Dabney Coleman

Biography

Date of Birth 3 January 1932, Austin, Texas, USA Birth Name Dabney Wharton Coleman Height 6' 1" (1.85 m) Mini Biography For twenty years Dabney Coleman has appeared mostly in one type of role: a smarmy selfish, nervous person mostly with money that is out for himself, mostly. The fact is he did such a good job in this type of part he has made a career of it in film. This is quite a departure for a person that once entered the Virginia Military Institute, and once studied law in Texas. The actor has a well deserved reputation as a fine character actor, and a reliable presence for almost any role in TV and movies. Dabney Coleman's early appearances in the cinema were in The Slender Thread (1965) and Downhill Racer (1969). On TV he starred in "That Girl" (1965). As the 1970s approached he became a well-known character actor in television and movies, appearing in The Towering Inferno (1974), Midway (1976), and Cinderella Liberty (1973). Television seemed Dabney Coleman's forum in the 1970s as Coleman played the role of Merle Jeeter in "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (1976) and "Fernwood 2 Night" (1977). Coleman made appearances in the popular North Dallas Forty (1979) and the Oscar-winning Melvin and Howard (1980). Dabney Coleman also became known for some satirical movies, starring in the comedy How to Beat the High Co$t of Living (1980) and snatched a lead role for the TV movie Pray TV (1980). Coleman's part as a world class prick became cemented in 1980 as the boss to Dolly Parton , Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in Nine to Five (1980). The next year Coleman was in very good company working with legends Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn in On Golden Pond (1981). Coleman's hit streak would not end there. In 1982 Coleman landed a key role in the classic Tootsie (1982), further cementing his role as an unlikable wealthy boss in some capacity. In 1983 Coleman starred in the Cold War classic WarGames (1983). During this period he also found many parts in lesser known movies like Young Doctors in Love (1982) and Callie & Son (1981) (TV). In 1984 he starred in The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) and in 1985 he starred with Tom Hanks in The Man with One Red Shoe (1985). In 1987 the actor won an Emmy for Sworn to Silence (1987) (TV). In 1990 Coleman took two lead roles, one in the disastrous Where the Heart Is (1990), and the other in the quirky comedy Short Time (1990). In 1993 Coleman starred in the slapstick comedy Amos & Andrew (1993) (a very funny part) and in a remake of the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) as Milburn Drysdale. Coleman took an extensive line of TV movies, such films as Texan, In the Line of Duty, among others. Coleman took an unusual part in the ABC cartoon, "Recess" (1997), and then starred in a couple of big money grossers, the Tom Hanks comedy, You've Got Mail (1998), as Chief Quimby in Inspector Gadget (1999), and in Stuart Little (1999), both 1999. Coleman is still very active, and his future still seems ever brighter as he is starring in a couple of high profile movies in the near future that should do very well. Spouse Jean Hale (11 December 1961 - 4 December 1984) (divorced) 4 children Ann Courtney Harrell (21 December 1957 - June 1959) (divorced) Trivia Attended The University of Texas at Austin in early '50s Auditioned for the role of The Professor in "Gilligan's Island" (1964). Was a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute as a member of the Class of 1953...left after two years. Entered VMI (the prestigious Virginia Military Institute) in 1949 but wound up studying law at the University of Texas and then theater in New York. Served 2 years in the Army's Special Services Division. Diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) but took part in a clinical trial which remedied his sight from 20-400 to 20-40 in just a week. [2000] Is a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity from the Texas Beta Chapter at the University of Texas. Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 112-113. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387 Father of Quincy Coleman (born 1972). He also has three other children with ex-wife Jean Hale named Meghan, Randy and Kelly Johns. His daughter, Quincy, released her first CD on September 30, 2003 called "Also Known As Mary". Personal Quotes "I've played good guys and nice guys, but the truth is I'd rather be nasty than nice. The bad guys are always better written and more fun to play."

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Birth Name

Dabney Wharton Coleman

Birth Place

Austin, Texas, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

1/3/1932
Known For
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Cloak & Dagger

Jack Flack / Hal Osborne

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9 to 5

Franklin M. Hart Jr.

