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Paul Dooley
Paul Dooley

Paul Dooley was born Paul Brown in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the son of Ruth Irene (née Barringer), a homemaker, and Peter James Brown, a factory worker. Dooley was a keen cartoonist as a youth and drew a strip for a local paper in Parkersburg. He joined the Navy before discovering acting while at college. He is married to writer Winnie Holzman, with whom he has one daughter, Savannah Dooley (born 1985). Moving to New York, he soon found success as a regular on the stage. Also having an interest in comedy, Dooley was a standup comedian for five years, and a member of the Compass Players and The Second City troupe in NYC, as well as having brief stints as a magician and as a clown. Not afraid of trying different areas of entertainment, he also worked as a writer. He was one of the writers on The Electric Company and appeared in commercials. Besides appearing in many movies, including most notably Popeye, Sixteen Candles, and Breaking Away, Dooley has also appeared as a variety of recurrent characters on numerous television shows, including My So-Called Life, Dream On, Grace Under Fire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, ALF (playing Whizzer Deaver) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine where he played the recurring role of Enabran Tain. He guest starred in other prime time shows like Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, The Golden Girls, and Desperate Housewives. In 2000, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as an eccentric judge on The Practice. He was also in the infamous alternate ending to Little Shop of Horrors, but was replaced by Jim Belushi in the final cut.

1928-02-22 (93 years old)
Place of Birth
Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA
A Perfect Couple
A Perfect Couple (1979)
as Alex Theodopoulos
Come Away Home
Come Away Home (2005)
as Grandpa Donald
Lip Service
Lip Service (1988)
as Gil Hutchinson
Popeye (1980)
as Wimpy
Flashback (1990)
as Stark
Strange Brew
Strange Brew (1983)
as Claude Elsinore
O.C. and Stiggs
O.C. and Stiggs (1985)
as Randall Schwab
See China and Die
See China and Die (1981)
as Ames Prescott
State of Emergency
State of Emergency (1994)
as Jim Anderson
Cooperstown (1993)
as Sid Wiggins
Spinning (2013)
as Sarge (voice)
Guinevere (1999)
as Walter
Chronic Town
Chronic Town (2008)
as Eleanor's Father
Health (1980)
as Dr. Gil Gainey
Fore Play
Fore Play (1975)
as Salesman
Madison (2001)
as Mayor Don Vaughn
Runaway Bride
Runaway Bride (1999)
as Walter Carpenter
Breaking Away
Breaking Away (1979)
as Ray Stoller
The Underneath
The Underneath (1995)
as Ed Dutton
Loved (1997)
as Leo Amerson
Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride
Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride (1992)
as Asst. Dist. Atty. Robert Norrell
Last Rites
Last Rites (1988)
as Father Freddie
Big Trouble
Big Trouble (1986)
as George Noozel
My Santa
My Santa (2013)
as Martin
Rumpelstiltskin (1982)
as The Miller
Hiccups (2013)
as Sarge (voice)
Error in Judgment
Error in Judgment (1999)
as Jack Albert
Capture the Flag
Capture the Flag
as Burgess
Insomnia (2002)
as Chief Nyback
Sixteen Candles
Sixteen Candles (1984)
as Jim Baker
Evolver (1995)
as Jerry Briggs
Horsemen (2009)
as Father Whiteleather
Rich Kids
Rich Kids (1979)
as Simon Peterfreund
A Dangerous Woman
A Dangerous Woman (1993)
as Tupperware Salesman
Out There
Out There (1995)
as Emmett Davis
Cars (2006)
as Sarge (voice)
Shakes the Clown
Shakes the Clown (1991)
as Owen Cheese
A Wedding
A Wedding (1978)
as Liam 'Snooks' Brenner
Happy, Texas
Happy, Texas (1999)
as The Judge
I'll Remember April
I'll Remember April (2001)
as Earl Schimmel
Waiting for Guffman
Waiting for Guffman (1996)
as UFO Abductee
Clockwatchers (1997)
as Bud Chapman
Cars 3
Cars 3 (2017)
as Sarge (voice)
Hairspray (2007)
as Mr. Spritzer
Death Wish
Death Wish (1974)
as Cop at Hospital
A Mighty Wind
A Mighty Wind (2003)
as George Menschell
Turbo (2013)
as The Foreman (voice)
Cars 2
Cars 2 (2011)
as Sarge (voice)
The Out-of-Towners
The Out-of-Towners (1970)
as Day Desk Clerk at Hotel
For Your Consideration
For Your Consideration (2006)
as Paper Badge Sergeant
Up the Sandbox
Up the Sandbox (1972)
as Statue of Liberty Guard
Bedtime Stories
Bedtime Stories (2008)
as Hot Dog Vendor
Slap Shot
Slap Shot (1977)
as Hyannisport Announcer
The Player
The Player (1992)
as Paul Dooley
Providence (1999)
as Bill Ridley
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls (1985)
as Isaac Q. Newton
Batman: The Animated Series
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
as Father Michael Stromwell (voice)
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000)
as Cheryl's Father
Scrubs (2001)
as Paul
ALF (1986)
as Whizzer
Dharma & Greg
Dharma & Greg (1997)
as Judge Harper
ER (1994)
as Henry Lewis
Boston Legal
Boston Legal (2004)
as Judge Wendel Donahue
The Client List
The Client List (2012)
as Earl Hudson
Hot in Cleveland
Hot in Cleveland (2010)
as Bearded Man aka Santa
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls (1985)
as George Corliss
Tales from the Darkside
Tales from the Darkside (1984)
as Chester Caruso
Grey's Anatomy
Grey's Anatomy (2005)
as Dr. Walter Tapley
Tales of the City
Tales of the City (1993)
as Herb Tolliver
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000)
as Cheryl's Dad
Health (1980)
as Writer