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After playing on-screen dad to Molly, Helen and Julia, Paul Dooley gets to play himself

After playing on-screen dad to Molly, Helen and Julia, Paul Dooley gets to play himself

You probably know him as the grumpy dad of the Italophile bicycle racer in "Breaking Away." Or as Molly Ringwald's understanding dad in "Sixteen Candles." Or as the long-suffering dad who walked Julia Roberts down the aisle four times in "Runaway Bride."

His name is Paul Dooley, and for decades he's been one of Hollywood's most reliable character actors. But his resume also includes joining the original cast of Broadway's "The Odd Couple," being a valued member of Robert Altman's stock company in the 1970s and '80s, serving as head writer for the public-TV children's show "The Electric Company" and writing more than 1,000 radio...

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