Dooley, Paul 1928–

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DOOLEY, Paul 1928–


Original name, Paul Brown; born February 22, 1928, in Parkersburg, WV; son of Peter James (a factory worker) and Ruth Irene (a homemaker; maiden name, Barringer) Brown; married Donna Lee Wasser, September 19, 1958 (divorced); married Winifred Holzman (a writer and actress), November 18, 1984; children: (first marriage) Robin, Adam, Peter; (second marriage) Savannah. Education: West Virginia University, B.A., speech and drama, 1952.


Agent—Agency for the Performing Arts, 9000 Sunset Blvd., Suite 1200, Los Angeles, CA 90069.


Actor and writer. Worked as a magician and a clown; cartoonist for a newspaper in Parkersburg, WV; owner of All over Creation. Military service: U.S. Navy, 1946–48.


Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors:

National Board of Review Award and D. W. Griffith Award, both best supporting actor, 1979, for Breaking Away; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actor in a comedy series, 1994, for Dream On; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actor in a comedy series, 2000, for The Practice.


Film Appearances:

Ted K. Worrie, The Parisienne and the Prudes, 1964.

Television reporter, What's So Bad about Feeling Good?, Universal, 1968.

Day porter, The Out of Towners, Paramount, 1970.

Statue of Liberty guard, Up the Sandbox, National General, 1972.

Gravy Train, Columbia, 1974.

Death Wish, Paramount, 1974.

Salesman, Fore Play (also known as Foreplay and The President's Women), Cinema National, 1975.

Hyannisport announcer, Slap Shot, Universal, 1977.

Voice of Gazooks, Raggedy Ann and Andy (animated), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1977.

Snooks Brenner, A Wedding, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1978.

Alex Theodopoulos, A Perfect Couple, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1979.

Simon Peterfreund, Rich Kids, United Artists, 1979.

Ray Stohler, Breaking Away (also known as Bambino), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1979.

Wimpy, Popeye, Paramount, 1980.

Kurt, Paternity, Paramount, 1981.

Joe Hiatt, Endangered Species, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1982.

Hugh Kendall, Kiss Me Goodbye, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1982.

Dr. Gil Gainey, Health (also known as H.E.A.L.T.H.), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1982.

Claude Elsinore, Strange Brew (also known as The Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1983.

Dr. Ted, Going Berserk, Universal, 1983.

Jim Baker, Sixteen Candles, Universal, 1984.

Noozel, Big Trouble, Columbia, 1986.

(Scenes deleted) Patrick Martin, Little Shop of Horrors, Universal, 1986.

Roy Crane, Monster in the Closet, Troma, 1987.

Father Freddie, Last Rites, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1988.

Randall Schwab, O. C. and Stiggs, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1988.

FBI director Donald R. Stark, Flashback, Paramount, 1990.

Owen Chase, Shakes the Clown, IRS Releasing, 1992.

Himself, The Player, Fine Line, 1992.

Big Chuck, My Boyfriend's Back (also known as Johnny Zombie), Buena Vista, 1993.

Tupperware salesperson, A Dangerous Woman, Gramercy, 1993.

Peebo, The Traveling Poet (short film), Elliottland Productions/Worldwide Pants, 1993.

Ed Dutton, The Underneath (also known as Present Tense), Gramercy, 1995.

Pollo, God's Lonely Man, Cinequanon Pictures International, 1996.

UFO abductee, Waiting for Guffman, Sony Pictures Classics, 1996.

Normand Pasco, Qiana, 1996.

Bud Chapman, Clockwatchers, BMG Independents, 1997.

Leo, Loved, MDP Worldwide, 1997.

Father Norton, Telling Lies in America, Banner Entertainment, 1997.

Jack Albert, Error in Judgment, 1998.

Earl Schimmel, I'll Remember April, Regent Entertainment, 1999.

Walter, Runaway Bride, Paramount, 1999.

Judge, Happy, Texas, Miramax, 1999.

Walter, Guinevere, Miramax, 1999.

Mayor Don Vaughn, Madison, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 2000.

Hank, Rennie's Landing (also known as Stealing Time), Manga, 2001.

Dad, The Perfect You (also known as Crazy Little Thing), Thompson, 2002.

Chief Charlie Nyback, Insomnia, Crotalus, 2003.

Barney Whitmore, Lake Desire, 2003.

George Menschell, A Mighty Wind, Warner Bros., 2003.

Warden, Nobody Knows Anything!, Stargazer, 2003.

Reverend Ben Goodwin, Employee of the Month, Bull's Eye, 2004.

Pop Hemple, Adventures in Homeschooling, 5K Films, 2004.

The Making of "Invasion of the Freedom Snatchers," Behind the Scenes, 2004.

Grandpa Donald, Come Away Home, American Family Movies, 2005.

