Paul Sparks

Paul Sparks is an American actor. He is known for his role as Mickey Doyle in the HBO period drama series Boardwalk Empire and for his Primetime Emmy Award-nominated role as Thomas Yates in the Netflix political drama series House of Cards. He has also appeared in the films Deception (2008), Afterschool (2008), The Missing Person (2008), Mud (2012), Parkland (2013), and Stealing Cars (2015).

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Synecdoche, New York (2008)

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A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charlie Kaufman
CAST:  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Samantha Morton  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Michelle Williams

A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charlie Kaufman
CAST:  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Samantha Morton  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Michelle Williams

Mud (2013)

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Two boys find a fugitive hiding out on an island in the Mississippi River and form a pact to help him reunite with his lover and escape.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Nichols
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Tye Sheridan  •  Jacob Lofland  •  Sam Shepard

Two boys find a fugitive hiding out on an island in the Mississippi River and form a pact to help him reunite with his lover and escape.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Nichols
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Tye Sheridan  •  Jacob Lofland  •  Sam Shepard

Blackbird (2007)

In 1990s New York City, teen runaway Froggy is caught in the throes of heroin addiction as she falls in love with a fellow junky, war veteran Baylis. The couple finds comfort in each other, yet they are already far too deep in a wild downward spiral.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Rapp
CAST:  Gillian Jacobs  •  Paul Sparks  •  Michael Shannon  •  Danny Hoch

In 1990s New York City, teen runaway Froggy is caught in the throes of heroin addiction as she falls in love with a fellow junky, war veteran Baylis. The couple finds comfort in each other, yet they are already far too deep in a wild downward spiral.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Rapp
CAST:  Gillian Jacobs  •  Paul Sparks  •  Michael Shannon  •  Danny Hoch

Parkland (2013)

November 22nd, 1963 was a day that changed the world forever — when young American President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. This film follows, almost in real time, a handful of individuals forced to make split-second decisions after an event ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Landesman
CAST:  Zac Efron  •  Billy Bob Thornton  •  Ron Livingston  •  Tom Welling

November 22nd, 1963 was a day that changed the world forever — when young American President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. This film follows, almost in real time, a handful of individuals forced to make split-second decisions after an event ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Landesman
CAST:  Zac Efron  •  Billy Bob Thornton  •  Ron Livingston  •  Tom Welling

Midnight Special (2016)

A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Nichols
CAST:  Michael Shannon  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  Joel Edgerton  •  Adam Driver

A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Nichols
CAST:  Michael Shannon  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  Joel Edgerton  •  Adam Driver

Sparrows Dance (2013)

A young woman, struggling with agoraphobia, hasn't left her New York apartment or seen anyone in over a year. However, when her toilet overflows she is forced to call in the plumber.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noah Buschel
CAST:  Marin Ireland  •  Paul Sparks  •  Niesha Butler  •  Bennie Slay

A young woman, struggling with agoraphobia, hasn't left her New York apartment or seen anyone in over a year. However, when her toilet overflows she is forced to call in the plumber.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noah Buschel
CAST:  Marin Ireland  •  Paul Sparks  •  Niesha Butler  •  Bennie Slay

Trust Me (2013)

In an attempt to sign a Hollywood starlet, struggling talent agent and former child star Howard Holloway must contend with her volatile father, a scheming long-time rival, and a producer and casting director who despise him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clark Gregg
CAST:  Clark Gregg  •  Saxon Sharbino  •  Amanda Peet  •  Sam Rockwell

In an attempt to sign a Hollywood starlet, struggling talent agent and former child star Howard Holloway must contend with her volatile father, a scheming long-time rival, and a producer and casting director who despise him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clark Gregg
CAST:  Clark Gregg  •  Saxon Sharbino  •  Amanda Peet  •  Sam Rockwell

Return (2011)

Back from a tour of duty, Kelli struggles to find her place in her family and the rust-belt town she no longer recognizes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liza Johnson
CAST:  Linda Cardellini  •  John Slattery  •  Talia Balsam  •  Emma Rayne Lyle

Back from a tour of duty, Kelli struggles to find her place in her family and the rust-belt town she no longer recognizes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liza Johnson
CAST:  Linda Cardellini  •  John Slattery  •  Talia Balsam  •  Emma Rayne Lyle

Please Give (2010)

In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicole Holofcener
CAST:  Rebecca Hall  •  Catherine Keener  •  Amanda Peet  •  Oliver Platt

In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicole Holofcener
CAST:  Rebecca Hall  •  Catherine Keener  •  Amanda Peet  •  Oliver Platt

The Missing Person (2009)

Private detective John Rosow is hired to tail a man on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles. Rosow gradually uncovers the man's identity as a missing person; one of the thousands presumed dead after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Persuaded by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noah Buschel
CAST:  Michael Shannon  •  Amy Ryan  •  Frank Wood  •  Linda Emond

Private detective John Rosow is hired to tail a man on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles. Rosow gradually uncovers the man's identity as a missing person; one of the thousands presumed dead after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Persuaded by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noah Buschel
CAST:  Michael Shannon  •  Amy Ryan  •  Frank Wood  •  Linda Emond

The Understudy (2012)

A perennial understudy takes matters into her own hands to achieve fame at any price.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Conolly  •  Hannah Davis
CAST:  Marin Ireland  •  Paul Sparks  •  Aasif Mandvi  •  Richard Kind

