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Patrick Jordan figures he has worked at about 6 million jobs... [Derived headline] [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

October 16, 2013


Patrick Jordan figures he has worked at about 6 million jobs since going into theater.

An actor, director, voice-over artist and founder and artistic director of barebones productions, Jordan has supported himself by doing construction work, demolition work and security work. He has worked in a bakery and helped make wine at Engine House 25 in Lawrenceville.

"I work with this. I help with that. It all adds up," says Jordan, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, who lives in Point Breeze.

As a film actor, he has had roles in big movies that include "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Next Three Days" and "She's Out of My League," as well as smaller independent films such as the comedy "Progression," which recently completed shooting here.

But his first love is live theater. Earlier this summer he had a role in Quantum Theatre's "Mnemonic" and just finished a stint as part of the cast of Bricolage Production Company's Midnight Radio episode "Shakesburgh."

He's often seen as the menacing presence in productions such as "Buried Child" with The Rep and in "Killer Joe," "Bug" and "Frozen" at barebones productions.

On Oct. 21, barebones productions will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a gala production featuring a screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" with local cast members performing musical numbers; it begins at 8 p.m. at the Regent Square Theatre.


The star who would play me in the movie version of my life:

Warren Oates. We have some similar features, and, honestly, he is one of my favorite actors.

Childhood hero:

My father (George Jordan). I can't possibly imagine a better man. He was basically superman to me when I was growing up, and he is still my hero.

Pick one:

A. Go-Gos

B. Goo Goo Dolls

C. Lady Gaga

D. Yo Gabba Gabba

Lady Gaga ... I like that she does whatever she wants to do and is the most theatrical from the list.

The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had:

My Masters of the Universe alarm clock. I still remember the jingle it sang, and I actually taught it to my nieces and nephew.

The superpower I wish I had in real life:

I really want to say the ability to talk to animals or super smarts, but nothing would beat being able to fly.

My favorite reality show:

Whatever is on during the Discovery Channel's Shark Week

Pick one:

A. Pirates

B. Penguins

C. Steelers

D. Other

E. I hate sports

It's like choosing between your kids!! ... But if I had to choose, I'd have to say Steelers.

My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:

Bruno Sammartino

Favorite lunchtime spot:

Station Street

Favorite guilty pleasure:


In five years, I'd like to:

Expand my theater company, barebones productions, to offer more programming on a yearly basis.

My most treasured fashion accessory:

My Frye boots that my girlfriend got me. I wear them just about everyday.

Something I would do over if I could:

You can't look back or you will go crazy. I think everything happens for some reason.

Favorite brunch food:

Polenta Peppernata at E2 is a staple.

My quirkiest inherited trait:

Putting corn on my mashed potatoes. It has recently come to my attention that not everyone does that.

Star I'd like to dance with on "Dancing With the Stars":

Sally Wiggin

TV marathon I could watch all day:

"The Sopranos." Because, and this drives people crazy, I have never watched one episode. I lost cable right around the time it premiered. So, now I have to catch up.

My favorite thing about Pittsburgh:

The diversity, talent, resilience and heart of the people who live here. There is not much I do not like about this town, with the exception of the need drivers have to slow down at the sight of a tunnel.

The first stage play or musical I saw:

My mom (Jane Miller) took me to see "Peter Pan" at the Playhouse when I was a kid. Don Brockett was Captain Hook.

The best stage play or musical I've ever seen:

"Les Miserables" on Broadway with Colm Wilkinson. Mario Melodia led a theater trip to New York when I was a kid and took a ton of grade-school kids to see that and a few other shows.

Pick one:

A. Stephen Sondheim

B. Richard Rodgers

C. Andrew Lloyd Webber

D. John Kander

E. Stephen Schwartz

John Kander: My mom has always been big "Liza" fan, so I will pick him for her.

In high school, I was:

A football player and an actor... but most of the actors did not know I played football and most of the football players did not know I acted.

If I wasn't an actor-dancer, I'd be:

Very bored

Top thing on my "bucket list" to do before I'm gone:

Drive cross-country

My most memorable fashion mistake:

Leaving a horror-film shoot and forgetting to take off my bloody makeup and going into a store.

One word my mother would use to describe me:

"Multitalented" (I called her and asked.) I have always had a very supportive mother.

The worst advice I ever received:

"You are never going to make a living in acting."

My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:

I know its almost cliche but Capicola and Cheese with egg at Primanti Bros. But if burgers counted ... The burger on the late- night menu at Salt of the Earth is by far the best I have had.

Celebrity crush:

Burt Reynolds' mustache

The oldest thing in my refrigerator:

A box of my grandfather's Punch Cigars. I can't bring myself to open them, even though I am pretty sure he would kill me for wasting them.

When I was 10, I wanted to be:

Rocky Balboa or Rodney Dangerfield or a ninja

If I was auditioning for "American Idol," my song would be:

Elvis' "In the Ghetto" or Nate Dog and Warren G's "Regulate"

Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:

Engine House 25 Winery/The Roberto Clemente Museum

The most famous person I ever became friends with:

I have hung out with a lot of celebrities but the only one I have the honor to call my friend is Bingo O'Malley.

Saturday mornings, you'll find me:

Walking my dog, Cosmo, and going to brunch with my lovely girlfriend, Eileen.

My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:

Il Pizzaiolo is amazing but ... I cannot go through the Liberty Tunnels without bringing home a Fiori's pizza.

My favorite website: or

My favorite "bad" movie:

I call it a classic, but people get bent out of shape when I say how much I think "Roadhouse" is a great American film.

My first job:

Bruegger's Bagels

My worst job:

I was a fully costumed mascot bug that rapped about safety until I had a falling out over a can of Coke with a staff member behind the scenes at Kid-a-Palooza.

People would be surprised to know that I:

Always use a coaster, and my first name is George.

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