Dirty Love, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

The Dom DeLuise Show, 1968.

Dick Hale, Coming of Age, CBS, 1988–89.

First Gus Stemple, Mad about You, 1992–93.

Mickey Tupper, Martin's father, Dream On, HBO, 1992–94.

John Shirley, Grace under Fire (also known as Grace under Pressure), ABC, 1994–96.

Judge Philip Swackheim, a recurring role, The Practice, ABC, 1999.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

William Burns, The Murder of Mary Phagan (also known as The Ballad of Mary Phagan), NBC, 1988.

Robert "Bud" McFarlane, Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North, CBS, 1989.

Herb Tolliver, Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" (also known as Tales of the City), Channel Four, 1994, broadcast on American Playhouse, PBS, 1994.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Ames Prescott, See China and Die (also known as Momma the Detective), 1980.

The Day the Senior Class Got Married, 1985.

Gilbert "Gil" Hutchinson, Lip Service, 1988.

Ben McKenna, When He's Not a Stranger (also known as Someone You Know), CBS, 1989.

Doc, Guess Who's Coming for Christmas? (also known as George Walters Will Be Away for the Holidays and UFO Cafe), NBC, 1990.

Willy Bailey, The Court–Martial of Jackie Robinson, TNT, 1990.

Hal Roach, White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd (also known as Hot Toddy), NBC, 1991.

Twittenham, "Frogs!," WonderWorks Family Movie, PBS, 1992.

Assistant district attorney Robert Norell, Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride (also known as Perry Mason: The Case of the Bad Blood Wedding), NBC, 1992.

Sid Wiggins, "Cooperstown," TNT Screenworks, TNT, 1993.

Richard Becker, Mother of the Bride, CBS, 1993.

Andy Milligan, "Traveler's Rest," Showtime 30–Minute Movie, Showtime, 1993.

Jim (one source says John) Anderson, "State of Emergency" (also known as "Slow Bleed"), HBO Showcase, HBO, 1994.

Emmett David, Out There, Showtime, 1995.

Senator Thatch, "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes," Disney Family Films (also known as The ABC Family Movie), ABC, 1995.

Jerry Briggs, Evolver, Sci–Fi Channel, 1996.

"Angels in the Endzone," Disney Family Films, ABC, 1997.

George, Comfort and Joy, Lifetime, 2003.

Dean Duaney, Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales, HBO, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Let's Celebrate, 1972.

Detective, The Shady Hill Kidnapping (also known as American Playhouse: The Shady Hill Kidnapping), 1982.

Dick Albright, The Firm, 1983.

Don Liddle, Steel Collar Man, 1985.

Host in Detroit, Michigan, The CBS All–American Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1988.

Superman's 50th Birthday: A Celebration of the Man of Steel, CBS, 1988.

Casey Bengal, Mathnet: The Case of the Unnatural, PBS, 1992.

Interviewee, Sixteen Candles: The E! True Hollywood Story (documentary), E! Entertainment, 2001.

Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales, HBO, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Welty, "No Hiding Place," East Side/West Side, 1963.

Comedian, Toast of the Town, 1964.

R. W. Wheeler, "Conflict of Interests," The Defenders, 1964.

Hanlon, "The Greatest Spy on Earth," Get Smart, NBC, 1966.

Television man, "Oedipus Hex," Bewitched, ABC, 1966.

Photographer, "A Punt, A Pass, and a Player," Hallmark Hall of Fame, 1968.

"Flanagan's Wake," The Corner Bar, 1972.

Miller, "Rumpelstiltskin," Faerie Tale Theatre, Showtime, 1982.

Father, "Hansel and Gretel," Faerie Tale Theatre, Showtime, 1982.

Bryce Taylor, "Resurrection," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1985.

Isaac Q. Newton, "Love, Rose," The Golden Girls, NBC, 1986.

Chester, "The Old Soft Shoe," Tales from the Darkside, 1986.

Whizzer, "I've Got a New Attitude," Alf, NBC, 1987.

George Corliss, "Empty Nests," The Golden Girls, NBC, 1987.

Whizzer, "Something's Wrong with Me," Alf, NBC, 1987.

Whizzer, "Break Up to Make Up," Alf, NBC, 1989.

Horace Van Dam, "A Father and Son Reunion," Coach, ABC, 1990.

Bob Spano, "The Go Between," thirtysomething, ABC, 1990.

Bob Spano, "Samurai Ad Man," thirtysomething, ABC, 1990.

Jack, "My Dinner with Jack and Delores," Sunday Dinner, 1991.

Casey Bengal, Square One TV, 1991.

Pops, "Soccer," The Wonder Years, 1991.

Mr. Adult in the Grungies sketch, "Episode with Rob Morrow," The Ben Stiller Show (also known as The Best Man), Fox, 1992.

