Michael Papajohn: Movie actor and acting coach
Most of us have watched Michael Papajohn in many movies but we haven't recognized him because he only makes cameos appearances. The only role that you may know him from is that of Dennis Carradine in the 'Spider-Man' trilogy. Nevertheless, he is a popular actor who has never disappointed with his amazing performance despite how short it just may be. He's also had roles in 'Spiderman,' 'The Bourne Legacy,' and 'The Longest Yard.' Papajohn has been an actor since 1988 playing cameos in many of his films. Not only is he an actor, he's also a stuntman and a former college baseball player who used to play for LSU. The actor is proud of his Greek roots and he often boasts about being Greek. 53-year-old Michael Papajohn was born in Vestavia Hills which is a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama and he is from a Greek/American family. The actor attened Vestavia Hills High School and he graduated from there in 1983. He went on to play baseball for two years at Gulf Coast Community College, in Panama City, Florida before he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 1985. He chose not to sign the contract and instead he accepted a baseball scholarship to Louisiana State University which is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Being a baseball player and an actor
Michael Papajohn was nicknamed Poppy while in college and he was an outfielder for Skip Bertman’s LSU Tigers. The movie actor was a member of the 1986 SEC baseball Tournamentand alongside his teammates, he helped LSU reach the College World Series in 1986. Papajohn was one of the foundation layers that lead to LSU’s success and future LSU teams went on to win six national championships from 1991 to 2000 and then again in 2009. He began his acting career while in college and for being such a great athlete, he got the role of a stunt performer in “Everybody’s All-American” which was filmed on his campus. Papajohn has starred in movies such as 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,' 'Spider-Man,' 'Spider-Man 3,' 'The Bourne Legacy,' 'The Longest Yard,' and 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' which have built him quite the net worth though he deserves every penny that he has ever made.
Big and small roles
Michael Papajohn has starred in over 100 films and television credits. One of the actor’s biggest roles was in the blockbuster, 'Jurassic World' and in 2015, he landed a supporting role in the action comedy, 'American Ultra.' In his career of over 30 years in the movies, he has been a stuntman, an actor, he starred in 'Titanic' and he even sank with the ship. He was in 'The Waterboy,' and he's been beaten by Sylvester Stallone in 'Escape Plan.' Papajohn has also played a deadly carjacker in 'Spider-Man 3.' The actor spoke about the time he played baseball for LSU. They were told that they would be paid more money if they either took hits or delivered hits. Papajohn had $411 dollars in his account back then and he decided to take those hits. The director of 'Everybody’s All-American' encouraged him to try out for roles in Hollywood, so that's exactly what he decided to do. Later on, the director linked Papajohn to Gary Davis and he went to Los Angeles to become a stuntman. That’s how he earned many of his roles and it's exactly how he achieved his Hollywood dream. He often posts photos of his stunts on Instagram.
Facts to know
He says that he can’t do stunts alone
In an interview, Papajohn was asked if doing stunts was dangerous and if it was something that was hard for him to do. The actor went on to say that every job is different and in his experience, he worked closely with a stunt coordinator, the director of the movie and the other actors as well as other stuntmen. Papajohn said that all stunts are usually well rehearsed and that his attitude is that one has to be a team player in order to make a successful film. Sometimes, Papajohn takes risks in his stunts, sometimes he doesn’t. According to the movie actor, some jobs are hard while some are simple.
He considers the connection he has with a film before he accepts a role
Papajohn believes that every project is different and he's even worked on films that are low-budget, no budget and big budgeted. Every project has a different story on how he earned a role in that particular film. In many cases, it’s usually about what’s going on in his life before he takes a job. He said in an interview that there are jobs that he never made any money on but that he felt a strong connection to be part of that film.
Papajohn has advice for upcoming actors
The actor believes that for an actor to be successful, he has to have a “never say die” attitude, as well as bee relentless, optimistic, and never give up in acting because if they do, their story is lost. Papajohn enjoys coaching as well as mentoring some aspiring actors. The actor founded Action Actor’s Academy where the foundation of his coaching is generosity, playing full out, building relationships, training, and having fun with the actors.
His net worth
According to' Net Worth Stat,' Michael Papajohn has a net worth of $3 million dollars. He has built his net worth from over a 100 cameo and supporting roles including 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,' 'Spider-Man,' 'Spider-Man 3,' 'The Bourne Legacy,' 'The Longest Yard,' and 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.'
All Papajohn’s fans hope that someday he will have a major role in a blockbuster, production but to this moment, everybody is comfortable with his minor roles. You can follow him on Instagram.