Paul Dooley

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 ...

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Insomnia (2002)

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Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Al Pacino  •  Robin Williams  •  Maura Tierney

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Al Pacino  •  Robin Williams  •  Maura Tierney

A Mighty Wind (2003)

In "A Mighty Wind", director Christopher Guest reunites the team from "Best In Show" and "Waiting for Guffman" to tell tell the story of 60's-era folk musicians, who inspired by the death of their former manager, get back on the stage for one concert in New York ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Guest
CAST:  Catherine O'Hara  •  Bob Balaban  •  Larry Miller  •  Eugene Levy

In "A Mighty Wind", director Christopher Guest reunites the team from "Best In Show" and "Waiting for Guffman" to tell tell the story of 60's-era folk musicians, who inspired by the death of their former manager, get back on the stage for one concert in New York ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Guest
CAST:  Catherine O'Hara  •  Bob Balaban  •  Larry Miller  •  Eugene Levy

A Perfect Couple (1979)

Offbeat but endearing romantic comedy about unlikely match-up (by computer dating) of straitlaced Dooley, under the thumb of overbearing father, and singer Heflin, whose life is wrapped up with her familial rock group.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Paul Dooley  •  Marta Heflin  •  Titos Vandis  •  Belita Moreno

Offbeat but endearing romantic comedy about unlikely match-up (by computer dating) of straitlaced Dooley, under the thumb of overbearing father, and singer Heflin, whose life is wrapped up with her familial rock group.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Paul Dooley  •  Marta Heflin  •  Titos Vandis  •  Belita Moreno

A Wedding (1978)

Muffin's wedding to Dino Corelli is to be a big affair. Except the ageing priest isn't too sure of the ceremony, only the families actually turn up as the Corelli Italian connection is suspect, security guards watch the gifts rather over-zealously, and Dino's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Carol Burnett  •  Desi Arnaz Jr.  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Howard Duff

Muffin's wedding to Dino Corelli is to be a big affair. Except the ageing priest isn't too sure of the ceremony, only the families actually turn up as the Corelli Italian connection is suspect, security guards watch the gifts rather over-zealously, and Dino's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Carol Burnett  •  Desi Arnaz Jr.  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Howard Duff

Angels in the Endzone (1997)

The football team jesse is on is terrible, after the death of his father Jesse quits the team. Then angels come to help the team get better and nobody can see them but Jesse's little brother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Nadeau
CAST:  Paul Dooley  •  Matthew Lawrence  •  David Gallagher  •  Jack Coleman

The football team jesse is on is terrible, after the death of his father Jesse quits the team. Then angels come to help the team get better and nobody can see them but Jesse's little brother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Nadeau
CAST:  Paul Dooley  •  Matthew Lawrence  •  David Gallagher  •  Jack Coleman

Breaking Away (1979)

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Dave, nineteen, has just graduated high school, with his 3 friends, The comical Cyril, the warm hearted but short-tempered Moocher, and the athletic, spiteful but good-hearted Mike. Now, Dave enjoys racing bikes and hopes to race the Italians one day, and even ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Daniel Stern  •  Jackie Earle Haley  •  Dennis Christopher

Dave, nineteen, has just graduated high school, with his 3 friends, The comical Cyril, the warm hearted but short-tempered Moocher, and the athletic, spiteful but good-hearted Mike. Now, Dave enjoys racing bikes and hopes to race the Italians one day, and even ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Daniel Stern  •  Jackie Earle Haley  •  Dennis Christopher

Cars (2006)

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Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Lasseter
CAST:  Owen Wilson  •  Paul Newman  •  Bonnie Hunt  •  Larry the Cable Guy

Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Lasseter
CAST:  Owen Wilson  •  Paul Newman  •  Bonnie Hunt  •  Larry the Cable Guy

Evolver (1995)

Meet Evolver, the ultimate toy for the Cyberpunk generation, a virtual-reality game brought to fierce, three-dimensional life. With each battle, Evolver lives up to his name. He becomes faster, smarter and deadlier. Meet Kyle Baxter (Ethan Randall) the teenage ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rosman
CAST:  Ethan Embry  •  Cassidy Rae  •  William H. Macy  •  Nassira Nicola

Meet Evolver, the ultimate toy for the Cyberpunk generation, a virtual-reality game brought to fierce, three-dimensional life. With each battle, Evolver lives up to his name. He becomes faster, smarter and deadlier. Meet Kyle Baxter (Ethan Randall) the teenage ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rosman
CAST:  Ethan Embry  •  Cassidy Rae  •  William H. Macy  •  Nassira Nicola

For Your Consideration (2006)

Three actors learn that their respective performances in the film "Home for Purim," a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Guest
CAST:  Catherine O'Hara  •  Stephen Rannazzisi  •  Ed Begley Jr.  •  Eugene Levy

Three actors learn that their respective performances in the film "Home for Purim," a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Guest
CAST:  Catherine O'Hara  •  Stephen Rannazzisi  •  Ed Begley Jr.  •  Eugene Levy

Going Berserk (1983)

John Bourgignon, a drummer/chauffeur engaged to the daughter of a United States senator encounters a sleazy film director, the leader of an aerobics cult, and other crazed characters in the days leading up to his wedding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Steinberg
CAST:  John Candy  •  Joe Flaherty  •  Eugene Levy  •  Alley Mills