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The Man with One Red Shoe

Cooper

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Modern Problems

Mark Winslow

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Short Time

Burt Simpson

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Where the Heart Is

Stewart McBain

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The Climb

Mack

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Hot To Trot

Walter Sawyer

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Clifford

Gerald Ellis

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Callie & Son

Randall Bordeaux

Starring In
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Dolly Parton: Here I Am

Franklin Hart, Jr. (archive footage)

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Not Such a Bad Guy: Conversations with Dabney Coleman

Himself

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Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Himself

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Domino

Drake Bishop

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Recess: All Growed Down

Principal Prickley (voice)

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Where the Red Fern Grows

Grandpa

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Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade

Principal Prickly (voice)

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The Climb

Mack

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Moonlight Mile

Mike Mulcahey

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Recess Christmas - Miracle on Third Street

Principal Peter Prickly

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Recess: School's Out

Principal Peter Prickly (voice)

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How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale

John Kennedy

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Stuart Little

Dr. Beechwood

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Inspector Gadget

Chief Quimby

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Giving it up

Johnathan Gallant

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Must Be Santa

Tuttle

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You've Got Mail

Nelson Fox

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Exiled

Lieutenant Kevin Stolper

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Target Earth

Senator Ben Arnold, Sam's Uncle

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Taken (Theatrical Film)

Ethan Grover

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A Witch's Way of Love

Joel

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Judicial Consent

Charles / attorney

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Kidnapped: In the Line of Duty

Arthur Milo

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Clifford

Gerald Ellis

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The Beverly Hillbillies

Milburn Drysdale

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Amos & Andrew

Chief of Police Cecil Tolliver

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There Goes the Neighborhood

Jeffrey Babitt

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Never Forget

William Cox

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Short Time

Burt Simpson

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Where the Heart Is

Stewart McBain

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Hot To Trot

Walter Sawyer

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Dragnet

Jerry Caesar

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The Man with One Red Shoe

Cooper

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Cloak & Dagger

Jack Flack / Hal Osborne

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The Muppets Take Manhattan

Martin Price

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WarGames

McKittrick

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Tootsie

Ron Carlisle

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Young Doctors in Love

Dr. Joseph Prang

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On Golden Pond

Bill Ray

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Pray TV

Marvin Fleece

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Modern Problems

Mark Winslow

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Callie & Son

Randall Bordeaux

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Melvin and Howard

Judge Keith Hayes

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9 to 5

Franklin M. Hart Jr.

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How to Beat the High Cost of Living

Jack Heintzel

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North Dallas Forty

Emmett Hunter

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When She Was Bad...

Jack Wilson

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Go Tell the Spartans

Helicopter pilot (uncredited)

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The Other Side of the Mountain: Part II

Dave McCoy (uncredited)

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Rolling Thunder

Maxwell

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Viva Knievel!

Ralph Thompson

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Midway

Captain Murray Arnold

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Midway

Captain Murr Arnold

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

Merle Jeeter (unknown episodes)

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Bite the Bullet

Jack Parker

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The Other Side of the Mountain

Dave McCoy

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The Towering Inferno

Deputy Chief #1

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Black Fist

Heineken

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The Dove

Charles Huntley

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Bad Ronald

Mr. Wood

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The President's Plane Is Missing

Sen. Bert Haines

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Savage

Ted Seligson

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Cinderella Liberty

Executive Officer

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The Brotherhood of the Bell

Agent Shepard

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Downhill Racer

Mayo

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The Trouble with Girls

Harrison Wilby

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The Scalphunters

Jed

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That Girl: Season One

Dr. Leon Bessemer (7 episodes, 1966-1967)

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This Property Is Condemned

Salesman

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The Slender Thread

Charlie

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Jeannie é um Gênio - 1ª Temporada

Captain Yardley / ... (2 episodes, 1965-1967)

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The Fugitive - Season Two, Vol. 1

Floyd / ... (4 episodes, 1964-1966)

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