Lee Arenberg
Lee Arenberg January 2015
General Information
Gender: Male
Birthday: July 18, 1962
Age: 54
Hometown: Palo Alto, California, USA
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, USA
Other Information
Height: 5'4"
Occupation(s): Actor
Education: Santa Monica High School
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Relationships: Lisa Derrick (ex-wife)
Series Information
Character: Leroy / Grumpy / Dreamy
First appearance: Pilot
Last appearance: Leaving Storybrooke

Lee Arenberg 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.

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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 short-lived Fox sitcom 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. 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 TV Show/Movie Medium Role
1987 Cross My Heart Parking Attendant
1987 Perfect Strangers TV Series Leon
1987 The Under Achievers Joey
1988 Sledge Hammer! TV Series Buzzy
1988 Tapeheads Norton
1988 Dear John TV Series Caroler #1
1989 Meet the Hollowheads Ream Instructor
1989 Columbo TV Series Paramilitary Man #3
1989 Martians Go Home Newsroom Martian
1989 The Wizard Armageddon Registrar
1990 Brain Dead Sacks
1990 Class of 1999 Technician #2
1990 Tales from the Crypt TV Series Marty Slash
1990 Snow Kill TV Movie Kolt
1990 Hollywood Boulevard II Barcode
1990 Teach 109 TV Short Instructor
1991 Babes TV Series Chill
1991 Whore Violent John in Car
1991 V.I. Warshawski Flesh
1990 - 1992 Night Court TV Series Mr. Dijilly / Mr. Abraham
1992 FBI: The Untold Stories TV Series Special Agent Mike Randolph
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