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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 30, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Long Island, New York, USA Profession: actor, stand-up comic, writer, acting teacher, producer

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Jack Ryan (2014)
3.
 Twixt (2012)
4.
 Bad Teacher (2011)
5.
 Drag Me to Hell (2009)
6.
 Redbelt (2008)
8.
 Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
9.
 Checking Out (2006)
10.
 Warm Springs (2005)
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Performed in dinner theater and summer stock during college
1976:
Professional debut as Sonny Latieri in the national touring company of "Grease" (date approximate)
:
Joined the Broadway production of "Grease" with Patrick Swayze and Treat Williams
1979:
Feature film debut as the cab driver in "The In-Laws"
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Peformed and wrote stand-up comedy at the Improv and the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, CA with his older brother Steve
1979:
Made TV debut on "Make Believe Marriage," an episode of "ABC Afterschool Specials"
1982:
Cast in recurring role of Asst. D.A. Todd Feldberg on "Cagney and Lacey" (CBS)
1984:
Teamed with brother Steve to write and produce "Best Man," an equity waiver play
1986:
Landed recurring role as Mr. Wallace on sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC, ABC)
1986:
Served briefly, with brother Steve, as a staff writer for the TBS sitcom sequel series "The New Leave It to Beaver"
1986:
Cast as Lieutenant Dave Kiner, the superior officer of star Michael Nouri on the short-lived cop/family drama "Downtown" (CBS)
1991:
Cast as series regular Arnie Metzger, the nervous brother-in-law of Michael Chiklis on Stephen J. Cannell's cop/family drama "The Commish" (ABC)
1991:
First collaboration with Billy Crystal, the hugely successful "City Slickers"
1992:
Cast as the second lead in Crystal's "Mr. Saturday Night"; earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor
1994:
Reprised role in "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold"
1994:
Cast as Dan Enright in "Quiz Show"
1995:
Appeared in "The American President"
1995:
Portrayed Ron Ziegler in the biopic "Nixon"
1997:
Landed featured role in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad"
1999:
Signed to make feature directorial debut with "Grace"
2000:
Played supporting role in "State and Main," written and directed by David Mamet; appeared alongside William H. Macy
2001:
Co-starred with Macy in "Focus"; screened at Toronto Film Festival
2003:
Cast in Rob Reiner's "Alex and Emma"
2005:
Portrayed Louis Howe in the HBO original movie "Warm Springs," which chronicled the life of president Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Kenneth Branagh)
2007:
Co-starred in the boxing film "Resurrecting the Champ"
2007:
Once again directed by Soderbergh with a minor role in "Ocean's Thirteen"
2009:
Appeared in Sam Raimi's thriller "Drag Me to Hell"
2009:
Played Judge Richard Cuesta on episodes of "The Good Wife" (CBS)
2012:
Cast opposite Jason Segel and Emily Blunt in romantic comedy "The Five-Year Engagement"
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Education

University of Michigan: Ann Arbor , Michigan -
University of Michigan: Ann Arbor , Michigan -

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wife:
Liz Paymer. Voice actor. Met in 1985; married 1988.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Marvin Paymer. Professional musician. Divorced from Paymer's mother in 1973.
mother:
Sylvia Paymer. Travel agent. From Belgium; divorced from Paymer's father in 1973.
brother:
Steve Paymer. Writer; comedian; producer; actor. Born September 28, 1951; collaborator with Paymer; co-producer on the sitcoms "Mad About You", "Madman of the People" and "The Single Guy"; regular on sitcom "Boston Common".
daughter:
Emily Paymer. Born in 1994.
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