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Lee Arenberg (born July 18, 1962) is an American actor, best known for his role as Pintel, one of Captain Barbossa's crew, in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. He also had a recurring role as the dwarf Grumpy in the television series Once Upon a Time. He attended UCLA as a theatre major.
Arenberg in 2015
|Born||July 18, 1962|
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
(m. 1999; div. 2006)
Arenberg attended Santa Monica High School with future "brat packer" actors Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jr. and Emilio Estevez, and co-wrote a play with Estevez which was directed by Penn. Lee's first professional job was in 1986 at the Mark Taper Forum in "Ghetto", a play directed by Gordon Davidson. Within weeks he was cast in three films, including the role of Norton in the feature Tapeheads (1988) opposite the film's co-stars Tim Robbins and John Cusack. Guest appearances on television began in 1987 with the hit sitcom Perfect Strangers (1986), and have continued with memorable roles such as the parking space-stealing New Yorker Mike Moffitt on Seinfeld (1992) and as the murderous rock promoter opposite Katey Sagal and Sam Kinison in Tales from the Crypt (1989), as well as roles on Arli$$ (1996), and Friends (1994). Arenberg can also be seen in the role of the notoriously huge studio head Bobby G. on the controversial short-lived Fox sitcom Action (1999) opposite series star Jay Mohr.
Arenberg has also guest starred on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. Coincidentally, in two of his appearances, ("The Nagus" and "United"), he played a character named Gral, one a Ferengi and the other a Tellarite. In 1992, Lee appeared on the TV series Night Court. Arenberg also played the recurring role of bookie Mike Moffitt in two episodes of Seinfeld. In "The Parking Space", he and George Costanza had a parking dispute, while in "The Susie" his thumbs were accidentally broken while trying to repair Jerry Seinfeld's car trunk.
He also guest starred in the fifth season of Friends in an episode titled "The One with the Inappropriate Sister". He guest starred on an episode of Brotherly Love entitled "Motherly Love". He had a bit part as a bumbling Hold-up Man in RoboCop 3. Lee also played Dr. Moyer in the Scrubs episode "My Own American Girl". He also starred as the dwarf Elwood Gutworthy in Dungeons and Dragons (2000), and the pirate Pintel in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. He guest starred as "Hair Plugs" in Grounded For Life (2001).
A graduate of Santa Monica High in 1980, he starred as the regular character "Grumpy/Leroy" on the hit ABC television series Once Upon a Time. As he confirmed when speaking at the Farpoint Star Trek Convention in Timonium, Maryland, Arenberg's character Pintel did not return in the fourth Pirates film.
|1987||Cross My Heart||Parking Attendant||Armyan Bernstein|
|1989||The Wizard||Armageddon Registrar||Todd Holland|
|1992||Bob Roberts||Religious Zealot||Tim Robbins||Directorial debut|
|1993||RoboCop 3||Robber at donut shop|
|1993||Freaked||The Eternal Flame||Alex Winter
|1997||Warriors of Virtue||Mantose||Ronny Yu|
|2000||Dungeons and Dragons||Elwood||Courtney Solomon|
|2003||Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl||Pintel||Gore Verbinski|
|2006||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest|
|2007||Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End|
|2007||Happily N'Ever After||Additional Voices||Paul J. Bolger|
|2012||Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy||Billy Lee||Harold Cronk|
|2011||In the Gray||Rob Holloway|
|2011||In the Gray||screenwriter||Rob Holloway|
|1987||Perfect Strangers||Leon||Episode: "Night School Confidential"|
|1990||Tales from the Crypt||Marty Slash||Episode: "For Cryin' Out Loud"|
|1992||Live! From Death Row||Griffith||TV movie|
|1992, 1997||Seinfeld||Mike Moffitt (bookie)||Episodes: "The Parking Space", "The Susie"|
|1993||Married... with Children||Sal||Episode: "Luck of The Bundys"|
|Star Trek: The Next Generation||Prak||Episode: "Force of Nature"|
|1998||The Mr. Potato Head Show||Bullyboy||Episode: "Equal Writes"|
|1998||Friends||The Man||Episode: "The One with the Inappropriate Sister"|
|1999||Star Trek: Voyager||Pelk||Episode: "Juggernaut"|
|2000||Two Guys and a Girl||Mugger / Irene's Dad||Episode: "Once Again from the Beginning"|
|2001||My Wife and Kids||Kevin Anderson||Episode: "Jay Gets Fired"|
|2003||Charmed||Unidentified Demon||Episode: "Oh My Goddess (Part 1)"|
|Scrubs||Dr. Moyer||Episode: "My Own American Girl"|
|2005||Star Trek: Enterprise||Tellarite Ambassador Gral||Two Episodes|
|2008||Pushing Daisies||Arnaud Bailey|
|2010||The Iceman Chronicles||Judge Buttonwillow McKittrick|
|2011||The Cape||Razer's Driver|
|Good Luck Charlie||Skyler's Fake Dad|
|2011–18||Once Upon a Time||Grumpy/Dreamy/Leroy||55 Episodes|
|Once Upon a Time in Wonderland||Leroy||Episode: "Down the Rabbit Hole"|
|2019||American Gods||Alviss||Episode: "The Ways of the Dead"|
- "Interview With Lee Arenberg". www.officiallypluggedin.com. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- "Lee Arenberg Talks About Grumpy in Once Upon a Time Season 5, Pirates of The Caribbean & More [Interview] | Fox Force Five News". www.foxforcefivenews.com. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- Mitovich, Matt Webb (8 May 2012). "Scoop: Once Upon a Time's Grumpy Shows Californication Who's Boss". TVLine. Retrieved 22 September 2016.