David Paymer

Actor, Writer, Stand-up comic
For years, character actor David Paymer appeared in a multitude of film and television projects, though his name remained unrecognizable to most. But that all began to change with his breakthrough supporting performance ... Read more »
Born: 08/30/1954 in Long Island, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (97)

The Good Wife 2009 - 2010, 2012, 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Pickle Recipe 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 2014 (Movie)

Dixon Lewis (Actor)

Perception 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Two-Bit Waltz 2014 (Movie)

The Lawyer (Actor)

The Mentalist 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Five-Year Engagement 2012 (Movie)

Pete Solomon (Actor)

Bad Teacher 2011 (Movie)

Doctor Vogel (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scream 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Twixt 2010 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Drag Me to Hell 2009 (Movie)

Mr Jacks (Actor)

Redbelt 2008 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

Ocean's 13 2007 (Movie)

The V.U.P. (Actor)

Resurrecting the Champ 2007 (Movie)

Whitley (Actor)

Checking Out 2006 (Movie)

Ted Applebaum (Actor)

Entourage 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School 2006 (Movie)

Rafael Horowitz (Actor)

The Ghost Whisperer 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Into the West 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Good Company 2004 (Movie)

Morty (Actor)

Line of Fire 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

My Suicidal Sweetheart 2004 (Movie)

Max, Sr. (Actor)

The Burial Society 2004 (Movie)

Mory Zimmer (Actor)

Alex & Emma 2003 (Movie)

John Shaw (Actor)

Enemies of Laughter 2003 (Movie)

Paul Halpern (Actor)

Bartleby 2002 (Movie)

The Boss (Actor)

Without A Trace 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Focus 2001 (Movie)

Finkelstein (Actor)

Night Visions 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Bait 2000 (Movie)

Agent Wooly (Actor)

Edmar Discount Hairpiece 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Partners 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

State and Main 2000 (Movie)

Marty Rossen (Actor)

Chill Factor 1999 (Movie)

Doctor Richard Long (Actor)

Mumford 1999 (Movie)

Dr Ernest Delbanco (Actor)

Payback 1999 (Movie)

Stegman (Actor)

The Hurricane 1999 (Movie)

Myron Beldock (Actor)

Channel Umptee-3 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Mighty Joe Young 1998 (Movie)

Harry Ruben (Actor)

Outside Ozona 1998 (Movie)

Alan Defaux (Actor)

The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Amistad 1997 (Movie)

Secretary Forsyth (Actor)

Duckman 1993 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Gang Related 1997 (Movie)

Elliot Goff (Actor)

The Long Way Home 1997 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Sixth Man 1997 (Movie)

Coach Pederson (Actor)

Carpool 1996 (Movie)

Daniel Miller (Actor)

City Hall 1996 (Movie)

Abe Bauman (Actor)

Santo Bugito 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Lesser Evil 1996 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Unforgettable 1996 (Movie)

Curtis Avery (Actor)

Get Shorty 1995 (Movie)

Leo DeVoe (Actor)

In Search of Dr. Seuss 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Nixon 1995 (Movie)

Ron Ziegler (Actor)

Screen Actors Guild Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

The American President 1995 (Movie)

Leon Kodak (Actor)

City Slickers II: the Legend of Curly's Gold 1994 (Movie)

Ira Shalowitz (Actor)

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

Dan Enright (Actor)

Two For the Show 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Heart and Souls 1993 (Movie)

Hal the Bus Driver (Actor)

Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 (Movie)

Kalev (Actor)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

L.A. Law 1989 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mr. Saturday Night 1992 (Movie)

Stan Yankelman (Actor)

Murphy Brown 1989 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Commish 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

City Slickers 1991 (Movie)

Ira Shalowitz (Actor)

Crazy People 1990 (Movie)

George Cartelli (Actor)

The Absent-Minded Professor 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Downtown 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

No Way Out 1987 (Movie)

Technician (Actor)

Cheers 1986 (Tv Show)

Actor

Howard the Duck 1986 (Movie)

Larry Scientist (Actor)

Night of the Creeps 1986 (Movie)

Young Scientist (Actor)

Perfect 1985 (Movie)

Managing Editor (Actor)

Best Defense 1984 (Movie)

Kurly (Actor)

Airplane II: the Sequel 1982 (Movie)

Court Photographer (Actor)

She's With Me 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The In-Laws 1979 (Movie)

Cab Driver (Actor)

Cagney & Lacey: The Return (TV Show)

Actor

Crime of the Century (TV Show)

Actor

Dash and Lilly (TV Show)

Actor

Grace Kelly (TV Show)

Actor

Her Life As a Man (TV Show)

Actor

Joe and Max (TV Show)

Actor

Love, Mary (TV Show)

Actor

Make Believe Marriage (TV Show)

