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Paul Dooley

Dooley was born Paul Brown in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the son of Ruth Irene (née Barringer), a homemaker, and Peter James Brown, a factory worker. Dooley was a keen cartoonist as a youth and drew a strip for a local paper in Parkersburg. He joined the Navy before discovering acting while at college. He is married to writer Winnie Holzman, with whom he has one daughter, Savannah Dooley (born 1985). Moving to New York, he soon found success as a regular on the stage. Also having an interest in comedy, Dooley was a standup comedian for five years, and a member of the Compass Players and The Second City troupe in NYC, as well as having brief stints as a magician and as a clown. Not afraid of trying different areas of entertainment, he also worked as a writer. He was one of the writers on The Electric Company and appeared in commercials. Besides appearing in many movies, including most notably Popeye, Sixteen Candles, and Breaking Away, Dooley has also appeared as a variety of recurrent characters on numerous television shows, including My So-Called Life, Dream On, Grace Under Fire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, ALF (playing Whizzer Deaver) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine where he played the recurring role of Enabran Tain. He guest starred in other prime time shows like Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, The Golden Girls, and Desperate Housewives. In 2000, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as an eccentric judge on The Practice. He was also in the infamous alternate ending to Little Shop of Horrors, but was replaced by Jim Belushi in the final cut. In 2010, Dooley played the part of the head chef at Camp Victory, a fictional fat camp, on the short-lived ABC Family original series Huge.

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Feb 22, 1928 In Parkersburg, West Virginia, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
Movie The Great Buster: A Celebration 2018-10-05
Latest Project:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Known For
Poster of Thanks
Poster of Hansel and Gretel
Poster of Man in the Square Suit
Poster of The Parisienne and the Prudes
Movie The Great Buster: A Celebration Himself
Movie Cars 3 Sarge (voice)
Series The Good Doctor Glen
Series The Guest Book Unknown
Movie Other People Ronnie
Movie The Radiator Springs 500½ Sarge
Movie My Santa Martin
Movie Turbo The Foreman (voice)
Movie Hiccups Sarge
Movie Spinning Sarge
Series The Client List Earl Hudson
Movie Cars 2 Sarge (voice)
Movie Thanks
Series Huge
Series Hot in Cleveland Bearded Man aka Santa
Series Modern Family Murray
Movie Horsemen Father Whiteleather
Movie Sunshine Cleaning Sherm
Movie Chronic Town Eleanor's Father
Movie Bedtime Stories Hot Dog Vendor
Movie Celebrating Sixteen Candles Himself
Movie Hairspray Mr. Spritzer
Series Side Order of Life Unknown
Movie Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary Himself
Movie For Your Consideration Paper Badge Sergeant
Series The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman Unknown
Movie Mater and the Ghostlight Sarge (voice)
Movie Cars Sarge (voice)
Series Hopeless Pictures
Series Grey's Anatomy Unknown
Series American Dad! Unknown
Movie Come Away Home Grandpa Donald
Movie Employee of the Month Reverend Ben Goodwin
Movie Nobody Knows Anything!
Series Boston Legal Unknown
Series Desperate Housewives Unknown
Movie Comfort and Joy George
Movie A Mighty Wind George Menschell
Movie Insomnia Chief Nyback
Movie The Perfect You Larry
Series Scrubs Paul
Series Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown
Movie Stealing Time Hank
Movie A Woman's a Helluva Thing Hank Luckinbill
Movie Madison Mayor Don Vaughn
Series Curb Your Enthusiasm Unknown
Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown
Series The Huntress Unknown
Series Providence Unknown
Movie Error in Judgment Jack Albert
Movie Runaway Bride Walter Carpenter
Movie Guinevere Walter
Movie Happy, Texas The Judge
Series Once and Again Unknown
Movie Clockwatchers Bud Chapman
Series The Practice Unknown
Movie Angels in the Endzone Coach Buck
Movie Telling Lies in America Father Norton
Series Ally McBeal Unknown
Series Dharma & Greg Unknown
Movie Loved Leo Amerson
Series Millennium Unknown
Series Early Edition Unknown
Series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Ralphie
Series 7th Heaven Red
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown
Movie Waiting for Guffman UFO Abductee
Movie God's Lonely Man Polo
Movie Evolver Jerry Briggs
Movie The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Senator Thatch
Movie The Underneath Ed Dutton
Movie Out There Emmett Davis
Series ER Unknown
Series Duckman Unknown
Movie State of Emergency Jim Anderson
Series Chicago Hope Unknown
Series Grace Under Fire Unknown
Series Tales of the City Herb Tolliver
Movie A Dangerous Woman Tupperware Salesman
Movie My Boyfriend's Back Big Chuck
Movie Mother of the Bride Richard
Movie Cooperstown Sid Wiggins
Series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Enabran Tain
Series Mad About You Unknown
Movie The Player Paul Dooley
Series The Ben Stiller Show Unknown
Series Batman: The Animated Series Father Michael Stromwell
Movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride Asst. Dist. Atty. Robert Norrell
Movie Shakes the Clown Owen Cheese
Movie White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd Hal Roach
Movie Guess Who's Coming for Christmas? Doc
Movie The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson
Movie Flashback Stark
Series Tales from the Crypt Unknown
Movie Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North Robert McFarlane
Movie Last Rites Father Freddie
Movie Lip Service Gil Hutchinson
Series Coming of Age
Movie Superman's 50th Anniversary: A Celebration of the Man of Steel John Buxton
Series The Wonder Years Pops
Series The Murder of Mary Phagan William Burns
Series thirtysomething Unknown
Movie Big Trouble George Noozel
Movie Monster in the Closet Roy Crane
Series L.A. Law Unknown
Series ALF Whizzer
Movie Little Shop of Horrors Patrick Martin
Movie Stephen King's Golden Tales Chester Caruso
Series The Golden Girls Unknown
Movie The Steel Collar Man Don Liddle
Movie O.C. and Stiggs Randall Schwab
Movie Sixteen Candles Jim Baker
Movie Strange Brew Claude Elsinore
Movie Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Museum Security Guard
Movie Going Berserk Dr. Ted
Movie Hansel and Gretel Father
Movie Kiss Me Goodbye Kendall
Movie Rumpelstiltskin The Miller
Series Faerie Tale Theatre The Miller
Movie Endangered Species Joe Hiatt
Movie The Shady Hill Kidnapping Detective
Movie See China and Die Ames Prescott
Movie Paternity Kurt
Movie Popeye Wimpy
Movie Health Dr. Gil Gainey
Movie Rich Kids Simon Peterfreund
Movie Breaking Away Ray Stoller
Movie A Perfect Couple Alex Theodopoulos
Movie A Wedding Liam 'Snooks' Brenner
Movie Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure Gazooks (voice)
Movie Slap Shot Hyannisport Announcer
Movie Fore Play Salesman
Movie The Dion Brothers Doctor
Movie Death Wish Cop at Hospital
Movie Up the Sandbox Statue of Liberty Guard
Movie The Out-of-Towners Day Desk Clerk at Hotel
Movie Man in the Square Suit
Series Get Smart Unknown
Series Bewitched Unknown
Movie The Parisienne and the Prudes Ted K. Worrie
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown