Paul Dooley

Highest Rated: 98% The Player (1992)
Birthday: Feb 22, 1928
Birthplace: Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA
Paul Dooley is fondly remembered by fans of '80s cinema as the forgetful but well-intending father of a disgruntled Molly Ringwald in the John Hughes teen classic Sixteen Candles (1984). The longtime character actor's droopy, distinctive features and endearing onscreen warmth have kept him a familiar figure in both film and television. A Parkersurg, WV, native who originally aspired to become a cartoonist, Dooley drew comic strips for a local newspaper before entering the navy. Upon discharge, the future actor entered college, where he discovered his passion for the stage. A move to New York found the aspiring actor landing frequent stage work, and after discovering a previously untapped ability for comedy, Dooley tried his hand at standup for about five years. Always looking to expand his skills, he made his film debut in the 1970 comedy The Out-of-Towners. From 1971 to 1972, Dooley was also head writer for the popular children's television series The Electric Company. After showing promise in such late-'70s efforts as Slap Shot (1977) and A Wedding (1978), Dooley made a big impression with his supporting role as the lead character's worrisome father in Breaking Away (1979). Though he was overlooked at Oscar time, he was nominated for a New York Film Critics Circle award and won the National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actor. He kicked off the most successful decade of his film career with a performance as Wimpy in the much-maligned Robert Altman musical comedy Popeye (1980). Besides his memorable turn in Sixteen Candles, Dooley also delivered hilarious performances in the 1980s films Strange Brew (1983) and John Cassavetes' Big Trouble (1985). Fans of the extraterrestrial comedy series ALF will also remember him as the curiously named Whizzer Deaver.Though his feature roles through the 1990s largely consisted of such B-grade fare as My Boyfriend's Back (1993) and Error in Judgment (1998), Dooley managed to stay on top thanks to parts in such popular television series as Mad About You, Dream On, Grace Under Fire, and The Practice. He also took on occasional roles in more notable films, including Waiting for Guffman (1996), Clockwatchers (1997), Happy, Texas (1999), and Runaway Bride (also 1999), which served to remind movie buffs just how funny the talented comic actor could be when given the opportunity. Dooley's performances in such later efforts as Insomnia (2002) hinted at a darker side rarely explored by the usually jovial actor. In 2003, after re-teaming with Waiting for Guffman cohort Christopher Guest to blow A Mighty Wind, he took a supporting role in former MTV beauty queen Jenny McCarthy's comedy Dirty Love.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
69% Cars 3 Sarge $152.7M 2017
86% Other People Ronnie $63.1K 2016
No Score Yet My Santa Martin 2013
38% Cars 2 Sarge $191.5M 2011
74% Sunshine Cleaning Actor $12.1M 2009
26% Bedtime Stories Hot Dog Vendor $110M 2008
No Score Yet Chronic Town Eleanor's Father 2008
91% Hairspray Mr. Spritzer $118.9M 2007
52% For Your Consideration `Paper Badge' Sergeant $5.5M 2006
75% Cars Sarge $244.1M 2006
No Score Yet Come Away Home Grandpa Donald 2005
28% Madison Mayor Don Vaughn $0.5M 2005
11% Employee of the Month Rev. Ben Goodwin 2004
87% A Mighty Wind George Menschell $17.5M 2003
No Score Yet Stealing Time Hank 2003
No Score Yet Comfort and Joy George Berry 2003
92% Insomnia Chief Charles Nyback $67.4M 2002
No Score Yet Crazy Little Thing (The Perfect You) Dad 2002
No Score Yet A Woman's a Helluva Thing Hank 2001
81% Happy, Texas Judge 1999
86% Guinevere Walter 1999
46% Runaway Bride Walter Carpenter 1999
No Score Yet I'll Remember April Earl Schimmel 1999
83% Clockwatchers Dad 1998
No Score Yet Angels in the Endzone Coach Buck 1997
65% Telling Lies in America Father Norton 1997
No Score Yet Loved Leo 1997
91% Waiting for Guffman UFO Abductee 1996
No Score Yet God's Lonely Man Polo 1996
59% The Underneath Ed Dutton 1995
No Score Yet The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Sen. Thatch 1995
No Score Yet Out There Emmett Davis 1995
No Score Yet Evolver Jerry Briggs 1994
No Score Yet State of Emergency Jim Anderson 1994
55% A Dangerous Woman Tupperware Salesman 1993
14% My Boyfriend's Back Big Chuck 1993
No Score Yet Mother of the Bride Richard 1993
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride Actor 1992
98% The Player Himself 1992
38% Shakes the Clown Owen Cheese 1992
No Score Yet Frogs! Twittenham 1992
No Score Yet White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd Hal Roach 1991
No Score Yet The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson Actor 1990
38% Flashback Stark 1990
No Score Yet Last Rites Father Freddie 1988
No Score Yet The Murder of Mary Phagan William Burns 1988
No Score Yet Lip Service Actor 1988
No Score Yet O.C. and Stiggs Randall Schwab 1987
No Score Yet Monster in the Closet Roy Crane 1987
90% Little Shop of Horrors Actor 1986
No Score Yet Dot and the Whale Actor 1986
No Score Yet Big Trouble Noozel 1986
86% Sixteen Candles Jim 1984
No Score Yet Going Berserk Dr. Ted 1983
74% Strange Brew Claude Elsinore 1983
No Score Yet Kiss Me Goodbye Kendall 1982
No Score Yet Endangered Species Joe Hiatt 1982
No Score Yet Paternity Kurt 1981
59% Popeye Wimpy 1980
No Score Yet Health Dr. Gil Gainey Screenwriter 1980
94% Breaking Away Mr. Stohler 1979
No Score Yet A Perfect Couple Alex Theodopoulos 1979
No Score Yet Rich Kids Simon Peterfreund 1979
70% A Wedding Snooks Brenner 1978
No Score Yet Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure Gazooks 1977
83% Slap Shot Hyannisport Announcer 1977
60% Up the Sandbox Statue of Liberty Guard 1972
60% The Out-of-Towners Day Hotel Clerk 1970

