David Paymer Biography (1954-)

Born August 30, 1954, in Oceanside, NY; son of Marvin (a pianist and musicaldirector) and Edythe (some sources cite name as Sylvia; a travel agent) Paymer; brother of Steve Paymer (a writer, comedian, producer, and actor); marriedLiz Georges (a voice actress), 1988; children: Emily. Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA90211; (writing, directing) David Saunders, Agency for the Performing Arts, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90069.; Manager: Susan Smith, Susan Smith Company, 121 North San Vicente Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211-2303.

Actor, director, writer
Birth Details
August 30, 1954
Oceanside, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Cab driver, The In-Laws, Warner Bros., 1979
  • Court photographer, Airplane II: The Sequel (also known as Flying High II and Flying High II: The Sequel), Paramount, 1982
  • Alan Sluiser, Irreconcilable Differences, Warner Bros., 1984
  • Kurly, Best Defense, Paramount, 1984
  • Managing editor, Perfect, Columbia, 1985
  • Larry, Howard the Duck (also known as Howard: A New Breed of Hero), Universal, 1986
  • Young scientist, Night of the Creeps (also known as The Creeps and Homecoming Night), TriStar, 1986
  • Technician David, No Way Out, Orion, 1987
  • Unger, No Holds Barred, New Line Cinema, 1989
  • George Cartelli, Crazy People, Paramount, 1990
  • Ira Shalowitz, City Slickers, Columbia, 1991
  • Stan Yankelman, Mr. Saturday Night, Columbia, 1992
  • Hal, Heart and Souls, Universal, 1993
  • Kalev, Searching for Bobby Fischer (also known as Innocent Moves), Paramount, 1993
  • Dan Enright, Quiz Show, Buena Vista, 1994
  • Ira Shalowitz, City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (alsoknown as City Slickers II and City Slickers: The Legend of Curly'sGold), Columbia, 1994
  • Leo Devoe, Get Shorty, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1995
  • Leon Kodak, The American President, Columbia, 1995
  • Ron Ziegler, Nixon, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Abe Goodman, City Hall, Columbia, 1996
  • Curtis Avery, Unforgettable, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1996
  • Daniel Miller, Carpool, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Voice, The Long Way Home (documentary), Seventh Art Releasing, 1996
  • Coach Pederson, The Sixth Man (also known as The 6th Man),Buena Vista, 1997
  • Elliot Goff, Gang Related (also known as Criminal Intent),Orion, 1997
  • U.S. Secretary of State Forsyth, Amistad, DreamWorks, 1997
  • Alan Fefaux, Outside Ozona, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1998
  • Arthur Stegman, Payback (also known as Parker), Paramount,1998
  • George, The Lesser Evil, Orion Home Entertainment, 1998
  • Harry Ruben, Mighty Joe Young (also known as Mighty Joe), Buena Vista, 1998
  • Dr. Ernest Delbanco, Mumford, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Dr. Richard Long, Chill Factor, Warner Bros., 1999
  • Myron Bedlock, The Hurricane, Universal, 1999
  • Agent Wooly, Bait (also known as Piege), Warner Bros., 2000
  • Marty Rosen, State and Main (also known as Sequences et consequences), Fine Line Features, 2000
  • (Uncredited) Prosecuting attorney Mandel, Bounce, Miramax, 2000
  • Mr. Finkelstein, Focus, Paramount, 2001
  • The boss, Bartleby, Outrider Pictures, c. 2002
  • Morry Zimmer, The Burial Society (also known as Mis en boite), Regent Releasing, 2002
  • John Shaw, Alex & Emma, Warner Bros., 2003
  • Paul Halpern, Enemies of Laughter, Outrider Pictures, 2003
  • Candor City Hospital (short film), HelloBox Films/IKA Media, 2003
  • Morty, In Good Company (also known as Synergy), Universal,2004
  • (Uncredited) Television news anchor, Spartan, Warner Bros., 2004
  • Voice of Mel, Balto III: Wings of Change (animated), Universal, 2004
  • Lew Devlin, The Fix (short film), Citizen Pictures, 2005
  • Max, Sr., My Suicidal Sweetheart (also known as Max and Grace), Full Glass Films, 2005
  • Ted Applebaum, Checking Out, Fully Attired Film Group, 2005
  • Rafael Horowitz, Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School, 2005, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 2006
  • Slide Olsen, The Poison Rose, Millennium Films, 2006
  • Film Director
  • Candor City Hospital (short film), HelloBox Films/IKA Media, 2003