Voice of Father Michael Stromwell, "It's Never Too Late," Batman: The Animated Series (animated), Fox, 1992.

The professor, The Ben Stiller Show (also known as The Best Man), Fox, 1992.

"Ninety–Five in the Shade," The Boys, 1993.

Karl Bulleri, "Safe Sex," L.A. Law, NBC, 1993.

"Forever Ambergris," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1993.

Walter McTeague, "Over the Rainbow," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1994.

Erin "The Bargain" Baron, "Bombshell," Sisters, NBC, 1994.

Chuck Wood, "Father Figures," My So–Called Life, ABC, 1994.

Chuck Wood, "Self–Esteem," My So–Called Life, ABC, 1994.

Enabran Tain, "The Wire," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, syndicated, 1994.

Enabran Tain, "Improbable Cause," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, syndicated, 1995.

Enabran Tain, "The Die Is Cast," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, syndicated, 1995.

Thomas Kelsey, "Lobster Diary," Ellen (also known as These Friends of Mine), ABC, 1995.

Henry Lewis, "And Baby Makes Two," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1995.

Henry Lewis, "The Secret Sharer," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1995.

Henry Lewis, "Fire in the Belly," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1996.

Joe Bangs, "The Well–Worn Lock," Millennium, Fox, 1996.

Voice characterization, "Dammit, Hollywood," Duckman (animated), USA Network, 1997.

Enabran Tain, "In Purgatory's Shadow," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, syndicated, 1997.

Ralphie, "A Doll's Story," Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, ABC, 1997.

Judge Harper, "Dharma and Greg on a Hot Tin Roof," Dharma and Greg, ABC, 1998.

Agent Ivan Hamel, "Marriage," Tracey Takes On…, HBO, 1998.

"Passed Imperfect," Sleepwalkers, 1998.

Cop, "Lies," Tracey Takes On…, HBO, 1999.

Cheryl's dad, "Beloved Aunt," Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO, 2000.

Nicholas Emblume, "Reasons to Believe," Ally McBeal, Fox, 2001.

Bill Ridley, "Saved by the Bell," Providence, NBC, 2001.

Bill, "Photo Finish," The Geena Davis Show, ABC, 2001.

Father, "Jeff," Kate Brasher, CBS, 2001.

Father Conlin, "The Time/Sex Continuum," Jack & Jill, The WB, 2001.

Dante Cicollo, "Undercover," The Huntress, USA Network, 2001.

Les Cresswell, "The Awful Truth," Once and Again, ABC, 2001.

Les Cresswell, "Destiny Turns on the Radio," Once and Again, ABC, 2001.

Cheryl's dad, "The Baptism," Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO, 2001.

Cheryl's dad, "Shaq," Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO, 2001.

Les Cresswell, "Pictures," Once and Again, ABC, 2001.

Les Cresswell, "The Gay–Straight Alliance," Once and Again, ABC, 2002.

Les Cresswell, "Experience Is the Teacher," Once and Again, ABC, 2002.

Les Cresswell, "Chance of a Lifetime," Once and Again, ABC, 2002.

Cheryl's dad, "Mary, Joseph and Larry," Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO, 2002.

Cheryl's dad, "The Grand Opening," Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO, 2002.

Stan Coffman, "Cherry Red," Law & Order: Criminal Intent, NBC, 2003.

Hospital administrator, "What's Love Got to Do with It?," Becker, CBS, 2003.

Henry Lewis, "Blood Relations," ER, NBC, 2004.

Buddy Ween, "Getting Off," CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also known as C.S.I.), CBS, 2004.

Cheryl's dad, "The Survivor," Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO, 2004.

Also appeared in episodes of The Boys, CBS; The Mommies, NBC.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Don Liddle, The Steel Collar Man, CBS, 1985.

Touch 'Em All McCall, NBC, 2003.

Stage Appearances:

The butler, Holiday, Mt. Gretna, PA, 1951.

Elwood P. Dowd, Harvey, Jackson, WY, 1954.

Walt Dreary, The Threepenny Opera, 1954.

When the Owl Screams, 1963.

To the Water Tower, 1963.

Speed/Felix, The Odd Couple, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1969.

Adaptation/Next, 1969–70.

The White House Murder Case, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1970.

Jules Feiffer's Hold Me!, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1977.

The Amazin' Casey Stengel, American Place Theatre, 1981.

Sills and Company, Lamb's Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Carl Bolton, Morning's at Seven, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 2002.

Tall Tales, Colony Theatre, Burbank, CA, 2003.

Appeared in Dr. Willy Nilly, Fallout, 'Toinette.



(With Robert Altman and Frank Barhyte) Health (also known as H.E.A.L.T.H.), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1982.

Teleplays; Series:

The Electric Company, PBS, 1971.

Take Five, 1976–77.