Tony Papenfuss

Tony Papenfuss (born March 26, 1950 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota) is an American television and film actor.

Tony Papenfuss
Born (1950-03-26) March 26, 1950 (age 70)
OccupationFilm, television actor

Papenfuss is best known for his role as one of the brothers Darryl on Newhart. He was "my brother Darryl", the one with the straighter, darker hair. He reprised this role as a guest-star on an episode of Coach. Before his appearance on Newhart, he also had minor roles in Escape from New York and Firefox.

After Newhart, Papenfuss guest starred on many television shows, including Seinfeld, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Murphy Brown, Roswell, and Providence. He also appeared in several films, including How to Kill a Mockingbird, Factotum, and Sweet Land.

His most recent projects include The Completely Remarkable, Utterly Fabulous Transformation of a Regular Joe and Holiday Beach.

Of his role in Newhart, John Voldstad, who played the other brother who never talked, said he and Papenfuss came up with imaginary scripts that represented what the brothers were thinking. The casting director "knew we could look like we weren't just standing there. We could look like we had something going on in our minds."[1]

After Newhart, Papenfuss toured with his co-stars William Sanderson and Voldstad.[2] Voldstad also continues to act and appear at conventions; he and Papenfuss attended Altoona Day in May 2014.[1][3] Voldstad said, "I talk to him pretty regularly. Me and Tony are like brothers."[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Escape from New York Theater Assistant
1982 Firefox GRU Officer #1
2002 How to Kill a Mockingbird Hitler
2005 Factotum John Handler
2005 Sweet Land Gentleman Bidder
2007 Arnolds Park Mr. Campbell
2008 Older Than America Dr. Herlihy
2008 The Completely Remarkable, Utterly Fabulous Transformation of a Regular Joe Donna Juana
2009 Into Temptation Zeke
2011 Thin Ice Buckhorn Bartender
2011 Holiday Beach Chief
2014 The Jingle Dress Marvin
2016 I Am Not a Serial Killer Ron the Coroner


  1. ^ a b c Knox, Michael (April 25, 2014). "'Other brother Darryl' at Kaleidoscope festival Saturday". Independent Tribune. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
  2. ^ Mark Washburn, "Where you can find the 'other brother Darryl'," Charlotte Observer, October 26, 2013, p. 1E.
  3. ^ Carter, Kendra (May 15, 2012). "Altoona Day to be celebrated Saturday". The Gadsden Times. Retrieved May 9, 2014.

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