David Emmanuel Paymer (born August 30, 1954) is an American actor, comedian, and television director. He has been in films such as Mr. Saturday Night, Quiz Show, Searching for Bobby Fischer, City Slickers, Crazy People, State and Main, Payback, Get Shorty, Carpool, The American President, The Hurricane, Ocean's Thirteen, and Drag Me to Hell. He 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 television series Line of Fire.

David Paymer
David Emmanuel Paymer

(1954-08-30) August 30, 1954 (age 69)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Occupation(s)Actor, director, comedian
Years active1979–present
Liz Georges
(m. 1988)

Early 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. They divorced in 1973.[2] Paymer is Jewish; his mother was born in Belgium and left for the United States to escape the Nazi occupation.[3] Paymer has a brother, Steve, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in theater and psychology. He is married to Liz Georges; they have two children.

Career Edit

Paymer's acting career began in 1979 with the film The In-Laws. He 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, Cheers, Ghost Whisperer, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , Entourage , Diff'rent Strokes, The Good Wife, and Family Ties. 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. He received an Academy Award nomination for Mr. Saturday Night. His voice-over work includes Sheldon in the Kids' WB cartoon series Channel Umptee-3, and neurotic Welsh Terrier Mel in Balto 3: Wings of Change.

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 did a cameo appearance in an AT&T commercial in 2011. Also in Kids from Fame song Hi Fidelity.

Theater Edit

He has appeared on the stage. In 2022 Paymer reprised his Mr. Saturday Night role thirty years later, appearing in the musical adaptation.[4]

Filmography Edit

Film Edit

Year Title Roles Notes
1979 The In-Laws Cab Driver
1982 Airplane II: The Sequel Court Photographer
1984 Best Defense Kurly
1984 Irreconcilable Differences Alan Sluiser
1985 Perfect Managing Editor
1986 Howard the Duck Larry
1986 Night of the Creeps Young scientist
1987 No Way Out David
1988 Rock 'n' Roll Mom Boris
1989 No Holds Barred Unger
1990 Crazy People George
1991 City Slickers Ira Shalowitz
1992 Mr. Saturday Night Stan Young Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer Kalev
1993 Heart and Souls Hal the driver
1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Ira Shalowitz
1994 In Search of Dr. Seuss Ad Man
1994 Quiz Show Dan Enright
1995 Get Shorty Leo Devoe Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1995 The American President Leon Kodak
1995 Nixon Ron Ziegler Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1996 Unforgettable Curtis Avery
1996 City Hall Abe Goodman
1996 Carpool Daniel Miller
1997 The 6th Man Coach Pederson
1997 Gang Related Elliot Goff
1997 Amistad John Forsyth
1998 The Lesser Evil George
1998 Outside Ozona Alan Defaux
1998 Mighty Joe Young Dr. Harry Ruben
1999 Payback Arthur Stegman
1999 Chill Factor Dr. Richard Long
1999 Mumford Dr. Ernest Delbanco
1999 The Hurricane Myron Bedlock
2000 State and Main Marty Rossen Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2000 Bait Agent Wooly
2000 Bounce Prosecuting Attorney Mandel Uncredited
2000 Enemies of Laughter Paul Halpern
2001 Focus Mr. Finkelstein
2001 Bartleby The Boss
2002 The Burial Society Morry Zimmer
2003 Alex & Emma John Shaw
2004 In Good Company Morty
2004 Spartan TV News Anchor Uncredited
2004 Balto III: Wings of Change Mel Voice
2005 Checking Out Ted Applebaum
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School Rafael Horowitz
2005 My Suicidal Sweetheart Max, Sr.
2005 School of Life Matt Warner
2007 Resurrecting the Champ Whitley
2007 Ocean's Thirteen V.U.P.
2008 Redbelt Richard
2009 Drag Me to Hell Mr. Jacks
2011 Twixt Sam Malkin
2012 The Five-Year Engagement Pete Solomon
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Dixon Lewis[5]
2014 Two-Bit Waltz The Lawyer
2016 The Pickle Recipe Uncle Morty
2017 Lemon Dr. Gold
2018 Accident Man Milton
2019 The Sunlit Night Levi
2019 Where'd You Go, Bernadette Jay Ross
2020 Horse Girl Doctor
2020 Bad Therapy Dr. Edward Kingsley

