Paul Ainsley
Biographical Information
Born April 11th, 1945
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died January 9th, 2013
Los Angeles, California, United States
Productions Jesus Christ Superstar as King Herod/Merchant/Leper (original Broadway cast)
The Pirates of Penzance as Sergeant, Pirate King
Les Misérables as Thénardier
Peter Pan as Captain Hook/Mr. Darling
The Swan Princess as Musician
Gypsy as Herbie Sommers
Weird Science as Dumb Pirate
Haven as Ickes/Congressman
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Jacob/Potiphar
Hello Dolly! as Horace Vandergelder
42nd Street as Abner Dillon
Legs Diamond as Arnold "A.R." Rothstein
Recordings Jesus Christ Superstar (original Broadway cast)
The Swan Princess (film soundtrack)
Vocal Type Baritone

Paul Ainsley was an American actor.


Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he became best known for his stage roles, though he also played the recurring role of Jim the Bartender in Three's Company, and occasionally worked as a voice actor, in Marco Polo and the video game StarCraft: Brood War as Samir Duran.

He passed away in 2013.


Ainsley had a number of singing roles, generally on-stage, notably being the first actor to play King Herod in a stage production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He also appeared as Thénardier in the third national tour of Les Misérables to great acclaim, and played the Sergeant and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance.

Ainsley would go on to appear in several Las Vegas and Los Angeles productions of shows, including Guys and Dolls, and Abner Dillon in 42nd Street. One of his last performances was in a rare production of the flop Legs Diamond, playing Arnold Rothstein.


The Swan Princess (1994)Edit

  • Practice, Practice, Practice


Weird Science (1996)Edit

  • Onward Ho!
  • Sing! Sing! Sing!
  • Join the Pirates


Guys and DollsEdit

Nathan DetroitEdit
  • The Oldest Established (contains solo lines)
  • Sue Me (duet)
  • Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat
Big JuleEdit
  • Luck be a Lady
  • Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat

Jesus Christ Superstar (1971)Edit

King HerodEdit
  • King Herod's Song (solo)
  • The Temple (contains solo lines)

The Pirates of Penzance (1981)Edit

  • When the foeman bares his steel (contains solo lines)
  • No, I'll be brave/Though in body and in mind (contains solo lines)
  • Sergeant, approach! (contains solo lines)
  • When a felon's not engaged in his employment (contains solo lines)
  • A rollicking band of pirates we
  • With cat-like tread, upon our prey we steal
  • Hush, hush, not a word!
  • Finale, Act II (contains solo lines)
Pirate KingEdit
  • Oh, better far to live and die (contains solo lines)
  • Finale Act I (contains solo lines)
  • Now for the pirates' lair (contains solo lines)
  • When you had left our pirate fold (contains solo lines)
  • Away, away! My heart's on fire! (contains solo lines)
  • With cat-like tread, upon our prey we steal
  • Hush, hush, not a word (contains solo lines)
  • Finale Act II (contains solo lines)

Les Misérables (1990)Edit

  • Master of the House (contains solo lines)
  • Waltz of Treachery (contains solo lines)
  • The Robbery (contains solo lines)
  • Attack on the Rue Plumet (contains solo lines)
  • One Day More
  • Dog Eat Dog (solo)
  • The Wedding (contains solo lines)
  • Beggars at the Feast (duet)

Peter PanEdit

  • Pirate Song (contains solo lines)
  • Hook's Tango (contains solo lines)
  • Hook's Tarantella (contains solo lines)
  • Oh, My Mysterious Lady (duet)
  • Captain Hook's Waltz (contains solo lines)
  • We Will Grow Up (contains solo lines)

Gypsy (1992)Edit

  • Mr. Goldstone, I Love You (contains solo lines)
  • You'll Never Get Away From Me (duet)
  • Together, Wherever We Go (contains solo lines)

Haven (2001)Edit

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2010)Edit

  • Joseph's Coat (contains solo lines)
  • Potiphar (contains solo lines)
  • One More Angel in Heaven (contains solo lines)
  • Those Canaan Days (contains solo lines)
  • Any Dream Will Do (reprise)
  • Joseph Megamix
  • Potiphar (contains solo lines)

Hello Dolly! (2011)Edit

  • It Takes a Woman (contains solo lines)
  • Motherhood March
  • Finale (contains solo lines)

42nd Street (2011)Edit

  • Finale

Legs Diamond (2012)Edit

  • Charge It to A.R. (contains solo lines)