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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 22 February 1928Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA
Birth NamePaul Brown
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dooley was a keen cartoonist as a youth and drew a strip for a local paper in Parkersburg, West Virginia. He joined the Navy before discovering acting while at college. Moving to New York, he soon found success as a regular on the stage. Also having an interest in comedy, Dooley was a stand-up comedian for five years, as well as having brief stints as a magician and as a clown. Not afraid of trying different areas of entertainment, he has also worked as a writer. After appearing in many movies, including most notably Popeye (1980), Dooley has appeared as recurrent characters on various shows, including My So-Called Life (1994), Dream On (1990), Grace Under Fire (1993), and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Lammens <lammens@connexus.apana.org.au>

Spouse (2)

Winnie Holzman (18 November 1984 - present) (1 child)
Donna Lee Wasser (19 September 1959 - 1983) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (15)

Has four children: Robin, Peter, Adam (all from first wife Donna) and Savannah (from second wife Winnie). Son Adam Dooley was more recently the writer/director/producer of the short film Adventures in Homeschooling (2004) which featured Paul. Savannah Dooley wrote episodes for What Goes On (2007).
On stage he played the titular baseball great in the acclaimed one-man show "The Amazing Casey Stengel" at the American Place Theatre in 1980-1981.
Attended West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia, and received a BA in speech and drama in 1952.
Had an Emmy-nominated guest turn on the HBO sitcom Dream On (1990), playing the gay father of the lead.
Second wife Winnie Holzman wrote for the last two seasons of Thirtysomething (1987) and was creator and writer for the acclaimed teen drama series My So-Called Life (1994).
Won the National Board of Review award for his hapless father in the film Breaking Away (1979).
Early career in the entertainment business included jobs as a magician and clown.
Co-created and wrote the groundbreaking children's series The Electric Company (1971) in the 1970s.
Dooley and Dennis Christopher have played father and son twice in movies: Liam and Hughie Brenner in A Wedding (1978), and Raymond and Dave Stoller in Breaking Away (1979). They later played father and son (Stan and Roger Coffman) in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) episode, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Cherry Red (2003).
Was discovered in New York by Mike Nichols, who cast the actor as one of the poker-playing buddies in the original 1965 Broadway production "The Odd Couple." When star Art Carney left the play, Dooley replaced him as the fastidious roommate Felix opposite Walter Matthau's grumbling Oscar Madison.
Appeared as on-screen spokesman for Top Job (cleaner) in television commercials of the late 1960's.
Was high school friends with actor James Dukas. Later, while the two attended West Virginia University, they "palled around" with Don Knotts.
In the original, unused ending of Little Shop of Horrors (1986) he played the character of Patrick Martin. The role was eventually played by Jim Belushi but Dooley still gets a credit in the movie's DVD and in the special thanks section of the movie.
Performing in "The Sunshine Boys", with Jack Klugman, at The George Street Play House in New Brunswick, New Jersey. [October 2007]
He voiced a character in two rival animated movies about racing. In Pixar's Cars he is the voice of Sarge the Army Jeep and in Dreamworks' Turbo he is the voice of The Foreman Snail.

Personal Quotes (1)

I don't take myself too seriously which is maybe why I've done a lot more comedy roles than anything else. I have more fun doing off-the-wall kinds of things.

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