Paul Koslo was born in 1944 in Germany. He has been featured in many U.S. films including “Nam’s Angels”, “Mr Majestyk” in 1974, “Vanishing Point”, and “Joe Kidd”.
Lean-faced, intense-looking, German-born, Canada-raised Paul Koslo was at his busiest during the 1970s, usually playing shifty, untrustworthy and often downright nasty characters. He first broke into films at age 22 in the low-budget Little White Crimes(1966), and then appeared in a rush of movies taking advantage of his youthful looks, including cult favorites Vanishing Point (1971) and The Omega Man (1971), and the western Joe Kidd (1972), martial arts blaxploitation flick Cleopatra Jones (1973) and crime thriller The Stone Killer (1973). After working alongside such stars as John Wayne,Clint Eastwood, Walter Matthau and Charles Bronson, Koslo’s career drifted towards television, and in the 1980s he regularly guest-starred on such TV series as The Incredible Hulk (1978), The A-Team (1983), Matlock (1986), MacGyver (1985) and The Fall Guy (1981). Unfortunately, most of his film work in the 1990s and beyond was “straight-to-video” fare, such as Chained Heat II (1993) and Desert Heat (1999). Koslo is well remembered by many as smart-mouthed small-time hood Bobby Kopas, trying to shake down melon grower Charles Bronson in Mr. Majestyk (1974).
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The family of actor, director and producer Paul Koslo is deeply saddened to announce that he died January 9, 2019, at home in Lake Hughes from pancreatic cancer. Koslo was 74.
Koslo leaves behind his daughter, Chloe; his wife, actress Allaire Paterson Koslo; sister Karin, brother Georg, nephews, nieces, cousins, a very loving family and a wonderful body of work as an actor.
Born Manfred Koslowski on June 27, 1944, in Germany, Koslo became a dad, husband, actor, director, producer and mentor. He co-founded the MET Theatre in Hollywood. His latest producing credit was the 2015 JFK documentary “A Coup in Camelot.”
“He was very passionate about that project,” Allaire Koslo said.
Koslo was also the owner of Lake Hughes’ historic Rock Inn. He purchased the landmark in 1975 but leased it out in 1995.
As a character actor, Koslo played an assortment of mostly nefarious characters, with more than 100 film and television credits to his name.
Not so in “The Omega Man,” the 1971 Cold War-style sci-fi film starring Charlton Heston as one of the few survivors of biological warfare between China and the Soviet Union, based on the 1954 novel “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson.
Koslo played Dutch, the wild-haired, motorcycle-riding former med student who saved Heston’s Army colonel character, Dr. Robert Neville, from being burned at the stake in Dodger Stadium by a band of hooded, nocturnal, albino mutants.
Dutch, carrying two pearl-handed pistols, rushes to save Neville. While filming the scene, Koslo accidentally hit Heston in the head with one of the guns, breaking the skin and causing the star to bleed.
“But I didn’t stop,” Koslo said in a 2014 interview with the Antelope Valley Press. Heston uttered an un-Moses-like expletive and later praised the apologetic Koslo for his professionalism.
Dutch was one of Koslo’s favorite characters.”I like Dutch, he’s kind of a cool guy,” Koslo said in the interview.
Koslo later starred in three films with Charles Bronson: “Mr. Majestyk” (1974), “The Stone Killer” (1973) and “Love and Bullets” (1979). Additional film credits include “Rooster Cogburn” (1975) with John Wayne, “Heaven’s Gate” (1980), “Vanishing Point” (1971) and “Cleopatra Jones” (1973).
“I’ve been so fortunate to work with some of the greatest actors in the world, from Oskar Werner to Max von Sydow to Orson Welles,” Koslo said in the interview.
His TV credits include “The Incredible Hulk,” “MacGyver,” “The A-Team,” the original “Hawaii Five-O,” “Mission: Impossible” and “The Rockford Files.”