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Paul Montgomery Shore (born February 1, 1968) is an American actor, comedian and filmmaker best known for his roles in several comedy films in the 1990s.  Shore began as a stand up comedian at the age of 17, before becoming an MTV VJ in 1989. This led to a starring role in comedy film Encino Man in 1992 which was a modest hit. Roles in other films followed, including Son in Law (1993) and Bio-Dome (1996).



I was a huge fan of Pauly Shore’s in the later eighties and early nineties and his bio is here because a friend of mine asked the other day ‘Whatever happened to Pauly Shore and Brendan Fraser of California Man?” which is what the title was over here in the UK of Encino Man and this did make me think …‘Oh yeah, what did happen to them?’ Now as it was/is , l am also a huge fan of Brendan Fraser who l’ll cover tomorrow in Theme Times. But for the time being, here’s Pauly. Pauly Shore was the one who really kick started a certain train of thought in comedy film for the later 80’s and early 90’s and yet these days …. it is more like a case of Alice? Who the hell is Pauly Shore?

Now you either knew of him and his work, or you didn’t, which was it?


1 – Son in Law – 1993

Country girl Rebecca (Carla Gugino) has spent most of her life on a farm in South Dakota, and, when she goes away to college in Los Angeles, Rebecca immediately feels out of place in the daunting urban setting.

She is befriended by a savvy party animal named Crawl (Pauly Shore), who convinces the ambivalent Rebecca to stay in the city. When Thanksgiving break rolls around, Rebecca, no longer an innocent farm girl, invites Crawl back to South Dakota, where he pretends to be her fiancé.

2 – California Man/Encino Man – 1992

California teen Dave Morgan (Sean Astin) is digging a pit for a pool in his backyard when he happens upon a caveman frozen in a block of ice. Aided by his goofy friend Stoney (Pauly Shore), Dave transports their discovery to his garage, where the Neanderthal thaws and is revived. When Dave and Stoney find the living and thoroughly bewildered caveman, they attempt to pass him off as a foreign exchange student named Link (Brendan Fraser), resulting in many misadventures.

3 – In The Army Now – 1994

After getting fired from their jobs at an electronics store, Bones (Pauly Shore) and Jack (Andy Dick) sign up for the U.S. Army Reserve, hoping to make a little money with a minimum of responsibility. What the hapless pals don’t realize, however, is that Libya has just invaded Chad, so Bones and Jack are quickly shipped off for service. Now these slackers turned Army recruits are getting lost in the Sahara and engaging in armed combat with the Libyan forces.

4 – Bio-Dome – 1996

Bud (Pauly Shore) and Doyle (Stephen Baldwin) get simultaneously dumped by their eco-conscious girlfriends, Monique (Joey Lauren Adams) and Jen (Teresa Hill), in the middle of the desert. Needing a bathroom, the two friends enter what they think is a mall but soon realize is a high-profile, secure biological experiment. As they engage in a year-long battle with Dr. Faulkner (William Atherton) and the other scientists, Bud and Doyle are forced to confront the recklessness of their behavior.

5 – Jury Duty – 1995

An unemployed male stripper and certifiable slacker, Tommy Collins (Pauly Shore) ends up homeless when his mom throws him out of their trailer. Desperate for a place to stay, Collins figures that landing a spot on a jury should get him a roof over his head, food in his belly and a few bucks in his pocket. Shockingly, his plan works — and he will do anything to delay the trial’s verdict so he can keep living large and make his moves on knockout juror Monica (Tia Carrere).

6 – The Curse of the Inferno – 1997

Chuck Betts (Pauly Shore) and Harold Cantrell (Max Perlich), two dim-witted guys in a small Texas town, rob the local bank. In the process, they find out that there is more to their sleepy hamlet than meets the eye, particularly in regards to greedy businessman Moles Huddenel (Ned Beatty). After getting away with the money, Chuck decides to return it, but that change of plans doesn’t go well, especially after he becomes close to beautiful police officer Layla Moanes (Janine Turner).

7 – Pauly Shore is Dead 2003

Advice from comic Sam Kinison inspires Shore (Pauly Shore) to boost his sinking career by faking his own death.

8 – For Keeps 1988

Young high school couple Darcy Elliot (Molly Ringwald) and Stan Bobrucz (Randall Batinkoff) are one year from graduation, with promising futures ahead of them. But their paths take a drastic turn when Darcy becomes pregnant. Unwilling to go through an abortion or an adoption — despite their parents’ pleas — Darcy and Stan decide to sacrifice their college experiences and degrees in order to keep and raise the baby. After a quick marriage, the two realize it won’t be as easy as they thought.


Whoah – who would have thought we would have Bruno Mars in this bio?

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