About this actor
Paul Lambert (August 1, 1922 – April 27, 1997) was an American character actor who appeared in movies and on television. Lambert was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in Kansas City. During World War II he was a lieutenant in the Army Air Forces. He trained at the Actors Lab in Los Angeles and then moved to New York City, where he first worked Off Broadway, subsequently appearing with Rod Steiger on Broadway in a revival of Clifford Odets's Night Music (a credit that is often misrepresented as A Little Night Music because of the similarity of the titles and the fact that the Sondheim musical featured an actor named Mark Lambert). Lambert's husky dark looks suited his frequent screen portrayals of gangsters and other heavies. In addition, he often appeared as authority figures such as executives, judges, and police officers. Among his major films were Spartacus (his movie debut), Planet of the Apes (in a brief role as a simian minister), and All the President's Men, in which he...