David Paymer | Biography

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  • Full Name David Emmanuel Paymer
  • Nickname David Paymer
  • Occupation Actor, Producer & Director
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Long Island, New York, USA
  • Birth Date Aug 30, 1954
  • Age 69 Years, 9 Months
Judge Richard Cuesta on Series 'The Good Wife'

David Paymer | Biography

'Oscar' Nominated for movie 'Mr. Saturday Night'

Paymer married actress Liz George in 1988. He and his wife have two children, Jules and Emily Paymer. 

David Emmanuel Paymer is an American character, comedian, actor, and television director widely recognized for Mr. Saturday Night, The Good Wife and Candor City Hospital.

Who is David Paymer?

David Paymer was born on 30 August 1954 in Long Island, NY, to Marvin Paymer and Sylvia Palmer. He is the younger brother of producer and actor Steve Paymer.

Paymer received his education from Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, Professional Performing Arts School. He graduated from high school in Oceanside, New York, and at that point, he didn't set out to be an actor despite appearing in high school musicals. 

Rather, Paymer pursued psychology at the University of Rochester- mostly to satisfy his parents, who wished their son to be a doctor. However, he still performed in theater productions.

He later majored in acting and psychology at the School of Music and Theater University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan).


In 1982, Paymer was about to play the role of Dr. Wayne Fiscus in a TV series St. Elsewhere, but he was discarded and replaced by Howie Mandel. Then, however, he got his big break from his role of Ira Shalowitz in the movie City Slickers (1991), which starred Billy Crystal. 

The actor also wrote and performed stand-up with his elder brother Steve at the Improv and Comedy store points. David and Steve later worked on a short movie, Candor City Hospital (2005).

Furthermore, Paymer played opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins two times. Firstly performing in the 1995 movie Nixon and subsequently in Amistad (1997), he played the role of a former U.S. President in both films. Additionally, he played Dick Goodwin in the 2002 made-for-TV flick RFK.

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Paymer's most unforgettable performances have been in dramatic roles. He was nominated for an 'Oscar' for his role in Mr. Saturday Night (1992). The nomination also helped him land on Quiz Show (1990), where he played the unethical TV game show producer Dan Enright.

He is also credited for Grease (1979), The In-Laws (1979), Crazy People (1990), and lending his voice for the 1983 NPR radio dramatization of Star Wars, where he played the character of Deak. 

Likewise, he played the recurring role of a quirky judge in the 2009 drama series, The Good Wife.

'The Good Wife' 

Winner of 5 'Primetime Emmys', The Good Wife centers around Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), an ideal wife of a former state's attorney. But unfortunately, her husband gets imprisoned after a sex and corruption scandal. And in the given circumstances, Florrick must now be a bread earner for her family by working as a litigator in a local law firm.

The drama series stars cast like Julianna Margulies, Chris North, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry, Alan Cumming, etc.

Paymer plays the role of Judge Richard Cuesta in the series.

'The Mentalist' 

A 'Primetime Emmy' nominee, The Mentalist is a crime drama series where a famous 'Psychic' joins hands with the California Bureau of Investigation as a consultant. He tries to find a criminal, 'Red John', who killed his wife and daughter with his new job.

Created by Bruno Heller, the show has seven seasons consisting of 151 episodes. While Paymer appeared in one of the episodes of 2013.


Paymer married actress Liz George in 1988. He and his wife have two children, Jules and Emily Paymer. 

David Paymer's Daughters Jules and Emily
David Paymer's Daughters Jules and Emily. (Photo: Emilly/Instagram)

Jules is a musician, while Emily is an athlete who studied at Michigan State University.  

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