David Paymer

Highest Rated: 100% Accident Man (2018)
Lowest Rated: 0% The Sunlit Night (2019)
Birthday: Aug 30, 1954
Birthplace: Oceanside, Long Island, New York, USA
A former theatre and psychology major at the University of Michigan, actor David Paymer's first Broadway success was in the long-running musical Grease. He tentatively launched his film career in the tiny but telling role of a cabbie in 1979's The In-Laws, then returned to working "live" as a performer and writer for The Comedy Store. A character actor even in his early twenties, Paymer displayed his versatility in a wealth of TV supporting roles on such weeklies as Cagney and Lacey, Diff'rent Strokes, The Commish and Downtown. Billy Crystal was so impressed with Paymer's work as ice-cream entrepreneur Ira Shalowitz in City Slickers (1991) that Crystal assigned him the plum role of Stan Yankelman, long-suffering brother and business manager of Berle-like comedian Buddy Young Jr., in Mister Saturday Night (1992). Convincingly playing an age range from 20 to 75, Paymer was honored with an Oscar nomination. Dividing his time between working in films and teaching classes at the Film Actor's Workshop, David Paymer has recently been seen as the angelic Hal in Heart and Souls (1993) and real-life TV producer Dan Enright in Robert Redford's Quiz Show (1994). In the decades to come, Paymer would remain an ever-present force on screen, appearing in films like In Good Company, Drag Me to Hell, Bad Teacher, and Redbelt, as well as TV shows like Line of Fire and The Good Wife.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
0% The Sunlit Night Actor 2019
100% Accident Man Milton 2018
56% Lemon Dr. Gold $29.6K 2017
36% The Pickle Recipe Morty 2016
No Score Yet Two-Bit Waltz The Lawyer $2.6K 2014
55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Dixon Lewis $43.1M 2014
63% The Five-Year Engagement Pete Solomon $28.7M 2012
29% Twixt Sam Malkin 2012
44% Bad Teacher Doctor Vogel $100.3M 2011
92% Drag Me to Hell Mr. Jacks $42.2M 2009
68% Redbelt Richard $2.3M 2008
60% Resurrecting the Champ Whitley $3M 2007
70% Ocean's Thirteen The V.U.P. $78.9M 2007
No Score Yet Payback: Straight Up Stegman 2006
22% Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School Rafael Horowitz $0.2M 2006
No Score Yet Warm Springs Louis Howe 2005
43% Checking Out Ted Applebaum 2005
No Score Yet My Suicidal Sweetheart (Crazy for Love) Max, Sr. 2005
No Score Yet School of Life Matt Warner 2005
No Score Yet Balto III: Wings of Change Mel 2005
82% In Good Company Morty $45.5M 2004
No Score Yet Partners Bob 2004
57% Enemies of Laughter Paul Halpern 2003
11% Alex & Emma John Shaw $14.3M 2003
50% The Burial Society Morry Zimmer 2003
No Score Yet RFK Dick Goodwin 2002
35% Bartleby The Boss $60.8K 2002
No Score Yet Joe and Max Joe Jacobs 2002
56% Focus Finkelstein 2001
86% State and Main Marty $5.8M 2000
52% Bounce Prosecuting Attorney Mandel 2000
26% Bait Agent Wooly $15M 2000
No Score Yet For Love or Country Embassy Interviewer 2000
83% The Hurricane Myron Bedlock 1999
56% Mumford Dr. Delbanco 1999
11% Chill Factor Dr. Richard Long 1999
25% Outside Ozona Alan Defaux 1999
54% Payback Stegman 1999
No Score Yet Partners Actor 1999
No Score Yet Dash and Lilly Arthur Kober 1999
55% Mighty Joe Young Harry Ruben 1998
60% The Lesser Evil George 1998
77% Amistad Secretary Forsyth 1997
53% Gang Related Elliot Goff 1997
No Score Yet The Long Way Home Actor 1997
23% The Sixth Man Coach Pederson 1997
No Score Yet Crime of the Century Wilentz 1996
13% Carpool Daniel Miller 1996
21% Unforgettable Curtis Avery 1996
54% City Hall Abe Goodman 1996
74% Nixon Ron Ziegler 1995
91% The American President Leon Kodak 1995
87% Get Shorty Leo Devoe 1995
No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey: Together Again Actor 1995
No Score Yet In Search of Dr. Seuss Actor 1994
No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey: The Return Dep. DA Feldberg 1994
No Score Yet The Quiz Show Scandal (Kwijeu Wang) Actor 1994
96% Quiz Show Dan Enright 1994
18% City Slickers 2 - The Legend of Curly's Gold Ira Shalowitz 1994
100% Searching for Bobby Fischer Kalev 1993
55% Heart and Souls Hal the Bus Driver 1993
58% Mr. Saturday Night Stan Yankelman 1992
88% City Slickers Ira Shalowitz 1991
37% Crazy People George Cartelli 1990
11% No Holds Barred Unger 1989
91% No Way Out Technician 1987
73% Night of the Creeps Young Scientist 1986
15% Howard the Duck Larry Scientist 1986
19% Perfect Managing Editor 1985
57% Irreconcilable Differences Alan Sluiser 1984
No Score Yet Best Defense Kurly 1984
No Score Yet Grace Kelly Jay Kanter 1983
42% Airplane 2 - The Sequel Court Photographer 1982
90% The In-Laws Cab Driver 1979

