|Born||Paul Lee Willson
December 25, 1945
Fairmont, Minnesota, U.S.
Willson has played numerous guest characters on a variety of shows including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Boston Public, Caroline in the City and Star Trek: Voyager. He is perhaps most famous for his repeated guest character of "Paul" on the television show Cheers (which he also reprised in an episode of the Cheers spin-off, Frasier). His character was originally called "Tom" because Paul Vaughn was already playing a character named "Paul" on Cheers. For five years (1986-1990) he was Garry Shandling's neighbour "Leonard Smith" on It's Garry Shandling's Show. Willson also appeared on Garry Shandling's The Larry Sanders Show playing Larry's accountant, and the brother of Sid the cue card holder. He played Ed, a neighbour, in a few episodes of Malcolm in the Middle. He also starred in the comedy film Office Space as one of "The Bobs". He was recently[when?] in a promotional video for the Nintendo DS game Personal Trainer: Cooking with Fred Willard.
Although primarily recognized for his television work, he has been noted as a "great improv player" by Garry Shandling as a result of their time working together doing improv in the late 1970s.
Since 2012 he has appeared in television ads for Safeco Insurance.
- Paul Willson Biography (1945-)
- DVD commentary from It's Garry Shandling's Show, season 2, episode 18, "No Baby, No Show"
- Paul Willson at the Internet Movie Database
- Safeco Insurance ad, The Boat, The Boat, The Boat at You Tube
- Safeco Insurance ad, It's Too Much Fun at You Tube
- Safeco Insurance ad, Wedding, at You Tube
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