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Todd Feldberg, Cagney & Lacey, CBS, 1984-88
  • Captain David Kiner, Downtown, CBS, 1986-87
  • Arnie Metzger, a recurring role, The Commish, ABC, 1991-92
  • Voices of the professor and the centipede, Santo Bugito (animated), CBS, 1995-96
  • Norman Litkey, a recurring role, The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1997-98
  • Voice of Sheldon S. Cargo, Channel Umptee-3 (animated), The WB, 1997-98
  • Jonah Malloy, Line of Fire (also known as Lines of Duty), ABC, 2003-2004
  • Appeared as Chino, Days of Our Lives (also known as Days and DOOL), NBC; some sources cite an appearance as Myslesky in The Paper Chase (also known as The Paper Chase: The Second Year, ThePaper Chase: The Third Year, The Paper Chase: The Fourth Year, andThe Paper Chase: The Graduation Year), CBS and Showtime.
  • Miniseries
  • Daniel Royer, Into the West, TNT, 2005
  • Movies
  • Pasternak, This House Possessed, 1981
  • Jay Kanter, Grace Kelly (also known as The Grace Kelly Story), ABC, 1983
  • Ted, Her Life as a Man, 1984
  • David Lewis, Love, Mary, CBS, 1985
  • Stanley, Pleasures, ABC, 1986
  • Boris, "Rock 'n' Roll Mom," The Disney Sunday Movie (also known asDisneyland, Disney's Wonderful World, The Magical World ofDisney, Walt Disney, Walt Disney Presents, Walt Disney'sWonderful World of Color, and The Wonderful World of Disney), ABC, 1988
  • Mr. Oliphant, "The Absent-Minded Professor," The Magical World of Disney (also known as Disneyland, Disney's Wonderful World, The Disney Sunday Movie, Walt Disney, Walt Disney Presents,Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, and The Wonderful World ofDisney), NBC, 1988
  • Sky High, NBC, 1990
  • Todd Feldberg, Cagney & Lacey: The Return, CBS, 1994
  • Todd Feldberg, Cagney & Lacey: Together Again, CBS, 1995
  • David Wilentz, Crime of the Century, HBO, 1996
  • Arthur Kober, Dash and Lilly, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Bob, Partners, 2000
  • Embassy interviewer, For Love or Money: The Arturo Sandoval Story(also known as The Arturo Sandoval Story), HBO, 2000
  • Dick Goodwin, RFK, FX Channel, 2002
  • Joe Jacobs, Joe and Max, Starz!, 2002
  • Louis Howe, Warm Springs, HBO, 2005
  • Matthew "Matt" Warner, School of Life, ABC Family Channel, 2005
  • Specials
  • Ralph, "Make Believe Marriage," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1979
  • Space cadet, She's with Me, 1982
  • Making "Mr. Saturday Night," Showtime, 1992
  • The ad man, In Search of Dr. Seuss, TNT, 1994
  • Balding man, Edmar Discount Hairpiece, Showtime, 2000
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 65th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1993
  • Presenter, Screen Actors Guild Awards, NBC, 1995
  • Presenter, The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 1996
  • Television Appearances: Episodic
  • Felix Martin, "Guns," Barney Miller (also known as The Life andTimes of Captain Barney Miller), ABC, 1980
  • Roy, "Nightside," Lou Grant, CBS, 1980
  • Andy, "Hart of Darkness," Hart to Hart, ABC, 1981
  • Dwayne, "If You Knew Rosa," Happy Days, ABC, 1981
  • Director, "Alex the Gofer," Taxi, ABC, 1982
  • Salesperson, "The Sell-Out," Fame, NBC, 1982
  • David, "I Do, I Don't," The Jeffersons, CBS, 1983
  • Dragon master, "Wizards and Warlocks," The Greatest American Hero,ABC, 1983
  • Robber, "Gloria on the Couch," Gloria, CBS, 1983
  • Attorney Michael Shapiro, "The Other Side of Oneness," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1984
  • Dr. Fronan, "DOA: Delirious on Arrival," Scarecrow and Mrs. King,CBS, 1985
  • Larry, "Cold Storage," Family Ties, NBC, 1985
  • Larry Harris, "Oh, Donna," Family Ties, NBC, 1985
  • Patrick Burke, "The Yankee Clipper," Hardcastle and McCormick, ABC, 1985
  • Reporter, "King of the Hill," Cheers, NBC, 1985
  • Camille's agent, "Camille," Moonlighting, ABC, 1986
  • Mr. Wallace, "Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown," Diff'rent Strokes, NBC, 1986
  • Phil Schumacher, "Strange Bedfellows: Parts 1 & 3," Cheers, NBC, 1986
  • Arnie, "Born to Ride," Rags to Riches, NBC, 1987
  • Mike Ferris, "16 Blown to 35," 21 Jump Street, Fox, 1987
  • Richard Kimble, "The Fugitive," It's Garry Shandling's Show, Showtime and Fox, 1987
  • Brian Sadler, "Ain't Gonna Get It from Me, Jack," Simon & Simon, CBS, 1988
  • Jack, "A Jack Story," Who's the Boss?, ABC, 1988
