Probably one of Britain’s most underrated actors, Paul Freeman has accumulated literally hundreds of screen credits over several decades, most notably as the main villain in the Steven Spielberg classic Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Ivan Ooze in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), and he has worked extensively in the theatre, but he has managed to avoid becoming a star or even a household name in his native UK. His hypnotic good looks and talent for accents have often seen him cast as villains.
He originally worked in advertising and then he trained as a teacher, while he participated in amateur dramatics as a pastime. As a professional actor he gained extensive experience performing in repertory in England and Scotland and landed small roles at the Royal Court Theatre. He is also a founding member of the Joint Stock Theatre Company. He acted at the National Theatre and began to get roles on British television. Films included The Long Good Friday (1980) (starring Bob Hoskins) and The Dogs of War(1980) (starring Christopher Walken). His work was noticed by American director Steven Spielberg, who cast Freeman as French archaeologist Rene Belloq, Harrison Ford’s charismatic but utterly selfish rival in the blockbuster Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). He had expected to appear in the next Indiana Jones movie, but Spielberg and George Lucasdecided on a different story. Nevertheless, his portrayal of Belloq guaranteed him good work in the following years, during which he continued to showcase his command of dialects and chameleon-like ability to disappear into roles, such as the deliciously evil Professor Moriarty in the Michael Caine comedy Without a Clue (1988) and the over the top villain Ivan Ooze in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995).
His notable television appearances have included “Will Shakespeare” (1978), “Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years” (1981), “Falcon Crest” (1981), “Inspector Morse” (1987), and “ER” (1994). He has also continued to work as a stage actor.
1:00-3:30 pm: signing in celebrity area
3:30-3:15 pm: professional photo op in photo area
4:00 pm: “Power Rangers” professional photo op in photo area
4:15-5:15 pm: panel in Grand Gallery A-C
5:15-6:00 pm: signing in celebrity area
10:45-11:00 am: professional photo op in celebrity area
11:15-11:45 am: “Power Rangers” professional photo op in photo area
11:45 am-12:45 pm: panel on Main Stage
1:45-3:00 pm: signing in celebrity area
3:30-4:45 pm: signing in celebrity area
11:00 am-12:30 pm: signing in celebrity area
1;00-1:15 pm: “power rangers” professional photo op in photo area
1:30-1:45 pm: professional photo op in photo area
2:15-4:00 pm: signing in celebrity area
$80 Autograph/Selfie Combo
$60 Voicemail/Shout Out
Friday at 5:30 pm in Grand Gallery A-C
My Life As The Bad Guy
Paul has almost always been the bad guy in his roles, from Belloq in Raiders Of The Lost Ark to Ivan Ooze in MMPR: The Movie. Paul discusses his career, where he is headed next, and why he has been typecast as the bad guy so many times.
Saturday at 11:45 am on the Main Stage
Power Rangers Villains Reunion
Barbara Goodson (voice of Rita), Kerrigan Mahan (voice of Goldar), Paul Freeman (Ivan Ooze), Paul Schrier (Bulk), Jason Narvy (Skull), and Vernon Wells (Ransik from “Time Force”) discuss their roles as the bad guys in the Power Rangers franchise and their endless battle against those goody goody Rangers.