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Dabney Coleman


For decades, Dabney Coleman has often appeared as a smarmy, selfish, nervous person, often with money, who is mostly out for himself. He did such a good job in this type of part that he's made a career of it in film. Dabney Wharton Coleman was born in Austin, Texas, to Mary Wharton (Johns) and Melvin Randolph Coleman. He attended the Virginia ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

WarGames
WarGames McKittrick
(1983)
Tootsie
Tootsie Ron
(1982)
You've Got Mail
You've Got Mail Nelson Fox
(1998)
On Golden Pond
On Golden Pond Bill Ray
(1981)

Filmography

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 2016 Rules Don't Apply
Raymond Holliday
 2016 Ray Donovan (TV Series)
Mr. Price
- Federal Boobie Inspector (2016) ... Mr. Price
 2010-2011 Boardwalk Empire (TV Series)
Commodore Louis Kaestner
- To the Lost (2011) ... Commodore Louis Kaestner (credit only)
- Under God's Power She Flourishes (2011) ... Commodore Louis Kaestner
- Georgia Peaches (2011) ... Commodore Louis Kaestner
- Battle of the Century (2011) ... Commodore Louis Kaestner (credit only)
- Two Boats and a Lifeguard (2011) ... Commodore Louis Kaestner
 2010-2011 Pound Puppies (TV Series)
Mayor
- Mcleish Unleashed (2011) ... Mayor (voice)
- The General (2010) ... Mayor (voice)
- Nightmare on Pound Street (2010) ... Mayor (voice)
- The Yipper Caper (2010) ... Mayor (voice)
 2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Frank Hager
- Snatched (2009) ... Frank Hager
 2007 Hard Four
Spray Loomis
 2007 Heartland (TV Series)
Dr. Bart Jacobs
- Smile (2007) ... Dr. Bart Jacobs
- As We Are So Wonderfully Done with Each Other (2007) ... Dr. Bart Jacobs
- Domino Effect (2007) ... Dr. Bart Jacobs
- Mother & Child Reunion (2007) ... Dr. Bart Jacobs
- I Make Myself Into Something New (2007) ... Dr. Bart Jacobs
 2006 Lilo & Stitch: The Series (TV Series)
Principal Pete Prickly
- Lax: Experiment #285 (2006) ... Principal Pete Prickly (voice)
 2006 Courting Alex (TV Series)
Jack Atwell / Bill Rose
- Everything I Know About Men (2006) ... Jack Atwell
- A Moving Story (2006) ... Jack Atwell
- Alex Looks Out for Steven (2006) ... Jack Atwell
- You Compete Me (2006) ... Bill Rose
- The Perfect Couple (2006) ... Bill Rose
 2005 Domino
Drake Bishop
 2001-2004 The Guardian (TV Series)
Burton Fallin
- Antarctica (2004) ... Burton Fallin
- Blood In, Blood Out (2004) ... Burton Fallin
- The Vote (2004) ... Burton Fallin
- Remember (2004) ... Burton Fallin
- The Bachelor Party (2004) ... Burton Fallin
 2003 Recess: All Growed Down (Video)
Principal Prickley (voice)
 2003 Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade (Video)
Principal Prickly (voice)
 2003 Where the Red Fern Grows
Grandpa
 2003 Freedom: A History of Us (TV Series documentary)
Stephen A. Douglas
- A Fatal Contradiction (2003) ... Stephen A. Douglas (voice)
 2002 Moonlight Mile
Mike Mulcahey
 2002 The Zeta Project (TV Series)
Dr. Boyle
- Hunt in the Hub (2002) ... Dr. Boyle (voice)
 2002 The Climb
Mack
 2001 Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street (Video)
Principal Peter Prickly (voice)
 2001 Kiss My Act (TV Movie)
Henry
 2001 Recess: School's Out
Principal Peter Prickly (voice)
 2000 How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale (TV Movie)
John Kennedy
 2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
Monsieur Fox
- Aesop's Fables: A Whodunnit Musical (2000) ... Monsieur Fox (voice)
 1999/I Taken
Ethan Grover
 1999 Must Be Santa (TV Movie)
Tuttle
 1999 Stuart Little
Dr. Beechwood
 1997-1999 Recess (TV Series)
Principal Peter Prickly / Principal Prickly
