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Paul DiMeo hosts National Geographic Channel's do-it-yourself series "Building Wild" along with Pat "Tuffy" Bakaitis.

Paul DiMeo, while best known as the carpenter with attitude on ABC's "Extreme Makeover Home Edition," is also an established actor, a man's man and the first to cry on this hit show. Think of a man, raised by Italian parents, who loves building the kitchen table as much as what goes on around it, and you have a true sense of the essence that is Paul DiMeo.

Paul DiMeo, who is
Paul DiMeo
Paul DiMeo
Paul DiMeo - © Brad Buckman
currently shooting the fifth season of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," is particularly renowned for his imaginative work on children's bedrooms. With boundless warmth and a genuine nature, Paul DiMeo remembers his early Pennsylvania roots and in particular how, at age five, he began his affair with home renovation after the family home burned to the ground. "My father and I embarked upon our own extreme makeover to reconstruct the family home." Indeed his hallmark is his deep understanding of family hardship that shines through this rugged carpenter with a heart of gold.

Originally from Media, Pennsylvania, the youngest son of five children, Paul DiMeo attended Point Park College in Pittsburgh and majored in Theater Arts. Paul DiMeo began perfecting his skill of set-building for the Pittsburgh Playhouse, while also developing his other big love—acting. While serving as stage manager for the American Dance Ensemble, Paul DiMeo started to build his own resume. A move to New York proved lucrative. Continuing to build a reputation for appearing both on and off the stage, and while living in the East Village, Paul DiMeo befriended the owners of the Open Space Theater on St. Mark's Place, built sets, learned the art of dumpster diving and went on to freelance for the Dance Theater of Harlem, the Yiddish Theater, Carnegie Hall and numerous off-Broadway and Broadway venues. Paul DiMeo also pioneered the "Loft Living" project, working on the renovation of lofts and brownstones, and as master carpenter renovated the Landmark Brownstone of Aaron Burr.

off-Broadway, Paul DiMeo played the lead in director Al Carmines' "In Circles" and was stage manager for "On 2nd Avenue" and "The Golden Boy." As a resident actor, Paul DiMeo played Hamlet at King's County Shakespeare, Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing," as well as the lead role in "The Bull and Wisdom's Age" at the New York One Act Festival, winning first place for his performance. Paul DiMeo has also appeared off-off Broadway in numerous roles, in particular at the 29th Street Playhouse and the Actors Repertory Theater. On TV he has co-starred with John Lithgow on the sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun" and on Dick Wolf's "New York Under Cover," while in film he played the lead in director Peter Maguire's "No School Today" and, demonstrating his great love for kids, was Sparky in the children's feature video, "Sparky Moves to Manhattan."

After 17 years in New York, Paul DiMeo decided to move to Los Angeles. Once again he continued the "Loft Living" movement by moving into an old firehouse in downtown L.A. Paul DiMeo excelled in his field, renovating the homes and businesses of Hollywood's movers and shakers.

Paul DiMeo's client list includes the Beverly Hills Ralph Lauren Polo store, the William Morris Agency, Glenn Close, Joan and Marty Ransholff, Arnold Rifkin, David Niven Jr., Ann Archer, Marjorie Lord, Angelo DeSapio and—his most memorable client—George Hamilton.

Paul DiMeo was diagnosed with high cholesterol several years ago and actively campaigns to raise awareness. He recently teamed up with WomenHeart, the Association of Black Cardiologists and AstraZeneca, to educate consumers about the importance of identifying and maintaining a cholesterol goal as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. In addition, Paul DiMeo supports the Goal Standard Campaign goalstandard.com.

For Paul DiMeo, life is all about finding humor in the little things you do, while keeping a smile and making a joke here and there—something he takes very seriously.

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How old is Paul DiMeo? Find out here.

Age: 58 years old
Birthday: February 12, 1958
Birthplace: Media, PA
Wife: Kelly

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amy says:
i am a huge fan of hm. Love ty, makes me laugh, both of your musical abilities are remarkable. You both have humor. But I lovetghey way you have empath. Not a lot of people have that. That is a plus. The children that you have to work with touches my soul. I bless your compassion, and also your strenth. Heck, you make me laugh and cry at the same time.! Good feeling. Bless you and your wife, but keep us "worthwhile"folks in your heart, too. (By the way, this is the first time I ever wrote anyone. Can't stand chat lines. smiles). Keep on making me laugh and have gratitude. Amy
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