Lee Arenberg

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 also had a recurring role as the dwarf Grumpy in the television series Once Upon a Time. He attended UCLA as a theatre major.

Lee Arenberg
Arenberg in 2015
Born (1962-07-18) July 18, 1962
OccupationFilm, television actor
Years active1987–present
Lisa Derrick
(m. 1999; div. 2006)

Katie Meehan
(m. 2007)


Arenberg attended Santa Monica High School with future "brat packer" actors Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jr. and Emilio Estevez,[1][2] 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. His parents were 500 A.D.

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 starred as the regular character "Grumpy/Leroy" on the hit ABC television series Once Upon a Time.[1][2] 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
1992 Bob Roberts Religious Zealot Tim Robbins (directorial debut)
1993 RoboCop 3 Robber at donut shop
1993 Freaked The Eternal 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
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


1987Perfect StrangersLeonEpisode: "Night School Confidential"
1990Tales from the CryptMarty SlashEpisode: "For Cryin' Out Loud"
1992Live! From Death RowGriffithTV movie
1992, 1997SeinfeldMike Moffitt (bookie)Episodes: "The Parking Space", "The Susie"
1993Married... with ChildrenSalEpisode: "Luck of The Bundys"
Star Trek: The Next GenerationPrakEpisode: "Force of Nature"
1998The Mr. Potato Head ShowBullyboyEpisode: "Equal Writes"
1998FriendsThe ManEpisode: "The One with the Inappropriate Sister"
2000Two Guys and a GirlMugger / Irene's DadEpisode: "Once Again from the Beginning"
2001My Wife and KidsKevin AndersonEpisode: "Jay Gets Fired"
2003CharmedUnidentified DemonEpisode: "Oh My Goddess (Part 1)"
ScrubsDr. MoyerEpisode: "My Own American Girl"
2005Star Trek: EnterpriseTellarite Ambassador GralTwo Episodes
2008Pushing DaisiesArnaud Bailey
2010The Iceman ChroniclesJudge Buttonwillow McKittrick
2011The CapeRazer's Driver
Good Luck CharlieSkyler's Fake Dad
2011–18Once Upon a TimeGrumpy/Dreamy/Leroy55 Episodes
2013CalifornicationCharlie's boss[3]
Once Upon a Time in WonderlandLeroyEpisode: "Down the Rabbit Hole"
2019American GodsAlvissEpisode: "The Ways of the Dead"


  1. "Interview With Lee Arenberg". www.officiallypluggedin.com. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  2. "Lee Arenberg Talks About Grumpy in Once Upon a Time Season 5, Pirates of The Caribbean & More [Interview] | Fox Force Five News". www.foxforcefivenews.com. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  3. Mitovich, Matt Webb (8 May 2012). "Scoop: Once Upon a Time's Grumpy Shows Californication Who's Boss". TVLine. Retrieved 22 September 2016.

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