  • Mr. Bickle, "The Naked Civil Surgeon," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1988
  • Mr. Bickle, "Requiem for a Heavyweight," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1988
  • Lenny Marcus, "The Prisoner: Part 1," Matlock, NBC, 1989
  • Leonard, "The Sure Thing," Hooperman, ABC, 1989
  • Dr. Bishop, "The Bitch's Back," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1990
  • Homeless man, "Oil of Ol' Lay," Cop Rock (musical), ABC, 1990
  • Joey Paul, "Whatever Happened to Hannah?," L.A. Law, NBC, 1990
  • Lloyd, "Adamant Eve," Mancuso F.B.I., NBC, 1990
  • Dr. Bishop, "Hoarse Play," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1991
  • Norman Litkey, "A Brush with the Elbow of Greatness," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1992
  • Andy Conway, "Two for the Show," Tales from the Crypt (also knownas HBO's "Tales from the Crypt"), HBO, 1993
  • Norman Litkey, "The Mr. Sharon Stone Show," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1994
  • Voice, "Joking the Chicken," Duckman (animated; also known as Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man), USA Network, 1994
  • Voice of Frank, "Torch Song," Batman: Gotham Nights (animated; also known as The New Adventures of Batman), The WB, 1998
  • Voices of finch and iguanas, "Eliza-cology," The Wild Thornberrys(animated), Nickelodeon, 1998
  • Voice, "Talkin' Trash," Godzilla: The Series (animated), Fox, 1998
  • Jim Osgoode, "Neighborhood Watch," Night Visions, Fox, 2001
  • Mr. Freedman (some sources cite Bob Feldman), "Birthday Boy," Withouta Trace (also known as Vanished), CBS, 2002
  • Voice of chancellor, "War World: Part 1," Justice League (animated; also known as JL, JLA, and Justice League Unlimited),Cartoon Network, 2002
  • (Uncredited) Adam Chasen, "The Kindness of Strangers," Jack & Bobby, The WB, 2004
  • Miller Sisto, "The Face Is Familiar," Century City, CBS, 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Pilots
  • Sunset Beat, ABC, 1990
  • Bob, From Where I Sit, CBS, 2000
  • Sportswriter, Destiny, CBS, 2001
  • Jonah Malloy, Line of Fire (also known as Lines of Duty), ABC, 2003
  • (Uncredited) Adam Chasen, Jack & Bobby, The WB, 2004
  • Congressperson Benny Fletcher, Capital City, ABC, 2004
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • "Let the Reigns Go Loose," One Tree Hill, The WB, 2004
  • "Sick," Everwood (also known as Our New Life in Everwood),The WB, 2004
  • "All Tomorrow's Parties," One Tree Hill, The WB, 2005
  • "Giving Up the Girl," Everwood (also known as Our New Life in Everwood), The WB, 2005
  • "Pro Choice," Everwood (also known as Our New Life in Everwood), The WB, 2005
  • "Put on a Happy Face," Everwood (also known as Our New Life inEverwood), The WB, 2005
  • "Stand by Me," Jack & Bobby, The WB, 2005
  • "Break on Through," Grey's Anatomy (also known as Complications, Procedure, Surgeons, Under the Knife, and Grey's Anatomy--Die jungen Aerzte), ABC, 2006
  • "Knowing Her," Medium, NBC, 2006
  • Also directed episodes of Inconceivable, NBC.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Sonny Latieri, Grease (musical), Royale Theatre (later called theBernard B. Jacobs Theatre), New York City, 1976
  • Major Tours
  • Sonny Latieri, Grease (musical), U.S. cities, 1975
  • Appeared in other productions, including summer stock and dinner theatreproductions.
  • Stage Work
  • (With Steve Paymer) Producer, Best Man, 1984
  • Teleplays
  • with Others; Series
  • The New Leave It to Beaver, TBS, c. 1986-89
  • Writings for the Stage
  • (With Steve Paymer) Best Man, 1984
  • Also with Steve Paymer, author of comedy material.

Further Reference


    • People Weekly, January 15, 1996, p. 77
    • Playboy, October, 1998, p. 20

    User Contributions:

    George Carr
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    May 29, 2011 @ 8:08 am
    I would like to know about the movie The Poison Rose. The New York Times website lists information about the film with David Paymer and Ray Liotta, but no release date. I've checked the web including Internet Movie Database, but IMDB has no listing for the film. I would like to see the film as long as it was actually made and not something that fell apart at some point in the laborious film making process. I would appreciate any further information you could provide.

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