David Paymer Biography

Birthday: 1954-08-30
Place of Birth: Oceanside, Long Island
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Wiki Biography: One of modern TV and moviedom's most sturdy and reliable character actors, David Paymer dreamed of being an actor from early childhood. Although he came from a traditional middle-class Jewish family that urged him to become a doctor or lawyer, Paymer felt more at home in the world of the thespian. At 14, he used a fake I.D. to see The Graduate (1967), which starred a young Dustin Hoffman. He grew up in Oceanside, New York, where his father was in the scrap metal business. His mother, a homemaker, had fled Belgium with her family to escape the Nazis. When his father quit the scrap metal business to pursue music, it inspired young Paymer to give his acting dream a try. His aborted big break came when he was cast in the TV series, "St. Elsewhere" (1982), as "Dr. Wayne Fiscus" - then promptly dumped and replaced by Howie Mandel. Luckily, his real big break was destined to be on the big screen, as "Ira Shalowitz" in the Billy Crystal vehicle, City Slickers (1991). Crystal was so pleased with Paymer's work that he wrote the part of "Stan Yankelman", beleaguered brother of the titular character in the movie, Mr. Saturday Night (1992), especially for Paymer. The part earned Paymer an Oscar nomination in 1993.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Downtown (1986) Capt. David Kiner 1986 - 1986
Channel Umptee 3 1997 Animation
Line of Fire Jonah Malloy 2003 - 2004
Herkansing, De Myron Bedlock 2010 Drama
Mumford & Sons Dr. Ernest Delbanco 2013 Family
Unforgettable Curtis Avery 2014 Crime
The Fix 6772 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Mighty Joe Young 1949 0, 0, Sport
Irreconcilable Differences 1984 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Night of the Creeps 1986 Comedy, Horror, Sci Fi
No Holds Barred 1989 Action
Crazy People 1990 Comedy
City Slickers Ira Shalowitz 1991 Comedy
Mr. Saturday Night Stan 1992 Comedy, Drama
Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 Comedy, Drama
Heart and Souls 1993 Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Ira Shalowitz 1994 Adventure, Comedy
Quiz Show 1994 Drama, History
Get Shorty Leo Devoe 1995 0, Game Show
The American President Leon Kodak 1995 Biography, 0
Nixon Ron Ziegler 1995 Drama
Carpool 1996 0
City Hall Abe Goodman 1996 0
Unforgettable 1996 Sci Fi, Thriller, Mystery
The Long Way Home 1997 Romance, 0
The Sixth Man 1997 Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Amistad 1997 Drama, History, Mystery
The Lesser Evil George 1998 Drama, Thriller
Outside Ozona 1998 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Payback Arthur Stegman 1999
Chill Factor 1999 0, 0
Mumford 1999 Comedy, Drama
The Hurricane 2000 Drama, Sport
Enemies of Laughter Paul 2000 Comedy, Romance
For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story 2000 Drama, Music
Bartleby The Boss 2001
Focus Mr. Finkelstein 2002 Drama, Romance
RFK Dick Goodwin 2002 Drama, History
Alex & Emma John Shaw 2003
In Good Company Morty 2004 0, Biography
The Burial Society Morry Zimmer 2004
Balto III: Wings of Change 2004 Animation, Adventure, Family
Warm Springs Louis Howe 2005 Drama
My Suicidal Sweetheart Max Sr. 2006
Checking Out 2006 Comedy
Resurrecting the Champ 2007 Drama, Sport
Drag Me to Hell Mr. Jacks 2009 Horror, Thriller
Twixt Sam 2012 Horror, Thriller
The Five-Year Engagement Pete Solomon 2012 Comedy, Romance
Two-Bit Waltz The Lawyer 2014 Comedy, Drama, Family
School of Life Matt Warner 2017 0, 0
Hurricane 2018 0