Raye Birk

Prolific actor of the stage and screen Raye Birk gained celebrity as the villainous Papshmir in the irreverent police spoof "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" A lifelong acting enthusiast, Birk received a ... Read more »
Born: 05/27/1943

Filmography

Actor (62)

A Serious Man 2009 (Movie)

Dr Shapiro (Actor)

Sweet Land 2006 (Movie)

Postal Clerk (Actor)

Frasier 2002 (Tv Show)

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My Sister's Keeper 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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3rd Rock From the Sun 1988 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Black Scorpion 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Coach 1988 - 1990, 1993 - 1994, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Dear John 1988 - 1994, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Empty Nest 1988 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Home Improvement 1988 - 1994, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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L.A. Law 1988 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Murphy Brown 1988 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Nurses 1988 - 1994, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Perfect Strangers 1988 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Picket Fences 1988 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Sisters 1988 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The George Carlin Show 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1994, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The X-Files 1988 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1988 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Wings 1988 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Babylon 5 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Star Trek: Insurrection 1998 (Movie)

Son'a Doctor (Actor)

Nowhere Man 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Big Squeeze 1996 (Movie)

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Cries From the Heart 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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M.A.N.T.I.S. 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Seinfeld 1995 (Tv Show)

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Wild Oats 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Caught in the Act 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Josh and S.A.M. 1993 (Movie)

Hotel Manager (Actor)

Shaky Ground 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Cheers 1992 (Tv Show)

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Class Act 1992 (Movie)

Principal Kratz (Actor)

Public Enemy Number 2 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Doc Hollywood 1991 (Movie)

Simon Tidwell (Actor)

Morton & Hayes 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Spy Games 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Under Cover 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The High Life 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! 1988 (Movie)

Pahpshmir (Actor)

Burglar 1987 (Movie)

The Jogger (Actor)

Fresno 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Jake's M.O. 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Popcorn Kid 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Throw Momma From the Train 1987 (Movie)

Pinsky (Actor)

Tough Cookies 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Best Defense 1984 (Movie)

Sonny (Actor)

Mr. Roberts 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The Earthlings 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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After Jimmy (TV Show)

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Aftermath: A Test of Love (TV Show)

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Barbarians At the Gate (TV Show)

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Challenger (TV Show)

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Columbo: A Trace of Murder (TV Show)

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Deadly Messages (TV Show)

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My Brother's Keeper (TV Show)

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The Stepford Children (TV Show)

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Untamed Love (TV Show)

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Biography

Prolific actor of the stage and screen Raye Birk gained celebrity as the villainous Papshmir in the irreverent police spoof "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" A lifelong acting enthusiast, Birk received a degree in theater in the late '60s, and taught his craft at Southern Methodist University and the University of Southern California over the course of his career. He appeared in Hollywood in the '70s, scoring guest spots on popular police series like "Hill Street Blues" and "Remington Steele," and supporting roles in sci-fi oddballs "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension" and "Amazon Women on the Moon." His eclectic and often bizarre taste saw him gravitate toward series like the '80s revival of "The Twilight Zone" and the extraterrestrial sitcom "ALF." By the end of the decade, Birk had landed a recurring role as the antagonistic assistant principal Mr. Diperna on the nostalgia series "The Wonder Years," and portrayed postal employee Walt Twitchell on three episodes of bar-bound comedy "Cheers" and its spin-off, "Frasier." Birk also portrayed recurring characters on the sports sitcom "Coach</b and the procedural "L.A. Law" before reprising his role as Papshmir in "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult." In 2009, Birk played a doctor in the Coen brothers-directed dark comedy "A Serious Man."

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