Paul Reiser

Paul Reiser

Highest Rated: 97% Aliens (1986)

Lowest Rated: 3% The Darkness (2016)

Birthday: Mar 30, 1957

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Veteran stand-up comedian and actor Paul Reiser was best known for his role as Paul Buchman on the long-running sitcom "Mad About You" (NBC, 1992-99). Born in New York City in 1957, Reiser enrolled at Binghamton University as a music major, but it was his performances with his dorm's community theater program Hinman Little Theater that allowed him to explore his skills as an actor. Simultaneously, Reiser began practicing stand-up comedy at various New York clubs during his summer breaks, eventually resulting in a combination of skills that made him an ideal candidate for a comedic film-a trait noticed by casting director Ellen Chenowith when he auditioned for Barry Levinson's ensemble comedy "Diner" (1982). Reiser's charisma soon found him cast as detective Jeffrey Friedman in the action comedy "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984), and even more famously as the slippery corporate executive Burke in the smash hit "Alien" (1979) sequel "Aliens" (1986). The following year, he moved to the realm of television, taking on the role of Michael on the sitcom "My Two Dads" (NBC, 1987-1990) in 1987. Reiser married future clinical psychologist Paula Ravets the following year. He would appear with Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger in "The Marrying Man" (1991) shortly after the series wrapped in 1990, but by this time, Reiser was already planning his return to TV, writing, producing, and co-starring with Helen Hunt on the sitcom "Mad About You" starting in 1992. The show's simple premise about the everyday misadventures of a pair of Manhattan newlyweds proved an excellent showcase for Reiser's comedic voice, and he found even more content along this theme with his first book, a collection of humorous essays on committed relationships titled Couplehood, published in 1995. He would later expand upon these themes to include discussions about parenting in 1998's Babyhood. Meanwhile, the consistently popular "Mad About You" finally ending its run in 1999. The new millennium brought a role in the sleeper hit "One Night at McCool's" (2001) before Reiser wrote, produced, and starred with the legendary Peter Falk in the comedy "The Thing About My Folks" (2005). He would similarly write, produce, and star in the sitcom "The Paul Reiser Show" (NBC, 2011), though reportedly minimal promotion led to the show lasting just seven episodes. Undeterred, Reiser published another book, Familyhood, and took on the role of the thanklessly supportive father in the critically acclaimed "Whiplash" (2014). He would also become a regular face on comedy series like "Married" (FX, 2014-15) and "Red Oaks" (Amazon, 2014-17). After supporting turns in "Concussion" (2015) and "War on Everyone" (2016), Reiser began portraying government operative Sam Owens on the phenomenally popular series "Stranger Things" (Netflix, 2016-). The part left many critics praising not only Reiser's performance, but the subtle nod many felt his character made to his iconic role in "Aliens." Reiser would go on to join the cast of the cult hit comedy series "The Kominsky Method" (Netflix, 2018-) in 2019.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fatherhood Paul (Character) - 2021
70% 47% Horse Girl Gary (Character) - 2020
49% 56% The Spy Who Dumped Me Arnie (Character) $33.5M 2018
28% 39% I Do... Until I Don't Harvey (Character) $279.3K 2017
81% 54% Joshy Steve (Character) - 2016
70% 43% Miles Lloyd Bryant (Character) $2.1K 2016
3% 19% The Darkness Unknown (Character) $10.7M 2016
8% 64% The Book of Love Wendell (Character) - 2016
61% 37% Dirty Cops - War on Everyone Lt. Gerry Stanton (Character) - 2016
59% 74% Concussion Dr. Elliot Pellman (Character) $33.8M 2015
44% 31% Life After Beth Noah (Character) $80.3K 2014
94% 94% Whiplash Jim (Character) $13.2M 2014
95% 71% Behind the Candelabra Mr. Felder (Character) - 2013
45% 52% The Thing About My Folks Ben Kleinman (Character),
Writer,
Producer
$814.7K 2005
No Score Yet 41% Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy Writer,
Executive Producer
- 2004
No Score Yet 67% Women vs. Men Bruce (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 55% Purpose Ben Fisher (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 82% My Beautiful Son Dr. Jerry Lipman (Character) - 2002
33% 39% One Night at McCool's Carl (Character) $6.3M 2001
71% 44% Get Bruce! Himself (Character) $43.2K 1999
26% 58% The Story of Us Dave, Ben's Literary Agent (Character) $27.1M 1999
19% 49% Bye Bye, Love Donny (Character) $11.4M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Write Charlie Fischer (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Prayers Dan Linder (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tower Tony Minot (Character) - 1993
10% 44% The Marrying Man Phil (Character) $12.4M 1991
37% 62% Crazy People Stephen Bachman (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet You Ruined My Life Dexter Bunche (Character) - 1987
47% 57% Beverly Hills Cop II Det. Jeffrey Friedman (Character) $151.7M 1987
40% 26% Cross My Heart Bruce Gaynor (Character) $768.7K 1987
No Score Yet 27% Odd Jobs Max (Character) - 1986
97% 94% Aliens Carter J. Burke (Character) $77.6M 1986
83% 82% Beverly Hills Cop Jeffrey (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 40% Sunset Limousine Jay Neilson (Character) - 1983
93% 78% Diner Modell (Character) - 1982