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Life in Pieces
2015
Mort Grandpa Mort
  • 2019
90% Shameless
2011
Ralph
  • 2019
82% The Kids Are Alright
2018
Father Dunne
  • 2019
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Chip Gordon
  • 2013
32% Super Fun Night
2013-2014
Old Man
  • 2013
No Score Yet Major Crimes
2012-2018
  • 2013
  • 2012
68% The Client List
2012-2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • 2012
  • 2011
52% Private Practice
2007-2013
Abe Nussbaum
  • 2011
90% Huge
2010
Salty
  • 2010
No Score Yet Tracey Ullman's State of the Union
2008-2010
Performer
  • 2010
  • 2009
84% Scrubs
2001-2010
Paul
  • 2009
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Dr. Walter Tapley
  • 2008
87% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Judge Wendel Donahue
  • 2007
66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Addison Prudy
  • 2005
  • 2004
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
Cheryl's Dad Cheryl's father Cheryl's Father
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
Cheryl's father Cheryl's Father
  • 2005
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
Buddy
  • 2004
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Henry Lewis Henry
  • 2004
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet Becker
1998-2004
Mr. Lerner
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Stan Coffman
  • 2003
No Score Yet Once and Again
1999-2002
Les Cresswell
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Judge Philip Swackheim Judge Swackheim
  • 2002
  • 1999
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
Nicholas Engbloom
  • 2001
No Score Yet Providence
1999-2002
Bill Ridley
  • 2001
No Score Yet Dharma & Greg
1997-2002
  • 1999
90% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
Enabran Tain Tain
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
John Shirley
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet Dream On
1990-1996
  • 1993
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
Jamie's dad
  • 1992
No Score Yet Coach
1989-1997
  • 1991
No Score Yet The Wonder Years
1988-1993
Coach
  • 1991
No Score Yet ALF
1986-1990
Whizzer Whizzer Deaver
  • 1989
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
Isaac
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
TV Man
  • 1966
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Hanlon
  • 1966
71% More Tales Of The City
1998
Herbert L. Tolliver
100% Tales of the City
1993
Herbert L. Tolliver

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