David Paymer

Many actors mature into character roles, while others -- like David Paymer -- were born to play them. A New York native, Paymer was born Aug. 30, 1954, on Long Island and studied theater at the University of Michigan before being cast as Sonny Latieri in the touring company of "Grease" (a part he reprised on Broadway).

Paymer made his film bow three years later in The In-Laws (1979) and from there took on a long string of supporting roles on TV shows such as "Cagney & Lacey" and "The Commish." In 1991, Paymer played an ice cream magnate in City Slickers, which led co-star Billy Crystal to cast him as Stan Yankelman in Mr. Saturday Night. Aging from 20 to 75 for the part, Paymer garnered an Oscar nod for his work.

Other important films for Paymer include 1994's Quiz Show (playing real-life TV producer Dan Enright), Get Shorty (1995), State and Main (2000) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007).

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