We can relate to his characters because we recognize them. We see in him our own fathers, bosses and relatives. There's no Hollywood glitz or phoniness to anything that Paul Dooley brings to the screen. And maybe that's why he's flown under the radar throughout his long career.
Besides Breaking Away, which is probably is best role, Paul Dooley also stands out in Robert Altman's A Wedding, John Hughes' Sixteen Candles and in Popeye, where he played the hamburger loving Wimpy.
Whether his role is a supporting one or smaller, Paul Dooley shines in everything he does, making him my pick for today for Not Very Famous...but should be.