David Paymer

David Paymer

Highest Rated: 100% Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

Lowest Rated: 10% Chill Factor (1999)

Birthday: Aug 30, 1954

Birthplace: Oceanside, New York, USA

For years, character actor David Paymer appeared in a multitude of film and television projects, though his name remained unrecognizable to most. But that all began to change with his breakthrough supporting performance in "Mr. Saturday Night" (1992), which earned his first Academy Award nomination. Ever since that time, Paymer delivered noted turns in several prominent features, including "Quiz Show" (1994), for which he earned perhaps his greatest critical acclaim and showed filmmakers the depths he could take a performance, particularly as a villain. He continued to land interesting roles, often in historical films like playing former White House press secretary Ron Ziegler in "Nixon" (1995), Secretary of State John Forsyth in "Amistad" (1997) and noted defense attorney Myron Beldock in "The Hurricane" (1999). His portrayal of a smarmy Hollywood producer who only thinks of money in David Mamet's satirical "State and Main" (2000) only boosted the actor's already elevated profile. Later in his career, Paymer began directing episodes of several popular shows, while continuing to appear in a variety of onscreen roles, proving that he was both versatile as well as talented.

Highest rated movies

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
32% 50% The Sunlit Night Levi (Character) - 2019
49% 74% Where'd You Go, Bernadette Jay Ross (Character) $9.2M 2019
83% 64% Accident Man Milton (Character) - 2018
54% 31% Lemon Dr. Gold (Character) $29.1K 2017
36% 91% The Pickle Recipe Uncle Morty (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 24% Two-Bit Waltz The Lawyer (Character) $2K 2014
64% 51% The Five-Year Engagement Pete Solomon (Character) $28.6M 2012
45% 36% Bad Teacher Dr. Vogel (Character) $100.3M 2011
26% 18% Twixt Sam (Character) - 2011
92% 62% Drag Me to Hell Mr. Jacks (Character) $42.1M 2009
60% 60% Resurrecting the Champ Whitley (Character) $3.2M 2007
69% 75% Ocean's Thirteen The V.U.P. (Character) $117.1M 2007
No Score Yet 39% My Suicidal Sweetheart Max Sr. (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 70% School of Life Matt Warner (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 77% Warm Springs Louis Howe (Character) - 2005
22% 61% Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Rafael Horowitz (Character) $247.1K 2005
38% 58% Checking Out Ted Applebaum (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Capital City Unknown (Character) - 2004
83% 54% In Good Company Morty (Character) $45.5M 2004
No Score Yet 62% Balto III: Wings of Change Mel (Voice) - 2004
11% 41% Alex & Emma John Shaw (Character) $14.2M 2003
No Score Yet 42% RFK Unknown (Character) - 2002
50% 23% The Burial Society Morry Zimmer (Character) $20.6K 2002
No Score Yet 54% Joe and Max Joe Jacobs (Character) - 2002
35% 68% Bartleby The Boss (Character) $141.4K 2001
56% 62% Focus FInkelstein (Character) $719.8K 2001
No Score Yet 77% For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Embassy interviewer (Character) - 2000
57% No Score Yet Enemies of Laughter Paul Halpern (Character) - 2000
85% 70% State and Main Marty Rossen (Character) $6.9M 2000
26% 40% Bait Agent Wooly (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Partners Bob (Character) - 2000
10% 30% Chill Factor Dr. Richard Long (Character) $11.2M 1999
57% 66% Mumford Dr. Ernest Delbanco (Character) $4.6M 1999
55% 69% Payback Arthur Stegman (Character) $81.5M 1999
No Score Yet 60% Dash and Lilly Arthur Kober (Character) - 1999
83% 87% The Hurricane Myron Bedlock (Character) $50.7M 1999
25% 46% Outside Ozona Alan Defaux (Character) $7.4K 1998
60% 69% The Lesser Evil George (Character) - 1998
55% 40% Mighty Joe Young Harry Ruben (Character) $50.6M 1998
23% 58% The 6th Man Coach Pederson (Character) $14.8M 1997
77% 79% Amistad Secretary Forsyth (Character) - 1997
53% 65% Gang Related Elliot Goff (Character) $5.9M 1997
No Score Yet 72% Crime of the Century David Wilentz (Character) - 1996
56% 37% City Hall Abe Goodman (Character) $20M 1996
13% 39% Carpool Daniel Miller (Character) $3.3M 1996
21% 28% Unforgettable Curtis Avery (Character) $2.5M 1996
88% 70% Get Shorty Leo Devoe (Character) $68.8M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey: Together Again Deputy D.A. Feldberg (Character) - 1995
91% 77% The American President Leon Kodak (Character) $59M 1995
75% 74% Nixon Ron Ziegler (Character) $13.7M 1995
17% 31% City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Ira Shalowitz (Character) $43.4M 1994
No Score Yet 79% In Search of Dr. Seuss The Ad Man (Character) - 1994
96% 87% Quiz Show Dan Enright (Character) $24.8M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey: The Return Deputy Dist. Atty. Feldberg (Character) - 1994
100% 86% Searching for Bobby Fischer Kalev (Character) $7.9M 1993
55% 76% Heart and Souls Hal the Bus Driver (Character) $16.4M 1993
58% 38% Mr. Saturday Night Stan (Character) $12.6M 1992
90% 64% City Slickers Ira Shalowitz (Character) $119.8M 1991
37% 62% Crazy People George (Character) - 1990
10% 34% No Holds Barred Unger (Character) $16.1M 1989
91% 72% No Way Out David (Character) $31.7M 1987
13% 38% Howard the Duck Larry (Character) $15M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pleasures Stanley (Character) - 1986
57% 46% Irreconcilable Differences Alan Sluiser (Character) - 1984
42% 50% Airplane II: The Sequel Court Photographer (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet This House Possessed Pasternak (Character) - 1981
88% 83% The In-Laws Cab Driver (Character) - 1979