TV

CREDIT
26% Pure Genius
2016-2017
Douglas Prescott
  • 2017
100% Switched at Birth
2011-2017
Director
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
87% Lucifer
2016
Director
  • 2016
100% Recovery Road
2016
Director Producer
  • 2016
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Judge Richard Cuesta Judge Cuesta
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
81% Hart of Dixie
2011-2015
Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
61% Franklin & Bash
2011-2014
Director
  • 2013
No Score Yet Mistresses
2013-2016
Director
  • 2013
83% The Carrie Diaries
2013-2014
Director
  • 2013
97% The Fosters
2013-2018
Director
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
Director James Panzer
  • 2013
  • 2011
100% Bunheads
2012-2013
Director
  • 2012
No Score Yet 90210
2008-2013
Director Producer
  • 2011
65% Hellcats
2010-2011
Director
  • 2010
71% Life Unexpected
2010-2011
Director
  • 2010
92% Men of a Certain Age
2009-2011
Director
  • 2010
73% No Ordinary Family
2010-2011
Director
  • 2010
79% Make It or Break It
2009-2012
Director
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
Director
  • 2010
  • 2006
60% Melrose Place
2009-2010
Director
  • 2009
No Score Yet Privileged
2008-2009
Director
  • 2009
  • 2008
79% Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
Director Donald Dudley
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
84% The Unit
2006-2009
Director
  • 2008
82% Gilmore Girls
2000-2016
Director
  • 2007
No Score Yet Heartland
2007
Director
  • 2007
No Score Yet What About Brian
2006-2007
Director
  • 2007
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
Adam Godfrey
  • 2006
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Director
  • 2006
No Score Yet Pepper Dennis
2006
Director
  • 2006
No Score Yet Windfall
2006
Director
  • 2006
No Score Yet One Tree Hill
2003-2012
Director
  • 2006
  • 2004
No Score Yet Jack & Bobby
2004-2005
Director
  • 2005
92% Everwood
2002-2006
Director
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Static Shock
2000-2004
Voice
  • 2004
No Score Yet Night Visions
2001-2002
Jim Osgood
  • 2001
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
Norman Litkey
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1994
  • 1992
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • 1993
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Dr. Bishop
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Bickel
  • 1988
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
1984-1992
Jack
  • 1988
No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
Wallace
  • 1986
97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
Camille's Agent
  • 1986
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Guest Phil Schumacher
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
1975-1985
David
  • 1983
No Score Yet Taxi
1978-1983
Ned
  • 1982
No Score Yet House Calls
1979-1982
Johnny Vance
  • 1981
No Score Yet Barney Miller
1975-1982
Morrissey
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet Hart of Dixie
Director
No Score Yet Red Zone
2014
Jerry Banks
No Score Yet The Commish
1991-1996

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