Dabney Coleman - Rotten Tomatoes

Dabney Coleman

Highest Rated:   94% Melvin and Howard (1980)
Lowest Rated:   0% Hot to Trot (1988)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
55% Rules Don't Apply
  • Raymond Holiday
2016
85% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Char-ac-ter
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Hard Four
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Character
  • Actor
2009
19% Domino
  • Drake Bishop
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
61% Recess: School's Out
  • Principal Peter Prickly
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
66% 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
9% Clifford
  • Gerald
1994
No Score Yet Implicación Judicial
  • Charles Mayron
1994
23% The Beverly Hillbillies
  • Mr. Drysdale
1993
21% Amos & Andrew
  • Tolliver
1993
No Score Yet There Goes the Neighborhood (Paydirt)
  • Jeffrey
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865
  • Stephen A. Douglas
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 Never Forget
  • William Cox
1991
10% Meet the Applegates
  • Aunt Bea
1991
20% Short Time
  • Burt Simpson
1990
11% Where the Heart Is
  • Stewart McBain
1990
No Score Yet Homeboy
  • Actor
1989
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
46% Dragnet
  • Jerry Caesar
1987
No Score Yet Sworn to Silence
  • Martin Costigan
1987
No Score Yet Murrow
  • Actor
1986
50% The Man with One Red Shoe
  • Cooper
1985
60% Cloak and Dagger
  • Jack Flack / Hal Osborne
1984
81% The Muppets Take Manhattan
  • Himself
1984
93% WarGames (War Games)
  • McKittrick
1983
89% Tootsie
  • Ron
1982
31% Young Doctors in Love
  • Joseph Prang
1982
No Score Yet Modern Problems
  • Mark
1981
92% 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
  • Actor
1980
84% 9 to 5
  • Franklin M. Hart Jr.
1980
94% 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 How to Beat the High Cost of Living
  • Jack Heintzel
1980
No Score Yet When She Was Bad...
  • Jack Wilson
1979
87% North Dallas Forty
  • Emmett
1979
No Score Yet Maneaters Are Loose
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Black Fist
  • Heineken
1977
17% Viva Knievel!
  • Ralph Thompson
1977
85% Rolling Thunder
  • Maxwell
1977
54% Midway
  • Capt. Murray Arnold
1976
No Score Yet The Other Side of the Mountain
  • Dave McCoy
1975
71% Bite the Bullet
  • Jack Parker
1975
No Score Yet Bad Ronald
  • Mr. Wood
1974
71% The Towering Inferno
  • Assistant Fire Chief
1974
No Score Yet The Dove
  • Charles Huntley
1974
No Score Yet 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
80% Downhill Racer
  • Mayo
1969
70% The Scalphunters
  • Jed
1968
No Score Yet Invaders 9
  • Actor
1967
64% This Property Is Condemned
  • Salesman
1966
No Score Yet The Slender Thread
  • Charlie
1965
No Score Yet Outer Limits - "Specimen: Unknown"
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet Outer Limits - "The Mice"
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet Fist
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
  • Fred Tanner
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Louis 'The Commodore' Kaestner
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Frank Hagar
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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