Willson, Paul 1945–

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Willson, Paul 1945–


Full name, Paul Lee Willson; born December 25, 1945, in Fairmont, MN; son of Lee Wilford and Doris Geraldine Willson; married Patricia Ferguson, October 26, 1983. Education: Attended Reed College, 1963–66. Avocational Interests: Music.

Addresses: Agent—Pakula/King and Associates, 9229 West Sunset Blvd., Suite 315, West Hollywood, CA 90069-3403.

Career: Actor and writer. Pitschel Players Satirical Theatre, San Francisco, CA, actor, 1966–75; Off the Wall Improvisational Theatre, Hollywood, CA, actor, beginning 1976. Freelance film and television writer, beginning 1980; drama critic, City magazine, San Francisco, 1975.

Member: American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, Actors' Equity Association, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, Writers Guild of America West.

Awards, Honors: Film Discovery Jury Award, best actor, U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, 2001, for Barstow 2008.


Film Appearances:

Member of guerrilla theatre group, The Strawberry Statement, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970.

Tommy Dodge, The Pack (also known as The Long Dark Night and The Long, Hard Night), Warner Bros., 1977.

Member of improvisation group, The Goodbye Girl (also known as Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl"), Warner Bros., 1977.

Drunk, Solly's Diner, 1979.

Page, Where the Buffalo Roam, 1980.

Patient, I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can, Paramount Home Video, 1982.

Dr. Schroder, Brainwaves (also known as Mind Games and Shadow of Death), 1982.

Man in ticket line, The Sting II, Universal, 1982.

Walter Gibbs, The Devonsville Terror, New West, 1983.

Frank, Too Much Oregano, 1983.

Television commentator, Protocol, Warner Bros., 1984.

Mr. Seeger, Moving, Warner Bros., 1988.

Grimsdyke, My Best Friend Is a Vampire (also known as I Was a Teenage Vampire), Kings Road Entertainment, 1988.

Mr. Michaels, 976-EVIL, New Line Cinema, 1989.

Beany, Circuitry Man (also known as Circulatory Man), Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1990.

Smith, Problem Child 2, Universal, 1991.

Cook, Motorama, Two Moon Releasing, 1993.

Beany, Plughead Rewired: Circuitry Man II (also known as Circuitry Man II), Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1994.

Who Was That Man?, 1998.

Priest, Punch Drunk, 1998.

Bob Porter, Office Space (also known as Cubiculos de la oficina), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1999.

Benny Finch, Barstow 2008, Firebuilder Pictures/Monkeyfactory, 2001.

Voice of Mr. Detweiler, Recess: School's Out (animated), Buena Vista/Walt Disney, 2001.

Officer Rodney, The Beat, Ardustry Home Entertainment, 2003.

Whistling John Shaw, Alex & Emma, Warner Home Video, 2003.

Coal executive, Straight-Jacket, Regent Releasing/here! Films, 2004.

Uncle Marty, L.A. D.J., Enterprise Entertainment, 2004.

Mike Sweazy, Cook-Off!, Halcyon, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Bill, Empire, 1984.

Paul Krapence, a recurring role, Cheers, NBC, between 1985 and 1993.

Dennis Taylor, Fast Times (also known as Fast Times at Ridgemont High), 1986.

Leonard Smith, It's Garry Shandling's Show, Fox, 1988–90.

Deputy Zajac, a recurring role, George and Leo, 1997–98.

Voice of Coach Kluge, Recess (animated; also known as Disney's "Recess": Created by Paul and Joe), 1998–2001.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Danny, Gridlock (also known as The Great American Traffic Jam), NBC, 1980.

Abbey, Mae West, ABC, 1982.

Ben Woods, Return To Mayberry NBC, 1986.

Sloopy, The Wharf Rat, Showtime, 1995.

Harry, Audrey's Rain, Hallmark Channel, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"A Date with Eraserhead," Laverne & Shirley (also known as Laverne & Shirley & Company and Laverne & Shirley & Friends), 1978.

Chuck Emmitt Saugis, America 2-Night, 1978.

Suicidal confessor, "Clerical Error," Mork & Mindy, 1980.

Groom, "Where There's a Will," Too Close for Comfort (also known as The Ted Knight Show), 1981.

Bob, "Cheerleader in Chains," Mork & Mindy, 1982.

Murphy, "Trial by Fury," Hill Street Blues, 1982.

"Whatever Happened to the Class of '56?," Laverne & Shirley (also known as Laverne & Shirley & Company and Laverne & Shirley & Friends), 1982.

"Defective Ballet," Laverne & Shirley (also known as Laverne & Shirley & Company and Laverne & Shirley & Friends), 1982.

