David Paymer

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David Paymer
Born(1954-08-30) August 30, 1954 (age 59)
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 59)
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 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.

Career[edit]

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.

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.

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1979The In-LawsCab Driver
1981This House PossessedPasternak
1982Airplane II: The SequelCourt Photographer
1982FameThe Salesmanepisode 6
1983Grace KellyJay Kanter
1984Best DefenseKurly
Irreconcilable DifferencesAlan Sluiser
1985PerfectManaging Editor
1986DowntownCaptain David Kiner
Howard the DuckLarry
Night of the CreepsYoung scientist
1987No Way OutDavid
1988Rock 'n' Roll MomBoris
1989No Holds BarredUnger
1990Crazy PeopleGeorge
1991City SlickersIra Shalowitz
1991-96The CommishArnie Metzger
1992Mr. Saturday NightStanNominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1993Searching for Bobby FischerKalev
Heart and SoulsHal
1994City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's GoldIra Shalowitz
"In Search of Dr. Seuss"Ad Man
Quiz ShowDan Enright
Cagney & Lacey: The ReturnFeldberg
1995Cagney & Lacey: Together AgainFeldberg
Get ShortyLeo DevoeNominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The American PresidentLeon Kodak
NixonRon ZieglerNominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1996UnforgettableCurtis Avery
City HallAbe Goodman
CarpoolDaniel Miller
Crime of the CenturyDavid WilentzNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1997The Sixth ManPederson
Gang RelatedElliot Goff
AmistadJohn Forsyth
Channel Umptee-3Sheldon S. Cargo (voice)
1998The Lesser EvilGeorge
Outside OzonaAlan Defaux
Mighty Joe YoungDr. Harry Ruben
1999PaybackStegman
Chill FactorDr. Richard Long
MumfordDr. Ernest Delbanco
The 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
BaitAgent Wooly
For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval StoryEmbassy interviewer
PartnersBob
BounceProsecuting Attorney Mandel(uncredited)
Enemies of LaughterPaul Halpern
2001FocusMr. Finkelstein
BartlebyThe Boss
2002Joe and MaxJoe Jacobs
2003Alex & EmmaJohn Shaw
Line of FireJonah Malloy13 episodes
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
2004In Good CompanyMorty
SpartanTV News Anchor(uncredited)
2005School of LifeMatt Warner
Warm SpringsLouis Howe
Checking OutTed Applebaum
2006Ghost WhispererAdam GodfreyEpisode: "A Grave Matter"
2007Resurrecting the ChampWhitley
Ocean's ThirteenV.U.P.
2008RedbeltRichard
2009Drag Me to HellMr. Jacks
2009-2012The Good WifeJudge Richard Cuesta5 episodes
2011TwixtSam Malkin
2012The Five-Year EngagementPete Solomon
2014Jack Ryan: Shadow RecruitDixon Lewis[4]

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