- The Biggest Trouble Ever (1999) ... Principal Prickly
- Gus' Fortune (1999) ... Principal Peter Prickly (voice)
- A Genius Among Us (1999) ... Principal Peter Prickly (voice)
- Principal for a Day (1999) ... Principal Peter Prickly (voice)
- The Beauty Contest (1999) ... Principal Peter Prickly (voice)
 1999 Inspector Gadget
Chief Quimby
 1999 Giving It Up
Johnathan Gallant
 1998 You've Got Mail
Nelson Fox
 1998 Exiled (TV Movie)
Lieutenant Kevin Stolper
 1998 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series)
President Richmond
- My Date with the President's Daughter (1998) ... President Richmond
 1998 Target Earth (TV Movie)
Senator Ben Arnold, Sam's Uncle
 1997 Jumanji (TV Series)
Ashton Philips
- An Old Story (1997) ... Ashton Philips (voice)
- The Palace of Clues (1997) ... Ashton Philips (voice)
 1997 The Magic School Bus (TV Series)
Horace Scope
- Sees Stars (1997) ... Horace Scope (voice)
 1997 Un amour de sorcière
Joel
 1996 Devil's Food (TV Movie)
Seymour Kecker
 1994-1995 Madman of the People (TV Series)
Jack 'Madman' Buckner
- The Madman and the Showgirl (1995) ... Jack 'Madman' Buckner
- Anytime, Anywhere (1995) ... Jack 'Madman' Buckner
- The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword (1995) ... Jack 'Madman' Buckner
- Truths My Father Told (1995) ... Jack 'Madman' Buckner
- Notes from the Underground (1995) ... Jack 'Madman' Buckner
 1995 Kidnapped: In the Line of Duty (TV Movie)
Arthur Milo
 1994 Judicial Consent
Charles Mayron
 1994 Texan (TV Short)
Richard Williams
 1994 Clifford
Gerald Ellis
 1993 The Beverly Hillbillies
Milburn Drysdale
 1993 Amos & Andrew
Chief of Police Cecil Tolliver
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
Stephen A. Douglas (voice)
 1992 There Goes the Neighborhood
Jeffrey Babitt
 1991-1992 Drexell's Class (TV Series)
Otis Drexell
- The Resentments (1992) ... Otis Drexell
- Cruisin' (1992) ... Otis Drexell
- Til Death Do You Part (1992) ... Otis Drexell
- Ashes to Ashes (1992) ... Otis Drexell
- Beauty & the Beast (1992) ... Otis Drexell
 1973-1991 Columbo (TV Series)
Hugh Creighton / Detective Murray
- Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star (1991) ... Hugh Creighton
- Double Shock (1973) ... Detective Murray
 1991 Never Forget (TV Movie)
William Cox
 1990 Meet the Applegates
Aunt Bea
 1990 Short Time
Burt Simpson
 1990 Where the Heart Is
Stewart McBain
 1988 Hot to Trot
Walter Sawyer
 1988 Maybe Baby (TV Movie)
Hal
 1987-1988 The Slap Maxwell Story (TV Series)
Slap Maxwell
- Episode #1.22 (1988) ... Slap Maxwell
- Episode #1.21 (1988) ... Slap Maxwell
- Episode #1.20 (1988) ... Slap Maxwell
- Episode #1.19 (1988) ... Slap Maxwell
- Episode #1.18 (1988) ... Slap Maxwell
 1988 Dolly (TV Series)
Arthur Andrews
- Episode #1.22 (1988) ... Arthur Andrews
 1987 Plaza Suite (TV Movie)
Jesse Kiplinger
 1987 Dragnet
Jerry Caesar
 1987 Sworn to Silence (TV Movie)
Martin Costigan
 1987 Guilty of Innocence: The Lenell Geter Story (TV Movie)
Ed Sigel
 1986 Fresno (TV Mini-Series)
Tyler Cane
- Episode #1.5 (1986) ... Tyler Cane
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Tyler Cane
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Tyler Cane
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Tyler Cane
- The Raisin Basket of the World (1986) ... Tyler Cane
 1986 Murrow (TV Movie)
CBS Chairman William Paley
 1984 Cloak & Dagger
Jack Flack / Hal Osborne
 1984 The Muppets Take Manhattan
Martin Price / Murray Plotsky
 1983-1984 Buffalo Bill (TV Series)
Bill Bittinger
- Church of the Poisoned Mind (1984) ... Bill Bittinger
- Have Yourself a Very Degrading Christmas (1984) ... Bill Bittinger
- The Tap Dancer (1984) ... Bill Bittinger
