Paul Dooley

Actor, Executive, Screenwriter
An agreeably rumpled, very hard-working character actor of film and television, Paul Dooley has been active in big-budget and independent features, excelling in both lead roles and bit parts. Initially an aspiring ... Read more »
Born: 02/22/1928 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (140)

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Parenthood 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Criminal Minds 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Major Crimes 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Super Fun Night 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Client List 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cars 2 2011 (Movie)

Sarge (Voice)

Private Practice 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Huge 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Thanks 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tracey Ullman's State of the Union 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Horsemen 2009 (Movie)

Father Whiteleather (Actor)

Scrubs 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sunshine Cleaning 2009 (Movie)

Sherm (Actor)

Bedtime Stories 2008 (Movie)

Hot Dog Vendor (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

7th Heaven 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Side Order of Life 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chronic Town 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

Mr. Spritzer (Actor)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Sarge (Actor)

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

Paper Badge Sergeant (Actor)

Come Away Home 2005 (Movie)

Grandpa Donald (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dirty Love 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Employee of the Month 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Madison 2005 (Movie)

Mayor Don Vaughn (Actor)

A Woman's A Helluva Thing 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comfort and Joy 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 1995 - 1996, 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

George Menschell (Actor)

Becker 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tracey Ullman in The Trailer tales 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Insomnia 2002 (Movie)

Chief Charles Nyback (Actor)

Once and Again 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Huntress 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Practice 1999, 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Chicago Hope 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dharma & Greg 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Early Edition 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ellen 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evening Shade 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack & Jill 1990 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kate Brasher 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Millennium 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Providence 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sisters 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sixteen Candles: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ben Stiller Show 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Geena Davis Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Error in Judgment 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy, Texas 1999 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

Runaway Bride 1999 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Clockwatchers 1998 (Movie)

Bud Chapman (Actor)

Loved 1998 (Movie)

Leo Amerson (Actor)

Sleepwalkers 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Coach 1990 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Duckman 1993 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Grace Under Fire 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1990 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Telling Lies in America 1997 (Movie)

Father Norton (Actor)

The Boys 1992 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Waiting for Guffman 1997 (Movie)

UFO Abductee (Actor)

Evolver 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

High Society 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

God's Lonely Man 1995 (Movie)

Pollo (Actor)

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Underneath 1995 (Movie)

Ed Dutton (Actor)

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Ambergris 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

My So-Called Life 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mommies 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Dangerous Woman 1993 (Movie)

Tupperware Salesman (Actor)

My Boyfriend's Back 1993 (Movie)

Big Chuck (Actor)

Traveler's Rest 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Drexell's Class 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Frogs! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Shakes the Clown 1992 (Movie)

Owen Cheese (Actor)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Flashback 1990 (Movie)

Donald R Stark (Actor)

CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Coming of Age 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Rites 1988 (Movie)

Father Freddie (Actor)

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Monster in the Closet 1987 (Movie)

Roy Crane (Actor)

O.C. & Stiggs 1987 (Movie)

Randall Schwab (Actor)

Big Trouble 1985 (Movie)

Noozel (Actor)

Steel Collar Man 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Day the Senior Class Got Married 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Sixteen Candles 1984 (Movie)

Jim Baker (Actor)

Going Berserk 1983 (Movie)

Dr Ted (Actor)

Strange Brew 1983 (Movie)

Claude Elsinore (Actor)

The Firm 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Endangered Species 1982 (Movie)

Joe Hiatt (Actor)

Kiss Me Goodbye 1982 (Movie)

Kendall (Actor)

The Shady Hill Kidnapping 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Momma the Detective 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Paternity 1981 (Movie)

Kurt (Actor)

Health 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

Popeye 1980 (Movie)

Wimpy (Actor)

Breaking Away 1979 (Movie)

Dad (Actor)

Rich Kids 1979 (Movie)

Simon Peterfreund (Actor)

A Perfect Couple 1978 (Movie)

Alex Theodopoulos (Actor)

A Wedding 1977 (Movie)

Snooks Brenner (Actor)

Slap Shot 1977 (Movie)

Hyannisport Announcer (Actor)

Raggedy Ann & Andy 1975 (Movie)

(Voice)

Death Wish 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gravy Train 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Let's Celebrate 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Smart 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Out-of-Towners 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

What's So Bad About Feeling Good? 1968 (Movie)

(Actor)

Angels in the Endzone (TV Show)

Actor

Cooperstown (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Lip Service (TV Show)

Actor

Mother of the Bride (TV Show)

Actor

Out There (TV Show)

Actor

State of Emergency (TV Show)

Actor

The Murder of Mary Phagan (TV Show)

Actor

When He's Not a Stranger (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Health 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Electric Company 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (1)

20/20 2013 (Tv Show)

Producer

Biography

An agreeably rumpled, very hard-working character actor of film and television, Paul Dooley has been active in big-budget and independent features, excelling in both lead roles and bit parts. Initially an aspiring cartoonist, Dooley got his start with the Second City theater group, making his New York stage debut in the early 1950s. Here he was discovered by Mike Nichols, who cast the actor as one of the poker buddies in the original 1965 Broadway production of "The Odd Couple". When star Art Carney left the play, Dooley replaced him as Felix opposite Walter Matthau's Oscar. The actor started his film career soon thereafter with work in such features as "What's So Bad About Feeling Good?" (1968), "The Out-of-Towners" (1970), "Death Wish" (1974) and "Slap Shot" (1977). Dooley's big break finally came at the age of 50 when Robert Altman cast him as the patriarch in his all-star "A Wedding" (1978). The actor went on to work with the director several more times, starring in "A Perfect Couple" (1979), acting in and co-writing the comedy "Health" (1980), playing Wimpy in the odd "Popeye" (also 1980), taking lead in "O.C. and Stiggs" (1987) and contributing a cameo to "The Player" (1992).

