Robert R. Shafer

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Robert R. Shafer
Robert Ray Shafer - The Office Convention 10-07.jpg
Shafer at The Office Convention in Scranton, Pennsylvania
Robert Ray Shafer Jr.

(1958-04-10) April 10, 1958 (age 61)
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)[1]

Robert Ray "Bobby" Shafer (born April 10, 1958) is an American actor who has appeared in film, television, commercials, voice-over and theater.[2] Shafer, sometimes credited as Bobby Ray Shafer, is perhaps best known for playing Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration on the American sitcom The Office, and has amassed a substantial cult following for his portrayal of Officer Ted Warnicky (more commonly known as Joe Vickers) in the 1989 horror-comedy Psycho Cop and the sequel Psycho Cop 2.

Early life[edit]

Robert Ray Shafer, Jr. was born in Charleston, West Virginia on April 10, 1958. He attended high school in Romeo, Michigan and graduated in 1976. Shafer then attended Broward College before moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Film performances[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Rosebud Beach Hotel Rodney
1985 Echo Park Commercial Director
1985 Hollywood Shuffle Commercial Director
1989 Psycho Cop Officer Joe Vickers
1993 Psycho Cop Returns Officer Joe Vickers Credited as actor and associate producer
1994 A Brilliant Disguise Jimmy Brennan
1997 The Corporate Ladder Jack Sherman
1997 Mr. Atlas Wilshire Frodden
2000 Finding Kelly Sheriff Posey
2003 Monster Man Police Officer #1
2005 Choker Clark
2006 All In Slick Moustached Player
2006 Slip M-16 Man
2007 Protecting the King Officer Gibbs
2008 Stiletto Krieger
2009 Maneater Gus
2009 Reconciliation Pastor Hughes
2009 The Gold Retrievers Sheriff Mike Denton
2009 The Scenesters George Porter
2009 Heat Wave Roy Rogan TV only
2010 Screwball: The Ted Whitfield Story Nick Middlesworth
2010 Turbulent Skies Jackson TV only
2011 Super Shark Commander Williams
2011 Getting That Girl Coach Thieson
2011 Knifepoint Michael
2011 Mega Python vs. Gatoroid Zeke TV only
2012 The Adventures of Soap Man Sexual Harasser
2012 Retribution James Cooper TV only
2012 FDR: American Badass! Robby Kreeger
2012 Revelations Dad
2012 Collision Course Pilot
2012 The Temple Zipper voice only
2013 Mrs. Sweeney Mr. O'Neal
2013 Abner, the Invisible Dog Charlie
2014 Friended to Death Chuck Henson
2014 Asteroid vs. Earth Lt. Rouse TV only
2014 Zombeavers Trucker
2015 A Christmas Reunion Frank O'Brien TV only
2015 Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves Arthur
2015 Loaded Mechanic
2015 They Want Dick Dickster Dick Dickster Credited as actor, writer, and producer
2016 Mark Upon the Flesh Homeless man
2016 Pee-wee's Big Holiday Construction Worker
2017 Blood Bound Shane Dallas pre-production
2017 Blotched Edward Gluer filming
2017 The S.H.U. Officer Ganser post-production
2018 Awaken the Shadowman Tom

Television performances[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Highway to Heaven Dennis Appeared in "As Difficult as ABC"
1993 Air Combat Credited as writer
1993 Wings Otto Appeared in "The Key to Alex"
1998 Arli$$ Reporter Appeared in "Where Do Clients Come From?"
1999 Becker Mr. Preston Appeared in "Hate Thy Neighbor"
2000 Titus Bar Patron Appeared in "Red Asphalt"
2001 Malcolm in the Middle Police Officer Appeared in "Flashback"
2001 Ultimate Revenge Mobster Appeared in 1 episode
2002 Son of the Beach Main Crony Appeared in "The Long Hot Johnson"
2004 The West Wing Cable Pundit Appeared in "The Dover Test"
2005 Las Vegas Wally Ford Appeared in "For Sail by Owner"
2005 Boston Legal Smith Appeared in "Gone"
2005-2013 The Office Bob Vance Appeared in 24 episodes
2008 The Young and the Restless Howard Sullivan Appeared in "Episode #1.8997"
2009 Desperate Housewives Supervisor Appeared in "The Coffee Cup"
2010 Cold Case Nate 'Red Scare' Beecher Appeared in "One Fall"
2011 How I Met Your Mother Uncle Pete Appeared in "Last Words"
2012 The Life & Times of Tim Rodney's Dad Appeared in "Strip Club Hostage Situation/Game Night"
2012 Pair of Kings King Malakai Appeared in 2 episodes
2012 Sherman's in Sanity Vern Pfinger Appeared in 2 episodes
2013 The Silicon Assassin Project Appeared in "The Medusa Meeting"
2013 The Bridge Karl Millwright Appeared in "Pilot"
2013 Side Effects Police Chief Appeared in "Pilot"
2015 The Messengers Earl Cowen Appeared in "Why We Fight"
2016 Criminal Minds Chief Arthur Emmett Appeared in "The Crimson King"
2016-2017 Adam Ruins Everything Ray Murphy Appeared in 4 episodes
2017 A Girl Is a Gun Van De Moortel


  1. ^ Robert R. Shafer - Biography - IMDb
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Robert R. Shafer". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-06-01.