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DAVID PAYMER plays U.S. Secretary of State Forsyth, who represents the interests of Queen Isabella of Spain on behalf of President Van Buren. Paymer received both Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations as Best Supporting Actor for his role as Billy Crystal's put-upon brother in "Mr. Saturday Night." He has more recently had starring roles in several films of note, including Harold Becker's "City Hall," Oliver Stone's acclaimed biopic "Nixon," Barry Sonnenfeld's hit comedy "Get Shorty," Rob Reiner's romantic comedy "The American President," and Robert Redford's real-life drama "Quiz Show."

His additional film credits include "Searching for Bobby Fischer," "City Slickers" and its sequel "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold," "Heart and Souls," "No Way Out," "Perfect," "Irreconcilable Differences," "Best Defense" and "The In-Laws."

On the small screen, Paymer recently received a Golden Globe nomination for his supporting role in the HBO original movie "Crime of the Century," directed by Mark Rydell.

Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Paymer graduated from the University of Michigan. He began his acting career on the stage when he won the role of Sonny in the national tour of the musical "Grease." He later reprised his role on Broadway.

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