• Paul Lieberstein is an American actor and screenwriter born in West Hartford, Connecticut USA on 22 February 1967
• He is known best for producing 175 episodes of the critically acclaimed comedy series “The Office”, and has won 11 of his 41 award nominations
• He is married to non-celebrity American woman Janine Serafin Poreba, and they have no children
• Paul is on the advisory board of directors of the arts educational non-profit organization Young Storytellers
• His estimated net worth is over $14 million as of February 2023
Who is Paul Lieberstein?
American actor and screenwriter Paul Bevan Lieberstein was born in West Hartford, Connecticut USA on 22 February 1967, so Pisces is his zodiac sign. He’s appeared in only 14 movies and TV series, but has written 18, produced 12 and directed six. Paul’s probably known best for producing 175 episodes of the critically acclaimed comedy series “The Office”, which ranks 29th best series of all time on the website IMDb.com. Greg Daniels, Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais created the show, which starred John Krasinski, Steve Carell and Jenna Fischer, and follows the lives of several office workers; it aired from 2005 through 2013, and won 56 of its 151 award nominations.
Education and early life
Paul was raised in West Hartford alongside his younger brother Warren and older sister Susanne, by their Jewish parents Stanley Lieberstein and Judith.
Paul became interested in writing while attending Conard High School, and was 17 when he and his friends wrote together a sitcom; he was also into music, and played vibraphone in a local band. Upon matriculating in 1985, Paul enrolled at Hamilton College from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in economics in 1989.
He then moved to New York City and worked at Peat Marwick International as an auditor, but after six months began working at his father’s law company; Paul spent nearly all of his spare time writing.
Paul’s producing debut was working on 50 episodes of the popular animated comedy series “King of the Hill”, which Mike Judge and Greg Daniels created, and which starred Pamela Adlon, Kathy Najimy and Mike Judge. The series follows the life of a propane salesman, it aired from 1997 through 2010 and won 15 of its 71 award nominations.
In 2000 and 2001, Paul produced 27 episodes of the comedy series “The Drew Carey Show”, and he then produced two episodes of the 2002 comedy series “Greg the Bunny”, and 22 episodes of the 2003 family comedy series “The Bernie Mac Show”.
He remained focused on producing the show “The Office” from 2005 through 2013, and has since worked on only a couple of movies and TV series, with his three most recent credits having been six episodes of the 2018 crime horror comedy series “Ghosted”, four episodes of the 2020 comedy series “Space Force” and the 2022 comedy movie “Out of Office”.
He’s currently producing the upcoming series “Lucky Hank”.
Paul’s acting debut was playing Toby Flenderson in two episodes of the 2008 comedy series “The Office: The Outburst”, and he then reprised the role in the 2009 episode “Pay Day” of the comedy series “The Office: Blackmail”.
In 2009, Paul portrayed Selleck Last Customer in the popular comedy movie “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard”, directed by Neal Brennan, and which starred David Koechner, Ving Rhames and Jeremy Piven. It follows Don Ready who’s begun working at a failing car dealership.
From 2005 through 2013, Paul played Toby Flenderson one of the main characters in 137 episodes of the series “The Office”, and could then have been seen appearing in an episode or two of the comedy “Bad Teacher”, the drama “The Newsroom” and the romantic comedy “Togetherness”.
Most recently, in 2019, he portrayed Hostage #4 in the action comedy “Threat Level Midnight: The Movie”, directed by Tucker Gates, and which starred Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson and John Krasinski. It follows secret agent Michael Scarn as he’s trying to prevent Goldenface from killing people at the National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Game.
Some of Paul’s recent writing work has been the 2020 episode “It’s Good to Be Back on the Moon” of the comedy series “Space Force”, the 2021 documentary comedy series “Middlespace: The Rebels Attack, and Then the Other Side Attacks as Well” and the 2022 comedy film “Out of Office”, all of which he also directed.
He’s made a guest appearance in only a couple of talk-shows, most recently in “Box Angeles”, “Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show” and “Celebrity Page”.
Watch #HeyThereHuman LIVE on @soulpancake tomorrow at NOON Pacific! We've got TWO very special guests @PaulLieberstein
+ @ClarkDuke (aka Toby and Clark from #TheOffice) PLUS random humans from the internet! pic.twitter.com/GcT3jmciKC
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) October 8, 2020
Awards and nominations
Paul’s won 11 of his 41 award nominations – his wins include two Primetime Emmys, the first in 1999 for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less) for “King of the Hill” and the second in 2006 for Outstanding Comedy Series, for “The Office”.
He also won a 2006 Women’s Image Network Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, a 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and a 2009 Gold Derby Award for Comedy Episode of the Year, all for “The Office”.
Love life and wife
Paul rarely speaks about his love life in public, and although it’s known that he’s married twice, he hasn’t revealed the name or profession of his first wife, nor the dates of their wedding and divorce.
He exchanged vows with non-celebrity American woman Janine Serafin Poreba on 19 July 2008, and the two are today living together in Los Angeles, California; they have no children, and although most of Paul’s fans believe this to be because he wants to focus on his career, others have claimed that he’s perhaps infertile.
Paul hasn’t spoken of other women whom he’s been with, he’s married to his second wife Janine Serafin Poreba as of February 2023, and doesn’t have children.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Paul’s brother Warren’s a famous American screenwriter and producer, and was once married to American actress Angela Faye Kinsey, probably best known for playing Angela Martin in the series “The Office”. His sister Susanne worked at YouTube Premium as the president of programming, and is today married to American screenwriter and producer Gregory Martin Daniels.
Paul’s sitting on the advisory board of directors of the arts educational non-profit organization Young Storytellers.
He lost a lot of weight during the shooting of “The Office”, and some of his fans believe that he was struggling with cancer in 2009 and 2010, but this is yet to be addressed by Paul.
More than 60,000 people are following Paul on Instagram today, and he’s posted only 12 pictures onto the network.
His favorite actors are Morgan Freeman and Dustin Hoffman, and some of his favorite movies include “Yes Man”, “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Rain Man”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Paul’s age is 55. His eyes are blue and hair is brown, he’s 5ft 9ins (1.77m) tall and weighs about 165lbs (74kgs).
Paul’s net worth’s been estimated at over $14 million as of February 2023.