Relationships

Ruth Irene Brown

Mother

Peter Brown

Father

Robin Dooley

Child
mother, Donna Wasser

Savannah Dooley

Daughter
mother, Winnie Holzman

Adam Dooley

Son
mother, Donna Wasser

Peter Dooley

Son
mother, Donna Wasser

Winnie Holzman

Wife
second wife married on November 18, 1984 wrote for the last two seasons of "thirtysomething" creator of (and writer for) the acclaimed teen drama series "My So-Called Life" (ABC, 1994-95)

Donna Wasser

Wife
married in 1958 divorced

EDUCATION

West Virginia University

Morgantown , West Virginia 1952
classmate was Don Knotts

West Virginia University

Morgantown , West Virginia 1952
classmate was Don Knotts

Milestones

2005

Cast opposite Jenny McCarthy in John Mallory Asher's "Dirty Love"

2001

Had a co-starring role in the romantic comedy "A Woman's A Helluva Thing" ; screened at Seattle Film Festival

2001

Featured in the sports drama feature "Madison" (filmed in 1999); screened at Sundance; released theatrically in 2002

1999

Played Julia Roberts' hard-drinking widowed father in the romantic comedy "Runaway Bride"

1999

Had a recurring guest role as Judge Swackheim on "The Practice" (ABC); was nominated for an Emmy for his performance

1997

Played a priest in "Telling Lies in America"; featured in the independents "Clockwatchers" and "Loved"

1997

Starred as Coach Buck in the ABC "Wonderful World of Disney" presentation "Angels in the Endzone"

1995

Featured in Steven Soderburgh's "The Underneath"

1994

Appeared in episodes of the drama series "Chicago Hope" (CBS), "Sisters" (NBC) and "My So-Called Life" (ABC)

1994

Played Herb Tolliver in the PBS miniseries "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City"

1993

Had an Emmy-nominated guest turn on the HBO sitcom "Dream On", playing the gay father of the series protagonist

1993

Had supporting roles in the silly comedy "My Boyfriend's Back" and the gothic drama "A Dangerous Woman"

1992

Acted in the comedy TV series "The Ben Stiller Show" (Fox)

1991

Made guest appearances on episodes of "Evening Shade" (CBS), "Coach" and "The Wonder Years" (both ABC)

1991

Played Hal Roach in the TV-movie dramatization "White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd" (NBC)

1990

Featured in the TNT biopic "The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson"

1990

Had a recurring role on "thirtysomething" (ABC)

1989

Played the father of a young woman fighting for justice after an acquaintance raped her in the CBS TV-movie "When He's Not a Stranger"

1987

Acted in Altman's "O.C. and Stiggs"

1986

Featured in the John Cassavetes comedy "Big Trouble"

1985

Guest starred on the ABC drama "Spenser: For Hire"

1984

Played Molly Ringwald's father in the John Hughes comedy "Sixteen Candles"

1983

Acted in the "Faerie Tale Theatre" production of "Hansel and Gretel" (Showtime)

1983

Co-starred in "Strange Brew", the film starring and directed by SCTV's McKenzie brothers, Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis

1983

Acted in Steinberg's spoof "Going Berserk"

1981

Made TV-movie debut in "Momma the Detective" (NBC)

1981

Featured in David Steinberg's directorial debut "Paternity"

1980

Reteamed with Altman, playing Wimpy in "Popeye"

1980

Co-wrote screenplay and acted in Altman's "Health"

1979

Starred in Altman's "A Perfect Couple"

1979

Played the grumpy father of Dennis Christopher in "Breaking Away"

1977

Featured in the comedy "Slap Shot"

1974

Had early film roles in "The Gravy Train" and "Death Wish"

1970

Co-created and co-wrote the acclaimed children's TV show "The Electric Company" (PBS)

1969

Acted in Arthur Hiller's "The Out-of-Towners"

1968

Appeared on "The Dom DeLuise Show" (CBS)

1968

Screen acting debut in "What's So Bad About Feeling Good?"

1965

Spotted by Mike Nichols, who cast him as a poker player in "The Odd Couple"; subsequently replaced Art Carney as Felix opposite Walter Matthau's Oscar

1951

Began acting career

1946

Served in the United States Navy

Appeared in the Off-Broadway production of "The Threepenny Opera"

Made TV series regular debut as a reluctant retiree on the CBS sitcom "Coming of Age"

Had recurring role as the self-involved refinery boss on the ABC sitcom "Grace Under Fire"

Had a recurring role as a neighbor on the NBC sitcom "ALF"

Joined (and remains a charter member of) New York comedy troupe Second City

Had early TV role in "Get Smart" (NBC, CBS)

Had recurring role on the ABC sitcom "Grace Under Fire"

Acted on the syndicated series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"

Starred in the one-man Off-Broadway production "The Amazing Casey Stengel" at the American Place Theatre

Bonus Trivia

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"I've been hired for many father roles where the producers think they'll get the same performance as in 'Breaking Away', but they don't realize you can't do it without that kind of writing. I'm the same actor, but the words have to be right." --quoted in Los Angeles Times, July 25, 1999.

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