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David Paymer

Highest Rated:   100% Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Lowest Rated:   11% Alex & Emma (2003)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
73% Lemon
  • Dr. Gold
2017
25% The Pickle Recipe
  • Morty
2016
No Score Yet Two-Bit Waltz
  • The Lawyer
$2.6k 2014
56% 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
$42.1M 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
83% 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
$14.2M 2003
53% The Burial Society
  • Morry Zimmer
2003
No Score Yet Mr. Saturday Night
  • Actor
2002
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
52% Mighty Joe Young
  • Harry Ruben
1998
60% The Lesser Evil
  • George
1998
76% Amistad
  • Secretary Forsyth
1997
56% 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
22% Unforgettable
  • Curtis Avery
1996
54% City Hall
  • Abe Goodman
1996
75% Nixon
  • Ron Ziegler
1995
90% The American President
  • Leon Kodak
1995
86% 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
19% 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
56% Mr. Saturday Night
  • Stan Yankelman
1992
90% City Slickers
  • Ira Shalowitz
1991
33% Crazy People
  • George Cartelli
1990
11% No Holds Barred
  • Unger
1989
91% No Way Out
  • Technician
1987
69% Night of the Creeps
  • Young Scientist
1986
15% Howard the Duck
  • Larry Scientist
1986
19% Perfect
  • Managing Editor
1985
62% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
24% Pure Genius
2016
  • Douglas Prescott
  • 2017
No Score Yet Switched at Birth
2011
  • Director
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
75% Lucifer
2016
  • Director
  • 2016
100% Recovery Road
2016
  • Director
  • 2016
98% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Judge Richard Cuesta Judge Cuesta
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Hart of Dixie
2011-2015
  • Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Mistresses
2013
  • Director
  • 2013
81% The Carrie Diaries
2013-2014
  • Director
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Fosters
2013
  • 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
  • 2011
64% Hellcats
2010-2011
  • Director
  • 2010
78% Life Unexpected
2010-2011
  • Director
  • 2010
94% Men of a Certain Age
2009-2011
  • Director
  • 2010
68% No Ordinary Family
2010-2011
  • Director
  • 2010
No Score Yet Make It or Break It
2009-2012
  • Director
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • Director
  • 2010
  • 2006
57% Melrose Place
2009-2010
  • Director
  • 2009
No Score Yet Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
  • Director
  • Donald Dudley
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet Gilmore Girls
2000
  • Director
  • 2007
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
  • Adam Godfrey
  • 2006
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Director
  • 2006
No Score Yet One Tree Hill
2003-2012
  • Director
  • 2006
  • 2004
No Score Yet Everwood
2002-2006
  • Director
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
  • Wallace
  • 1986
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet Hart of Dixie
  • Director
No Score Yet Red Zone
2014
  • Jerry Banks

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