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Dabney Coleman

Emmy Award-winning actor Dabney Coleman plays the key role of Burton Fallin, Nicks demanding but good-hearted father.

Series creator David Hollander met with many actors, but Coleman was the solid choice for the role of Burton. "His character is a man whos not going to change a whole lot throughout the story," says Hollander, and Coleman possesses the "inspired power" required to play Burton. "Dabney is intimidating, inviting and scary all at the same time."

Hollanders assessment, of course, speaks to Colemans versatility the hallmark of his long and successful career in TV and movies. Having made his mark on television with very noteworthy comedic roles, Colemans extensive list of television credits include Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated starring roles in The Slap Maxwell Story and the acclaimed Buffalo Bill, as well as the comedy series Madman of the People.

Colemans career as a TV regular began with That Girl and continued with the landmark 70s series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. But, his real breakthrough came with his role as the chauvinist boss in the 1980 theatrical film 9 to 5, starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Colemans numerous film credits include Tootsie, War Games, Inspector Gadget, On Golden Pond, and Youve Got Mail.

Working steadily and enjoying success in both movies and television, Coleman has received multiple Emmy nominations, and received the award for the telefilm Sworn to Silence. He will be seen in the 2002 theatrical release Babies in Black with Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon. Of course, the ever-versatile Coleman can also be heard as the voice of Principal Prickly in the Disney animated series Recess, and the recently released motion picture Recess: Schools Out.

A native Texan, born in Austin and raised in Corpus Christi, Coleman currently resides in Los Angeles. His birthdate is January 3.