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David Paymer


One of modern TV and moviedom's most sturdy and reliable character actors, David Paymer dreamed of being an actor from early childhood. Although he came from a traditional middle-class Jewish family that urged him to become a doctor or lawyer, Paymer felt more at home in the world of the thespian. At 14, he used a fake I.D. to see The Graduate, ... See full bio »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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 2013-2014 Perception (TV Series)
Rueben Bauer
- Dirty (2014) ... Rueben Bauer
- Brotherhood (2014) ... Rueben Bauer
- Asylum (2013) ... Rueben Bauer
- Ch-Ch-Changes (2013) ... Rueben Bauer
 2014 Two-Bit Waltz
The Lawyer
 2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Dixon Lewis
 2011 Fanboy (Short)
Angry Ice Cream Customer
 2011 The Mentalist (TV Series)
James Panzer
- Blinking Red Light (2011) ... James Panzer
 2011 Twixt
Sam
 2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Dr. Stephen Elroy
- Ace (2010) ... Dr. Stephen Elroy
 2008 Redbelt
Richard
 2008 October Road (TV Series)
Dr. Doug Levy
- Dancing Days Are Here Again (2008) ... Dr. Doug Levy
 2007 Brothers & Sisters (TV Series)
Donald Dudley
- All in the Family (2007) ... Donald Dudley (uncredited)
 2007 Resurrecting the Champ
Whitley
 2006 Ghost Whisperer (TV Series)
Adam Godfrey / Ghost
- A Grave Matter (2006) ... Adam Godfrey / Ghost
 2006 Entourage (TV Series)
Sammy Kane
- I Wanna Be Sedated (2006) ... Sammy Kane
 2005 Into the West (TV Mini-Series)
Daniel Royer
- Ghost Dance (2005) ... Daniel Royer
 2005 Checking Out
Ted Applebaum
 2005 Warm Springs (TV Movie)
Louis Howe
 2005 Candor City Hospital (Short)
 2005 Crazy for Love
Max, Sr.
 2005 The Fix (Short)
Lew Devlin
 2005 School of Life (TV Movie)
Matt Warner
 2004 Balto III: Wings of Change (Video)
Mel (voice)
 2004 Jack & Bobby (TV Series)
Adam Chasen
- The Kindness of Strangers (2004) ... Adam Chasen (uncredited)
- Pilot (2004) ... Adam Chasen (uncredited)
 2004 Century City (TV Series)
Miller Sisto
- Pilot (2004) ... Miller Sisto
 2004 Spartan
TV News Anchor (uncredited)
 2004 Capital City (TV Movie)
 2002 The Burial Society
Morry Zimmer
 2002 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Mr. Freedman
- Birthday Boy (2002) ... Mr. Freedman
 2002 RFK (TV Movie)
Dick Goodwin
 2002 Joe and Max (TV Movie)
Joe Jacobs
 2002 Justice League (TV Series)
Chancellor / Nomad / Captain
- War World: Part II (2002) ... Chancellor / Nomad (voice)
- War World (2002) ... Chancellor / Captain (voice)
 2001 The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie (TV Movie)
Male Rhinoceros Hornbill (voice)
 2001/I Focus
Mr. Finkelstein
 2001 Night Visions (TV Series)
Jim Osgoode
- Neighborhood Watch (2001) ... Jim Osgoode
 2001 Destiny (TV Movie)
 2000 From Where I Sit (TV Movie)
Bob
 2000 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (TV Movie)
Embassy interviewer
 2000 Bounce
Prosecuting Attorney Mandel (uncredited)
 2000 Enemies of Laughter
Paul
 2000 Bait
Agent Wooly
 2000 Partners (TV Movie)
Bob
 2000 Rocket Power (TV Series)
Director
- The Wrath of Don/Safety Patrol Sam (2000) ... Director (voice)
 1999 The Hurricane
Myron Bedlock
 1999 Mumford
Dr. Ernest Delbanco
 1999 Chill Factor
Dr. Richard Long
 1999 Dash and Lilly (TV Movie)
Arthur Kober, Lillian's Husband
 1998 Mighty Joe Young
Harry Ruben
 1998 Outside Ozona
Alan Defaux
 1998 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
Finch / Iguana
- Eliza-cology (1998) ... Finch / Iguana (voice)
 1998 Godzilla: The Series (TV Series)
- Talkin' Trash (1998) ... (voice)
 1998 The Lesser Evil
George
 1998 The New Batman Adventures (TV Series)
Frank
- Torch Song (1998) ... Frank (voice)
 1997 Channel Umptee-3 (TV Series)
Sheldon S. Cargo (voice)
 1997 Amistad
Secretary John Forsyth
 1997 The Sixth Man
Coach Pederson
 1996 Carpool
Daniel Miller
 1996 Unforgettable
Curtis Avery
 1995 Santo Bugito (TV Series)
The Professor
- My Name Is Revenge (1995) ... The Professor (voice)
 1994 Quiz Show
Dan Enright
 1994 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (TV Series)
- Joking the Chicken (1994) ... (voice)
