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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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Get Shorty
Get Shorty Leo Devoe
The American President
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 2018 Butterfly in the Typewriter (pre-production)
Stanley Kauffmann
 2018 Room 104 (TV Series)
 2018 Accident Man
 2017 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (TV Series)
Harry Drake
 2017 I'm Dying Up Here (TV Series)
Ernie Falk
 2017 Lemon
Dr. Gold
 2017 Pure Genius (TV Series)
Douglas Prescott
 2009-2016 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Judge Richard Cuesta
 2016 The Pickle Recipe
Uncle Morty
 2013-2014 Perception (TV Series)
Rueben Bauer
 2014 Two-Bit Waltz
The Lawyer
 2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Ambassador Dixon Lewis
 2012 The Five-Year Engagement
Pete Solomon
 2011 Fanboy (Short)
Angry Ice Cream Customer
 2011 The Mentalist (TV Series)
James Panzer
 2011 Twixt
 2011 Bad Teacher
Doctor Vogel
 2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Dr. Stephen Elroy
 2009 Drag Me to Hell
Mr. Jacks
 2008 My Name Is Earl (TV Series)
Clark Clark
 2008 Redbelt
 2008 October Road (TV Series)
Dr. Doug Levy
 2007 Ocean's Thirteen
The V.U.P.
 2007 Brothers & Sisters (TV Series)
Donald Dudley
 2007 Resurrecting the Champ
 2006 Ghost Whisperer (TV Series)
Adam Godfrey
 2006 Entourage (TV Series)
Sammy Kane
 2003-2005 Line of Fire (TV Series)
Jonah Malloy
 2005 Into the West (TV Mini-Series)
Daniel Royer
 2005 Checking Out
Ted Applebaum
 2005 Warm Springs (TV Movie)
Louis Howe
 2005 Crazy for Love
Max, Sr.
 2005 Candor City Hospital (Short)
 2005 The Fix (Short)
Lew Devlin
 2005 School of Life (TV Movie)
Matt Warner
 2004 In Good Company
 2004 Balto III: Wings of Change (Video)
Mel (voice)
 2004 Jack & Bobby (TV Series)
Adam Chasen
 2004 Century City (TV Series)
Miller Sisto
 2004 Static Shock (TV Series)
Mason Andrews
 2004 Spartan
TV News Anchor (uncredited)
 2004 Capital City (TV Movie)
 2003 Alex & Emma
John Shaw
 2002 The Burial Society
Morry Zimmer
 2002 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Mr. Freedman
 2002 RFK (TV Movie)
Dick Goodwin
 2002 Joe and Max (TV Movie)
Joe Jacobs
 2002 Justice League (TV Series)
Chancellor / Nomad / Captain
 2001 Destiny (TV Movie)
 2001/I Focus
Mr. Finkelstein
 2001 The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie (TV Movie)
Male Rhinoceros Hornbill (voice)
 2001 Night Visions (TV Series)
Jim Osgoode (segment "Neighborhood Watch")
 2001 Bartleby
The Boss
 2000 From Where I Sit (TV Movie)
 2000 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (TV Movie)
Embassy interviewer
 2000 Bounce
Prosecuting Attorney Mandel (uncredited)
 2000 Enemies of Laughter
 2000 Bait
Agent Wooly
 2000 State and Main
Marty Rossen
 2000 Partners (TV Movie)
 2000 Rocket Power (TV Series)
 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
 1999/I Payback
Arthur Stegman
 1998 Mighty Joe Young
Harry Ruben
 1998 Outside Ozona
Alan Defaux
 1998 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
Finch / Iguana
 1998 Godzilla: The Series (TV Series)
Dean Whitehead
 1998 The Lesser Evil
 1998 The New Batman Adventures (TV Series)
 1992-1998 The Larry Sanders Show (TV Series)
Norman Litkey
 1997 Amistad
Secretary John Forsyth
 1997 Channel Umptee-3 (TV Series)
Sheldon S. Cargo
 1997 Gang Related
Elliot Goff
 1997 The Sixth Man
Coach Pederson
 1996 Crime of the Century (TV Movie)
David Wilentz
 1996 Carpool
Daniel Miller
 1996 City Hall
Abe Goodman
 1996 Unforgettable
Curtis Avery
 1995 Santo Bugito (TV Series)
The Professor
 1995 Nixon
Ron Ziegler
