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David Paymer

David Paymer earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his performance as Billy Crystal's put-upon bother in Mr. Saturday Night. Well known for his varied characterizations, Paymer has appeared in more than 40 motion pictures including Robert Redford's Quiz Show, David Mamet's State and Main and Spartan, Steven Spielberg's Amistad, Lawrence Kasdan's Mumford, Oliver Stone's Nixon, and Rob Reiner's American President. Other credits include Get Shorty, The Hurricane, Payback, Heart and Souls, Searching for Bobby Fischer, City Slickers, Mighty Joe Young, and City Hall.

Paymer also earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for HBO's dramatic film about the Lindbergh kidnapping Crime of the Century, directed by Mark Rydell. He starred last year in the critically acclaimed ABC series Line of Fire. Paymer has completed filming on Jeff Hare's indie film Checking Out, and on the HBO film Warm Springs opposite Kenneth Branagh and Kathy Bates.

Paymer has added directing to his list of credits, helming Candor City Hospital for Showtime, as well as episodes of One Tree Hill, Everwood and Pepper Dennis for the WB network and Grey's Anatomy for ABC. He also directed episodes of Medium, Windfall, and Inconceivable for NBC.

The versatile Paymer launched his career in the hit show Grease on Broadway, then starring Peter Gallagher. He won his first film role in the classic comedy The In-Laws.

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David Paymer Facts

BirthdayAugust 30, 1954 (69)
BirthplaceOceanside, New York, USA
Height5' 5½" (1m66)  How tall is David Paymer compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Searching for Bobby Fischer
School of Life
Get Shorty
Ocean's Thirteen
Gang Related
Mighty Joe Young
The American President
Strange Bedfellows
City Slickers
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