Josh Pais

Biography: A genial performer with a broad array of role types and genres on his resumé, Josh Pais grew up in a Manhattan-area East Village tenement with a single mother, and headed to Hollywood in his early twenties with the dream of making it as an actor. In seemingly no time, Pais realized this goal, first with a series of guest appearances on such series as Murphy Brown, The Cosby Show, and Law & Order (in a recurring part as Assistant Medical Examiner Borak), then with big-screen assignments. He landed the first of these when tapped to play "ninja turtle" Raphael in the action comedy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990); the role almost completely obscured Pais' countenance (he appeared in a suit designed by Jim Henson and co.), but a secondary part in the same film (as a taxi passenger) partially redeemed this drawback. After additional acting assignments in features including Music of the Heart (1999) and Scream 3 (2000), Pais branched out into writing and directing withA genial performer with a broad array of role types and genres on his resumé, Josh Pais grew up in a Manhattan-area East Village tenement with a single mother, and headed to Hollywood in his early twenties with the dream of making it as an actor. In seemingly no time, Pais realized this goal, first with a series of guest appearances on such series as Murphy Brown, The Cosby Show, and Law & Order (in a recurring part as Assistant Medical Examiner Borak), then with big-screen assignments. He landed the first of these when tapped to play "ninja turtle" Raphael in the action comedy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990); the role almost completely obscured Pais' countenance (he appeared in a suit designed by Jim Henson and co.), but a secondary part in the same film (as a taxi passenger) partially redeemed this drawback. After additional acting assignments in features including Music of the Heart (1999) and Scream 3 (2000), Pais branched out into writing and directing with the self-reflexive autobiographical documentary 7th Street (2002) and the instructional video The Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss (2003). He then took on acting roles in such features as The Station Agent (2003), Little Manhattan (2005), Year of the Dog (2007), and Teeth (2007). Expand

Josh Pais' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 57
Highest Metascore: 81 The Station Agent
Lowest Metascore: 23 Reunion
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
27 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
62 Motherless Brooklyn Nov 1, 2019 William Lieberman tbd
59 Joker Oct 3, 2019 Hoyt Vaughn / Hoyt Vaughn 9.2
71 The Land of Steady Habits Sep 14, 2018 Larry Eastwood / Larry Eastwood 6.1
64 Crown Heights Aug 18, 2017 D.A. Mengano / District Attorney Mengano / District Attorney Mengano 7.5
50 Going in Style Apr 7, 2017 Chuck Lofton 6.1
67 The Family Fang Apr 29, 2016 Freeman 6.8
47 I Saw the Light Mar 25, 2016 Dore Schary 5.0
55 5 Flights Up May 8, 2015 Jackson / Jackson 5.1
36 That Awkward Moment Jan 31, 2014 Fred 5.4
55 Touchy Feely Sep 6, 2013 Paul 5.4
tbd Syrup Jun 7, 2013 Davidson / Davidson 5.9
73 Arbitrage Sep 14, 2012 Aimes 6.9
52 Detachment Mar 16, 2012 Cast 7.8
78 Please Give Apr 30, 2010 Adam 7.5
58 Leaves of Grass Apr 2, 2010 Ken Feinman 7.2
28 Lifelines Apr 3, 2009 Ira Bernstein / Ira Bernstein tbd
23 Reunion Mar 6, 2009 Saul tbd
67 Synecdoche, New York Oct 24, 2008 Dr. Eisenberg - Ophthalmologist / Dr. Eisenberg - Ophthalmologist tbd
tbd Watching the Detectives Feb 14, 2008 Andy 8.3
57 Teeth Jan 18, 2008 Dr. Godfrey 5.7
70 Year of the Dog Apr 13, 2007 Robin 6.6
52 Little Manhattan Sep 30, 2005 Ronny / Ronny tbd
81 The Station Agent Oct 3, 2003 Carl 8.7
44 It Runs in the Family Apr 25, 2003 Barney 4.7
56 Phone Booth Apr 4, 2003 Mario / Mario 7.4
tbd 7th Street Jan 17, 2003 Director / Director / Writer / Writer / Himself / Himself tbd
71 Swimming Jul 26, 2002 Neil Wheeler tbd
49 Scotland, Pa. Feb 8, 2002 Douglas McKenna, Manager Who Gets Fired For Embezzlement 6.6
54 Music of the Heart Oct 29, 1999 Dennis Rausch 8.8
51 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mar 30, 1990 Raphael (Voice)/Passenger In Cab 7.8