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Dabney Coleman

Dabney Coleman's television comedy debut was in the series That Girl. He was subsequently cast in the series Mary Hartman Mary Hartman and its spinoffs, Forever Fernwood and Fernwood 2-Night. Coleman starred in Buffalo Bill, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination and two Emmy Award nominations and The Slap Maxwell Story, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination and won a Golden Globe Award. He was also nominated for a Globe Globe and won an Emmy for his dramatic performance in the television movie Sworn to Silence, earned an Emmy nomination for the miniseries Baby M, an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for a role in Columbo and was nominated for a CableAce Award for his performance in the television special Murrow.

Coleman's other television credits include The Texan, Kiss My Act, My Date with the President's Daughter, In the Line of Duty, Must Be Santa, Guilty of Innocence: The Lenell Geter Story, Never Forget and the television series Drexell's Class and Madman of the People. He was featured in the CBS drama The Guardian all three seasons.

In motion pictures, many people feel Coleman's breakthrough performance was in 9 to 5 essaying the role of the male chauvinist boss. Over the years, the veteran actor has starred in Tootsie, War Games, On Golden Pond, Cloak and Daggar, On Golden Pond and Dragnet. Recently, he's been seen in You've Got Mail, Inspector Gadget, Stuart Little, Moonlight Mile and is heard as the voice of Principal Prickley in the animated feature Recess: School's Out.

He was born in Austin, Texas and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, and currently resides in Los Angeles. His birth date is Jan. 3.

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Dabney Coleman Facts

Birth Name Dabney Wharton Coleman
BirthdayJanuary 3, 1932 (91)
BirthplaceAustin, Texas, USA
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Dabney Coleman compared to you?
Awards1988 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (for The "Slap" Maxwell Story)

Selected Filmography

Don't Just Do Something, Stand There
9 To 5
7 1/4" 
The Beverly Hillbillies
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: The Complete Series
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