Paul Reiser (born March 30, 1956)[1] is an American actor, comedian, television personality, writer, author and musician who played Burke in the 1986 film Aliens. Other notable films Reiser has appeared in include Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Bye Bye Love (1995), The Thing About My Folks (2005), Behind the Candelabra (2013), Whiplash (2014) and Concussion (2015). Aside from his work in film, Reiser has had an extensive career in television. He is perhaps best known for his starring role as Paul Buchman in the sitcom series Mad About You (1992–1999). He has recently appeared in a recurring role on the Netflix tv series Stranger Things as Dr. Sam Owens.

Reiser has been nominated for four Golden Globes and six Emmys. He was also ranked 77th on Comedy Central's 2004 list of the "100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time".[2]


Year Title Notes
1982 Diner
1984 Beverly Hills Cop
1986 Odd Jobs
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II With William H. Burton, Jr.
Cross My Heart
1990 Crazy People
1991 The Marrying Man
1992 3½ Blocks from Home
1993 Family Prayers With Billy "Sly" Williams
1994 Mr. Write
1995 By Bye Love
1999 Get Bruce
The Story of Us Uncredited
Pros & Cons Uncredited
2001 One Night at McCool's
2002 Purpose
2005 The Thing About My Folks
The Aristocrats
2009 Funny People
2013 Behind the Candelabra
2014 Life After Beth
2015 6 Miranda Drive

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  1. "Actual DOB revealed"
  2. "Paul Reiser Bio | The Grable Group"