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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
 2011 The Mentalist (TV Series)
James Panzer
- Blinking Red Light (2011) ... James Panzer
 2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Dr. Stephen Elroy
- Ace (2010) ... Dr. Stephen Elroy
 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)
 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 Warm Springs (TV Movie)
Louis Howe
 2005 School of Life (TV Movie)
Matt Warner
 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 Capital City (TV Movie)
 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 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 Partners (TV Movie)
Bob
 2000 Rocket Power (TV Series)
Director
- The Wrath of Don/Safety Patrol Sam (2000) ... Director (voice)
 1999 Dash and Lilly (TV Movie)
Arthur Kober, Lillian's Husband
 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 New Batman Adventures (TV Series)
Frank
- Torch Song (1998) ... Frank (voice)
 1997 Channel Umptee-3 (TV Series)
Sheldon S. Cargo (voice)
 1994-1995 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (TV Series)
Murray
 1995 Santo Bugito (TV Series)
The Professor
- My Name Is Revenge (1995) ... The Professor (voice)
 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
 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 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 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 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
 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 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 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 Taxi (TV Series)
Ned
- Alex the Gofer (1982) ... Ned
 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 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Ralph
- Make Believe Marriage (1979) ... Ralph
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