David Paymer

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David Paymer
Born(1954-08-30) August 30, 1954 (age 60)
Oceanside, New York, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationActor, director
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Liz Georges (1988-present; 2 children)
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David Paymer
Born(1954-08-30) August 30, 1954 (age 60)
Oceanside, New York, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationActor, director
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Liz Georges (1988-present; 2 children)

David Paymer (born August 30, 1954) is an American actor and television director, seen in such films as Mr. Saturday Night, Quiz Show, Searching for Bobby Fischer, City Slickers, Crazy People, State and Main, Payback, Get Shorty, Carpool, The American President, Ocean's Thirteen, and Drag Me to Hell. Paymer was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1992 for Mr. Saturday Night. He played the lead role as the Boss in Bartleby, an adaptation of Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener." He played a mob boss in the short-lived series Line of Fire.

Personal life[edit]

Paymer was born in Oceanside, New York, the son of Sylvia, a travel agent, and Marvin Paymer, a pianist and musical director[1] who originally worked in the scrap metal business. The two divorced in 1973.[2] Paymer is Jewish; his mother was born in Belgium and left for the United States because of the Nazi occupation.[3] Paymer has a brother, Steve, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in theater and psychology. Paymer is married to Liz Georges, with whom he has two children.


Paymer's acting career began in 1979 with the film The In-Laws. Paymer has appeared in over 90 films in his career. He has also appeared in many popular television shows, including Taxi, Happy Days, L.A. Law, Ghost Whisperer, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Entourage. He has had recurring roles on Cheers, Murphy Brown, and The Larry Sanders Show. He has also appeared in such films as Amistad, City Hall, RFK, and Into the West. Paymer has also dabbled into the world of animation, lending his voice to the character "Sheldon" in the Kids' WB cartoon series Channel Umptee-3 and in Balto 3: Wings of Change as neurotic Welsh Terrier Mel.

Paymer has directed episodes of several popular television series, including Gilmore Girls, Grey's Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Melrose Place, Everwood, Brothers & Sisters, and Bunheads. He also appears in a cameo for an AT&T commercial in 2011.



1979The In-LawsCab Driver
1981This House PossessedPasternak
1982Airplane II: The SequelCourt Photographer
1983Grace KellyJay KanterTelevision movie
1984Best DefenseKurly
1984Irreconcilable DifferencesAlan Sluiser
1985PerfectManaging Editor
1986Howard the DuckLarry
1986Night of the CreepsYoung scientist
1987No Way OutDavid
1988Rock 'n' Roll MomBoris
1989No Holds BarredUnger
1990Crazy PeopleGeorge
1991City SlickersIra Shalowitz
1992Mr. Saturday NightStanNominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1993Searching for Bobby FischerKalev
1993Heart and SoulsHal
1994City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's GoldIra Shalowitz
1994In Search of Dr. SeussAd Man
1994Quiz ShowDan Enright
1994Cagney & Lacey: The ReturnFeldbergTelevision movie
1995Cagney & Lacey: Together AgainFeldbergTelevision movie
1995Get ShortyLeo DevoeNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1995The American PresidentLeon Kodak
1995NixonRon ZieglerNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1996UnforgettableCurtis Avery
1996City HallAbe Goodman
1996CarpoolDaniel Miller
1996Crime of the CenturyDavid WilentzTelevision movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1997The Sixth ManPederson
1997Gang RelatedElliot Goff
1997AmistadJohn Forsyth
1997Channel Umptee-3Sheldon S. Cargo (voice)
1998The Lesser EvilGeorge
1998Outside OzonaAlan Defaux
1998Mighty Joe YoungDr. Harry Ruben
1999Chill FactorDr. Richard Long
1999MumfordDr. Ernest Delbanco
1999The HurricaneMyron Bedlock
2000State and MainMarty RossenFlorida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2000BaitAgent Wooly
2000For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval StoryEmbassy interviewer
2000PartnersBobTelevision movie
2000BounceProsecuting Attorney MandelUncredited
2000Enemies of LaughterPaul Halpern
2001FocusMr. Finkelstein
2001BartlebyThe Boss
2002Joe and MaxJoe JacobsTelevision movie
2002RFKDick GoodwinTelevision movie
2003Alex & EmmaJohn Shaw
2004In Good CompanyMorty
2004SpartanTV News AnchorUncredited
2005School of LifeMatt WarnerTelevision movie
2005Warm SpringsLouis HoweTelevision movie
2005Checking OutTed Applebaum
2007Resurrecting the ChampWhitley
2007Ocean's ThirteenV.U.P.
2009Drag Me to HellMr. Jacks
2011TwixtSam Malkin
2012The Five-Year EngagementPete Solomon
2014Jack Ryan: Shadow RecruitDixon Lewis[4]