Actor

Pleasures (TV Show)

Actor

RFK (TV Show)

Actor

Rock 'n' Roll Mom (TV Show)

Actor

School of Life (TV Show)

Actor

This House Possessed (TV Show)

Actor

Warm Springs (TV Show)

Actor
Director (21)

Lucifer 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Recovery Road 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Hart of Dixie 1989 - 1992, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Switched at Birth 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Bunheads 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Franklin & Bash 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Mistresses 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

The Fosters 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

90210 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Brothers & Sisters 1989 - 1992, 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Inconceivable 1989 - 1992, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Medium 2006, 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Men of a Certain Age 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

No Ordinary Family 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Melrose Place 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

A Side Order of Life 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Gilmore Girls 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Heartland 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Grey's Anatomy 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

One Tree Hill 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Everwood 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

For years, character actor David Paymer appeared in a multitude of film and television projects, though his name remained unrecognizable to most. But that all began to change with his breakthrough supporting performance in "Mr. Saturday Night" (1992), which earned his first Academy Award nomination. Ever since that time, Paymer delivered noted turns in several prominent features, including "Quiz Show" (1994), for which he earned perhaps his greatest critical acclaim and showed filmmakers the depths he could take a performance, particularly as a villain. He continued to land interesting roles, often in historical films like playing former White House press secretary Ron Ziegler in "Nixon" (1995), Secretary of State John Forsyth in "Amistad" (1997) and noted defense attorney Myron Beldock in "The Hurricane" (1999). His portrayal of a smarmy Hollywood producer who only thinks of money in David Mamet's satirical "State and Main" (2000) only boosted the actor's already elevated profile. Later in his career, Paymer began directing episodes of several popular shows, while continuing to appear in a variety of onscreen roles, proving that he was both versatile as well as talented.

Relationships

Emily Paymer

Daughter
born in 1994

Steve Paymer

Brother
born September 28, 1951 collaborator with Paymer co-producer on the sitcoms "Mad About You", "Madman of the People" and "The Single Guy" regular on sitcom "Boston Common"

Liz Paymer

Wife
met in 1985 married 1988

Marvin Paymer

Father
divorced from Paymer's mother in 1973

Sylvia Paymer

Mother
from Belgium divorced from Paymer's father in 1973

EDUCATION

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan
double major

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan
double major

Milestones

2012

Cast opposite Jason Segel and Emily Blunt in romantic comedy "The Five-Year Engagement"

2009

Appeared in Sam Raimi's thriller "Drag Me to Hell"

2009

Played Judge Richard Cuesta on episodes of "The Good Wife" (CBS)

2007

Once again directed by Soderbergh with a minor role in "Ocean's Thirteen"

2007

Co-starred in the boxing film "Resurrecting the Champ"

2005

Portrayed Louis Howe in the HBO original movie "Warm Springs," which chronicled the life of president Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Kenneth Branagh)

2003

Cast in Rob Reiner's "Alex and Emma"

2001

Co-starred with Macy in "Focus"; screened at Toronto Film Festival

2000

Played supporting role in "State and Main," written and directed by David Mamet; appeared alongside William H. Macy

1999

Signed to make feature directorial debut with "Grace"

1997

Landed featured role in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad"

1995

Portrayed Ron Ziegler in the biopic "Nixon"

1995

Appeared in "The American President"

1994

Reprised role in "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold"

1994

Cast as Dan Enright in "Quiz Show"

1992

Cast as the second lead in Crystal's "Mr. Saturday Night"; earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor

1991

First collaboration with Billy Crystal, the hugely successful "City Slickers"

1991

Cast as series regular Arnie Metzger, the nervous brother-in-law of Michael Chiklis on Stephen J. Cannell's cop/family drama "The Commish" (ABC)

1986

Cast as Lieutenant Dave Kiner, the superior officer of star Michael Nouri on the short-lived cop/family drama "Downtown" (CBS)

1986

Landed recurring role as Mr. Wallace on sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC, ABC)

1986

Served briefly, with brother Steve, as a staff writer for the TBS sitcom sequel series "The New Leave It to Beaver"

1984

Teamed with brother Steve to write and produce "Best Man," an equity waiver play

1982

Cast in recurring role of Asst. D.A. Todd Feldberg on "Cagney and Lacey" (CBS)

1979

Made TV debut on "Make Believe Marriage," an episode of "ABC Afterschool Specials"

1979

Feature film debut as the cab driver in "The In-Laws"

1976

Professional debut as Sonny Latieri in the national touring company of "Grease" (date approximate)

Performed in dinner theater and summer stock during college

Joined the Broadway production of "Grease" with Patrick Swayze and Treat Williams

Peformed and wrote stand-up comedy at the Improv and the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, CA with his older brother Steve

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