Paul Scherrer (actor)

Paul Scherrer
Born Paul Gallagher Scherrer
(1968-12-16) December 16, 1968
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Bishop Chatard High School
North Central High School
Alma mater Loyola University Chicago
Occupation Former actor, realtor
Years active 1981present
Children 2

Paul Gallagher Scherrer (born December 16, 1968) is a former American stage, film and television actor. He began his career as a child actor on the stage. Scherrer retired from acting in 2001 and now lives and works in Indianapolis.

Early life and career

Scherrer was born in Rochester, New York to Gay and Paul Scherrer and raised in Indianapolis. He began acting as a child and played Peter Cratchit in a musical production of A Christmas Carol. At 13, he earned an Encore Award for best performance by a child actor for his role in the musical, Camelot.

Scherrer attended Bishop Chatard High School for two years where he played varsity baseball. He later attended North Central High School where he graduated in 1987. Upon graduation, he enrolled at Loyola University Chicago.[1] He dropped out after his freshman year to play Eric, the 16-year-old aspiring actor and janitor on the 1988 sitcom, The Van Dyke Show.[2] The series was canceled later that same year.[1] In 1989, he was cast as Robb Harper on the ABC sitcom Free Spirit.[3] The series struggled in the ratings and was canceled by ABC in January 1990.[4] The following year, he was cast in yet another short-lived series Sons and Daughters, starring Lucie Arnaz.[1][5]

In 1992, Scherrer co-starred in the horror film Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice. He returned to television with guest starring roles on Silk Stalkings, Quantum Leap, and Murder, She Wrote. In 1996, Scherrer had a supporting role in the NBC television movie Fall into Darkness, starring Tatyana Ali and Jonathan Brandis. In 2000, he guest starred on Star Trek: Voyager in the seventh-season episode "Critical Care". Scherrer last acting role to date was in a 2001 episode of JAG.

Scherrer now works as a realtor in Indianapolis. He is married and has two children.


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice Danny Garrett
1998 Standoff Ranger Barry
2000 Rocket's Red Glare Eddie
Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Van Dyke Show Eric Olander 10 episodes
1989-1990 Free Spirit Robb Harper 14 episodes
1990 Daughter of the Streets Brett Television movie
1990 Running Against Time Chris Rhodes Television movie
1991 Uncle Buck Paul Episode: "Pig-malion"
1991 Sons and Daughters Rocky Lincoln 7 episodes
1991 Fire in the Dark Eric Television movie
1992 Honor Thy Mother Neal Television movie
1992-1994 Silk Stalkings Various roles 2 episodes
1993 Quantum Leap Jack Episode: "Return of the Evil Leaper - October 8, 1956"
1993 Sworn to Vengeance Television movie
1994 Search and Rescue Television movie
1994 Murder, She Wrote Ben Peterson Episode: "An Egg to Die For"
1996 Widow's Kiss Chuck Nyles Television movie
1996 Fall into Darkness Paul Lear Television movie
1997 Promised Land Joel Corwin Episode: "Downsized"
1998 ER Episode: "Sharp Relief"
2000 Star Trek: Voyager Voje Episode: "Critical Care"
2001 JAG P.O. Ramsey Dill Episode: "Jagathon"

Award nomination

Year Award Category Title of work
1990 Young Artist Award[6] Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Television Series Free Spirit


  1. 1 2 3 Price, Nelson (October 4, 1991). "Almost a Star". Indianapolis Star. p. B1.
  2. Baker, Kathryn (October 26, 1988). "Van Dyke, Moore Series Debut Tonight". The Albany Herald. p. 7D. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  3. Kim, Jae-Ha (December 8, 1989). "`Free Spirit' star misses family, Chicago". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 87.
  4. "'Free Spirit' show is short-lived". Rome News-Tribune. August 10, 1990. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  5. "'Sons And Daughters' Needs Family Therapy". Waycross Journal-Herald. January 4, 1991. pp. P–4. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  6. Eleventh Annual Youth in Film Awards 1988-1989
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