John Hinckley was born into the Hinckley Oil Company on May 29, 1955 and after a normal schooling and love of music attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D.C. in an effort to impress Hollywood actress Jodie Foster. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and has remained under institutional psychiatric care to this day. Public outcry over the verdict led to the Insanity Defense Reform Act of 1984.
Hinckley had watched the 1976 movie Taxi Driver on a continuous loop in which a disturbed protagonist, Travis, played by Robert De Niro, plots to assassinate a presidential candidate. Hinckley developed an obsession with actress Jodie Foster, who had played a prostitute in the film. Failing to develop any meaningful contact with Foster, Hinckley developed such plots as hijacking an airplane and committing suicide in front of her to gain her attention. Eventually he settled on a scheme to win her over by assassinating the president, with the theory that as a historical figure he would be her equal.
Attempted to assassinate President Ronald Regan (March 30, 1981)
PAUL CALLEN trained at The London School of Musical Theatre.
Theatre work includes: Paul in 'Company' and 'Sweeney Todd' (both at The Union Theatre), Soldier in Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet' (London Coliseum), Paul in 'Company' (Edinburgh Festival), the Bellboy in ‘Lucky Stiff' (Bridewell Theatre), 'The Magic of Eurovision' (European Tour), Harold Schaffner in the World Premiere of ‘Tin Pan Pals’ (Drayton Court Theatre, London), Hansel in ‘Hansel and Gretel’ (Bull Theatre, London) and in ‘Heatwave’ and ‘Temptation’ (Ibiza). Pantomime roles include Aladdin, Jack in 'Jack in the Beanstalk' and Prince Charming in 'Cinderella'.
He has performed in concert at the Barbican Centre, London in ‘Sondheim Tonight’ and around the world with the premiere cabaret ‘From West End to Broadway’ including onboard the QE2 during the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and in front of former PM John Major at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Paul has been involved in various workshop performances including 'Sleeping Beauty' (The Venue, Leicester Square), Hylas in ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ (The New Players Theatre) and most recently as The Soldier in 'The Attic' (Haymarket Theatre, London). Paul can also be heard on the subsequent Original Concept Album of 'The Attic'.