Birth Date: January 13, 1912
Birth Place: Atmore, Alabama, USA
Date of Death: May 24, 1969 / Age: 57
Location of Death: St. George, Grenada
Biography: Paul Birch, born Paul Smith in Atmore, Alabama, died on Saturday, May 24th in St. George, Grenada. Paul was a veteran of 39 movies, half-a-hundred stage dramas and an untold number of television shows including the "Hallmark Hall of Fame". In the late 50's he starred, along with William Campbell, in the syndicated series "Cannonball", a half hour drama/adventure show about over the road truckers. He was the original "Marlboro Man" in TV commercials and played both General U. S. Grant and General Robert E. Lee in several historical playets. He started out as the first of the original members of the Pasadena Playhouse and his stage work included "The Caine Mutiny". He was often called upon to play Grant due to the striking resemblance (when bearded) that he bore to the former General and President. He enjoyed playing the roles of Lee and Grant and once remarked "There were times when I was switching those two roles so fast I could have surrendered to myself."