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Early life, family, and educational background
Paul Bevan Lieberstein was born in Westport, Connecticut, USA, on 22 February 1967 into a Jewish family. Stanley and Judith Lieberstein are his parents, and he has two siblings, Susanne and Warren. He matriculated from Staples High School, and graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, wіth а bасhеlоr’ѕ dеgrее іn Есоnоmісѕ in 1989.
His sister Susanne is the president of YouTube Premium, and married screenwriter and producer Greg Daniels. Warren, their youngest sibling, is a writer and producer who was once married to actress Angela Kinsey.
After graduating from college, his first work was as an audіtоr аt Реаt Маrwісk Іntеrnаtіоnаl in New York, whісh lаѕtеd fоr only ѕіх mоnthѕ. Then hе tооk а раrt-tіmе job аt hіѕ fаthеr’ѕ lаw fіrm, whісh еvеntuаllу hеlреd hіm tо рurѕuе а саrееr аѕ а ѕсrееnwrіtеr, because what he’s always done in his work is to write.
He started his career as a writer when his agent William Morris gave him a job in Hollywood to work on “Clarissa Explains It All,” an adolescent sitcom.
However, when he and his writing partner parted ways, they left the show after one season. He then had brief writing stints, such as the movie “Weird Science” and the television show “The Naked Truth.”
His career as a screenwriter blossomed when his brother-in-law asked him to co-write and co-produce the animated series “King of the Hill“, aired for 13 seasons from 1997 to 2010. The plot revolves around a middle-class American family residing in the fictional Texas town of Arlen. Following, he co-wrote eight more television shows, including “The Office,” in which he also played a supporting role in the show describing the everyday lives of paper mill company employees. He also ventured out co-writing and directing the film “Song of Back and Neck” in 2018.
Paul has appeared in four films – “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard,” “Song of Back and Neck,” “Big Break” (short film), and “Top Shelf Singles” (short film). In addition to his role in “The Office” and its adaptation series, he also portrayed other characters in five television shows since 2005.
Since 2007 he’s also directed several episodes of his three TV shows, and one film “Song of Back and Neck,” which was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. On 3 April 2020, he announced his plan to produce a sitcom about office life while isolated due to the pandemic.
Paul has also produced six sitcoms, two comedy series, a drama and a film, including 50 episodes of “King of the Hill”, and two episodes of the “Greg and the Bunny.”
Awards and nominations
Paul is also known as an award-winning screenwriter. He won his first Emmy award in 1999 for “Outstanding Animated Program”. The animated show the “King of the Hill,” was nominated for seven Emmy Awards, winning two. Its success saw it listed by Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest TV shows of all time.
His “Office Work” series, which aired for nine seasons, gained critical acclaim and was nominated for a total of 42 Emmy Awards, with Paul winning two for his work in the series. He was also given awards by the Writers Guild of America, and the Screen Actors Guild.
Personal life: wife, children, and cancer rumors
Paul married Janine Poreba on 19 July 2008, at the Battery Gardens restaurant in New York.
Their family currently lives in the Brentwood neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. She is Paul’s second wife – his first marriage ended in divorce, but there is no other information.
Who is Janine Poreba?
Janine Serafin Poreba is also an American actress, and a teacher of English, born in 1973, exact date unknown. Her mother, Elizabeth Poreba, was an English teacher at Bard High School Early College, while her father, John Poreba, taught science at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. She graduated from Harvard University as Magna Cum Laude, then earned a Master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. She is currently an English instructor at Santa Monica College in California.
Aside from her achievements and outstanding academic career, she’s also an actress, and appeared in TV series such as “Law & Order” and “The Office.” Paul and Janine met on the latter show and dated for a couple of years before marrying.
Rumored cancer diagnosis
In 2013, many viewers noticed Paul’s changes in body shape on the set of the last episodes of the show “The Office.” According to reports, he was experiencing dizziness and nausea on set, and was having chemotherapy at the New York Cancer Hospital. In 2019, he had two months leave, which fueled rumors that he had lung cancer due to his smoking habit, but other sources claimed that he had leukemia.
There is no confirmation whether Paul has cancer or is simply stressed or overworked, but his family told the media that he’s not sick and is in good health.
- When he was in high school, he wrote his first sitcom with some friends.
- He was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity in college and was mentioned in the plot of the TV program “The Office,” where one of the characters, Andy Bernard, is also a member of Chi Psi from Cornell University.
- Paul is part of the advisory board of Young Storytellers, a nonprofit arts education organization based in Los Angeles.
Paul stands at 5ft 9ins (1.77m) tall and weighs about 145lbs (66kgs); he has brown hair and brown eyes.
Paul’s net worth is projected to be $15 million as of early 2022, while his wife’s wealth is rumored to be more than $2 million. He’s benefited from screenwriting, acting, and producing, whereas Janine has earned her wealth through both her acting and teaching careers.