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Birth Name: Paul Dooley
Born: 02/22/1928
Birth Place: Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA

While Dooley is well-known for his Altman association, his most memorable work was arguably apart from that director, playing the beleaguered father of Dennis Christopher's Italy-obsessed cyclist in Peter Yates' touching drama "Breaking Away" (1979). Here the actor would best showcase his abilities, bringing added dimension to his character, a man at once cantankerous, affectionate, frustrating and funny. Dooley also proved himself in David Steinberg's comedy "Paternity" (1981) and Alan Rudolph's horror thriller "Endangered Species" (1982), and would become an icon to a new generation as Molly Ringwald's delightfully down-to-earth dad in the charming John Hughes comedy "Sixteen Candles" (198... Continue Bio >>

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