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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:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie The Great Buster: A Celebration 2018-10-05
Known For
Poster of Cars 2
Poster of Cars
Poster of Insomnia
Poster of Scrubs
Movie The Great Buster: A Celebration Self 2018-10-05
Movie Cars 3 Sarge (voice) 2017-06-15
Movie Other People Ronnie 2016-09-09
Movie The Radiator Springs 500½ Sarge (voice) 2014-05-20
Movie Spinning Sarge (voice) 2013-03-22
Movie Turbo The Foreman (voice) 2013-07-11
Movie My Santa Martin 2013-11-29
Series The Client List Unknown 2012-04-08
Movie Cars 2 Sarge (voice) 2011-06-11
Series Huge 2010-06-28
Movie Horsemen Father Whiteleather 2009-02-06
Movie Chronic Town Eleanor's Father 2008-04-03
Movie Sunshine Cleaning Sherm 2008-01-18
Movie Bedtime Stories Hot Dog Vendor 2008-12-24
Movie Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary Himself 2007-05-20
Series Side Order of Life Unknown 2007-07-15
Movie Hairspray Mr. Spritzer 2007-07-19
Movie Mater and the Ghostlight Sarge (voice) 2006-07-27
Movie Cars Sarge (voice) 2006-06-08
Series The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman Unknown 2006-08-04
Movie For Your Consideration Paper Badge Sergeant 2006-11-22
Movie Come Away Home Grandpa Donald 2005-01-20
Series Hopeless Pictures 2005-08-19
Movie Nobody Knows Anything! Warden 2004-08-24
Series Desperate Housewives Unknown 2004-10-03
Series Boston Legal Unknown 2004-10-03
Movie A Mighty Wind George Menschell 2003-04-16
Movie Comfort and Joy George 2003-12-01
Movie The Perfect You Larry 2002-03-01
Movie Insomnia Chief Nyback 2002-05-24
Movie I'll Remember April Earl Schimmel 2001-04-05
Movie Madison Mayor Don Vaughn 2001-01-23
Movie A Woman's a Helluva Thing Hank Luckinbill 2001-06-13
Movie Stealing Time Hank 2001-06-17
Series Scrubs Unknown 2001-10-02
Series Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown 2001-09-30
Series The Huntress Unknown 2000-07-26
Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown 2000-10-06
Series Providence Unknown 1999-01-08
Movie Error in Judgment Jack Albert 1999-05-08
Movie Runaway Bride Walter Carpenter 1999-07-30
Movie Happy, Texas The Judge 1999-12-03
Series Once and Again Unknown 1999-09-21
Movie Guinevere Walter 1999-09-12
Series The Practice Unknown 1997-03-04
Movie Angels in the Endzone Coach Buck 1997-01-01
Movie Clockwatchers Bud Chapman 1997-06-12
Movie Loved Leo Amerson 1997-10-31
Series Dharma & Greg Unknown 1997-09-24
Series Ally McBeal Unknown 1997-09-08
Movie Telling Lies in America Father Norton 1997-08-02
Movie Waiting for Guffman UFO Abductee 1996-08-21
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-08-21
Series Early Edition Unknown 1996-09-28
Series Millennium Unknown 1996-10-25
Movie Evolver Jerry Briggs 1995-02-10
Movie The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Senator Thatch 1995-01-18
Movie The Underneath Ed Dutton 1995-04-28
Movie Out There Emmett Davis 1995-11-19
Series Duckman Unknown 1994-03-05
Movie State of Emergency Jim Anderson 1994-02-21
Series Chicago Hope Unknown 1994-09-18
Series ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Movie Mother of the Bride Richard 1993-02-27
Movie My Boyfriend's Back Big Chuck 1993-08-06
Movie Cooperstown Sid Wiggins 1993-01-26
Movie A Dangerous Woman Tupperware Salesman 1993-09-10
Series Grace Under Fire Unknown 1993-09-29
Series Tales of the City Herb Tolliver 1993-09-28
Series Batman: The Animated Series Father Michael Stromwell 1992-09-05
Movie The Player Paul Dooley 1992-04-03
Series Mad About You Unknown 1992-09-23
Series The Ben Stiller Show Unknown 1992-09-27
Movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride Asst. Dist. Atty. Robert Norrell 1992-10-30
Movie White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd Hal Roach 1991-05-05
Movie Shakes the Clown Owen Cheese 1991-08-28
Movie Flashback Stark 1990-02-02
Movie The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson 1990-10-15
Movie Guess Who's Coming for Christmas? Doc 1990-12-23
Movie Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North Robert McFarlane 1989-04-30
Series Tales from the Crypt Unknown 1989-06-10
Series The Wonder Years Unknown 1988-01-31
Movie Superman's 50th Anniversary: A Celebration of the Man of Steel John Buxton 1988-02-29
Series The Murder of Mary Phagan William Burns 1988-01-24
Series Coming of Age 1988-03-15
Movie Last Rites Father Freddie 1988-11-18
Movie Lip Service Gil Hutchinson 1988-10-17
Series thirtysomething Unknown 1987-09-29
Movie Big Trouble George Noozel 1986-05-30
Movie Monster in the Closet Roy Crane 1986-05-15
Series ALF Whizzer 1986-09-22
Series L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
Movie Little Shop of Horrors Patrick Martin 1986-12-19
Movie O.C. and Stiggs Randall Schwab 1985-01-01
Movie The Steel Collar Man Don Liddle 1985-08-07
Movie Stephen King's Golden Tales Chester Caruso 1985-10-19
Series The Golden Girls Unknown 1985-09-14
Movie Sixteen Candles Jim Baker 1984-05-04
Movie Strange Brew Claude Elsinore 1983-08-26
Movie Going Berserk Dr. Ted 1983-09-30
Movie Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Museum Security Guard 1983-11-16
Movie The Shady Hill Kidnapping Detective 1982-01-12
Movie Endangered Species Joe Hiatt 1982-09-10
Series Faerie Tale Theatre Unknown 1982-09-11
Movie Kiss Me Goodbye Kendall 1982-12-22
Movie Paternity Kurt 1981-10-02
Movie See China and Die Ames Prescott 1981-12-09
Movie Health Dr. Gil Gainey 1980-09-12
Movie Popeye Wimpy 1980-12-12
Movie A Perfect Couple Alex Theodopoulos 1979-04-06
Movie Breaking Away Ray Stoller 1979-05-24
Movie Rich Kids Simon Peterfreund 1979-08-01
Movie A Wedding Liam 'Snooks' Brenner 1978-08-29
Movie Slap Shot Hyannisport Announcer 1977-02-25
Movie Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure Gazooks (voice) 1977-04-01
Movie Fore Play Salesman 1975-03-01
Movie The Dion Brothers Doctor 1974-06-16
Movie Death Wish Cop at Hospital 1974-07-24
Movie Up the Sandbox Statue of Liberty Guard 1972-12-21
Movie The Out-of-Towners Day Desk Clerk at Hotel 1970-05-28
Movie Man in the Square Suit 1966-04-15
Series Get Smart Unknown 1965-09-18
Movie The Parisienne and the Prudes Ted K. Worrie 1964-04-29
Series Bewitched Unknown 1964-09-17
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20