Paul Dooley

Biography

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.

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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Birthday 1928-02-22

Place of Birth Parkersburg, West Virginia, U.S.

Adult Actor False

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 Other People as Ronnie
2012 The Client List(1 episode)
2011 Cars 2 as Sarge (voice)
2010 Chronic Town as Eleanor's Father
2010 Huge(10 episodes)
2009 Horsemen as Father Whiteleather
2008 Bedtime Stories as Hot Dog Vendor
2008 Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales(0 episodes)
2007 Side Order of Life(1 episode)
2007 Hairspray as Mr. Spritzer
2006 For Your Consideration as Paper Badge Sergeant
2006 The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman(1 episode)
2006 Mater and the Ghostlight as Sarge
2006 Cars as Sarge (voice)
2005 Hopeless Pictures(8 episodes)
2005 Grey's Anatomy(2 episodes)
2005 Come Away Home as Grandpa Donald
2004 Desperate Housewives(12 episodes)
2004 Boston Legal(1 episode)
2003 A Mighty Wind as George Menschell
2002 Insomnia as Chief Nyback
2001 Scrubs(1 episode)
2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent(1 episode)
2001 A Woman's a Helluva Thing as Hank Luckinbill
2000 Curb Your Enthusiasm(6 episodes)
2000 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation(1 episode)
2000 The Huntress(1 episode)
1999 Happy, Texas as The Judge
1999 Once and Again(6 episodes)
1999 Guinevere as Walter
1999 Runaway Bride as Walter Carpenter
1999 Providence(1 episode)
1997 Loved as Leo Amerson
1997 Dharma & Greg(1 episode)
1997 Ally McBeal(1 episode)
1997 Telling Lies In America as Father Norton
1997 The Practice(8 episodes)
1997 Clockwatchers as Bud Chapman
1997 Angels in the Endzone as Coach Buck
1996 Millennium(1 episode)
1996 Early Edition(1 episode)
1996 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch(1 episode) as Ralphie
1996 E! True Hollywood Story(1 episode)
1996 Waiting for Guffman as UFO Abductee
1995 The Underneath as Ed Dutton
1994 Evolver as Jerry Briggs
1994 ER(4 episodes)
1994 Chicago Hope(1 episode)
1994 Duckman(1 episode)
1994 State of Emergency as Jim Anderson
1993 Grace Under Fire(1 episode)
1993 A Dangerous Woman as Tupperware Salesman
1993 My Boyfriend's Back as Big Chuck
1993 Mother of the Bride as Richard
1993 Cooperstown as Sid Wiggins
1992 Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride as Asst. Dist. Atty. Robert Norrell
1992 The Ben Stiller Show(1 episode)
1992 Mad About You(1 episode)
1992 Batman: The Animated Series(1 episode) as Father Michael Stromwell
1992 The Player as Himself
1991 Shakes the Clown as Owen Cheese
1990 Guess Who's Coming for Christmas? as Doc
1990 The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson
1990 Flashback as Stark
1989 Tales from the Crypt(1 episode)
1989 Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North as Robert McFarlane
1988 Last Rites as Father Freddie
1988 The Wonder Years(1 episode)
1987 Thirtysomething(2 episodes)
1986 ALF(3 episodes)
1986 ALF(108 episodes) as Whizzer
1986 L.A. Law(1 episode)
1986 Big Trouble as George Noozel
1986 Monster in the Closet as Roy
1985 The Golden Girls(2 episodes)
1985 O.C. and Stiggs as Randall Schwab
1984 Sixteen Candles as Jim Baker
1983 Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as Museum Security Guard
1983 Going Berserk as Dr. Ted
1983 Strange Brew as Claude Elsinore
1982 Kiss Me Goodbye as Kendall
1982 Faerie Tale Theatre(2 episodes)
1982 Endangered Species as Joe Hiatt
1981 See China and Die as Ames Prescott
1981 Paternity as Kurt
1980 Popeye as Wimpy
1980 HealtH as Dr. Gil Gainey
1979 Rich Kids
1979 Breaking Away as Ray Stoller
1979 A Perfect Couple as Alex Theodopoulos
1978 A Wedding as Liam 'Snooks' Brenner
1975 Fore Play as Salesman
1972 Up the Sandbox as Statue of Liberty Guard
1970 The Out of Towners as Day Desk Clerk at Hotel
1966 Man in the Square Suit
1965 Get Smart(1 episode)
1964 Bewitched(1 episode)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(1 episode)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(1 episode)
1900 Coming of Age(16 episodes)

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