 1995 The American President
Leon Kodak
 1995 Get Shorty
Leo Devoe
 1995 Cagney & Lacey: Together Again (TV Movie)
Deputy D.A. Feldberg
 1994-1995 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (TV Series)
 1994 Cagney & Lacey: The Return (TV Movie)
Deputy Dist. Atty. Feldberg
 1994 In Search of Dr. Seuss (TV Movie)
The Ad Man
 1994 Quiz Show
Dan Enright
 1993 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Andy Conway
 1993 Heart and Souls
Hal the Bus Driver
 1992 Mr. Saturday Night
 1991-1992 The Commish (TV Series)
Arnie Metzger / Arnie
 1991 City Slickers
Ira Shalowitz
 1991 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
Henry Stocker
 1990-1991 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Dr. Bishop
 1991 Equal Justice (TV Series)
 1990 Cop Rock (TV Series)
Louis Newman
 1990 Mancuso, FBI (TV Series)
 1990 Sunset Beat (TV Series)
 1990 Crazy People
 1990 Sky High (TV Movie)
 1990 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Joey Paul
 1989 Matlock (TV Series)
Lenny Marcus
 1989 No Holds Barred
 1989 Hooperman (TV Series)
 1988 Duet (TV Series)
 1988 Who's the Boss? (TV Series)
 1988 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Mr. Oliphant / Boris
 1988 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Brian Sadler
 1982-1988 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Todd Feldberg / Vinnie
 1988 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Mr. Bickle
 1988 A Year in the Life (TV Series)
Defense Attorney
 1987 It's Garry Shandling's Show. (TV Series)
Richard Kimble
 1987 Private Eye (TV Series)
Archie Hammond
 1987 My Sister Sam (TV Series)
 1986-1987 Downtown (TV Series)
Capt. David Kiner
 1987 No Way Out
 1987 21 Jump Street (TV Series)
Mike Ferris
 1987 Rags to Riches (TV Series)
 1986 Night of the Creeps
Young Scientist
 1986 Howard the Duck
Larry, Scientist
 1984-1986 The Paper Chase (TV Series)
 1985-1986 Cheers (TV Series)
Phil Schumacher / Reporter
 1986 Moonlighting (TV Series)
Camille's PR
 1986 Pleasures (TV Movie)
 1986 Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
Mr. Wallace
 1985 Love, Mary (TV Movie)
David Lewis
 1985 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
Patrick Burke
 1985 Perfect
Managing Editor
 1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
Dr. Fronan
 1985 Family Ties (TV Series)
Larry Harris
 1984 Irreconcilable Differences
Alan Sluiser
 1984 Best Defense
 1984 Her Life as a Man (TV Movie)
 1984 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Attorney Michael Shapiro
 1983 The Greatest American Hero (TV Series)
The Gatekeeper
 1983 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
 1983 Grace Kelly (TV Movie)
Jay Kanter
 1983 The Powers of Matthew Star (TV Series)
Dr. Benson
 1983 Gloria (TV Series)
 1982 Airplane II: The Sequel
Court Photographer
 1982 Taxi (TV Series)
 1982 Fame (TV Series)
The Salesman
 1982 Open All Night (TV Series)
 1981 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
 1981 This House Possessed (TV Movie)
 1981 House Calls (TV Series)
Johnny Vance
 1981 Happy Days (TV Series)
 1980 Lou Grant (TV Series)
 1980 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Felix Morrissey
 1979 The In-Laws
Cab Driver
 1979 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
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Billy Crystal was so impressed with his work in the film City Slickers (1991) that he immediately cast him in his next vehicle, Mr. Saturday Night (1992), as Crystal's long-suffering brother who ages from 20-75. Paymer earned a supporting Oscar nomination for his efforts. See more »

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