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Angela Paton
Born (1930-01-11)January 11, 1930
Died May 26, 2016(2016-05-26) (aged 86)
Other names Angela Paton Goldsby
Angie Paton
Occupation Actress, director, producer
founder, Berkeley Stage Company
Years active 1972–2014
Spouse(s) Bob Goldsby

Angela Paton (January 11, 1930 – May 26, 2016) was an American stage, film, and television actress and theatre director. She co-founded the Berkeley, California-based Berkeley Stage Company. She appeared in stage performances, and in comedy, drama, and thriller films, in roles including Mrs. Lancaster, the innkeeper, in Groundhog Day (1993) and Grandma in American Wedding (2003).


Paton was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1930. Described as a "natural comic" and one of the "legends of the local stage" of San Francisco, she was a veteran of the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) and one of the leading actresses in its first few seasons.

After leaving A.C.T. in the early 1970s, Paton and her husband founded and ran the Berkeley Stage Company for a number of years. She appeared in 38 films and over 50 TV series.

Personal life

Paton lived in Los Angeles with her husband, Bob Goldsby, a professor at UC Berkeley's Department of Drama, a stage director with A.C.T., and first director of its conservatory program. Paton died of a heart attack on May 26, 2016.


Year Title Role Notes
1971 Dirty Harry Homicide Detective Uncredited
1988 Winnie Mrs. Spencer TV film
1989 Roe vs. Wade TV film
1989 Manhunt: Search for the Night Stalker Mrs. Webster TV film
1990 Flatliners Doctor
1990 Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Gloria Sikes
1991 Love, Lies and Murder Parole Board Member #3 TV film
1991 Crazy from the Heart Edna TV film
1991 Lies of the Twins Mrs. Shearer TV film
1992 The Last of His Tribe Mrs. Gustafson TV film
1992 Criminal Behavior Adelaide TV film
1992 Keep the Change Dinah TV film
1993 Groundhog Day Mrs. Lancaster
1993 And the Band Played On Woman in Denver TV film
1994 Clean Slate Shirley Pogue
1994 Blue Sky Dottie Owens
1994 Where Are My Children? Ellie McNeil TV film
1994 Trapped in Paradise Hattie Anderson
1995 Home for the Holidays Woman on Airplane
1996 Eye for an Eye Moderator
1996 Hollywood Boulevard Mary
1997 Lolita Mrs. Holmes
1998 The Wedding Singer Faye
1998 The Con Lyla TV film
1999 The Joyriders Rita Mae Tuttle
2001 The Kennedys Grandma TV film
2001 Early Bird Special Mrs. Carmichael
2001 Joe Dirt Woman with Roadrunner
2003 The United States of Leland Airplane Woman
2003 Die, Mommie, Die! Angela's Fan
2003 American Wedding Grandma
2005 Red Eye Nice Lady
2006 Aisle 73 Frances Burnbaum Short
2007 The Valley of Light Granny TV film
2007 Lavinia's Heist Lavinia Silver Short
2007 The Final Season Anne Akers
2013 I Am I Doris
2014 Last Wishes Emilie Baptiste Short, (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Thirtysomething Nurse 1 episode
1988–1989 Falcon Crest Harriet Anderson 6 episodes
1989 Hunter Eva Sands 1 episode
1989 The Wonder Years Woman at City Hall 1 episode
1990 Doctor Doctor Pauline Meacham 1 episode
1990 Equal Justice Mrs. King 1 episode
1990 Lifestories Eileen Chapin 1 episode
1991 Father Dowling Mysteries 1 episode
1991 Quantum Leap Lottie Sammis 1 episode
1991 My Life and Times Sarah Miller 1 episode
1991 Wings Sandy 1 episode
1991 L.A. Law Sandra Vosburgh 1 episode
1992 Murphy Brown Nurse #1 1 episode
1992 Doogie Howser, M.D. Betty Jameson 1 episode
1991–1992 Nurses Mrs. Kerper, Mrs. Pinson 2 episodes
1993 Sirens Dognapper 1 episode
1993 Love & War Nurse Doris 1 episode
1994 Dave's World Mrs. Begley 1 episode
1995 Star Trek: Voyager Aunt Adah Episode: "Caretaker"
1995 Something Wilder Mrs. Griffen 1 episode
1995 NYPD Blue Josephine Stevens 1 episode
1995 Picket Fences Mrs. Addelson 1 episode
1995 The Client Mrs. Jarvis 1 episode
1994–1995 Home Improvement Irma 2 episodes
1995 ER Mrs. Ransom 1 episode
1996 ... by Madness Joan 2 episodes
1996 Cybill Evelyn 1 episode
1996 The Home Court Marie Grant 1 episode
1996 Caroline in the City Mrs. Larson 1 episode
1997 Ink Mrs. Iniger 1 episode
1997 The Tom Show Mrs. Thompson 1 episode
1997 Cracker The Suspect 1 episode
1998 Chicago Hope Irene 1 episode
1998 Players Madge 1 episode
1998 Dharma & Greg Judith 1 episode
1998 Jesse Mrs. Baum 1 episode
1999 L.A. Doctors Mrs. Gerken 1 episode
1999 Sliders Mrs. Meadows 1 episode
2000 Boston Public Mrs. Walsh 2 episodes
2001 That's Life Mrs. Leski 1 episode
2001 The X-Files Mrs. Lukesh 1 episode ("4-D")
2002 First Monday Bernice Jaworski 1 episode
2002 Becker Mrs. Bernstein 1 episode
2003 JAG Elena Motley 1 episode
2005 Numbers Eyewitness 1 episode
2005 Curb Your Enthusiasm Ruth 1 episode
2006 Four Kings Betty 1 episode
2008 My Name Is Earl Old Woman 1 episode
2010 Sons of Tucson Ethel 1 episode
2010 Medium Mrs. Halstead 1 episode
2011 Grey's Anatomy Martha Elkin 1 episode
2014 I Didn't Do It Mrs. Klasby 1 episode

Theatre (selection)

Title Role Notes
The Beauty Queen of Leenane Mag
Dog Logic Mother
Harvey Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet On Broadway
Memoirs of Jesus Director
Passione Aggy
The Sandbox Mommy
Three Sisters Anfisa
Tonight at 8.30 Mrs. Rockett The Fumed Oak act
Woman in Mind Muriel

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