Paul Dooley

Paul Dooley

  • Born on
    • February 22nd, 1928
Dooley was born Paul Brown in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the son of Ruth Irene (née Barringer), a homemaker, and Peter James Brown, a factory worker. Dooley was a keen cartoonist as a youth and drew a strip for a local paper in Parkersburg. He joined the Navy before discovering acting while at college. He is married to writer Winnie Holzman, with whom he has one daughter, Savannah Dooley (born 1985). Moving to New York, he soon found success as a regular on the stage. Also having an interest in comedy, Dooley was a standup comedian for five years, and a member of the Compass Players and The Second City troupe in NYC, as well as having brief stints as a magician and as a clown. Not afraid of trying different areas of entertainment, he also worked as a writer. He was one of the writers on The Electric Company and appeared in commercials. Besides appearing in many movies, including most notably Popeye, Sixteen Candles, and Breaking Away, Dooley has also appeared as a variety of recurrent characters on numerous television shows, including My So-Called Life, Dream On, Grace Under Fire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, ALF (playing Whizzer Deaver) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine where he played the recurring role of Enabran Tain. He guest starred in other prime time shows like Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, The Golden Girls, and Desperate Housewives. In 2000, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as an eccentric judge on The Practice. He was also in the infamous alternate ending to Little Shop of Horrors, but was replaced by Jim Belushi in the final cut. In 2010, Dooley played the part of the head chef at Camp Victory, a fictional fat camp, on the short-lived ABC Family original series Huge.

Starring Paul Dooley on Plex


Acting (60 Credits)

2017Cars 3 as Sarge (voice)
2016Other People as Ronnie
2013My Santa as Martin
2013Turbo as The Foreman (voice)
2011Cars 2 as Sarge (voice)
2009Horsemen as Father Whiteleather
2008Sunshine Cleaning as Sherm
2008Bedtime Stories as Hot Dog Vendor
2007Hairspray as Mr. Spritzer
2006Mater and the Ghostlight as Sarge (voice)
2006Cars as Sarge (voice)
2006For Your Consideration as Paper Badge Sergeant
2003Comfort and Joy as George
2003A Mighty Wind as George Menschell
2003Nobody Knows Anything!Watch Free
2002The Perfect You as Larry
2002Insomnia as Chief Nyback
2001Madison as Mayor Don Vaughn
2001Rennie's Landing as Hank
2000I'll Remember April as Earl Schimmel
1999Guinevere as Walter
1999Runaway Bride as Walter Carpenter
1999Happy, Texas as The Judge
1997Angels in the Endzone as Coach Buck
1997Telling Lies in America as Father Norton
1997Loved as Leo Amerson
1997Clockwatchers as Bud Chapman
1996Waiting for Guffman as UFO Abductee
1995The Underneath as Ed Dutton
1995Evolver as Jerry BriggsWatch Free
1995The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes as Senator Thatch
1993My Boyfriend's Back as Big Chuck
1993A Dangerous Woman as Tupperware Salesman
1992The Player as Paul Dooley
1991Shakes the Clown as Owen Cheese
1990Flashback as StarkWatch Free
1989Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North as Robert McFarlane
1988Last Rites as Father Freddie
1986Big Trouble as George Noozel
1986Monster in the Closet as Roy Crane
1986Little Shop of Horrors as Patrick Martin
1985O.C. and Stiggs as Randall Schwab
1984Sixteen Candles as Jim Baker
1983Strange Brew as Claude Elsinore
1983Going Berserk as Dr. Ted
1982Endangered Species as Joe Hiatt
1982Kiss Me Goodbye as Kendall
1981Paternity as Kurt
1980Popeye as Wimpy
1980HealtH as Dr. Gil Gainey
1979A Perfect Couple as Alex Theodopoulos
1979Breaking Away as Ray Stoller
1979Rich Kids as Simon Peterfreund
1978A Wedding as Liam 'Snooks' Brenner
1977Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure as Gazooks (voice)
1977Slap Shot as Hyannisport Announcer
1974Death Wish as Cop at Hospital
1972Up the Sandbox as Statue of Liberty Guard
1970The Out of Towners as Day Desk Clerk at Hotel

Writer (1 Credits)


Himself (1 Credits)

2018The Great Buster as Self


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