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Paul Freeman (born 18 January 1943) is a Britishmarker film and television actor.

Freeman was born in Hertfordshiremarker, Englandmarker. He began his career in advertising and teaching, and like many British actors he landed small roles in the theatre, appearing in productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet. He then went on to play starring roles in the National Theatremarker and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and later co-founded his own theatre group, the Joint Stock Theatre Company, in 1974 together with director Max Stafford-Clark.

In 1978, he made his British television debut in the acclaimed serial Life of Shakespeare (1978) and Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981). Freeman also acted in the ATV docudrama Death of a Princess, a controversial film about the execution of a Saudi Arabianmarker woman. In 1980 he began his feature film career when he appeared in The Long Good Friday alongside Bob Hoskins and The Dogs of War (1981) in which he met Maggie Scott who went on to become his wife.

In the same year, 1981, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas chose Freeman to play René Belloq, the rakish arch rival to Dr. Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first of four films depicting the exploits of the archeologist and adventurer.

The film was a springboard for Freeman in Hollywoodmarker and he continued playing villains both in Hollywood, and in his native Britainmarker using his uncanny talent for foreign accents, which is evident in his portrayal of the South African born French archaeologist in "Raiders of the Lost Ark". In 1988 he played Professor Moriarty in Without a Clue starring Michael Caine as an untalented Sherlock Holmes and in 1995, Ivan Ooze in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.

Freeman continues working for television as well as in films. He guest starred in hit shows such as Monarch of the Glen, ER, Falcon Crest and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. He also played in several mini-series such as Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (1989) and The Final Cut (1995). In 2004, Freeman played Angus, Bobby Jones' caddie, in Bobby Jones: A Stroke of Genius. During 2006 and 2007, he starred in the BBC legal drama New Street Law, as the main protagonist alongside John Hannah. Also in 2007, he played Rev. Philip Shooter of Sandford in Hot Fuzz alongside Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. He is also featured in several 2007-2009 Travelers Insurance television commercials.

Amongst his television work Freeman appeared in an episode of Midsomer Murders entitled "Down Among the Dead Men," he also appeared in the television crime drama Waking The Dead in the episode "Straw Dog", and played Adam Kingsley in the BBC TV adaptation of Minette Walters' The Dark Room.

He recently received acclaim as George Aaranow in the 2008 London revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross .

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