1982Cagney & LaceyVinnieEpisode: "You Call This Plain Clothes?"
1982FameThe SalesmanEpisode: "The Sell-Out"
1984–1986The Paper ChaseMyslesky6 episodes
1984Hill Street BluesAttorney Michael ShapiroEpisode: "The Other Side of Oneness"
1984–1988Cagney & LaceyTodd Feldberg10 episodes
1985Scarecrow and Mrs. KingDr. FronanEpisode: "DOA: Delirious on Arrival"
1985Hardcastle and McCormickPatrick BurkeEpisode: "The Yankee Clipper"
1985CheersReporterEpisode: "King of the Hill"
1986–1987DowntownCaptain David Kiner14 episodes
1986Diff'rent StrokesMr. Wallace2 episodes
1986MoonlightingCamille's PREpisode: "Camille"
1986CheersPhil Schumacher2 episodes
198721 Jump StreetMike FerrisEpisode: "16 Blown to 35"
1988St. ElsewhereMr. Bickle2 episodes
1988Simon & SimonBrian SadlerEpisode: "Ain't Gonna Get It from Me, Jack"
1988Walt Disney's Wonderful World of ColorBorisEpisode: "Rock 'n Roll Mom"
1988Who's the Boss?JackEpisode: "A Jack Story"
1988Walt Disney's Wonderful World of ColorMr. OliphantEpisode: "The Absent-Minded Professor"
1989MatlockLenny MarcusEpisode: "The Prisoner: Part 1"
1990–1991Murphy BrownDr. Bishop2 episodes
1990L.A. LawJoey PaulEpisode: "Whatever Happened to Hannah?"
1990Cop RockHomeless ManEpisode: "Oli of Ol' Lay"
1991–1992The CommishArnie Metzger10 episodes
1991Jake and the FatmanHenry StockerEpisode: "I'm Gonna Live Til I Die"
1992–1998The Larry Sanders ShowNorman Litkey6 episodes
1993Tales from the CryptAndy ConwayEpisode: "Two for the Show"
Nominated—CableACE Award for Actor in a Dramatic Series
1994–1995Aaahh!!! Real MonstersMurray2 episodes
2000Rocket PowerDirectorEpisode: "The Wrath of Don/Safety Patrol Sam"
2002Without a TraceMr. FreedmanEpisode: "Birthday Boy"
2003–2004Line of FireJonah Malloy13 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
2004Jack & BobbyAdam Chasen2 episodes
2006EntourageSammy KaneEpisode: "I Wanna Be Sedated"
2006Ghost WhispererAdam GodfreyEpisode: "A Grave Matter"
2007Brothers & SistersDonald DudleyEpisode: "All in the Family"
2008October RoadDr. Dough LevyEpisode: "Dancing Days Are Here Again"
2008My Name Is EarlClark ClarkEpisode: "Monkeys Take a Bath"
2009–2014The Good WifeJudge Richard Cuesta6 episodes
2010Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDr. Stephen ElroyEpisode: "Ace"
2011The MentalistJames PanzerEpisode: "Blinking Red Light"
2013–2014PerceptionRueben Bauer4 episodes


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