Aaron Paul Biography

(Best Known for His Role as 'Jesse Pinkman' in the AMC TV Series 'Breaking Bad')

Birthday: August 27, 1979 (Virgo)

Born In: Emmett, Idaho, United States

Aaron Paul Sturtevant is an award-winning American actor best known for his portrayal of crystal meth dealer Jesse Pinkman in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad. He won three Primetime Emmy Awards and three Saturn Awards among other awards for his role in Breaking Bad. At the beginning of his acting career, he dropped his last name to make it easier for casting directors to pronounce his name. Starting as a day player, doing cameos in movies and appearing as guest in several television series, Aaron Paul went on to land the main role in Breaking Bad and contributed immensely to the show's success. Before landing this role, he was part of the HBO series Big Love. His success on television earned him roles in movies, such as Smashed, Need for Speed, and A Long Way Down. He then worked with legendary director Ridley Scott and critically acclaimed actor Christian Bale in the biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings where he played Joshua, a Hebrew slave. He has also appeared in films like Triple 9, American Woman, and Welcome Home. In 2020, he played Caleb Nichols in the popular science fiction television series Westworld.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Aaron Paul Sturtevant

Age: 44 Years, 44 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Lauren Parsekian

father: Robert Sturtevant

mother: Darla Sturtevant

children: Story Annabelle Paul

Born Country: United States

Actors American Men

Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Males

Notable Alumni: Centennial High School

Ancestry: German American, British American

U.S. State: Idaho

More Facts

education: Centennial High School

Childhood & Early Life

Aaron Paul was born on August 27, 1979, in Emmett, Idaho, USA, to Darla and Robert Sturtevant. His father is a retired Baptist minister. Aaron comes from a closely knit family and has four older siblings.

As a child, he began participating in church plays. When he was in eighth grade, he enrolled in the theatre department of his school and decided to pursue an acting career.

He graduated from Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho, in 1998. Even before graduating, he dreamt of moving to Los Angeles, and took up odd jobs to raise money. After graduating, he moved to LA with his mother with the $6,000 he had saved.

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Aaron Paul struggled for about a decade after moving to LA. He signed with a talent scout after finishing second in a competition organized by the International Modeling and Talent Association. During this time, he also worked as an usher at Universal Studios Movie Theater in Hollywood.

He did a number of commercials for Juicy Fruit, Corn Pops, and Vanilla Coke, before appearing in small roles in a couple of television movies. In 2000, he participated in the television competition The Price is Right.

His first notable role came in an episode of the television series Beverly Hills, 90210. In the next few years, he did minor roles in TV shows like Melrose Place, The X-Files, Judging Amy, CSI: Miami, and Point Pleasant.

Aaron Paul continued to appear in commercials and also featured in music videos for Korn's song Thoughtless and Everlast’s song White Trash Beautiful. He also landed minor roles in a number of Hollywood feature films. He played the estranged son of Jeff Bridges’ character in the film K-Pax (2001) and portrayed Tom Cruise’s character’s brother-in-law in Mission: Impossible III (2006). He also acted in films like Whatever It Takes (2000), Choking Man (2006), and The Last House on the Left (2009).

His big break came in 2007, when he was cast in a recurring role in the HBO drama series Big Love. He played Scott Quittman, the husband of Sarah Hendrickson, played by Amanda Seyfried. He was still considered a day player, but started getting work regularly.

In 2008, while still working in Big Love, he landed the role of a lifetime when he was cast as Jesse Pinkman in the AMC series Breaking Bad. After auditioning, he was doubtful of landing the role. Moreover, his character was supposed to die during the first season. However, once it went on air, Paul won over everyone with his performance and became a main cast member of the show.

After his success on television, he moved back to the big screen and acted in the film Smashed in 2012.

In 2014, he appeared in the movie Need for Speed, playing a vengeful street racer. The same year, he starred alongside Christian Bale in Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings.

In 2016, Aaron Paul appeared in the crime thriller Triple 9. The same year, he voiced Nyx Ulric in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, and starred in a bunch of other movies and television series. He also landed the role of Eddie Lane in the series The Path, where he appeared till 2018.

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In 2019, he was cast in the drama web television miniseries Truth Be Told. The same year, he produced and starred in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie where he reprised his role as Jesse Pinkman from the series Breaking Bad. In 2020, he played Adam Niskar in Michael Uppendahl's American drama film Adam. In 2022, he played Trent in the satirical science fiction thriller film Dual.

Major Works

Despite his spectacular performance in a number of movies and TV shows, Aaron Paul is still cherished for his role as the charming meth addict in Breaking Bad. The show portrays the dark side of drug addiction, rather than glorifying it. The show has been named one of the greatest television shows of all time by many critics. Aaron Paul played a key role in the show’s success.

Awards & Achievements

During the five-year run of Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul won a bunch of prestigious awards, including three Emmys for his role as Jesse Pinkman. He won the awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014, becoming the only actor to win it thrice under the same category.

Personal Life & Legacy

Aaron Paul married Lauren Parsekian on May 26, 2013, in Malibu, California. The two first met in 2010, at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California, and got engaged on 1st January 2012, in Paris. The couple has a daughter named Story Annabelle, who was born in February 2018. In December 2021, Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian announced that they are expecting their second child. In April 2022, the couple welcomed their second child.

Aaron and Lauren Parsekian are involved in Kind Campaign, an anti-bullying initiative, co-founded by Lauren in 2009. They raised $1.8 million for the campaign through a contest and offered the winners tickets to the screening of the final episode of Breaking Bad.

To commemorate the last day of filming Breaking Bad, he and his co-star Bryan Cranston got the name of the show tattooed. To commemorate Aaron’s achievements, Governor of Idaho Butch Otter declared October 1st as Aaron Paul Sturtevant Day.


In Breaking Bad, the girlfriend of his character dies in her sleep, after taking heroin. Aaron Paul relates to the episode on a personal level as he was close to a young woman who became addicted to drugs and all his attempts to help her failed. While playing a drug dealer in the show, he admitted to taking drugs in his youth. He also said that he stopped using drugs after watching what it did to the young woman.

He had a 1920s Parisian carnival-themed wedding where the music was provided by Foster the People and John Mayer. He made the guests learn the song Beauty by The Shivers so that they could sing along during the ceremony.

Aaron Paul Movies

1. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

  (Action, Drama)

2. K-PAX (2001)

  (Sci-Fi, Drama)

3. Eye in the Sky (2015)

  (Thriller, War, Drama)

4. Fathers & Daughters (2015)


5. Mission: Impossible III (2006)

  (Adventure, Thriller, Action)

6. Need for Speed (2014)

  (Action, Crime, Thriller)

7. The Last House on the Left (2009)

  (Crime, Horror, Thriller)

8. Smashed (2012)


9. American Woman (2019)

  (Drama, Mystery)

10. A Long Way Down (2014)

  (Comedy, Drama)


Primetime Emmy Awards
2014 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad (2008)
2012 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad (2008)
2010 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Breaking Bad (2008)

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