Dabney Coleman

Actor
A prolific character actor whose trademark was villainous egotists and endearing curmudgeons, Dabney Coleman was a recognizable film star during the 1980s, though he was ever-present on television throughout the ... Read more »
Born: 01/03/1932 in Austin, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (111)

Rules Don't Apply 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boardwalk Empire 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heartland 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Courting Alex 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Domino 2005 (Movie)

Drake Bishop (Actor)

The Guardian 2001 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Where the Red Fern Grows 2003 (Movie)

Grandpa (Actor)

Disney's Recess 1997 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Jessica Lange: On Her Own Terms 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Moonlight Mile 2002 (Movie)

Mike Mulcahey (Actor)

The Climb 2002 (Movie)

Mack 'Mackie' Leonard (Actor)

Recess: School's Out 2001 (Movie)

of Principal Prickly (Voice)

Taken 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Inspector Gadget 1999 (Movie)

Chief Quimby (Actor)

Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

Doctor Beechwood (Actor)

Casanova Falling 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Magic School Bus 1994 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

Nelson Fox (Actor)

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Witch Way Love 1997 (Movie)

Joel (Actor)

Idols of the Game 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Madman of the People 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Texan 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Clifford 1994 (Movie)

Gerald Ellis (Actor)

Amos and Andrew 1993 (Movie)

Chief of Police Cecil Tolliver (Actor)

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

The Beverly Hillbillies 1993 (Movie)

Mr Drysdale (Actor)

There Goes the Neighborhood 1992 (Movie)

Jeffrey (Actor)

Meet the Applegates 1991 (Movie)

Aunt Bea (Actor)

Never Forget 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Short Time 1990 (Movie)

Burt Simpson (Actor)

Where the Heart Is 1990 (Movie)

Stewart McBain (Actor)

Showtime Presents: The Aspen Comedy Festival 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Hot to Trot 1988 (Movie)

Walter Sawyer (Actor)

Plaza Suite 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The "Slap" Maxwell Story 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Dragnet 1987 (Movie)

Jerry Caesar (Actor)

Fresno 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man With One Red Shoe 1985 (Movie)

Cooper (Actor)

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Buffalo Bill 1982 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Cloak and Dagger 1984 (Movie)

Hal Osborne (Actor)

The Comedy Zone 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Wargames 1983 (Movie)

John McKittrick (Actor)

Callie & Son 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Tootsie 1982 (Movie)

Ron (Actor)

Young Doctors in Love 1982 (Movie)

Dr Joseph Prang (Actor)

Modern Problems 1981 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

On Golden Pond 1981 (Movie)

Bill Ray (Actor)

9 to 5 1980 (Movie)

Franklin Hart Jr (Actor)

How to Beat the High Cost of Living 1980 (Movie)

Jack Heintzel (Actor)

Melvin and Howard 1980 (Movie)

Judge Keith Hayes (Actor)

Nothing Personal 1980 (Movie)

Tom Dickerson (Actor)

Apple Pie 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

North Dallas Forty 1979 (Movie)

Emmett (Actor)

Forever Fernwood 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Rolling Thunder 1977 (Movie)

Maxwell (Actor)

Midway 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Viva Knievel! 1976 (Movie)

Ralph Thompson (Actor)

Attack on Terror 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Bite the Bullet 1975 (Movie)

Jack Parker (Actor)

The Black Street Fighter 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bogard 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Egan 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The President's Plane Is Missing 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Cinderella Liberty 1973 (Movie)

Executive Officer (Actor)

Savage 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dove 1973 (Movie)

Charles Huntley (Actor)

The Other Side of the Mountain 1973 (Movie)

Dave McCoy (Actor)

Bright Promise 1969 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

That Girl 1966 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Downhill Racer 1969 (Movie)

Mayo (Actor)

I Love My Wife 1969 (Movie)

Frank Donnelly (Actor)

The Trouble With Girls 1969 (Movie)

Harrison Wilby (Actor)

The Scalphunters 1968 (Movie)

Jed (Actor)

This Property Is Condemned 1966 (Movie)

Salesman (Actor)

The Slender Thread 1964 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Baby M (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Ronald (TV Show)

Actor

Cannon (TV Show)

Actor

Devil's Food (TV Show)

Actor

Dying Room Only (TV Show)

Actor

Judicial Consent (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss Me... Kill Me (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss My Act (TV Show)

Actor

Maneaters Are Loose! (TV Show)

Actor

Maybe Baby (TV Show)

Actor

More Than Friends (TV Show)

Actor

Murrow (TV Show)

Actor

Must Be Santa (TV Show)

Actor

Returning Home (TV Show)

Actor

Savage (Movie)

(Actor)

Sworn to Silence (TV Show)

