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Oklahoma City police officer stars on and off screen

Philip Paz is a 22-year veteran of the Oklahoma City Police Department. He has helped save lives as an officer and now is trying to make it as an actor.
by Adam Kemp Modified: March 8, 2013 at 9:35 pm •  Published: March 9, 2013

/articleid/3764031/1/pictures/1976807">Photo - Oklahoma City police Sgt. Philip Paz talks with Misty Combs as he holds her son, Dylan Combs, 9 months.  Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City police Sgt. Philip Paz talks with Misty Combs as he holds her son, Dylan Combs, 9 months. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Multiple roles

But Paz does stand apart from his fellow officers once he's off the clock.

He began fulfilling a lifelong dream of acting last year and already has had some success, starring in a slew of local films and commercials and landing a small role in the upcoming Danny Trejo movie, “Bullet.”

“I've just always wanted to entertain,” Paz said. “When my wife and I go out to dinner, she is always telling me to quit drawing attention to us.”

Paz will make his Hollywood debut as a street thug when “Bullet” premieres later this year. His police experience has allowed him to immerse himself in the bad guy character more easily, he said.

“You have to put yourself in many different roles as a police officer,” he said. “Whatever the situation is, you have to mold your actions so you can figure out a solution.”

Whether it's playing a diplomat to solve a domestic dispute, a tough guy dealing with a drug dealer or a hero kicking in the front door at the sound of trouble, Paz said he relishes being put in different situations.

Happy ending

The paramedics took Combs to OU Medical Center, where doctors determined her seizure stemmed from high blood sugar. While recovering in the hospital, she got a call from Paz to see how she was doing.

“If it wasn't enough that he helped save my life, he calls me later to check on me,” she said. “I've never had someone I didn't know call to ask if I was OK. I'm just so grateful.”

Later in the week Paz stopped by Combs' house to visit her and Dylan.

Before leaving, Dylan reached out to Paz to be picked up.

“Hey big guy, remember me?” Paz asked the baby. “If you ever need me again, I'll be here. Just call 911.”

by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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