of the main roles in Final Destination 5, which received generally positive reviews and was a commercial success.
In addition to his on screen roles, Byrne provided the voice of Bolin, one of the lead roles in the Nickelodeon series, The Legend of Korra, from the show's beginning in 2012 to the show's end in 2014.
In 2013, he appeared in the Martin Scorsese directed film The Wolf of Wall Street, which received critical acclaim and was nominated for numerous awards. The next year he starred in the television series Intelligence.
He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Jaime, who is the district director in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills for health care services and fund-raising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Byrne and his wife have one daughter.
- P. J. Byrne at the Internet Movie Database
- P. J. Byrne at AllMovie