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Paul Dooley

Biography

Veteran actor that has received multiple Primetime Emmy nominations for his visitor television jobs. After debuting in Obtain Smart, he made an appearance in Little Store of Horrors, Clockwatchers, and Scrubs. He made a comic remove for his regional paper as a teenager. He voiced the type Sarge in the 2006 animated film Vehicles. He previously a little girl, Savannah, with Winnie Holzman, whom he wedded in 1984. He previously a supporting function in the 1984 film, Sixteen Candles, which starred Molly Ringwald.

Quick Facts


Full Name Paul Dooley
Date Of Birth February 22, 1928
Place Of Birth Parkersburg, WV
Height 1.78 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education West Virginia University
Nationality American
Spouse Winnie Holzman
Children Savannah Dooley, Adam Dooley, Robin Dooley, Peter Dooley
Parents Ruth Irene Barringer, Peter James Brown
Nominations Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor, Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience
Movies Cars, Sixteen Candles, Breaking Away, Popeye, Runaway Bride, Cars 2, Insomnia, Strange Brew, Hairspray, A Perfect Couple, Waiting for Guffman, A Wedding, A Mighty Wind, My Boyfriend's Back, The Underneath, Monster in the Closet, Happy, Texas, Slap Shot, O.C. and Stiggs, The Out-of-Towners, Horsemen, Going Berserk, Clockwatchers, Shakes the Clown, Kiss Me Goodbye, Sunshine Cleaning, Telling Lies in America, Other People, For Your Consideration, Bedtime Stories, A Dangerous Woman, Comfort and Joy, Angels in the Endzone, Rich Kids, Come Away Home, My Santa, Big Trouble, Evolver, Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure, Guinevere, A Woman's a Helluva Thing, God's Lonely Man, Chronic Town, Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales, Last Rites, Crazy Little Thing, When He's Not a Stranger, I'll Remember April, White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd, Error in Judgment, Mater and the Ghostlight
TV Shows Cars Toons, Huge, Hopeless Pictures, ALF, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Murder of Mary Phagan, The Skinny, Coming of Age
Star Sign Pisces

