Paul Dooley



Place of birth:

Parkersburg, West Virginia, U.S.:


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 to Little Shop of Horrors, but was replaced by Jim Belushi in the final cut. In 2010, Dooley played the part of the head chef at Camp Victory, a fictional fat camp, on the short-lived ABC Family original series Huge.


The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018)
as Himself
Cars 3 (2017)
as Sarge
Other People (2016)
as Ronnie
The Radiator Springs 500 ½ (2014)
as Sarge
My Santa (2013)
as Martin
Cars Toons: Tales from Radiator Springs - Spinning (2013)
as Sarge
Cars Toons: Tales from Radiator Springs - Hiccups (2013)
as Sarge
Cars 2 (2011)
as Sarge (voice)
Thanks (2011)
Horsemen (2009)
as Father Whiteleather
Bedtime Stories (2008)
as Hot Dog Vendor
Chronic Town (2008)
as Eleanor's Father
Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
as Sherm
Hairspray (2007)
as Mr. Spritzer
Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary (2007)
as Himself
For Your Consideration (2006)
as Paper Badge Sergeant
Mater and the Ghostlight (2006)
as Sarge (voice)
Cars (2006)
as Sarge (voice)
Come Away Home (2005)
as Grandpa Donald
Comfort and Joy (2003)
as George
A Mighty Wind (2003)
as George Menschell
Insomnia (2002)
as Chief Nyback
A Woman's a Helluva Thing (2001)
as Hank Luckinbill
Madison (2001)
as Mayor Don Vaughn
Happy, Texas (1999)
as The Judge
Guinevere (1999)
as Walter
Runaway Bride (1999)
as Walter Carpenter
Loved (1997)
as Leo Amerson
Telling Lies In America (1997)
as Father Norton
Clockwatchers (1997)
as Bud Chapman
Angels in the Endzone (1997)
as Coach Buck
Waiting for Guffman (1996)
as UFO Abductee
The Underneath (1995)
as Ed Dutton
Evolver (1994)
as Jerry Briggs
State of Emergency (1994)
as Jim Anderson
A Dangerous Woman (1993)
as Tupperware Salesman
My Boyfriend's Back (1993)
as Big Chuck
Mother of the Bride (1993)
as Richard
Cooperstown (1993)
as Sid Wiggins
Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride (1992)
as Asst. Dist. Atty. Robert Norrell
The Player (1992)
as Himself
Shakes the Clown (1991)
as Owen Cheese
White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd (1991)
as Hal Roach
Guess Who's Coming for Christmas? (1990)
as Doc
The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson (1990)
Flashback (1990)
as Stark
Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North (1989)
as Robert McFarlane
Last Rites (1988)
as Father Freddie
Lip Service (1988)
as Gil Hutchinson
Superman's 50th Anniversary: A Celebration of the Man of Steel (1988)
as John Buxton
Big Trouble (1986)
as George Noozel
Monster in the Closet (1986)
as Roy
Stephen King's Golden Tales (1985)
as Chester Caruso
O.C. and Stiggs (1985)
as Randall Schwab
Sixteen Candles (1984)
as Jim Baker
Hansel and Gretel (1983)
as Father
Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1983)
as Museum Security Guard
Going Berserk (1983)
as Dr. Ted
Strange Brew (1983)
as Claude Elsinore
Kiss Me Goodbye (1982)
as Kendall
Rumpelstiltskin (1982)
as The Miller
Endangered Species (1982)
as Joe Hiatt
See China and Die (1981)
as Ames Prescott
Paternity (1981)
as Kurt
Popeye (1980)
as Wimpy
HealtH (1980)
as Dr. Gil Gainey
Rich Kids (1979)
as Simon Peterfreund
Breaking Away (1979)
as Ray Stoller
A Perfect Couple (1979)
as Alex Theodopoulos
A Wedding (1978)
as Liam 'Snooks' Brenner
Fore Play (1975)
as Salesman
Death Wish (1974)
as Cop at Hospital
The Gravy Train (1974)
as Doctor
Up the Sandbox (1972)
as Statue of Liberty Guard
The Out of Towners (1970)
as Day Desk Clerk at Hotel
Man in the Square Suit (1966)
The Parisienne and the Prudes (1964)
as Ted K. Worrie
HealtH (1980)