Steve Paymer

Steve Paymer

Highest Rated: 60% Scream Queen (2004)

Lowest Rated: 60% Scream Queen (2004)

Birthday: Sep 28, 1951

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

As Leonard, the amusingly depressed neighbor on the popular college town sitcom "Boston Common" (NBC 1996-97), droopy-faced Steve Paymer has proven a formidable sad sack. He took a somewhat circuitous route to success as a supporting player. The older brother of respected character actor David Paymer, the Manhattan-born Long Islander majored in mass communications before finding work in broadcast journalism, directing radio newscasts and editing film for three years at NBC News in NYC. Dreaming of a showbiz career, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue screenwriting. There, he also wrote and performed stand-up comedy with younger brother David. The pair subsequently wrote and produced "Best Man," an Equity waiver play, in 1984. The brother act segued to TV as staff writers for "The New Leave It to Beaver" (TBS, 1986-89), the second made-for-cable sequel series to the family classic of the late 1950s-early 60s. By 1988, David had gone on to focus on acting while Steve enrolled in an improvisational comedy workshop where he honed his writing and performing skills. Soon after, he sold two teleplays to ABC's hit sitcom, "Roseanne."

Highest rated movies

Scream Queen



60% No Score Yet Scream Queen Buddy KIng (Character) - 2004


74% 72% Will & Grace Steve (Guest Star) 2019
81% 88% Hart of Dixie Rabbi Paymer (Guest Star) 2014-2015
0% 50% $..! My Dad Says Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
81% 83% The Big Bang Theory Judge J. Kirby (Guest Star) 2010
95% 98% Everybody Hates Chris Former Principal (Guest Star) 2005-2008
No Score Yet 77% CSI: New York Donald Scott (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 81% The King of Queens Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet 88% Will & Grace Steve (Guest Star) 1998 2000 2002
No Score Yet 73% 3rd Rock From the Sun Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Man Writer 1997-1998
33% No Score Yet Boston Common Leonard Prince (Character) 1996-1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Caroline in the City Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 87% Mad About You Dutch (Guest Star),
76% 72% Roseanne Writer 1990