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1He voiced a character in two rival animated movies about racing. In Pixar's Cars he is the voice of Sarge the Army Jeep and in Dreamworks' Turbo he is the voice of The Foreman Snail.
2Performing in "The Sunshine Boys", with Jack Klugman, at The George Street Play House in New Brunswick, New Jersey. [October 2007]
3In the original, unused ending of Little Shop of Horrors (1986) he played the character of Patrick Martin. The role was eventually played by Jim Belushi but Dooley still gets a credit in the movie's DVD and in the special thanks section of the movie.
4Was high school friends with actor James Dukas. Later, while the two attended West Virginia University, they "palled around" with Don Knotts.
5Appeared as on-screen spokesman for Top Job (cleaner) in television commercials of the late 1960's.
6Was discovered in New York by Mike Nichols, who cast the actor as one of the poker-playing buddies in the original 1965 Broadway production "The Odd Couple." When star Art Carney left the play, Dooley replaced him as the fastidious roommate Felix opposite Walter Matthau's grumbling Oscar Madison.
7Dooley and Dennis Christopher have played father and son twice in movies: Liam and Hughie Brenner in A Wedding (1978), and Raymond and Dave Stoller in Breaking Away (1979). They later played father and son (Stan and Roger Coffman) in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) episode, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Cherry Red (2003).
8Co-created and wrote the groundbreaking children's series The Electric Company (1971) in the 1970s.
9Early career in the entertainment business included jobs as a magician and clown.
10Won the National Board of Review award for his hapless father in the film Breaking Away (1979).
11Second wife Winnie Holzman wrote for the last two seasons of Thirtysomething (1987) and was creator and writer for the acclaimed teen drama series My So-Called Life (1994).
12Had an Emmy-nominated guest turn on the HBO sitcom Dream On (1990), playing the gay father of the lead.
13Attended West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia, and received a BA in speech and drama in 1952.
14On stage he played the titular baseball great in the acclaimed one-man show "The Amazing Casey Stengel" at the American Place Theatre in 1980-1981.
15Has four children: Robin, Peter, Adam (all from first wife Donna) and Savannah (from second wife Winnie). Son Adam Dooley was more recently the writer/director/producer of the short film Adventures in Homeschooling (2004) which featured Paul. Savannah Dooley wrote episodes for What Goes On (2007).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Middle Ages2015TV Series post-productionClark (segment "The Kents") / Dad (segment "Family Outing")
Capture the Flagpre-productionBurgess
The Holy Man2016Lou 'The Bull' Devine
Young & Hungry2016TV SeriesMr. Fancy
Heartbeat2016TV Series
Childrens Hospital2016TV SeriesGrandpa Ben
The Skinny2016TV Mini-SeriesGrandpa
Other People2016/IRonnie
Comedy Bang! Bang!2015TV SeriesMr. Stingy
Parenthood2014TV SeriesRocky
Super Fun Night2013TV SeriesThe Old Man
My Santa2013TV MovieMartin
Major Crimes2013TV SeriesLarry Murdock
Turbo2013The Foreman (voice)
Tales from Radiator Springs2013TV SeriesSarge
Criminal Minds2013TV SeriesChip Gordon
Lifestyles of the Rich & Fabulous2012ShortRobin
Game Night2012/IMarvin Garden
The Client List2012TV SeriesEarl Hudson
Hot in Cleveland2012TV SeriesBearded Man aka Santa
Walter2011/IShortWalter
Cars 2: The Video Game2011Video GameSarge (voice)
Cars 22011Sarge (voice)
Private Practice2011TV SeriesAbe Nussbaum
Thanks2011Hank
Huge2010TV SeriesJoe Sosniak
Better People2010TV MovieEdgar
State of the Union2010TV SeriesHarry Rinaldi
Ironmen2010Connors
Scrubs2009TV SeriesPaul
Cars Race-O-Rama2009Video GameSarge (voice)
Sunday Afternoons2009ShortMan
Horsemen2009Father Whiteleather
Bedtime Stories2008Hot Dog Vendor
Grey's Anatomy2008TV SeriesDr. Walter Tapley
Chronic Town2008Eleanor's Father
Drive Thru Confessions2008TV SeriesTurkey Thief
Sunshine Cleaning2008Sherm
Cars Mater-National2007Video GameSarge (voice)
Boston Legal2007TV SeriesJudge Wendel Donahue
Side Order of Life2007TV SeriesSam Wainwright
Hairspray2007Mr. Spritzer
7th Heaven2007TV SeriesRed
Mater and the Ghostlight2006Video shortSarge (voice)
For Your Consideration2006Paper Badge Sergeant
Cars2006Video GameSarge (voice)
The Jake Effect2006TV SeriesMr. Bernthal
Cars2006Sarge (voice)
Desperate Housewives2005TV SeriesAddison Prudy
Hopeless Pictures2005TV SeriesBartender (voice)
Come Away Home2005Grandpa Donald Brooks
Adventures in Homeschooling2004ShortPop Hemple
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2004TV SeriesBuddy Ween
ER1995-2004TV SeriesHenry Lewis
Employee of the Month2004Reverend Ben Goodwin
Comfort and Joy2003TV MovieGeorge
Becker2003TV SeriesMr. Lerner
Nobody Knows Anything!2003Warden
Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales2003TV MovieDean Duaney
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2003TV SeriesStan Coffman
A Mighty Wind2003George Menschell
Touch 'Em All McCall2003TV Movie
The Practice1999-2002TV SeriesJudge Philip Swackheim
Insomnia2002Chief Nyback
