Dabney Coleman

Dabney Coleman

Highest Rated: 93% WarGames (War Games) (1983)

Lowest Rated: 0% Hot to Trot (1988)

Birthday: Jan 3, 1932

Birthplace: Austin, Texas, USA

Coleman attended a Virginia military school before studying law and serving in the army. While attending the University of Texas, Coleman became attracted to acting, and headed to New York, where he studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse. After stage experience and TV work, Coleman made his movie debut in 1965's The Slender Thread. Minus his trademarked mustache for the most part in the mid-1960s, Coleman specialized in secondary character roles. He began to branch into comedy during his supporting stint as obstetrician Leon Bessemer on the Marlo Thomas sitcom That Girl, but his most memorable role would come in 1980 as the nasty, chauvinistic boss in 9 to 5. He would go on to appear in other films, like On Golden Pond [1981], The Beverly Hillbillies [1993], You've Got Mail [1998], and Moonlight Mile, but the actor found more success in television, appearing on a few cult hits that were tragically cancelled, like Drexell's Class and Madman of the People, as well as The Guardian, Courting Alex, Heartland, and Boardwalk Empire.


Highest Rated Movies



55% Rules Don't Apply Raymond Holiday $3.7M 2016
86% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Actor $70.6K 2016
No Score Yet Char-ac-ter Actor 2012
No Score Yet Hard Four Spray Loomis 2010
No Score Yet Character Actor 2009
18% Domino Drake Bishop $10.2M 2005
No Score Yet Hard Four Actor 2005
No Score Yet Where the Red Fern Grows Grandpa 2004
No Score Yet Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade Principal Prickly 2003
63% Moonlight Mile Mike Mulcahey 2002
No Score Yet The Climb Mack Leonard 2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War Narrator 2002
No Score Yet Kiss My Act Henry Rooney 2001
60% Recess: School's Out Principal Peter Prickly $34.9M 2001
No Score Yet Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street Principal Prickly 2001
No Score Yet How to Marry a Billionaire Actor 2000
No Score Yet How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale John Kennedy 2000
67% Stuart Little Dr. Beechwood 1999
No Score Yet Must Be Santa Tuttle 1999
21% Inspector Gadget Chief Quimby 1999
No Score Yet Giving It Up Johnathan Gallant 1999
69% You've Got Mail Nelson Fox 1998
No Score Yet Exiled (Exiled: A Law & Order Movie) Lt. Dennis Sloper 1998
No Score Yet My Date With the President's Daughter Pres. George Richmond 1998
No Score Yet Target Earth Sen. Ben Arnold 1998
No Score Yet Taken Away Sen. Ben Arnold 1998
No Score Yet Taken Ethan Grover 1998
No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: Kidnapped Arthur Milo 1995
10% Clifford Gerald 1994
No Score Yet Implicación Judicial Charles Mayron 1994
22% The Beverly Hillbillies Mr. Drysdale 1993
20% Amos & Andrew Tolliver 1993
No Score Yet There Goes the Neighborhood (Paydirt) Jeffrey 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864 Stephen A. Douglas 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863 Stephen A. Douglas 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Making of a President, 1860-1862 Stephen A. Douglas 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865 Stephen A. Douglas 1992
No Score Yet Never Forget William Cox 1991
10% Meet the Applegates Aunt Bea 1991
20% Short Time Burt Simpson 1990
10% Where the Heart Is Stewart McBain 1990
No Score Yet Maybe Baby Hal 1988
0% Hot to Trot Walter Sawyer 1988
No Score Yet Guilty of Innocence: The Lenell Geter Story Sigel 1987
No Score Yet Sworn to Silence Martin Costigan 1987
51% Dragnet Jerry Caesar 1987
No Score Yet Murrow Actor 1986
47% The Man with One Red Shoe Cooper 1985
64% Cloak and Dagger Jack Flack / Hal Osborne 1984
83% The Muppets Take Manhattan Himself 1984
93% WarGames (War Games) McKittrick 1983
90% Tootsie Ron 1982
29% Young Doctors in Love Joseph Prang 1982
No Score Yet Modern Problems Mark 1981
93% On Golden Pond Bill Ray 1981
No Score Yet Callie & Son Randall Bordeaux 1981
No Score Yet How to Beat the High Cost of Living Jack Heintzel 1980
82% 9 to 5 Franklin M. Hart Jr. 1980
90% Melvin and Howard Judge Keith Hayes 1980
No Score Yet Nothing Personal Tom Dickerson 1980
No Score Yet Pray TV a/k/a K-GOD Actor 1980
No Score Yet When She Was Bad... Jack Wilson 1979
83% North Dallas Forty Emmett 1979
No Score Yet Maneaters Are Loose Actor 1978
86% Rolling Thunder Maxwell 1977
No Score Yet Black Fist Heineken 1977
17% Viva Knievel! Ralph Thompson 1977
47% Midway Capt. Murray Arnold 1976
No Score Yet The Other Side of the Mountain Dave McCoy 1975
73% Bite the Bullet Jack Parker 1975
60% Bad Ronald Mr. Wood 1974
70% The Towering Inferno Assistant Fire Chief 1974
No Score Yet The Dove Charles Huntley 1974
63% Cinderella Liberty Executive Officer 1973
No Score Yet Savage Ted Seligson 1973
No Score Yet Dying Room Only Bob Mitchell 1973
No Score Yet The President's Plane Is Missing Senator Bert Haines 1972
No Score Yet The Brotherhood of the Bell Actor 1970
No Score Yet I Love My...Wife Frank Donnelly 1970
No Score Yet The Trouble with Girls Harrison Wilby 1969
84% Downhill Racer Mayo 1969
70% The Scalphunters Jed 1968
64% This Property Is Condemned Salesman 1966
80% The Slender Thread Charlie 1965


No Score Yet NCIS
John Sydney 2019
92% Boardwalk Empire
Louis 'The Commodore' Kaestner 2012
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Frank Hagar 2009
45% Heartland
Dr. Bart Jacobs 2007
25% Courting Alex
Bill Rose 2006
No Score Yet The Guardian
Burton Fallin 2004
No Score Yet Recess
Voice 2001
No Score Yet The Magic School Bus
Voice 1997
14% Drexell's Class
Otis Drexell 1992
No Score Yet Columbo
Hugh Creighton 1991
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Guest Host 1987
No Score Yet Buffalo Bill
Bill Bittinger 1984
No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
Fred Tanner 1979
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
Dr. Burt Travers O'Neil 1977
No Score Yet Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
Merle Jeeter 1977
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Phil Wright 1976
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
George Todd Andy Horvath Sr. 1976
No Score Yet Kojak
Alex 1974
No Score Yet Ironside
Daniel Leary 1973
No Score Yet Bonanza
Clyde Ivar 1969
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
Webb 1969
No Score Yet The Fugitive
George Graham Keith Steve Floyd 1966
29% Madman of the People
Jack Buckner


Principal Peter Prickly says: Don't you ever say I don't care about Summer Vacation, because those memories are the last part of my childhood I got left.

Principal Peter Prickly says: Don't you ever say I don't care about Summer Vacation, because those memories are the last part of my childhood I got left.

Grandpa says: Have a piece of licorice and go stand on your head.

Franklin Hart Jr. says: At LEAST you're pretty. You should see some of the crones who come through here.

Chief Quimby says: Claw, you are now in the police department

Chief Quimby says: Claw, you are now in the police department.