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David Paymer
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    (August 30, 1954- )
    Born in Oceanside, New York
    Appeared in the films 'Airplane II: The Sequel' (1980), 'Irreconciliable Differences' (1984), 'Howard the Duck' (1986), 'Night of the Creeps' (1986), 'No Way Out' (1987), 'Crazy People' (1990), 'CIty Slickers' (1991), 'Mr. Saturday Night' (1992), 'Searching for Bobby Fischer' (1993), 'Quiz Show' (1994), 'Get Shorty' (1995), 'The American President' (1995), 'Nixon' (1995), 'Crime of the Century' (1996), 'Amistad' (1997), 'The Hurricane' (1999), 'State and Main' (2000), 'Bartleby' (2001), 'Oceans 13' (2007) and 'The Five Year Engagement' (2012)
    Directed episodes of 'Everwood,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Gilmore Girls,' 'One Tree Hill,' 'October Road,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' Medium,' 'Hart of Dixie' and 'The Mentalist'
    He said, 'I get cast as the nebbish a lot.'
    He was cast as Dr. Fiscus in the pilot for St. Elsewhere, but was replaced by Howie Mandel.
    He noted about fans asking 'Haven't I seen you in the movies,' 'Sometimes you get kinda desperate. You mention a couple of movies and nothing. I've even said, 'Well, I did an episode of Jake and the Fatman back in '84.' It's like you're trying to convince them that you've been in something.'
    He decided to follow his dream of acting when his father quit his scrap metal business to become a musician.
    Oliver Stone said he had 'an understated charm.'
    He taught acting classes at the Film Actor's Workshop.
    Billy Crystal was so impressed with his performance in 'City Slickers' that Crystal wrote a part for him into 'Mr. Saturday Night,' leading to his nomination for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor.

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