- A Hero (1984) ... Bill Bittinger
- Buffalo Bill Versus the Kremlin (1984) ... Bill Bittinger
 1983 WarGames
McKittrick
 1982 Tootsie
Ron
 1982 Young Doctors in Love
Dr. Joseph Prang
 1981 Modern Problems
Mark Winslow
 1981 On Golden Pond
Bill Ray
 1981 Callie & Son (TV Movie)
Randall Bordeaux
 1980 Pray TV
Marvin Fleece
 1980 Nine to Five
Franklin Hart, Jr.
 1980 Melvin and Howard
Judge Keith Hayes
 1980 Nothing Personal
Dickerson
 1980 Dan August: The Jealousy Factor (TV Movie)
Rick Bessett
 1979 When She Was Bad... (TV Movie)
Jack Wilson
 1973-1979 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Ted Sayers / Brad Adamson / George Clark / ...
- Indoctrination in Evil (1979) ... Brad Adamson
- Final Judgment: Part 2 (1978) ... Ted Sayers
- Final Judgment: Part 1 (1978) ... Ted Sayers
- A Taste for Murder (1975) ... George Clark
- Blind Terror (1973) ... Paul Cleveland
 1979 Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
Fred Tanner
- Arnold's Girlfriend: Part 2 (1979) ... Fred Tanner
- Arnold's Girlfriend: Part 1 (1979) ... Fred Tanner
 1979 North Dallas Forty
Emmett Hunter
 1978 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Van Milner
 1978 More Than Friends (TV Movie)
Joshua 'Josh' Harrington
 1978 Go Tell the Spartans
Helicopter pilot (uncredited)
 1978 Maneaters Are Loose! (TV Movie)
McCallum
 1978 The Other Side of the Mountain: Part II
Dave McCoy (uncredited)
 1978 Apple Pie (TV Series)
Fast Eddie Murtaugh
- Tornado (1978) ... Fast Eddie Murtaugh
- They Walk Among Us (1978) ... Fast Eddie Murtaugh
- Pilot (1978) ... Fast Eddie Murtaugh
- Ginger-Nell Loses Her Touch (1978) ... Fast Eddie Murtaugh
- A Man from Ginger Nell's Past (1978) ... Fast Eddie Murtaugh
 1977 Rolling Thunder
Maxwell
 1977 Forever Fernwood (TV Series)
Merle Jeeter
 1977 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Officer Peter O'Neil / Dr. Burt Travers
- A Dead Man's Truth (1977) ... Officer Peter O'Neil
- A Good Smack in the Mouth (1977) ... Dr. Burt Travers
 1977 Fernwood Tonight (TV Series)
Mayor Merle Jeeter
- Episode #1.33 (1977) ... Mayor Merle Jeeter
- Talk to a Jew (1977) ... Mayor Merle Jeeter
 1976-1977 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (TV Series)
Merle Jeeter
- Episode #2.195 (1977) ... Merle Jeeter
- Episode #2.194 (1977) ... Merle Jeeter (uncredited)
- Episode #2.191 (1977) ... Merle Jeeter (uncredited)
- Episode #2.190 (1977) ... Merle Jeeter
- Episode #2.189 (1977) ... Merle Jeeter (uncredited)
 1977 Viva Knievel!
Ralph Thompson
 1976 Police Story (TV Series)
Captain Stromwall / Lieutenant Kruse
- Three Days to Thirty (1976) ... Captain Stromwall
- Eamon Kinsella Royce (1976) ... Lieutenant Kruse
 1974-1976 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Andrew Horvath, Sr. / George Todd
- The Drop (1976) ... Andrew Horvath, Sr.
- Jacob's Boy (1974) ... George Todd
 1976 Midway
Captain Murray Arnold
 1976 Kiss Me, Kill Me (TV Movie)
Capt. Logan
 1976 Switch (TV Series)
C.C. Owens
- One of Our Zeppelins Is Missing (1976) ... C.C. Owens
 1973-1976 Cannon (TV Series)
Jack Sheffield / Lt. Daggett
- The House of Cards (1976) ... Jack Sheffield
- Dead Lady's Tears (1973) ... Lt. Daggett
 1976 Mary Tyler Moore (TV Series)
Congressman Phil Whitman
- The Seminar (1976) ... Congressman Phil Whitman
 1976 Medical Story (TV Series)
 1976 Petrocelli (TV Series)
Willy Morgan
- The Pay Off (1976) ... Willy Morgan
 1975 The Other Side of the Mountain
Dave McCoy
 1974-1975 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Walter Jennings / Hansen
- Aftershock (1975) ... Walter Jennings
- Cross & Double Cross (1974) ... Hansen
 1975 Returning Home (TV Movie)