John Bourgignon, a drummer/chauffeur engaged to the daughter of a United States senator encounters a sleazy film director, the leader of an aerobics cult, and other crazed characters in the days leading up to his wedding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Steinberg
CAST:  John Candy  •  Joe Flaherty  •  Eugene Levy  •  Alley Mills

Hairspray (2007)

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Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad auditions to be on Baltimore's most popular dance show - The Corny Collins Show - and lands a prime spot. Through her newfound fame, she becomes determined to help her friends and end the racial segregation that has been a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Shankman
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Christopher Walken  •  Amanda Bynes

Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad auditions to be on Baltimore's most popular dance show - The Corny Collins Show - and lands a prime spot. Through her newfound fame, she becomes determined to help her friends and end the racial segregation that has been a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Shankman
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Christopher Walken  •  Amanda Bynes

Health (1980)

Health is set at a health food convention at a Florida luxury hotel, where a powerful political organization is deciding on a new president.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Carol Burnett  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Glenda Jackson  •  James Garner

Health is set at a health food convention at a Florida luxury hotel, where a powerful political organization is deciding on a new president.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Carol Burnett  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Glenda Jackson  •  James Garner

Popeye (1980)

Popeye is a super-strong, spinach-scarfing sailor man who's searching for his father. During a storm that wrecks his ship, Popeye washes ashore and winds up rooming at the Oyl household, where he meets Olive. Before he can win her heart, he must first contend with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Shelley Duvall  •  Ray Walston  •  Paul Dooley

Popeye is a super-strong, spinach-scarfing sailor man who's searching for his father. During a storm that wrecks his ship, Popeye washes ashore and winds up rooming at the Oyl household, where he meets Olive. Before he can win her heart, he must first contend with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Shelley Duvall  •  Ray Walston  •  Paul Dooley

Runaway Bride (1999)

Ike Graham, New York columnist, writes his text always at the last minute. This time, a drunken man in his favourite bar tells Ike about Maggie Carpenter, a woman who always flees from her grooms in the last possible moment. Ike, who does not have the best opinion ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garry Marshall
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Richard Gere  •  Joan Cusack  •  Rita Wilson

Ike Graham, New York columnist, writes his text always at the last minute. This time, a drunken man in his favourite bar tells Ike about Maggie Carpenter, a woman who always flees from her grooms in the last possible moment. Ike, who does not have the best opinion ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garry Marshall
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Richard Gere  •  Joan Cusack  •  Rita Wilson

Sixteen Candles (1984)

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A teenage girl deals with her parents forgetting her birthday and a crush on her high school's heartthrob.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hughes
CAST:  Molly Ringwald  •  Anthony Michael Hall  •  John Cusack  •  Gedde Watanabe

A teenage girl deals with her parents forgetting her birthday and a crush on her high school's heartthrob.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hughes
CAST:  Molly Ringwald  •  Anthony Michael Hall  •  John Cusack  •  Gedde Watanabe

Slap Shot (1977)

To build up attendance at their games, the management of a struggling minor-league hockey team signs up the Hanson Brothers, three hard-charging players whose job is to demolish the opposition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Roy Hill
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Strother Martin  •  Michael Ontkean  •  Jennifer Warren

To build up attendance at their games, the management of a struggling minor-league hockey team signs up the Hanson Brothers, three hard-charging players whose job is to demolish the opposition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Roy Hill
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Strother Martin  •  Michael Ontkean  •  Jennifer Warren

The Out-of-Towners (1970)

George & Gwen Kellerman make a trip to New York, where George is going to start a new job, it turns out to be a trip to hell.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Hiller
CAST:  Jack Lemmon  •  Sandy Dennis  •  Sandy Baron  •  Anne Meara

George & Gwen Kellerman make a trip to New York, where George is going to start a new job, it turns out to be a trip to hell.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Hiller
CAST:  Jack Lemmon  •  Sandy Dennis  •  Sandy Baron  •  Anne Meara

The Player (1992)

A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Greta Scacchi  •  Fred Ward  •  Whoopi Goldberg

A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Greta Scacchi  •  Fred Ward  •  Whoopi Goldberg

Up the Sandbox (1972)

A young wife and mother, bored with day-to-day life in New York City and neglected by her husband, slips into increasingly outrageous fantasies: her mother breaking into the apartment, an explorer's demonstration of tribal fertility music at a party causing strange ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  David Selby  •  Ariane Heller  •  Jacobo Morales

A young wife and mother, bored with day-to-day life in New York City and neglected by her husband, slips into increasingly outrageous fantasies: her mother breaking into the apartment, an explorer's demonstration of tribal fertility music at a party causing strange ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  David Selby  •  Ariane Heller  •  Jacobo Morales

Waiting for Guffman (1996)

Corky St. Clair is a director, actor and dancer in Blaine, Missouri. When it comes time to celebrate Blaine's 150th anniversary, Corky resolves to bring down the house in Broadway style.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Guest
CAST:  Christopher Guest  •  Eugene Levy  •  Fred Willard  •  Catherine O'Hara

Corky St. Clair is a director, actor and dancer in Blaine, Missouri. When it comes time to celebrate Blaine's 150th anniversary, Corky resolves to bring down the house in Broadway style.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Guest
CAST:  Christopher Guest  •  Eugene Levy  •  Fred Willard  •  Catherine O'Hara
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