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Also Known As: Dabney Wharton Coleman Died:
Born: January 3, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Austin, Texas, USA Profession: actor

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A prolific character actor whose trademark was villainous egotists and endearing curmudgeons, Dabney Coleman was a recognizable film star during the 1980s, though he was ever-present on television throughout the entirety of his five-decade career. Among Coleman's most memorable film roles was the misogynist corporate boss of empowered Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda in "9 to 5" (1980), and the egomaniacal soap opera director whose sexist attitude inspired the title "Tootsie" (1982). On television, the Emmy and Golden Globe winner was among the busiest character players of the 1960s before making his mark on the "brilliant-but-canceled" soap opera spoof "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (syndicated, 1976-77) before acclaimed leading roles on the sitcom "The Slap Maxwell Story" (ABC, 1987-88), and the CBS legal drama "The Guardian" (2001-04). With his sharp comic timing and a Texas drawl that simultaneously suggested folksiness and moral laxity, the mustachioed Coleman carve out a unique career as an instantly recognizable and improbably likable screen actor.

A prolific character actor whose trademark was villainous egotists and endearing curmudgeons, Dabney Coleman was a recognizable film star during the 1980s, though he was ever-present on television throughout the entirety of his five-decade career. Among Coleman's most memorable film roles was the misogynist corporate boss of empowered Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda in "9 to 5" (1980), and the egomaniacal soap opera director whose sexist attitude inspired the title "Tootsie" (1982). On television, the Emmy and Golden Globe winner was among the busiest character players of the 1960s before making his mark on the "brilliant-but-canceled" soap opera spoof "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (syndicated, 1976-77) before acclaimed leading roles on the sitcom "The Slap Maxwell Story" (ABC, 1987-88), and the CBS legal drama "The Guardian" (2001-04). With his sharp comic timing and a Texas drawl that simultaneously suggested folksiness and moral laxity, the mustachioed Coleman carve out a unique career as an instantly recognizable and improbably likable screen actor.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Domino (2005) Drake Bishop
2.
 Where the Red Fern Grows (2004) Grandpa
3.
 Climb, The (2002) Mack 'Mackie' Leonard
4.
 Moonlight Mile (2002) Mike Mulcahey
5.
 Recess: School's Out (2001) Voice Of Principal Prickly
6.
 Kiss My Act (2001) Henry Rooney
8.
 Casanova Falling (1999)
9.
 Inspector Gadget (1999) Chief Quimby
10.
 Stuart Little (1999) Doctor Beechwood
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1953:
Served two years as a member of the Army's Special Services Division
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Inspired to switch his studies from law to drama after meeting actor (and fellow Austin, TX native) Zachary Scott
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First professional stage appearance, William Inge's "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"
1961:
Broadway debut, "A Call on Kuprin"
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Toured in summer stock
1962:
Moved to Los Angeles
1965:
Screen acting debut in "The Slender Thread"
1966:
Made TV series debut in "That Girl" (ABC) as Leon Bessimer
1969:
Cast as a U.S. Olympic skiing team coach in the Robert Redford film "Downhill Racer"
1970:
First TV-movie, "The Brotherhood of the Bell" (CBS)
1971:
Played Dr. Tracy Brown on the NBC soap opera "Bright Promise"
1973:
Played Lieutenant Lloyd Daggett on the CBS drama series "Cannon"
1974:
Played a high-ranking superior to firefighter Steve McQueen in "The Towering Inferno"
1975:
First TV miniseries, "Attack on Terror: The FBI Versus the Ku Klux Klan"
1976:
Had a recurring role as Merle Jeeter, the mayor of Fernwood, on the syndicated soap spoof "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"
1977:
Reprised role of Merle Jeeter on the syndicated soap opera spoof "Forever Fernwood"
1978:
Played Fast Eddie on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Apple Pie"
1980:
Cast as Franklin Hart the 'sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot' in "Nine to Five" starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton
1981:
Played Jane Fonda's fiance in the Oscar winning film "On Golden Pond"
1982:
Played a womanizing producer in Tootsie" directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange
1983:
Played a military man in "WarGames"
1983:
Played Bill Bittinger on the NBC sitcom, "Buffalo Bill"; received Emmy nomination
1984:
First film lead, as co-star of "Cloak and Dagger"
1987:
Played a magazine mogul in the comedy "Dragnet," with Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks
1987:
Played title role on the ABC sitcom, "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story"
1988:
Received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story" and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries for "Baby M, Parts 1 & 2"
1991:
Played Otis Drexell on the FOX sitcom "Drexell's Class"
1993:
Played Police Chief Cecil Tolliver in the comedy "Amos & Andrew" starring Nicolas Cage and Samuel L. Jackson
1993:
Cast as banker Milburn Drysdale in the film version of "The Beverly Hillbillies"
1994:
Played the title role of Jack Buckner on the NBC sitcom "Madman of the People"
1998:
Played Tom Hanks' philandering father in "You've Got Mail"
1999:
Lent his voice to several episodes of the Disney Channel series "Recess," playing a character named Principal Prickly
2001:
Returned to series TV as co-star of the CBS drama "The Guardian"
2002:
Had a memorable role in Brad Silberling's "Moonlight Mile" opposite Dustin Hoffman and Jake Gyllenhaal
2005:
Cast in the Tony Scott directed thriller "Domino" starring Keira Knightley as Domino Harvey, a model turned bounty hunter and daughter of actor Lawrence Harvey
2006:
Cast as Jenna Elfman's father on the CBS sitcom "Courting Alex"
2007:
Cast in TNT's "Heartland" as Dr. Bart Jacobs
2010:
Cast as Commodore Louis Kaestner in the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire"
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Education

Virginia Military Institute: Lexington , Virginia - 1949 - 1951
University of Texas at Austin: Austin , Texas - 1954
University of Texas at Austin: Austin , Texas - 1957
The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York - 1958 - 1960

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wife:
Anne Courtney Harrell. Married on December 21. 1957; divorced in June 1959.
wife:
Carol Jean Hale. Actor. Married on December 11, 1961; divorced in 1983.

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father:
Melvin Randolph Coleman.
mother:
Mary Wharton Coleman.
daughter:
Kelly Johns Coleman. Actor.
son:
Randolph Coleman.
daughter:
Mary Coleman.
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