Charles B. “Chuck” Pauley, a former Marina del Rey resident who had worked at many bars and restaurants in the beach areas from Santa Monica to Playa del Rey, has died. He was 77.

Pauley was born and raised in Chicago, and friends said it was there that he developed an interest in acting. He attended the Goodman School of Theater Arts and later became a fairly successful off-Broadway theater actor in Chicago and New York.

Pauley moved to California in his mid-30s to pursue an acting career, working in restaurants and bartending to support himself until he got his “big break,” which unfortunately never came, friends said.

As his acting dreams faded, he improvised and used his abilities as an actor from his “stage” behind the bars, friends recalled. Going to work as a bartender became his “showtime,” they said.

Pauley had many friends, most of whom have passed away but some are still alive. Dan Triscari, a friend and patron of Outlaws in Playa del Rey, where Pauley was a bartender until he retired at 75, said he still has fond memories of Pauley behind the bar “holding court” over the Friday afternoon “Gentleman’s Club.”

Friends noted that Pauley lived his life the way he wanted up until the very end.

Pauley is survived by his daughter, Liz Michalski, and two grandchildren, Chris and Meghan.

A celebration of his life is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 27 at Outlaws, 230 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. To RSVP, (909) 867-4709.

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