Lee Arenberg

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Lee Arenberg
File:Lee Arenberg January 2015.jpg
Arenberg in 2015
Born (1962-07-18) July 18, 1962 (age 55)
Palo Alto, California
Occupation Film, television actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Lisa Derrick (1999–2006)

Lee Arenberg (born July 18, 1962) is an American actor, best known for his role as Pintel, one of Captain Barbossa's crew, in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. He currently has a recurring role as the dwarf Grumpy in the television series Once Upon a Time. He attended UCLA as a theatre major.


Arenberg attended Santa Monica High School with future "brat packer" actors Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jr. and Emilio Estevez, and co-wrote a play with Estevez which was directed by Penn. Lee's first professional job was in 1986 at the Mark Taper Forum in "Ghetto", a play directed by Gordon Davidson. Within weeks he was cast in three films, including the role of Norton in the feature Tapeheads (1988) opposite the film's co-stars Tim Robbins and John Cusack. Guest appearances on television began in 1987 with the hit sitcom Perfect Strangers (1986), and have continued with memorable roles such as the parking space-stealing New Yorker Mike Moffitt on Seinfeld (1989) and as the murderous rock promoter opposite Katey Sagal and Sam Kinison in Tales from the Crypt (1989), as well as roles on Arli$$ (1996), and Friends (1994). Arenberg can also be seen in the role of the notoriously huge studio head, Bobby G., on the controversial syndicated comedy film Action (1999) opposite series star Jay Mohr.

Arenberg has also guest starred on all the Star Trek spin-offs Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. Coincidentally, in two of his appearances, ("The Nagus" and "United"), he played a character named Gral, one a Ferengi and the other a Tellarite. In 1992 Lee appeared on the TV series Night Court. Arenberg also played the recurring role of bookie Mike Moffitt in two episodes of Seinfeld. In "The Parking Space", he and George Costanza had a parking dispute, while in "The Susie" his thumbs were accidentally broken while trying to repair Jerry Seinfeld's car trunk.

He also guest starred in the fifth season of Friends in an episode titled "The One with the Inappropriate Sister". He guest starred on an episode of Brotherly Love entitled "Motherly Love". He had a bit part as a bumbling Hold-up Man in RoboCop 3. Lee also played Dr. Moyer in the Scrubs episode "My Own American Girl". He also starred as the dwarf Elwood Gutworthy in Dungeons and Dragons (2000), and the pirate Pintel in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. He guest starred as "Hair Plugs" in Grounded For Life (2001).

A graduate of Santa Monica High in 1980, he is currently starring as the regular character "Grumpy/Leroy" on the hit ABC television series "Once Upon a Time (TV series)". As he confirmed when speaking at the Farpoint Star Trek Convention in Timonium, Maryland, Arenberg's character Pintel did not return in the fourth "Pirates" film.



Year Film Role Director Notes
1987 Cross My Heart Parking Attendant Armyan Bernstein
1989 The Wizard Ninja Gaiden Guy Todd Holland
1993 Freaked The Human Flame Alex Winter
Tom Stern
1997 Warriors of Virtue Mantose Ronny Yu
2000 Dungeons and Dragons Elwood
2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Pintel Gore Verbinski
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Pintel Gore Verbinski
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Pintel Gore Verbinski
2012 Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy Billy Lee Harold Cronk
Year Film Director Notes
2011 In the Gray Rob Holloway
Year Film Role Director Notes
2011 In the Gray screenwriter Rob Holloway


Year Series Role Notes
1990 Tales from the Crypt Marty Slash Episode: "For Cryin' Out Loud"
1992 Live! From Death Row Griffith TV movie
1992, 1997 Seinfeld Mike Moffitt (bookie) Episode: "The Parking Space", "The Susie"
1993 Married...with Children Sal Episode: "Luck of The Bundys"
1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation Prak Episode: "Force of Nature"
1998 Friends The Man Episode: "The One with the Inappropriate Sister"
2001 My Wife and Kids Kevin Anderson Episode: "Jay Gets Fired"
2003 Charmed Unidentified Demon Episode: "Oh My Goddess (Part 1)"
2003 Scrubs Dr. Moyer Episode: "My Own American Girl"
2008 Pushing Daisies Arnaud Bailey
2010 The Iceman Chronicles Judge Buttonwillow McKittrick
2011 The Cape Razer's Driver
2011 Good Luck Charlie Skyler's Fake Dad
2011–present Once Upon a Time Grumpy/Dreamy/Leroy 20 Episodes
2013 Californication Charlie's gay boss
2013 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Leroy

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