A perennial understudy takes matters into her own hands to achieve fame at any price.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Conolly  •  Hannah Davis
CAST:  Marin Ireland  •  Paul Sparks  •  Aasif Mandvi  •  Richard Kind

Afterschool (2008)

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A prep-school student accidentally films the drug-related deaths of two classmates, then is asked to put together a memorial video.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antonio Campos
CAST:  Ezra Miller  •  Jeremy Allen White  •  Emory Cohen  •  Michael Stuhlbarg

A prep-school student accidentally films the drug-related deaths of two classmates, then is asked to put together a memorial video.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antonio Campos
CAST:  Ezra Miller  •  Jeremy Allen White  •  Emory Cohen  •  Michael Stuhlbarg

Edge of Darkness (2010)

As a seasoned homicide detective, Thomas Craven has seen the bleakest side of humanity. But nothing prepares him for the toughest investigation of his life: the search for his only daughter Emma's killer. Now, he is on a personal mission to uncover the disturbing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Campbell
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Ray Winstone  •  Danny Huston  •  Shawn Roberts

As a seasoned homicide detective, Thomas Craven has seen the bleakest side of humanity. But nothing prepares him for the toughest investigation of his life: the search for his only daughter Emma's killer. Now, he is on a personal mission to uncover the disturbing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Campbell
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Ray Winstone  •  Danny Huston  •  Shawn Roberts

Headspace (2005)

25-year-old Alex Borden's chance encounter with a mysterious stranger has found his intellect rapidly expanding, but as the power of his mind grows so too does the mystery of a brutal series of murders. Now, as the killer seems to set his sights on Alex, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew van den Houten
CAST:  William Atherton  •  Olivia Hussey  •  Sean Young  •  Mark Margolis

25-year-old Alex Borden's chance encounter with a mysterious stranger has found his intellect rapidly expanding, but as the power of his mind grows so too does the mystery of a brutal series of murders. Now, as the killer seems to set his sights on Alex, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew van den Houten
CAST:  William Atherton  •  Olivia Hussey  •  Sean Young  •  Mark Margolis

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

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A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Anne Hathaway  •  Rosemarie DeWitt  •  Sebastian Stan  •  Roslyn Ruff

A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Anne Hathaway  •  Rosemarie DeWitt  •  Sebastian Stan  •  Roslyn Ruff

Deception (2008)

As a corporate auditor who works in a number of different offices, Jonathan McQuarry wanders without an anchor among New York's power brokers. A chance meeting with charismatic lawyer Wyatt Bose leads to Jonathan's introduction to The List, an underground sex club. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marcel Langenegger
CAST:  Hugh Jackman  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Michelle Williams  •  Bruce Altman

As a corporate auditor who works in a number of different offices, Jonathan McQuarry wanders without an anchor among New York's power brokers. A chance meeting with charismatic lawyer Wyatt Bose leads to Jonathan's introduction to The List, an underground sex club. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marcel Langenegger
CAST:  Hugh Jackman  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Michelle Williams  •  Bruce Altman

In the Radiant City (2016)

A man must return home to rural Kentucky where he and his family, fragmented and haunted, still carry the stigma of a murder his brother committed 20 years ago.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rachel Lambert
CAST:  Michael Abbott Jr.  •  Marin Ireland  •  Madisen Beaty  •  Celia Weston

A man must return home to rural Kentucky where he and his family, fragmented and haunted, still carry the stigma of a murder his brother committed 20 years ago.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rachel Lambert
CAST:  Michael Abbott Jr.  •  Marin Ireland  •  Madisen Beaty  •  Celia Weston

All the Birds Have Flown South (2016)

After the death of his overbearing Mother, a sheltered man attempts to win the affection of a degenerate waitress by caring for her terminally ill and abusive husband. Soon all three lives begin to unravel as obsession and disease consume them all.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joshua H. Miller  •  Miles B. Miller
CAST:  Joey Lauren Adams  •  Paul Sparks  •  Dallas Roberts

After the death of his overbearing Mother, a sheltered man attempts to win the affection of a degenerate waitress by caring for her terminally ill and abusive husband. Soon all three lives begin to unravel as obsession and disease consume them all.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joshua H. Miller  •  Miles B. Miller
CAST:  Joey Lauren Adams  •  Paul Sparks  •  Dallas Roberts

Stealing Cars (2016)

A rebellious teenager navigates his way through the juvenile court system.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bradley Kaplan
CAST:  Emory Cohen  •  Heather Lind  •  Al Calderon  •  John Leguizamo

A rebellious teenager navigates his way through the juvenile court system.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bradley Kaplan
CAST:  Emory Cohen  •  Heather Lind  •  Al Calderon  •  John Leguizamo

Thoroughbreds (2018)

Two teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. In the process, they learn that neither is what she seems to be, and that a murder might solve both of their problems.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cory Finley
CAST:  Olivia Cooke  •  Anya Taylor-Joy  •  Anton Yelchin  •  Paul Sparks

Two teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. In the process, they learn that neither is what she seems to be, and that a murder might solve both of their problems.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cory Finley
CAST:  Olivia Cooke  •  Anya Taylor-Joy  •  Anton Yelchin  •  Paul Sparks
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