Television Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1979 ABC Afterschool Special Ralph Episode: "Make Believe Marriage"
1980 Barney Miller Felix Morrissey Episode: "Guns"
1980 Lou Grant Roy Episode: "Nightside"
1981 Happy Days Dwayne Episode: "If You Knew Rosa"
1981 House Calls Johnny Vance Episode: "No Balls, One Strike"
1981 This House Possessed Pasternak Television film
1981 Hart to Hart Orderly Episode: "Hart of Darkness"
1982 Cagney & Lacey Vinnie Episode: "You Call This Plain Clothes?"
1982 Open All Night Punker Episode: "Sitting Ducks"
1982 Taxi Ned Episode: "Alex the Gofer"
1982 Fame The Salesman Episode: "The Sell-Out"
1983 The Greatest American Hero The Gatekeeper Episode: "Wizards and Warlocks"
1983 Grace Kelly Jay Kanter Television film
1983 Gloria Robber Episode: "Gloria on the Couch"
1983 The Powers of Matthew Star Dr. Benson Episode: "Matthew Star D.O.A."
1983 The Jeffersons David Episode: "I Do, I Don't"
1984 Hill Street Blues Attorney Michael Shapiro Episode: "The Other Side of Oneness"
1984 Her Life as a Man Ted Television film
1984–1986 The Paper Chase Myslesky 6 episodes
1984–1988 Cagney & Lacey Todd Feldberg 10 episodes
1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Dr. Fronan Episode: "DOA: Delirious on Arrival"
1985 Hardcastle and McCormick Patrick Burke Episode: "The Yankee Clipper"
1985 Family Ties Larry Harris Episodes 58 & 66 "Oh Donna" & "Cold Storage"
1985 Cheers Reporter Episode: "King of the Hill"
1985 Love, Mary David Lewis Television film
1986 Diff'rent Strokes Mr. Wallace 2 episodes
1986 Moonlighting Camille's PR Episode: "Camille"
1986 Cheers Phil Schumacher 2 episodes
1985 Pleasures Stanley Television film
1986–1987 Downtown Captain David Kiner 14 episodes
1987 21 Jump Street Mike Ferris Episode: "16 Blown to 35"
1987 Rags to Riches Arnie Episode: "Born to Ride"
1987 My Sister Sam Bob Episode: "And They Said It Would Never Last"
1987 Private Eye Archie Hammond Episode: "Blue Hotel"
1987 It's Garry Shandling's Show Richard Kimble Episode: "The Fugitive"
1988 St. Elsewhere Mr. Bickle 2 episodes
1988 Simon & Simon Brian Sadler Episode: "Ain't Gonna Get It from Me, Jack"
1988 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Boris Episode: "Rock 'n Roll Mom"
1988 Who's the Boss? Jack Episode: "A Jack Story"
1988 A Year in the Life Defense Attorney Episode: "Fathers and Other Strangers""
1988 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Mr. Oliphant Episode: "The Absent-Minded Professor"
1988 Duet Andy Episode: "One Man Out"
1989 Matlock Lenny Marcus Episode: "The Prisoner: Part 1"
1989 Hooperman Leonard Episode: "The Sure Thing"
1990 L.A. Law Joey Paul Episode: "Whatever Happened to Hannah?"
1990 Mancuso, F.B.I. Lloyd Episode: "Adamant Five"
1990 Cop Rock Homeless Man Episode: "Oli of Ol' Lay"
1990–1991 Murphy Brown Dr. Bishop 2 episodes
1991 Jake and the Fatman Henry Stocker Episode: "I'm Gonna Live Til I Die"
1991 Equal Justice Stuey Episode: "Sleeping with the Enemy"
1991–1992 The Commish Arnie Metzger 10 episodes
1992–1998 The Larry Sanders Show Norman Litkey 6 episodes
1993 Tales from the Crypt Andy Conway Episode: "Two for the Show"
Nominated—CableACE Award for Actor in a Dramatic Series
1994 Cagney & Lacey: The Return Feldberg Television film
1994–1995 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Murray 2 episodes
1995 Cagney & Lacey: Together Again Feldberg Television film
1995 Santo Bugito The Professor Voice, episode: "My Name Is Revenge"
1996 Crime of the Century David Wilentz Television film
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1997–1998 Channel Umptee-3 Sheldon S. Cargo Voice, 13 episodes
1998 The New Batman Adventures Frank Voice, episode: "Torch Song"
1998 Godzilla: The Series Dean Whitehead Voice, episode: "Talkin' Trash"
1998 The Wild Thornberrys Finch, Iguana Voice, episode: "Eliza-cology"
1999 Dash and Lilly Arthur Kober Television film
2000 Rocket Power Director Voice, episode: "The Wrath of Don/Safety Patrol Sam"
2000 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Embassy interviewer Television film
2000 Partners Bob Television film
2001 Night Visions Jim Osgoode Episode: "Neighborhood Watch"
2002 Without a Trace Mr. Freedman Episode: "Birthday Boy"
2002 Justice League Chancellor Voice, episode: "War World"
2002 Joe and Max Joe Jacobs Television film
2002 RFK Dick Goodwin Television film
2003–2004 Line of Fire Jonah Malloy 13 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
2004 Static Shock Mason Andrews Voice, episode: "Hoop Squad"
2004 Century City Miller Sisto Episode: "Pilot"
2004 Jack & Bobby Adam Chasen 2 episodes
2005 School of Life Matt Warner Television film
2005 Into the West Daniel Royer Episode: "Ghost Dance"
2005 Warm Springs Louis Howe Television film
2006 Entourage Sammy Kane Episode: "I Wanna Be Sedated"
2006 Ghost Whisperer Adam Godfrey Episode: "A Grave Matter"
2007 Brothers & Sisters Donald Dudley Episode: "All in the Family"
2008 October Road Dr. Dough Levy Episode: "Dancing Days Are Here Again"; also directed 4 episodes
2008 My Name Is Earl Clark Clark Episode: "Monkeys Take a Bath"
2009–2016 The Good Wife Judge Richard Cuesta 9 episodes
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Stephen Elroy Episode: "Ace"
2011 The Mentalist James Panzer Episode: "Blinking Red Light"
2013–2014 Perception Rueben Bauer 4 episodes
2017 Pure Genius Douglas Prescott Episode: "Hero Worship"
2017 There's... Johnny! Dr. Neuberger Episode: "Take Me to Church"
2017–2018 I'm Dying Up Here Ernie Falk 5 episodes
2017–2022 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Harry Drake 5 episodes
2018 The Conners Gary Episode: "There Won't Be Blood"
2019 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Dr. William Tate Episode: "The Therapist"
2019 On Becoming a God in Central Florida Buck Bridges 2 episodes
2019 Room 104 Robert Episode: "Night Shift"
2020 Star Trek: Picard Dr. Benayoun Episode: "Maps and Legends"
2020 Briarpatch Jimmy Jr. 3 episodes
2020 Dave Don 4 episodes