TV

Credit
88% 54% Room 104 Robert (Character) 2019
95% 94% Brooklyn Nine-Nine Dr. William Tate (Guest Star) 2019
93% 41% The Conners Gary (Guest Star) 2018
26% 84% Pure Genius Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
93% 91% The Good Wife Judge Richard Cuesta (Guest Star) 2014-2016 2012 2009-2010
81% 87% Hart of Dixie Director 2011-2015
61% 91% Franklin & Bash Director 2013
No Score Yet 63% Mistresses Director 2013
No Score Yet 87% The Mentalist Unknown (Guest Star),
Director
2013 2011
83% 86% The Carrie Diaries Director 2013
100% 96% Bunheads Director 2012-2013
No Score Yet 38% 90210 Director 2011
71% 80% No Ordinary Family Director 2010
65% 44% Hellcats Director 2010
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Stephen Elroy (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 77% Medium Director 2010
71% 70% Life Unexpected Director 2010
94% No Score Yet Men of a Certain Age Director 2010
60% 30% Melrose Place Director 2009
63% No Score Yet Privileged Director 2008-2009
79% 84% Brothers & Sisters Donald Dudley (Guest Star),
Director
2007-2009
84% 79% The Unit Director 2008
82% 89% My Name Is Earl Clark Clark (Guest Star) 2008
11% No Score Yet October Road Dr. Doug Levy (Guest Star),
Director
2007-2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet October Road: The Journey So Far Director 2007
85% 85% Gilmore Girls Director 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet What About Brian Director 2007
No Score Yet 85% Ghost Whisperer Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
66% 83% Entourage Sammy Kane (Guest Star) 2006
19% No Score Yet Pepper Dennis Director 2006
No Score Yet 68% One Tree Hill Director 2006 2004
84% 77% Grey's Anatomy Director 2006
93% 96% Everwood Director 2004-2005
88% No Score Yet Jack & Bobby Director 2005
60% No Score Yet Line of Fire Jonah Malloy (Character) 2003-2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Century City Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Visions Unknown (Character) 2001
100% 83% The Larry Sanders Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Commish Arnie (Guest Star) 1991-1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jake and the Fatman Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who's the Boss? Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Sister Sam Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet 21 Jump Street Mike Ferris (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jeffersons David (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Days Dwayne (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barney Miller Felix Morrissey (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Greatest American Hero The Gatekeeper (Guest Star)

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