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      David Paymer

      David Paymer

      Highest Rated: 100% Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

      Lowest Rated: 10% Chill Factor (1999)

      Birthday: Aug 30, 1954

      Birthplace: Oceanside, New York, USA

      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.

      Highest rated movies

      Searching for Bobby Fischer
      Quiz Show
      Drag Me to Hell No Way Out The American President
      The In-Laws
      Get Shorty
      City Slickers

      Photos

      NIXON, David Paymer, 1995, (c)Buena Vista Pictures MR. SATURDAY NIGHT, Billy Crystal, David Paymer, Julie Warner, 1992, (c) Columbia QUIZ SHOW, David Paymer, 1994, (c)Hollywood Pictures UNFORGETTABLE, David Paymer, Ray Liotta, Linda Fiorentino, 1996.©MGM HEART AND SOULS, from left: Robert Downey Jr., David Paymer, 1993, © Universal STATE AND MAIN, Philip Seymour Hoffman, David Paymer, 2000, (c) Fine Line Features PAYBACK, David Paymer, 1999. (c) Paramount Pictures. MR. SATURDAY NIGHT, David Paymer, Billy Crystal, 1992, (c) Columbia QUIZ SHOW, David Paymer, Ralph Fiennes, 1994 MR. SATURDAY NIGHT, Julie Warner, David Paymer, 1992, (c) Columbia MR. SATURDAY NIGHT, David Paymer, Billy Crystal, 1992 HEART AND SOULS, Robert Downey Jr., David Paymer, 1993. ©MCA THE SIXTH MAN, David Paymer, Kadeem Hardison, Kirk Bailey, 1997, (c)Buena Vista Pictures PAYBACK, Mel Gibson, David Paymer, 1999. (c) Paramount Pictures. QUIZ SHOW, Rob Morrow, David Paymer, 1994, (c)Hollywood Pictures THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, David Paymer, 1995, (c) Columbia Pictures. THE SIXTH MAN, Kadeem Hardison (top right), David Paymer (bottom center), 1997. ©Buena Vista Pictures MR. SATURDAY NIGHT, David Paymer, Billy Crystal, 1992, (c)Castle Rock Entertainment CARPOOL, Tom Arnold, David Paymer, 1996. ©Warner Bros. HEART AND SOULS, David Paymer, 1993. ©MCA

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      32% 60% The Sunlit Night Levi (Character) - 2019
      50% 74% Where'd You Go, Bernadette Jay Ross (Character) $9.2M 2019
      83% 63% Accident Man Milton (Character) - 2018
      55% 35% Lemon Dr. Gold (Character) $29.1K 2017
      36% 89% The Pickle Recipe Uncle Morty (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 26% Two-Bit Waltz The Lawyer (Character) $2.0K 2014
      64% 51% The Five-Year Engagement Pete Solomon (Character) $28.6M 2012
      29% 18% Twixt Sam (Character) - 2011
      45% 36% Bad Teacher Dr. Vogel (Character) $100.3M 2011
      92% 62% Drag Me to Hell Mr. Jacks (Character) $42.1M 2009
      61% 60% Resurrecting the Champ Whitley (Character) $3.2M 2007
      70% 75% Ocean's Thirteen The V.U.P. (Character) $117.1M 2007
      No Score Yet 70% School of Life Matt Warner (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 77% Warm Springs Louis Howe (Character) - 2005
      43% 58% Checking Out Ted Applebaum (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 39% My Suicidal Sweetheart Max Sr. (Character) - 2005
      22% 62% Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Rafael Horowitz (Character) $247.1K 2005
      No Score Yet 62% Balto III: Wings of Change Mel (Voice) - 2004
      82% 54% In Good Company Morty (Character) $45.5M 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Capital City Unknown (Character) - 2004
      11% 41% Alex & Emma John Shaw (Character) $14.2M 2003
      No Score Yet 54% Joe and Max Joe Jacobs (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 42% RFK Unknown (Character) - 2002
      50% 23% The Burial Society Morry Zimmer (Character) $20.6K 2002
      35% 68% Bartleby The Boss (Character) $141.4K 2001
      56% 62% Focus FInkelstein (Character) $719.8K 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Partners Bob (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 78% For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Embassy interviewer (Character) - 2000
      57% No Score Yet Enemies of Laughter Paul Halpern (Character) - 2000
      85% 70% State and Main Marty Rossen (Character) $6.9M 2000
      26% 41% Bait Agent Wooly (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 67% Dash and Lilly Arthur Kober (Character) - 1999
      58% 65% Mumford Dr. Ernest Delbanco (Character) $4.6M 1999
      82% 87% The Hurricane Myron Bedlock (Character) $50.7M 1999
      10% 30% Chill Factor Dr. Richard Long (Character) $11.2M 1999
      56% 69% Payback Arthur Stegman (Character) $81.5M 1999
      54% 40% Mighty Joe Young Harry Ruben (Character) $50.6M 1998
      25% 43% Outside Ozona Alan Defaux (Character) $7.4K 1998
      60% 73% The Lesser Evil George (Character) - 1998
      23% 58% The 6th Man Coach Pederson (Character) $14.8M 1997
      78% 79% Amistad Secretary Forsyth (Character) - 1997
      50% 65% Gang Related Elliot Goff (Character) $5.9M 1997
      13% 40% Carpool Daniel Miller (Character) $3.3M 1996
      58% 37% City Hall Abe Goodman (Character) $20.0M 1996
      21% 49% Unforgettable Curtis Avery (Character) $2.5M 1996
      No Score Yet 73% Crime of the Century David Wilentz (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey: Together Again Deputy D.A. Feldberg (Character) - 1995
      75% 74% Nixon Ron Ziegler (Character) $13.7M 1995
      91% 77% The American President Leon Kodak (Character) $59.0M 1995
      89% 70% Get Shorty Leo Devoe (Character) $68.8M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey: The Return Deputy Dist. Atty. Feldberg (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 77% In Search of Dr. Seuss The Ad Man (Character) - 1994
      97% 87% Quiz Show Dan Enright (Character) $24.8M 1994
      15% 31% City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Ira Shalowitz (Character) $43.4M 1994
      55% 76% Heart and Souls Hal the Bus Driver (Character) $16.4M 1993
      100% 86% Searching for Bobby Fischer Kalev (Character) $7.9M 1993
      59% 38% Mr. Saturday Night Stan (Character) $12.6M 1992
      89% 64% City Slickers Ira Shalowitz (Character) $119.8M 1991
      35% 62% Crazy People George (Character) - 1990
      10% 34% No Holds Barred Unger (Character) $16.1M 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Prisoner Lenny Marcus (Character) - 1989
      92% 72% No Way Out David (Character) $31.7M 1987
      13% 38% Howard the Duck Larry (Character) $15.0M 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pleasures Stanley (Character) - 1986
      60% 47% Irreconcilable Differences Alan Sluiser (Character) - 1984
      42% 50% Airplane II: The Sequel Court Photographer (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 60% This House Possessed Pasternak (Character) - 1981
      90% 83% The In-Laws Cab Driver (Character) - 1979