Director Edit

Year Title Notes
2004–2005 Everwood 4 episodes
2004–2006 One Tree Hill 2 episodes
2005 Jack & Bobby Episode: "Stand by Me"
2005 Inconceivable Episode: "Face Your Demon Semen" (unaired)
2006 Windfall Episode: "Crash Into You"
2006 Grey's Anatomy Episode: "Break on Through"
2006 Pepper Dennis Episode: "Dennis, Bulgari, Big Losers at ACoRNS"
2006, 2010 Medium 2 episodes
2007 Brothers & Sisters Episode: "All in the Family"
2007 What About Brian Episode: "What About the Exes..."
2007 Gilmore Girls Episode: "Will You Be My Lorelai Gilmore?"
2007 Heartland Episode: "Domino Effect"
2007 Side Order of Life Episode: "Coming Out"
2007–2009 Brothers & Sisters 4 episodes
2008 The Unit Episode: "Inquisition"
2008–2009 Privileged 4 episodes
2009 Melrose Place Episode: "June"
2009–2012 Make It or Break It 7 episodes
2010 Men of a Certain Age Episode: "Powerless"
2010 Life Unexpected Episode: "Bride Unbridled"
2010 Hellcats Episode: "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother"
2010 No Ordinary Family Episode: "No Ordinary Visitors"
2011 90210 Episode: "The Enchanted Donkey"
2011–2015 Hart of Dixie 11 episodes
2011–2015 Switched at Birth 6 episodes
2012–2013 Bunheads 2 episodes
2013 The Carrie Diaries Episode: "Endgame"
2013 Mistresses Episode: "A Kiss Is Just a Kiss?"
2013 The Mentalist Episode: "Red and Itchy"
2013 The Fosters Episode: "Vigil"
2013 Franklin & Bash Episode: "Shoot to Thrill"
2016 Recovery Road Episode: "My Loose Thread"
2016 Lucifer Episode: "Favorite Son"

References Edit

  1. ^ "David Paymer Biography (1954-)".
  2. ^ "David Paymer Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Paymer's "State" - Arts". Jewish Journal.
  4. ^ Peter Marks (April 28, 2022) [2022-04-27]. "Billy Crystal, bringing the funny in Broadway's 'Mr. Saturday Night'". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. ISSN 0190-8286. OCLC 1330888409.[please check these dates]
  5. ^ "dailyblam.com".

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