Actor Lee Arenberg

Lee Arenberg (born July 18, 1962)[citation needed] 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 also had 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.[citation needed] 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 (1992) 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 short-lived Fox sitcom Action (1999) opposite series star Jay Mohr.

Arenberg has also guest starred on 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 starred as the regular character “Grumpy/Leroy” on the hit ABC television series Once Upon a Time. 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
1988 Tapeheads Norton Bill Fishman
1989 The Wizard Armageddon Registrar Todd Holland
1990 Brain Dead Sacks Adam Simon
1992 Bob Roberts Religious Zealot Tim Robbins
1993 RoboCop 3 Robber at donut shop
1993 Freaked The Eternal Flame Alex Winter
Tom Stern
1995 Waterworld Djeng Kevin Reynolds
1997 Warriors of Virtue Mantose Ronny Yu
2000 Dungeons and Dragons Elwood Courtney Solomon
2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Pintel Gore Verbinski
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
2007 Happily N’Ever After Additional Voices Paul J. Bolger
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
1987 Perfect Strangers Leon Episode: “Night School Confidential”
1990 Tales from the Crypt Marty Slash Episode: “For Cryin’ Out Loud”
1990, 1992 Night Court Mr. Dijilly / Mr. Abraham 2 episodes
1991-2 The Idiot Box Various characters 4 episodes
1992 Live! From Death Row Griffith TV movie
Roseanne The Ghost of Hallowe’en Past Episode: Halloween IV
1992, 1997 Seinfeld Mike Moffitt Episodes: “The Parking Space”, “The Susie”
1993 Married… with Children Sal Episode: “Luck of The Bundys”
Star Trek: The Next Generation Prak Episode: “Force of Nature”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Gral Episode: “The Nagus”
1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Bok Episode: “Bloodlines”
1998 The Mr. Potato Head Show Bullyboy Episode: “Equal Writes”
1998 Friends The Man Episode: “The One with the Inappropriate Sister”
1999 Star Trek: Voyager Pelk Episode: “Juggernaut”
2000 Two Guys and a Girl Mugger / Irene’s Dad Episode: “Once Again from the Beginning”
2001 My Wife and Kids Kevin Anderson Episode: “Jay Gets Fired”
2003 Charmed Unidentified Demon Episode: “Oh My Goddess (Part 1)”
Scrubs Dr. Moyer Episode: “My Own American Girl”
2005 Star Trek: Enterprise Tellarite Ambassador Gral Two Episodes
2008 Pushing Daisies Arnaud Bailey
2010 The Iceman Chronicles Judge Buttonwillow McKittrick
2011 The Cape Razer’s Driver
Good Luck Charlie Skyler’s Fake Dad
2011–18 Once Upon a Time Grumpy/Dreamy/Leroy 55 Episodes
2013 Californication Ken (Charlie’s boss) 3 episodes
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Leroy Episode: “Down the Rabbit Hole”
2019 American Gods Alviss Episode: “The Ways of the Dead”

External Links

Actor Lee Arenberg – Wikipedia

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