Al Stephenson
 1975 Bite the Bullet
Jack Parker
 1975 Caribe (TV Series)
Donald Coglan
- Counterfeit Killer (1975) ... Donald Coglan
 1975 Medical Center (TV Series)
Brice
- Aftershock (1975) ... Brice
 1975 Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (TV Movie)
Paul Mathison
 1972-1975 Mannix (TV Series)
Howard Graham / Ralph Stoner
- A Ransom for Yesterday (1975) ... Howard Graham
- Portrait of a Hero (1972) ... Ralph Stoner
 1974 The Towering Inferno
Deputy Chief #1
 1974 The Manhunter (TV Series)
Sheriff Stigman
- A.W.O.L. to Kill (1974) ... Sheriff Stigman
 1974 Sons and Daughters (TV Series)
- The Invitation (1974)
 1974 Bad Ronald (TV Movie)
Mr. Wood
 1974 The Dove
Charles Huntley
 1965-1974 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Barnes / Mr. Jamison / Ty Williams / ...
- Survival (1974) ... Barnes
- The Game of Terror (1971) ... Mr. Jamison
- Incident in the Desert (1970) ... Ty Williams
- Flight (1969) ... Sam Langlin
- The Conspirators (1967) ... Stanley Leonard
 1974 Kojak (TV Series)
Alex Linden
- Therapy in Dynamite (1974) ... Alex Linden
 1974 House of Evil (TV Movie)
 1974 Bogard
Heineken
 1974 Love Is Not Forever (TV Movie)
Jerry Michaells
 1973 Cinderella Liberty
Executive Officer
 1973 The President's Plane Is Missing (TV Movie)
Sen. Bert Haines
 1973 Griff (TV Series)
George Bates
- All the Lonely People (1973) ... George Bates
 1973 Dying Room Only (TV Movie)
Bob Mitchell
 1973 Egan (TV Movie)
Captain Walter Jones
 1973 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
- Moving Target (1973)
 1973 Savage (TV Movie)
Ted Seligson
 1973 Search (TV Series)
Elliott Desmond
- Suffer My Child (1973) ... Elliott Desmond
 1973 Ironside (TV Series)
Daniel Leary
- The Caller (1973) ... Daniel Leary
 1970-1973 Room 222 (TV Series)
Gary Webster Sr. / Calvin Schuller
- Rights of Others (1973) ... Gary Webster Sr.
 1972 Banyon (TV Series)
Ralph Hubbard
- Think of Me Kindly (1972) ... Ralph Hubbard
 1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
Dr. Goldstone
- A Standard of Manhood (1972) ... Dr. Goldstone
 1970 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Detective Robinson
- The Humanization of Herbert T. Peabody (1970) ... Detective Robinson
 1970 I Love My Wife
Frank Donnelly
 1970 Dan August (TV Series)
Rick Bessett
- The King Is Dead (1970) ... Rick Bessett
 1970 The Brotherhood of the Bell (TV Movie)
Agent Shepard
 1968-1969 Bonanza (TV Series)
Clyde / Ivar Peterson
- A Darker Shadow (1969) ... Clyde
- Queen High (1968) ... Ivar Peterson
 1969 Downhill Racer
Mayo
 1969 Then Came Bronson (TV Series)
Doctor Ron Carlisle
- The Circle of Time (1969) ... Doctor Ron Carlisle
 1969 Bright Promise (TV Series)
Dr. Tracy Graham (1971-1972)
 1969 The Trouble with Girls
Harrison Wilby
 1968 Mod Squad (TV Series)
John
- The Guru (1968) ... John
 1968 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Calvin H. Higby
- Ten Day Millionaires (1968) ... Calvin H. Higby
 1968 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Walter Sims
- The Ends of Justice (1968) ... Walter Sims
 1968 The Scalphunters
Jed
 1967 Iron Horse (TV Series)
Lee Archer
- Death Has Two Faces (1967) ... Lee Archer
 1967 Dundee and the Culhane (TV Series)
Sheriff Wrenn
- The Jubilee Raid Brief (1967) ... Sheriff Wrenn
 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
John Carter / Capt. Mitchell Ross
- The Saucer (1967) ... John Carter
- The Innocent (1967) ... Capt. Mitchell Ross
 1967 The Flying Nun (TV Series)
Sub. Captain
- The Flying Nun (1967) ... Sub. Captain
 1965-1967 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
Captain Dan Yardley / Lt. George Webb