Gregg/Glen, "Someone Single, Someone Blue," Cheers, NBC, 1983.

Tom, "Little Sister, Don't Cha," Cheers, NBC, 1983.

Employee at WPED-TV, "The First Time," Scarecrow and Mrs. King, 1983.

Shriver, "The Hot Grounder," Hunter, 1984.

Hotel desk clerk, "The Lady in the Iron Mask," Moonlighting, 1985.

Don Orley, "Who Really Watches the Sunset?," Riptide, 1985.

"Eleven Angry Men and Dot," It's a Living, 1985.

Duncan Fitzgerald, Cheers, NBC, 1986.

Preacher, "Pecos Bill," Tall Tales and Legends (also known as Shelley Duvall's "Tall Tales and Legends"), 1986.

Witness, "Belle of the Bald," L.A. Law, 1988.

Voice of florist, "Some Enchanted Evening," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1990.

Stu, "Crimes and Michelle's Misdemeanors," Full House, ABC, 1990.

Arthur Nivingston, "How Do You Solve a Problem like Sophia?," The Golden Girls, 1990.

Into the Night, ABC, 1991.

Santa Claus, "I Saw Mommy Kicking Santa Claus: Parts 1 & 2," Dave's World, CBS, 1993.

Dr. Barshilon, "Absence Makes the Nurse Grow Weirder," Empty Nest, NBC, 1994.

Bob Minkoff, "The Gift Episode," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1994.

Ed Landers, "A Hippo Never Forgets," The Martin Short Show, NBC, 1994.

Officer Zajac, "Beauty & the Beasts," Pig Sty, UPN, 1995.

Officer Zajac, "Iowa vs. New York," Pig Sty, UPN, 1995.

Officer Zajac, "Five Cards, No Studs," Pig Sty, UPN, 1995.

Officer Zajac, "Tonight's Episode: May I Borrow a Cup of Death," Pig Sty, UPN, 1995.

Frank, "Brother, Can You Spare 1.2 Million?," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1995.

Driver, The George Wendt Show, CBS, 1995.

Councilman Peters, "A Hero's Story," The Wayans Bros., The WB, 1996.

Percy, "Fantasy Camp," Coach, ABC, 1996.

Mr. Bosco, "Dead Guy," Malcolm & Eddie, 1996.

Harrison Leeworth, "Copies," The John Larroquette Show (also known as Larroquette), NBC, 1996.

Possum Dave, "Absolutely Fabio," Step By Step, ABC, 1997.

Fred, "I Buried Sid," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1998.

(Uncredited) Fred, "Flip," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1998.

Apathetic bartender, "Maggie's First Save," Maggie, 1998.

Dr. Bernstein, "Caroline and the Office," Caroline in the City (also known as Caroline), 1998.

Arthur Entous, "Gifts," Party of Five, Fox, 1998.

(Uncredited) Ross Feinman, "Those Lips, That Hand," Ally McBeal, Fox, 1998.

Lenny, "The Heartbreak Kid," Two of a Kind, ABC, 1998.

Ted, "The Unnatural," The X-Files, Fox, 1999.

Albert, "Get Up, Stand Up," The Jamie Foxx Show, The WB, 1999.

Mail carrier, "The Identity Loan," The Michael Richards Show, NBC, 2000.

Ed, "The Red Dress," Malcolm in the Middle, Fox, 2000.

Ed, "Shame," Malcolm in the Middle, Fox, 2000.

Sales guy, "Hi-Def Jam," The King of Queens, CBS, 2001.

Loquar, "The Void," Star Trek: Voyager (also known as Voyager), UPN, 2001.

Officer Stan Zajac, "A Bone of Contention," Men, Women & Dogs, The WB, 2001.

Ed, "Hal Coaches," Malcolm in the Middle, Fox, 2002.

Attorney Conlin Barker, "Chapter Forty-Four," Boston Public, Fox, 2002.

Andy Portico, "The Grand Opening," Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO, 2002.

Paul Krapence, "Cheerful Goodbyes," Frasier, NBC, 2002.

Red Shannon, "Stan Hooper Goes to Washington," A Minute with Stan Hooper, Fox, 2003.

Ed, "The Block Party," Malcolm in the Middle, Fox, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Frank, Sunday Funnies, NBC, 1983.

Pete, The Garry Shandling Show: 25th Anniversary Special, Showtime, 1986.

Lawyer for Phillips, Limited Partners, CBS, 1988.

Casting director, 101 Dalmations' A Canine's Tale, ABC, 1996.



Be Somebody … or Be Somebody's Fool!, 1984.