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Paul Perez (screenwriter)

Paul Perez
Paul Edward Friedenberg

July 18, 1894
New York, New York, USA
DiedMarch 13, 1984 (aged 89)
Chelsea, Maine, USA
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, journalist
SpouseMolly O'Sullivan

Paul Perez (born Paul Friedenberg) was an American screenwriter active primarily during the 1920s and 1930s; he wrote for both English- and Spanish-language films over the course of his career, and often worked on Westerns. He also had several credits as an actor and editor.


Paul was born in New York City to art dealer Robert Fridenberg and his wife, Mariam Barnett. He grew up in Manhattan near his extended family of German extraction; as a boy, he accidentally shot a nurse who was attending to his mother in their home while playing with his uncle's gun.[1]

He married England-born actress Molly O'Sullivan in the early 1920s; the pair had one son, Paul Powers Perez.[2] While living in New York City and London, after appearing in a few acting roles[3] and working as a newspaperman, he worked in the publicity department at Universal.[4][5][6] By the late 1920s, the family had moved to Los Angeles; by 1926, Perez was employed at Universal as a scenarist, where he was known for writing titles.[7][8] He later worked as a screenwriter at First National.[9][10]

Perez was more or less retired by the early 1950s, when he moved to Oaxaca, Mexico, and pursued his passion for photography. He reportedly traveled extensively through southern Mexico, where her purchased masks and other artifacts at local markets.[11]

Selected filmography

As screenwriter:

As actor:

As editor:

  • Silent Evidence (1928)


  1. ^ "7 Dec 1908, Page 3 - The Evening World at". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "7 Jul 1939, Page 14 - The Wilkes-Barre Record at". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "19 Dec 1918, 2 - The Garnett Review at". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  4. ^ "9 Dec 1928, Page 77 - The Indianapolis Star at". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  5. ^ "12 Sep 1926, 30 - Sioux City Journal at". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  6. ^ "14 Apr 1921, 27 - The Evening World at". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  7. ^ "22 Apr 1926, 31 - The Los Angeles Times at". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "20 Jan 1928, Page 24 - The Scranton Republican at". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "9 Feb 1930, 36 - The Morning Call at". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  10. ^ "15 Jun 1931, 270 - Daily News at". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  11. ^ Perez, Paul. "Paul Perez Collection of Masks from Oaxaca, Mexico". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  12. ^ "15 May 1936, 474 - Daily News at". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  13. ^ "20 May 1928, Page 68 - Democrat and Chronicle at". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  14. ^ "21 Dec 1927, 15 - News-Journal at". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  15. ^ "25 Nov 1917, Page 11 - Natchez Democrat at". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
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