Actor

Target Earth (TV Show)

Actor

The Brotherhood of the Bell (TV Show)

Actor

When She Was Bad... (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A prolific character actor whose trademark was villainous egotists and endearing curmudgeons, Dabney Coleman was a recognizable film star during the 1980s, though he was ever-present on television throughout the entirety of his five-decade career. Among Coleman's most memorable film roles was the misogynist corporate boss of empowered Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda in "9 to 5" (1980), and the egomaniacal soap opera director whose sexist attitude inspired the title "Tootsie" (1982). On television, the Emmy and Golden Globe winner was among the busiest character players of the 1960s before making his mark on the "brilliant-but-canceled" soap opera spoof "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (syndicated, 1976-77) before acclaimed leading roles on the sitcom "The Slap Maxwell Story" (ABC, 1987-88), and the CBS legal drama "The Guardian" (2001-04). With his sharp comic timing and a Texas drawl that simultaneously suggested folksiness and moral laxity, the mustachioed Coleman carve out a unique career as an instantly recognizable and improbably likable screen actor.

Relationships

Melvin Randolph Coleman

Father

Mary Wharton Coleman

Mother

Randolph Coleman

Son

Quincy Coleman Song

Daughter
Born in 1972 mother, Jean Hale

Kelly Coleman Actor

Daughter

Megan Coleman

Daughter

Jean Hale Actor

Ex-Wife
Married from 1961-1983

Anne Harrell

Ex-Wife
Married from 1957-1959

EDUCATION

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, Virginia 1949 - 1951

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, Texas 1954

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, Texas 1957

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York, New York 1958 - 1960

Milestones

2010

Cast as Commodore Louis Kaestner in the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire"

2007

Cast in TNT's "Heartland" as Dr. Bart Jacobs

2006

Cast as Jenna Elfman's father on the CBS sitcom "Courting Alex"

2005

Cast in the Tony Scott directed thriller "Domino" starring Keira Knightley as Domino Harvey, a model turned bounty hunter and daughter of actor Lawrence Harvey

2002

Had a memorable role in Brad Silberling's "Moonlight Mile" opposite Dustin Hoffman and Jake Gyllenhaal

2001

Returned to series TV as co-star of the CBS drama "The Guardian"

1999

Lent his voice to several episodes of the Disney Channel series "Recess," playing a character named Principal Prickly

1998

Played Tom Hanks' philandering father in "You've Got Mail"

1994

Played the title role of Jack Buckner on the NBC sitcom "Madman of the People"

1993

Played Police Chief Cecil Tolliver in the comedy "Amos & Andrew" starring Nicolas Cage and Samuel L. Jackson

1993

Cast as banker Milburn Drysdale in the film version of "The Beverly Hillbillies"

1991

Played Otis Drexell on the FOX sitcom "Drexell's Class"

1988

Received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story" and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries for "Baby M, Parts 1 & 2"

1987

Played title role on the ABC sitcom, "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story"

1987

Played a magazine mogul in the comedy "Dragnet," with Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks

1984

First film lead, as co-star of "Cloak and Dagger"

1983

Played a military man in "WarGames"

1983

Played Bill Bittinger on the NBC sitcom, "Buffalo Bill"; received Emmy nomination

1982

Played a womanizing producer in Tootsie" directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange

1981

Played Jane Fonda's fiance in the Oscar winning film "On Golden Pond"

1980

Cast as Franklin Hart the 'sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot' in "Nine to Five" starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton

1978

Played Fast Eddie on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Apple Pie"

1977

Reprised role of Merle Jeeter on the syndicated soap opera spoof "Forever Fernwood"

1976

Had a recurring role as Merle Jeeter, the mayor of Fernwood, on the syndicated soap spoof "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"

1975

First TV miniseries, "Attack on Terror: The FBI Versus the Ku Klux Klan"

1974

Played a high-ranking superior to firefighter Steve McQueen in "The Towering Inferno"

1973

Played Lieutenant Lloyd Daggett on the CBS drama series "Cannon"

1970

Played Dr. Tracy Brown on the NBC soap opera "Bright Promise"

1969

First TV-movie, "The Brotherhood of the Bell" (CBS)

1968

Cast as a U.S. Olympic skiing team coach in the Robert Redford film "Downhill Racer"

1966

Made TV series debut in "That Girl" (ABC) as Leon Bessimer

1965

Screen acting debut in "The Slender Thread"

1962

Moved to Los Angeles

1961

Broadway debut, "A Call on Kuprin"

1953

Served two years as a member of the Army's Special Services Division

Toured in summer stock

Inspired to switch his studies from law to drama after meeting actor (and fellow Austin, TX native) Zachary Scott

First professional stage appearance, William Inge's "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"

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