Once and Again2001-2002TV SeriesLes Cresswell
The Perfect You2002Larry
Rennie's Landing2001Hank
A Woman's a Helluva Thing2001TV MovieHank Luckinbill
The Huntress2001TV SeriesDante Cicollo
Jack & Jill2001TV SeriesFather Conlin
Kate Brasher2001TV SeriesFather
The Geena Davis Show2001TV SeriesBill
Providence2001TV SeriesBill Ridley
Madison2001Mayor Don Vaughn
Ally McBeal2001TV SeriesNicholas Engblume
I'll Remember April2000Earl Schimmel
Runaway Bride1999Walter Carpenter
Error in Judgment1999Jack Albert
Tracey Takes On...1998-1999TV SeriesCop / Agent Ivan Hamel
Dharma & Greg1999TV SeriesJudge Harper
Guinevere1999Walter
Happy, Texas1999The Judge
Sleepwalkers1998TV Series
Angels in the Endzone1997TV MovieCoach Buck
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch1997TV SeriesRalphie
Early Edition1997TV SeriesMcGinty
Telling Lies in America1997Father Norton
Clockwatchers1997Bud Chapman
Loved1997Leo Amerson
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine1994-1997TV SeriesEnabran Tain
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man1997TV SeriesStan
Millennium1996TV SeriesJoe Bangs
Grace Under Fire1994-1996TV SeriesJohn Shirley
Waiting for Guffman1996UFO Abductee
Ellen1996TV SeriesThomas Kelsey
High Society1996TV SeriesMel
God's Lonely Man1996Polo
Qiana1996ShortNormand Pasco
Out There1995TV MovieEmmett Davis
The Underneath1995Ed Dutton
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes1995TV MovieSen. Thatch
Evolver1995Jerry Briggs
My So-Called Life1994TV SeriesChuck Wood
Sisters1994TV SeriesErin 'The Bargain' Baron
Chicago Hope1994TV SeriesWalter McTeague
Dream On1992-1994TV SeriesMickey Tupper
State of Emergency1994TV MovieJim Anderson
The Mommies1994TV SeriesFrank Kellogg
The Traveling Poet1993ShortPeebo
L.A. Law1993TV SeriesKarl Bullen
Tales from the Crypt1993TV SeriesRandolph
The Boys1993TV Series
A Dangerous Woman1993Tupperware Salesman
My Boyfriend's Back1993Big Chuck
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City1993TV Mini-SeriesHerb Tolliver
Traveler's Rest1993TV ShortAndy Milligan
Frogs!1993TV MovieTwittenham
Mother of the Bride1993TV MovieRichard
Cooperstown1993TV MovieSid Wiggins
Room for Two1992TV SeriesWally
The Ben Stiller Show1992TV SeriesMr. Adult / The Professor
Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride1992TV MovieAsst. Dist. Atty. Robert Norrell
Mad About You1992TV SeriesGus Stemple
Batman: The Animated Series1992TV SeriesFather Michael
The Player1992Paul Dooley
Pros and Cons1991TV SeriesArchie Williams
The Wonder Years1991TV SeriesPops
Square One Television1991TV SeriesCasey Bengal
Shakes the Clown1991Owen Cheese
Sunday Dinner1991TV SeriesJack
My Life and Times1991TV SeriesJack Miller
White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd1991TV MovieHal Roach
Coach1991TV SeriesHorace Van Dam
Evening Shade1991TV SeriesRayford Taggart
Mathnet1991TV SeriesCasey Bengal
Guess Who's Coming for Christmas?1990TV MovieDoc
The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson1990TV Movie
Thirtysomething1990TV SeriesBob Spano
Flashback1990Stark
ALF1987-1989TV SeriesWhizzer
When He's Not a Stranger1989TV MovieBen McKenna
Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North1989TV MovieRobert McFarlane
Coming of Age1988-1989TV SeriesDick Hale
Lip Service1988TV MovieGilbert 'Gil' Hutchinson
Superman 50th Anniversary1988TV Movie documentaryJohn Buxton, Editor Metropolis Proclaimer
Last Rites1988Father Freddie
The Murder of Mary Phagan1988TV Mini-SeriesWilliam Burns
The Golden Girls1986-1987TV SeriesGeorge Corliss / Isaac Q. Newton
Big Trouble1986Noozel
Monster in the Closet1986Roy
Tales from the Darkside1986TV SeriesChester Caruso
Spenser: For Hire1985TV SeriesBryce Taylor
Stephen King's Golden Tales1985Video
CBS Schoolbreak Special1985TV SeriesDr. Wormer
O.C. and Stiggs1985Randall Schwab
Sixteen Candles1984Jim Baker
Faerie Tale Theatre1982-1983TV SeriesFather / The Miller
Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art1983TV MovieMuseum Security Guard
Going Berserk1983Dr. Ted
The Firm1983TV SeriesDick Albright
Strange Brew1983Claude Elsinore
The Wilder Summer1983TV MovieCamp Cook
Kiss Me Goodbye1982Kendall
Endangered Species1982Joe Hiatt
American Playhouse1982TV SeriesDetective
Paternity1981Kurt
See China and Die1981TV MovieAmes Prescott
Jules Feiffer's Hold Me1981TV MovieMan 1
Popeye1980Wimpy
HealtH1980Dr. Gil Gainey
Captain Kangaroo1980TV Series
Rich Kids1979Simon Peterfreund
Breaking Away1979Dad
A Perfect Couple1979Alex Theodopoulos
A Wedding1978Snooks Brenner
Simple Gifts1977TV Movie segment "Lost & Found" voice
Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure1977Gazooks (voice)
Slap Shot1977Hyannisport Announcer
Sesame Street1974-1975TV SeriesParrot
Foreplay1975Salesman
Death Wish1974Cop at Hospital (uncredited)
The Gravy Train1974Doctor
Up the Sandbox1972Statue of Liberty Guard
The Corner Bar1972TV Series
The Night the Animals Talked1970TV Short voice
The Out of Towners1970Hotel Clerk - Day
A Punt, a Pass, and a Prayer1968TV MoviePhotographer
Bewitched1966TV SeriesTV Man
Get Smart1966TV SeriesHanlon
Man in the Square Suit1966TV Movie
The Defenders1964TV SeriesR.W. Wheeler
The Parisienne and the Prudes1964Ted K. Worrie
East Side/West Side1963TV SeriesCharlie Welty

