David Paymer

Biography: Well known for his seamless and varied characterizations, Oscar nominated actor David Paymer has starred or co-starred in more than 40 motion pictures, several television movies and countless television series. He discovered his love of acting while performing in school plays. He continued his pursuit of acting at the University of Michigan, where he double-majored in theatre and psychology and appeared in many summer stock and dinner theatre productions.
Shortly after graduation Paymer attended an open casting call for the musical "Grease," and landed the role of "Sonny Latieri" in the national touring company and on Broadway. Not long after his Broadway stint, he was cast in his first feature film, "The In-Laws," directed by Arthur Hiller, which eventually brought him to Hollywood.
His first job after moving to Los Angeles was playing an inept burglar on a memorable episode of "Barney Miller." Other TV shows followed, including guest starring roles on "Hill Street
Well known for his seamless and varied characterizations, Oscar nominated actor David Paymer has starred or co-starred in more than 40 motion pictures, several television movies and countless television series. He discovered his love of acting while performing in school plays. He continued his pursuit of acting at the University of Michigan, where he double-majored in theatre and psychology and appeared in many summer stock and dinner theatre productions.
Shortly after graduation Paymer attended an open casting call for the musical "Grease," and landed the role of "Sonny Latieri" in the national touring company and on Broadway. Not long after his Broadway stint, he was cast in his first feature film, "The In-Laws," directed by Arthur Hiller, which eventually brought him to Hollywood.
His first job after moving to Los Angeles was playing an inept burglar on a memorable episode of "Barney Miller." Other TV shows followed, including guest starring roles on "Hill Street Blues," "Taxi," "Lou Grant," "Cheers," "Murphy Brown," "L.A. Law" and "Moonlighting." It wasn't long before he began appearing regularly in such notable films as "No Way Out," "Irreconcilable Differences," "Heart and Souls," "Crazy People" and "Searching For Bobby Fischer." He also co-starred in the highly successful "City Slickers" and "City Slickers 2: Curly's Gold." However, it was his role in "Mr. Saturday Night" that brought his best notices to date. His performance as Billy Crystal's put-upon brother in the film won him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor of 1992, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.
Paymer's sly, subtle portrayal of the conniving producer in "Quiz Show," directed by Robert Redford, ultimately led to more edgy and textured characters in such movies as "Get Shorty," directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, "Nixon," directed by Oliver Stone, and "The American President," directed by Rob Reiner. He also starred in and received a Golden Globe Award nomination for HBO's dramatic film about the Lindberg baby kidnapping, "Crime of the Century" directed by Mark Rydell. Other notable films notable films include "Payback," "Mighty Joe Young," "Mumford," directed by Lawrence Kasdan, "The Hurricane," directed by Norman Jewison, "State and Main," directed by David Mamet, and "Amistad," directed by Steven Speilberg.
Paymer is also venturing behind the camera. He directed the short film "Candor City Hospital" for Showtime, and will direct an upcoming episode of the series "Everwood" this season.
Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Paymer currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Liz Georges, and their daughters Emily and Julia.
PERSONAL INFORMATION
HOMETOWN: LongIsland, NY
BIRTHDATE: August 30

Source: ABC
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David Paymer's Scores

Average career score: 60
Highest Metascore: 99 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 4
Lowest Metascore: 23 October Road: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
27 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
42 Mistresses (2013): Season 1 Jun 3, 2013 Director 6.0
69 The Fosters: Season 1 Jun 3, 2013 Director 8.0
74 Bunheads: Season 1 Jun 11, 2012 Director 7.6
43 Hart of Dixie: Season 1 Sep 26, 2011 Director / Producer 7.4
75 Switched At Birth: Season 1 Jun 6, 2011 Director 8.0
56 Franklin & Bash : Season 1 Jun 1, 2011 Director 7.1
65 No Ordinary Family: Season 1 Sep 28, 2010 Director 6.7
51 Hellcats: Season 1 Sep 8, 2010 Director 6.8
69 Life Unexpected: Season 1 Jan 18, 2010 Director 8.3
78 Men of a Certain Age: Season 1 Dec 7, 2009 Director 8.6
75 The Good Wife: Season 1 Sep 22, 2009 Judge Richard Cuesta 8.7
55 Melrose Place: Season 1 Sep 8, 2009 Director 5.9
64 Make It or Break It: Season 1 Jun 22, 2009 Director 8.0
65 The Mentalist: Season 1 Sep 23, 2008 Director 8.5
58 Privileged: Season 1 Sep 9, 2008 Director 8.2
47 90210: Season 1 Sep 2, 2008 Director 6.6
42 Heartland: Season 1 Jun 18, 2007 Self 7.3
23 October Road: Season 1 Mar 15, 2007 Director 8.6
tbd Gilmore Girls: Season 7 Sep 26, 2006 Director 8.2
51 Brothers & Sisters: Season 1 Sep 24, 2006 Director 7.7
44 Windfall: Season 1 Jun 8, 2006 Director 8.1
41 What About Brian: Season 1 Apr 16, 2006 Director 8.9
37 Pepper Dennis: Season 1 Apr 4, 2006 Director 8.9
61 The Unit: Season 1 Mar 7, 2006 Director 7.3
tbd One Tree Hill: Season 3 Oct 5, 2005 Director 7.6
tbd Everwood: Season 4 Sep 29, 2005 Director tbd
tbd Grey's Anatomy: Season 2 Sep 25, 2005 Director 8.4
tbd Medium: Season 2 Sep 19, 2005 Director 9.8
tbd Into the West: Season 1 Jun 10, 2005 Daniel Royer 9.0
58 Medium: Season 1 Jan 3, 2005 Director 8.2