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Paul Dooley

1928-02-22 Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA

Image of Paul Dooley


Paul 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.


The Water is Finally Blue: The Untold Story of Robert Altman's O.C. and Stiggs 2023-07-17
Boy Makes Girl Ben 2023-10-24
Saving Paradise Gramps 2021-09-03
Selfie Dad Barber 2020-06-19
The Gesture and The Word Mr. Rostalle 2020-05-25
The Great Buster: A Celebration Self 2018-10-05
Cars 3 Sarge (voice) 2017-06-15
The Holy Man Lou 'The Bull' Devine 2016-10-01
Other People Ronnie 2016-09-09
The Radiator Springs 500½ Sarge (voice) 2014-05-20
Turbo The Foreman (voice) 2013-07-11
Spinning Sarge (voice) 2013-03-22
My Santa Martin 2013-11-29
Hiccups Sarge (voice) 2013-03-22
Cars 2 Sarge (voice) 2011-06-11
Thanks Hank 2011-01-07
Horsemen Father Whiteleather 2009-02-06
Sunshine Cleaning Sherm 2008-01-18
Chronic Town Eleanor's Father 2008-04-03
Celebrating Sixteen Candles Himself 2008-09-16
Bedtime Stories Hot Dog Vendor 2008-12-24
Hairspray Mr. Spritzer 2007-07-19
Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary Himself 2007-05-20
For Your Consideration Paper Badge Sergeant 2006-11-17
Cars Sarge (voice) 2006-06-08
Mater and the Ghostlight Sarge (voice) 2006-07-27
Come Away Home Grandpa Donald 2005-01-20
Nobody Knows Anything! Warden 2004-08-24
Employee of the Month Reverend Ben Goodwin 2004-01-17
A Mighty Wind George Menschell 2003-04-16
Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales 2003-08-09
Touch 'Em All McCall 2003-01-01
Comfort and Joy George 2003-12-01
Insomnia Chief Nyback 2002-05-24
The Perfect You Larry 2002-03-01
Rennie's Landing Hank 2001-06-15
I'll Remember April Earl Schimmel 2001-04-05
Madison Mayor Don Vaughn 2001-01-23
A Woman's a Helluva Thing Hank Luckinbill 2001-06-13
Guinevere Walter 1999-09-12
Runaway Bride Walter Carpenter 1999-07-30
Error in Judgment Jack Albert 1999-05-08
Happy, Texas The Judge 1999-12-03
Loved Leo Amerson 1997-10-31
Clockwatchers Bud Chapman 1997-06-12
Telling Lies in America Father Norton 1997-08-02
Angels in the Endzone Coach Buck 1997-11-09
God's Lonely Man Polo 1996-01-18
Waiting for Guffman UFO Abductee 1996-08-21
Evolver Jerry Briggs 1995-02-10
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Senator Thatch 1995-01-18
The Underneath Ed Dutton 1995-04-28
Out There Emmett Davis 1995-11-19
State of Emergency Jim Anderson 1994-02-21
A Dangerous Woman Tupperware Salesman 1993-09-10
My Boyfriend's Back Big Chuck 1993-08-06
Mother of the Bride Richard 1993-02-27
Cooperstown Sid Wiggins 1993-01-26
Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride Asst. Dist. Atty. Robert Norrell 1992-10-30
The Player Paul Dooley 1992-04-03
White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd Hal Roach 1991-05-05
Shakes the Clown Owen Cheese 1991-08-28
Frogs! Twittenham 1991-01-01
Guess Who's Coming for Christmas? Doc 1990-12-23
The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson 1990-10-15
Flashback Stark 1990-02-02
When He's Not a Stranger Ben McKenna 1989-11-06
Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North Robert McFarlane 1989-04-30
Lip Service Gil Hutchinson 1988-10-17
Superman's 50th Anniversary: A Celebration of the Man of Steel John Buxton 1988-02-29
Last Rites Father Freddie 1988-11-18
O.C. and Stiggs Randall Schwab 1987-07-10
Monster in the Closet Roy Crane 1986-05-15
Big Trouble George Noozel 1986-05-30
Stephen King's Golden Tales Chester Caruso 1985-10-19
The Steel Collar Man Don Liddle 1985-08-07
Sixteen Candles Jim Baker 1984-05-04
Going Berserk Dr. Ted 1983-09-30
Hansel and Gretel Father 1983-12-05
Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Museum Security Guard 1983-11-16
Strange Brew Claude Elsinore 1983-08-26
The Shady Hill Kidnapping Detective 1982-01-12
Kiss Me Goodbye Kendall 1982-12-22
Endangered Species Joe Hiatt 1982-09-10
Rumpelstiltskin The Miller 1982-10-16
See China and Die Ames Prescott 1981-12-09
Paternity Kurt 1981-10-02
Popeye Wimpy 1980-12-12
Health Dr. Gil Gainey 1980-09-12
Breaking Away Ray Stoller 1979-05-24
A Perfect Couple Alex Theodopoulos 1979-04-06
Rich Kids Simon Peterfreund 1979-08-17
A Wedding Snooks Brenner 1978-08-29
Simple Gifts (segment "Lost & Found") (voice) 1977-12-03
Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure Gazooks (voice) 1977-04-01
Slap Shot Hyannisport Announcer 1977-02-25
Fore Play Salesman 1975-03-01
Death Wish Cop at Hospital (uncredited) 1974-07-24
The Gravy Train Doctor 1974-06-16
Up the Sandbox Statue of Liberty Guard 1972-12-21
The Out-of-Towners Day Desk Clerk at Hotel 1970-05-28
What's So Bad About Feeling Good? Vic 1968-05-24
Man in the Square Suit 1966-04-15
Howard, Howard and Howard 1965-01-01
The Parisienne and the Prudes Ted K. Worrie 1964-04-29