 1993 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Andy Conway
- Two for the Show (1993) ... Andy Conway
 1993 Heart and Souls
Hal the Bus Driver
 1991 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
Henry Stocker
- I'm Gonna Live Till I Die (1991) ... Henry Stocker
 1990-1991 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Dr. Bishop
- Hoarse Play (1991) ... Dr. Bishop
 1991 Equal Justice (TV Series)
Stuey
- Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) ... Stuey
 1990 Cop Rock (TV Series)
Homeless Man
- Oli of Ol' Lay (1990) ... Homeless Man
 1990 Mancuso, FBI (TV Series)
Lloyd
- Adamant Eve (1990) ... Lloyd
 1990 Sunset Beat (TV Series)
 1990 Sunset Beat (TV Movie)
 1990 Crazy People
George
 1990 Sky High (TV Movie)
 1990 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Joey Paul
- Whatever Happened to Hannah? (1990) ... Joey Paul
 1989 Matlock (TV Series)
Lenny Marcus
- The Prisoner: Part 1 (1989) ... Lenny Marcus
 1989 No Holds Barred
Unger
 1989 Hooperman (TV Series)
Leonard
- The Sure Thing (1989) ... Leonard
 1988 Duet (TV Series)
Andy
- One Man Out (1988) ... Andy
 1988 Who's the Boss? (TV Series)
Jack
- A Jack Story (1988) ... Jack
 1988 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Mr. Oliphant / Boris
- The Absent-Minded Professor (1988) ... Mr. Oliphant
- Rock 'n' Roll Mom (1988) ... Boris
 1988 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Brian Sadler
- Ain't Gonna Get It from Me, Jack (1988) ... Brian Sadler
 1987 It's Garry Shandling's Show. (TV Series)
Richard Kimble
- The Fugitive (1987) ... Richard Kimble
 1987 Private Eye (TV Series)
Archie Hammond
- Blue Hotel Pt.1 (1987) ... Archie Hammond
 1987 My Sister Sam (TV Series)
Bob
 1987 No Way Out
Technician
 1987 21 Jump Street (TV Series)
Mike Ferris
- 16 Blown to 35 (1987) ... Mike Ferris
 1987 Rags to Riches (TV Series)
Arnie
- Born to Ride (1987) ... Arnie
 1986 Night of the Creeps
Young Scientist
 1985-1986 Cheers (TV Series)
Phil Schumacher / Reporter
- King of the Hill (1985) ... Reporter
 1986 Moonlighting (TV Series)
Camille's PR
- Camille (1986) ... Camille's PR
 1986 Pleasures (TV Movie)
Stanley
 1985 Love, Mary (TV Movie)
David Lewis
 1985 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
Patrick Burke
- The Yankee Clipper (1985) ... Patrick Burke
 1985 Perfect
Managing Editor
 1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
Dr. Fronan
- DOA: Delirious on Arrival (1985) ... Dr. Fronan
 1985 Family Ties (TV Series)
Larry Harris
- Cold Storage (1985) ... Larry Harris
- Oh, Donna (1985) ... Larry Harris
 1984 Irreconcilable Differences
Alan Sluiser
 1984 Best Defense
Kurly
 1984 Her Life as a Man (TV Movie)
Ted
 1984 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Attorney Michael Shapiro
- The Other Side of Oneness (1984) ... Attorney Michael Shapiro
 1983 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
David
- I Do, I Don't (1983) ... David
 1983 Grace Kelly (TV Movie)
Jay Kanter
 1983 The Powers of Matthew Star (TV Series)
Dr. Benson
- Matthew Star D.O.A. (1983) ... Dr. Benson
 1983 Gloria (TV Series)
Robber
- Gloria on the Couch (1983) ... Robber
 1983 The Greatest American Hero (TV Series)
The Gatekeeper
- Wizards and Warlocks (1983) ... The Gatekeeper
 1982 Airplane II: The Sequel
Court Photographer
 1982 Taxi (TV Series)
Director
- Alex the Gofer (1982) ... Director
 1982 Fame (TV Series)
The Salesman
- The Sell-Out (1982) ... The Salesman
 1982 Open All Night (TV Series)
Punker
- Sitting Ducks (1982) ... Punker
 1981 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Orderly
- Hart of Darkness (1981) ... Orderly
 1981 This House Possessed (TV Movie)
Pasternak
 1981 House Calls (TV Series)
Johnny Vance
- No Balls, One Strike (1981) ... Johnny Vance
 1981 Happy Days (TV Series)
Dwayne
- If You Knew Rosa (1981) ... Dwayne
 1980 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Roy
- Nightside (1980) ... Roy
 1980 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Felix Morrissey
- Guns (1980) ... Felix Morrissey
 1979 The In-Laws
Cab Driver
 1979 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Ralph
- Make Believe Marriage (1979) ... Ralph
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