- The Mod Party (1967) ... Captain Dan Yardley
- Anybody Here Seen Jeannie? (1965) ... Lt. George Webb
 1966-1967 That Girl (TV Series)
Dr. Leon Bessemer
- This Little Piggy Had a Ball (1967) ... Dr. Leon Bessemer
- The Honeymoon Apartment (1967) ... Dr. Leon Bessemer
- Paper Hats & Everything (1967) ... Dr. Leon Bessemer
- Phantom of the Horse Opera (1966) ... Dr. Leon Bessemer
- What's in a Name? (1966) ... Dr. Leon Bessemer
 1967 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Fred Palmer
- The Calculus of Chaos (1967) ... Fred Palmer
 1966 Please Don't Eat the Daisies (TV Series)
Clark
- The Guardian (1966) ... Clark
 1964-1966 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Steve / Officer George Graham / Floyd / ...
- Approach with Care (1966) ... Steve
- Coralee (1966) ... Officer George Graham
- World's End (1964) ... Sergeant Keith
 1966 This Property Is Condemned
Salesman
 1964-1966 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
Captain Robbins / Captain Wilson
- The Outsider (1966) ... Captain Robbins
- Here's to Courageous Cowards (1964) ... Captain Wilson
 1965 The Slender Thread
Charlie
 1965 The Donna Reed Show (TV Series)
Rallye Master
- Rally Round the Girls, Boys (1965) ... Rallye Master
 1965 Hazel (TV Series)
Les Swanton
- A-Haunting We Will Go (1965) ... Les Swanton
 1964-1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Sergeant Harry King / Stanley Rivkin
- The Fliers (1965) ... Sergeant Harry King
- A Slow Fade to Black (1964) ... Stanley Rivkin
 1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
James Custer / Lt. Rupert Lawrence Howard / Dr. Williams
- Wolf 359 (1964) ... James Custer
- Specimen: Unknown (1964) ... Lt. Rupert Lawrence Howard (uncredited)
- The Mice (1964) ... Dr. Williams
 1963-1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Sgt. Lou Snyder / Tom Esterow
- Isabel (1964) ... Sgt. Lou Snyder
- Dear Uncle George (1963) ... Tom Esterow
 1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Dr. David Kirkson
- A Sense of Tempo (1964) ... Dr. David Kirkson
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Alvin Piper / William Gunther
- Their Own Executioners (1964) ... Alvin Piper
- The Threatening Eye (1964) ... William Gunther
 1964 The Movie Maker (TV Movie)
 1963 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Wayne Holton
- The Quality of Justice (1963) ... Wayne Holton
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series)
 1963 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Dr. Bobby Bainbridge
- Father Was an Intern (1963) ... Dr. Bobby Bainbridge
 1963 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Lee Mattheson
- Of Struggle and Flight (1963) ... Lee Mattheson
 1962 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Junkie / John Mitchell
- Assignment: Teenage Junkies (1962) ... Junkie
- Assignment: Teenage Junkies (1962) ... John Mitchell
 1961 Naked City (TV Series)
Resident
- Landscape with Dead Figures (1961) ... Resident
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Other Works:

Doing commercial voice overs for Rent-a-Center (2006) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dabney Colemen

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on why he never phones in a performance] That's the way I do things. It's the only way I know how to do it. it's a competition thing. I compete with myself. I won't let myself do less than I know I can do. See more »

Trivia:

Acting mentor and friend of Simon Baker. See more »

Trademark:

Usually plays characters that are "up to no good" See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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