David Paymer

David Paymer
Born (1954-08-30) August 30, 1954
Oceanside, New York, U.S.
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Liz Georges (1988–present; 2 children)

David Paymer (born August 30, 1954) is an American actor 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, 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 television series Line of Fire.

Personal life

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.


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 and in Balto 3: Wings of Change as neurotic Welsh Terrier Mel.

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.



Year Title Role Notes
1979 The In-Laws Cab Driver
1981 This House Possessed Pasternak Television film
1982 Airplane II: The Sequel Court Photographer
1983 Grace Kelly Jay Kanter Television film
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 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
1994 Cagney & Lacey: The Return Feldberg Television film
1995 Cagney & Lacey: Together Again Feldberg Television film
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
1996 Crime of the Century David Wilentz Television movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1997 The Sixth Man Pederson
1997 Gang Related Elliot Goff
1997 Amistad John Forsyth
1997 Channel Umptee-3 Sheldon S. Cargo (voice)
1998 The Lesser Evil George
1998 Outside Ozona Alan Defaux
1998 Mighty Joe Young Dr. Harry Ruben
1999 Payback 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 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Embassy interviewer
2000 Partners Bob Television film
2000 Bounce Prosecuting Attorney Mandel Uncredited
2000 Enemies of Laughter Paul Halpern
2001 Focus Mr. Finkelstein
2001 Bartleby The Boss
2002 Joe and Max Joe Jacobs Television film
2002 RFK Dick Goodwin Television film
2003 Alex & Emma John Shaw
2004 In Good Company Morty
2004 Spartan TV News Anchor Uncredited
2005 School of Life Matt Warner Television film
2005 Warm Springs Louis Howe Television film
2005 Checking Out Ted Applebaum
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[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Cagney & Lacey Vinnie Episode: "You Call This Plain Clothes?"
1982 Fame The Salesman Episode: "The Sell-Out"
1983 The Greatest American Hero The Gatekeeper Episode: "Wizards and Warlocks"
1984–1986 The Paper Chase Myslesky 6 episodes
1984 Hill Street Blues Attorney Michael Shapiro Episode: "The Other Side of Oneness"
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 Cheers Reporter Episode: "King of the Hill"
1986–1987 Downtown Captain David Kiner 14 episodes
1986 Diff'rent Strokes Mr. Wallace 2 episodes
1986 Moonlighting Camille's PR Episode: "Camille"
1986 Cheers Phil Schumacher 2 episodes
1987 21 Jump Street Mike Ferris Episode: "16 Blown to 35"
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 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Mr. Oliphant Episode: "The Absent-Minded Professor"
1989 Matlock Lenny Marcus Episode: "The Prisoner: Part 1"
1990–1991 Murphy Brown Dr. Bishop 2 episodes
1990 L.A. Law Joey Paul Episode: "Whatever Happened to Hannah?"
1990 Cop Rock Homeless Man Episode: "Oli of Ol' Lay"
1991–1992 The Commish Arnie Metzger 10 episodes
1991 Jake and the Fatman Henry Stocker Episode: "I'm Gonna Live Til I Die"
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
1994–1995 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Murray 2 episodes
2000 Rocket Power Director Episode: "The Wrath of Don/Safety Patrol Sam"
2002 Without a Trace Mr. Freedman Episode: "Birthday Boy"
2003–2004 Line of Fire Jonah Malloy 13 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
2004 Jack & Bobby Adam Chasen 2 episodes
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"
2008 My Name Is Earl Clark Clark Episode: "Monkeys Take a Bath"
2009–2015 The Good Wife Judge Richard Cuesta 8 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


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