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Paul Tuerpe is an American actor possibly best known as the sheriff in "The Goonies" and for playing four different characters in the "Lethel Weapon" film franchise.
Not much is known about his life and career. His first screen role was in the motion picture, "Airport," which was followed up by appearances in the movies "Airport '77" with Jack Lemmon, "Superman" with Christopher Reeves and Gene Hackman and "Raise the Titanic" with Jason Robards. Most of his career, however, was on television in minor roles on "Lucan," "Operation Petticoat," "Wonder Woman," "Lou Grant," "Hart to Hart," "Quincy M.E.," "CHiPs," "Vega$," "The Incredible Hulk," "M*A*S*H" and "The Fall Guy."
Through the 1980s, Tuerpe had bit parts in several top motion pictures of the 80s including "The Toy" with Richard Pryor, "Ladyhawke" with Matthew Broderick and Michelle Pfeiffer and as the sheriff in "The Goonies." His film career continued throughout the Eighties with four separate characters in the "Lethal Weapon" franchise with Mel Gibson. In "Lethal Weapon," he plays a mercenary. In "Lethal Weapon 2," he plays a hitman with glasses who appears in the scene when Riggs shoots the fish tank. In "Lethal Weapon 3," he plays a bearded henchman and in "Lethal Weapon 4," he plays the helicopter co-pilot who invites Riggs and Murtaugh for a helicopter ride. His other movie roles appeared in "Scrooged," "Three Fugitives," "Assassins," "The X-Files" with David Duchovny and the Leelee Sobieski drama, "The Glass House." His TV roles went on to include mostly dramas, such as "Matt Houston," "Dynasty" with Emma Samms, "T.J. Hooker" with Heather Locklear, "Murder, She Wrote," "Scarecrow and Mrs. King," "Knight Rider," "Matlock," "Falcon Crest," "Santa Barbara," "Simon & Simon," "The Father Dowling Mysteries" and " Knots Landing,"
In addition to roles on "ER" and"Judging Amy," Tuerpe has been working as an ADR in films such as "The Bourne Supremacy," "Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer," "Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem," "The Spy Next Door," "A Christmas Story 2" and an episode of the TV series, "Castle."

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