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Middle Ages2015TV Series post-production
Lifestyles of the Rich & Fabulous2012Short writer
HealtH1980written by
The Electric Company1971TV Series head writer - 1971-1972

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Janeane from Des Moines2012associate producer
Lifestyles of the Rich & Fabulous2012Short executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My So-Called Life: An Interview with Claire Danes2007Video documentary short special thanks
My So-Called Life: The Chase Family2007Video documentary short special thanks
Little Shop of Horrors1986special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SillsDocumentary post-productionHimself
Actors Entertainment2013TV SeriesHimself
Moviegoer2012Video documentaryHimself - Guest
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show2011TV SeriesHimself
25 Things You Didn't Know About Curb Your Enthusiasm2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
When the World Breaks2010DocumentaryHimself
My So-Called Life: The Chase Family2007Video documentary shortHimself - Chuck Wood
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2007TV SeriesHimself
Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary2007TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The States2007TV Series documentaryHimself (West Virginia)
A Wedding: Altman Style2006Video documentary shortHimself
Perspective on Altman's 'Perfect Couple'2006Video documentary shortHimself
American Experience2006TV Series documentary
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography1997TV Series documentaryHimself
The Steel Collar Man1985TV SpecialDon Liddle
The Merv Griffin Show1966-1980TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America1979TV SeriesHimself
The Dom DeLuise Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Program1964TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1963TV SeriesHimself - Comedian
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1958-1962TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Comedian

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Altman2014DocumentaryHimself
Curb Your Enthusiasm2005TV SeriesCheryl's Dad
Grace Under Fire1997TV SeriesJohn Shirley

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1979NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Supporting ActorBreaking Away (1979)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastHairspray (2007)· Nikki Blonsky
· Amanda Bynes
· Zac Efron
· Allison Janney
· Elijah Kelley
· James Marsden
· Michelle Pfeiffer
· Queen Latifah
· Brittany Snow
· Jerry Stiller
· John Travolta
· Christopher Walken
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureHairspray (2007)· Nikki Blonsky
· Amanda Bynes
· Zac Efron
· Allison Janney
· Elijah Kelley
· James Marsden
· Michelle Pfeiffer
· Queen Latifah
· Brittany Snow
· Jerry Stiller
· John Travolta
· Christopher Walken
2004Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastA Mighty Wind (2003)· Bob Balaban
· Ed Begley Jr.
· Jennifer Coolidge
· Christopher Guest
· John Michael Higgins
· Michael Hitchcock
· Don Lake
· Eugene Levy
· Jane Lynch
· Michael McKean
· Larry Miller
· Christopher Moynihan
· Catherine O'Hara
· Parker Posey
· Harry Shearer
· Fred Willard
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Practice (1997)
2000OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Practice (1997)
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesDream On (1990)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1980NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActorBreaking Away (1979)


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#Quote
1I don't take myself too seriously which is maybe why I've done a lot more comedy roles than anything else. I have more fun doing off-the-wall kinds of things.


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