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today 3rd Hour Guest 2019-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Home & Family Guest 2020
No Score Yet 46% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Hoda & Jenna Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tamron Hall Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Daily Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2020 2018 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2019-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marilyn Denis Show Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Social Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2019
42% 87% Mad About You Paul Buchman (Character),
Creator,
Writer
2019
No Score Yet 52% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2019 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2019 2016-2017 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2019
93% 91% Stranger Things Dr. Owens (Character) 2019 2017
81% 84% Fosse/Verdon Cy Feuer (Character) 2019
49% 63% The Romanoffs Bob Isaacson (Character) 2018
83% 72% The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2017
83% 71% There's ... Johnny! Executive Producer,
Creator
2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2017
93% 94% Red Oaks Getty (Character) 2014-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Page Guest 2017
No Score Yet 38% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2015
No Score Yet 35% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Joy Behar Show Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gayle King Show Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Paul Reiser Show Paul Reiser (Character),
Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2011
92% 95% Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About You Paul Buchman (Character),
Writer
1992-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Host 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Two Dads Michael Taylor (Character) 1987-1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1989 1987 1982

QUOTES FROM Paul Reiser CHARACTERS

Simon Richards says: Sometimes the answer you're looking for is in the place you're not looking.

Jim says: Dying broke and drunk and full of heroin at the age of 34 is not exactly my idea of success.

Andrew Neyman says: I'd rather die drunk, broke at 34 and have people at a dinner table talk about me than live to be rich and sober at 90 and nobody remember who I was.

Carter Burke says: I made a bad call.

Carter Burke says: How about we make a campfire, sing a couple of songs?

Esther Lipman says: Jerry: Toxteth, Mother, Toxteth. Sort of a combination of toxic and death. Esther: so it's a slum? Jerry: It aspires to be a slum.

Dr. Jerry Lipman says: Toxteth, Mother, Toxteth. Sort of a combination of toxic and death.

Esther Lipman says: So it's a slum?

Dr. Jerry Lipman says: It aspires to be a slum.

Ellen Ripley says: You're going out there to destroy them, right? Not to study. Not to bring back, but to wipe them out?

Carter Burke says: That's the plan.

Pvt. Hudson says: Game over man! Game over! What the fuck are we going to do now? What are we gonna do?

Carter Burke says: Maybe we can build a fire, sing a couple of songs, huh?

Carter Burke says: Ripley...! You know, I... I expected more from you. I thought you'd be smarter than this.

Carter Burke says: Ripley! You know, I... I expected more from you. I thought you'd be smarter than this.

Ellen Ripley says: I'm happy to disappoint you.

Carter Burke says: Maybe we could build a fire and sing couple of songs, huh? Why don't we try that?!