      TV

      Credit
      88% 55% Room 104 Robert (Character) 2019
      95% 87% Brooklyn Nine-Nine Dr. William Tate (Guest Star) 2019
      93% 50% The Conners Gary (Guest Star) 2018
      26% 84% Pure Genius Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
      93% 90% The Good Wife Judge Richard Cuesta (Guest Star) 2009-2010 2012 2014-2016
      81% 88% Hart of Dixie Director 2011-2015
      61% 84% Franklin & Bash Director 2013
      No Score Yet 62% Mistresses Director 2013
      No Score Yet 89% The Mentalist Unknown (Guest Star),
      Director
      2011 2013
      84% 85% The Carrie Diaries Director 2013
      100% 93% Bunheads Director 2012-2013
      No Score Yet 38% 90210 Director 2011
      71% 81% No Ordinary Family Director 2010
      65% 44% Hellcats Director 2010
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Stephen Elroy (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet 75% Medium Director 2010
      71% 74% Life Unexpected Director 2010
      94% 79% Men of a Certain Age Director 2010
      60% 30% Melrose Place Director 2009
      63% No Score Yet Privileged Director 2008-2009
      79% 84% Brothers & Sisters Donald Dudley (Guest Star),
      Director
      2007-2009
      84% 72% The Unit Director 2008
      82% 88% My Name Is Earl Clark Clark (Guest Star) 2008
      11% No Score Yet October Road Dr. Doug Levy (Guest Star),
      Director
      2007-2008
      No Score Yet 88% Gilmore Girls Director 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What About Brian Director 2007
      No Score Yet 87% Ghost Whisperer Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      65% 82% Entourage Sammy Kane (Guest Star) 2006
      19% No Score Yet Pepper Dennis Director 2006
      No Score Yet 68% One Tree Hill Director 2004 2006
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Director 2006
      93% No Score Yet Everwood Director 2004-2005
      88% No Score Yet Jack & Bobby Director 2005
      60% No Score Yet Line of Fire Jonah Malloy (Character) 2003-2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Century City Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Visions Unknown (Character) 2001
      100% 66% The Larry Sanders Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      82% 99% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Commish Arnie (Guest Star) 1991-1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jake and the Fatman Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who's the Boss? Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Sister Sam Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 21 Jump Street Mike Ferris (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jeffersons David (Guest Star) 1983
      No Score Yet 62% Taxi Ned (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Days Dwayne (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barney Miller Felix Morrissey (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Greatest American Hero The Gatekeeper (Guest Star)