Paul Ainsley appeared as Jim the Bartender in Seasons 1-5 of Three's Company.
|Born:||11 April 1945|
|Died||19 January 2013(aged 67)|
|Actor, Voice artist|
|Years active:||1977 to 2012|
|Appeared on:||Three's Company|
|Character played:||Jim the Bartender from Seasons 1-5|
Paul, who appeared in thirteen of the Three's Company episodes, also made appearances on such TV series as NBC-TV's hit sitcom series Wings, USA Network's Weird Science, Babylon 5, and also provided the voices of Samir Duran and Artanis in the video game StarCraft: Brood War in 1998, and the voice of Wong Wei in the 2001 animated feature film Marco Polo: Return to Xanadu. Paul also recently appeared in the 2013 made-for-TV film Last Rights the Series.
Paul created the role of "King Herod" in the landmark original Broadway staging of Jesus Christ Superstar. Opening 12 October 1971, the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock opera staged by Tom O'Horgan was an immediate cultural and popular sensation. Ainsley's second-act performance of "King Herod's Song" was a showstopper and is considered the definitive version of the number.
Ainsley claimed more than three thousand performances of the song - on Broadway (for 700+ performances), national tours, stock productions, concerts and benefits. (Ainsley is credited with originating the role of Herod on stage since - in a rare reversal - the show's Broadway staging preceded its London version.)
Other select theater career highlights include: originating Thenardier in the first national company of Les Miserables, essaying Mr. Darling/Captain Hook to Cathy Rigby's Peter Pan, succeeding Barry Bostwick and Jim Belushi as the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, and playing Herbie to Karen Morrow's Rose in Gypsy.
Ainsley was also a member of the Improvisational Theatre Project at the Mark Taper Forum. Paul died at age 67 from heart-related complications (unspecified as of early February 2013) in Los Angeles, announced his brother Mark Ainsley White. 
- ↑ IMDB Board: "Three's Company" (1976) reference, accessed February 5, 2013.
- ↑ Paul Ainsley, King Herod in Broadway's Jesus Christ Superstar, Dies at 67, by Robert Simonson, January 23, 2013, Playbill.com article, accessed February 5, 2013.