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Paul Krapence


Former Fitness Instructor, toll booth collector
55 (seasons 1-11)
First Appearance
Final Appearance
One For The Road (Cheers) / Cheerful Goodbyes (Frasier)
Played By
Paul Willson

Not to be confused with the barfly Paul from the early seasons.

Seen throughout the series run, Although being left out of activities by the other Cheers barflies, specifically Norm and Cliff Clavin, he does consider them his friends, and hopes to be included in their activities. He was often treated as if he didn't matter, had no friends, and was generally used and mistreated by the rest of the series characters, something that upset him deeply. He did, however, have a certain amount of success with women, and was seen on dates in a few episodes. In episode"It's Lonely on the Top" (five episodes later) he has a passionate one night stand with Carla.

The character was first called Paul in season four. In his first appearance, in season 1, Coach calls Paul's character "Glenn" (confusingly, the credits identify the character as "Gregg"), and in another early appearance, he is credited as "Tom", although this name is not spoken aloud in the episode. Towards the end of the series' run, a reference by Paul that he's been drinking at Cheers for 10 years makes it plausible that Coach had mistaken his name in his first appearance 10 years prior, and that "Glenn" and Paul are meant to be one and the same person.

In the season 10 episode The Norm Who Came To Dinner, Norm explains that Paul (years earlier) had been an athlete and fitness instructor hired to help Norm lose weight; however, he ended up conforming to the bar atmosphere and becoming the smoking bar patron we see throughout the show's run. It was later revealed that Paul works as a toll booth operator.

Paul is mentioned in the spin-off Frasier, season 2 episode The Show Where Sam Shows Up. It is revealed that he had slept with Sam's then-fiancé, which did not bother Sam as much as learning that Cliff had also slept with her. This caused Sam to call off the engagement. He later features in the episode Cheerful Goodbyes with several other Cheers regulars.


S1E20-Someone Single, Someone Blue (as Gregg)

S2E2-Little Sister Don't Cha (as Tom)

S4E12-Fools and Their Money

S4E24-Strange Bedfellows, Part 1

S5E3-Money Dearest

S5E6-Tan 'n' Wash

S6E15-Tale of Two Cuties

S9E4-Where Nobody Knows Your Name

S9E5-Ma Always Liked You Better

S9E7-Breaking in Is Hard to Do

S9E11-Norm and Cliff's Excellent Adventure

S9E12-Woody Interruptus

S9E15-The Days of Wine and Neuroses

S9E16-Wedding Bell Blues

S9E17-I'm Getting My Act Together and Sticking it in Your Face

S9E19-Crash of the Titans

S9E22-Carla Loves Clavin

S9E24-Rat Girl

S9E25-Home Malone

S9E26-Uncle Sam Wants You

S10E2-Get Your Kicks on Route 666

S10E4-The Norm Who Came to Dinner

S10E5-Ma's Little Maggie

S10E6-Unplanned Parenthood

S10E7-Bar Wars V: The Final Judgement

S10E8-Where Have All the Floorboards Gone?

S10E9-Head Over Hill

S10E10-A Fine French Whine

S10E11-I'm Okay, You're Defective

S10E12-Go Make

S10E13-Don't Shoot...I'm Only the Psychiatrist

S10E14-No Rest for the Woody

S10E15-My Son, the Father

S10E16-One Hugs, the Other Doesn't

S10E17-A Diminished Rebecca with a Suspended Cliff

S10E18-License to Hill

S10E20-Smotherly Love

S10E21-Take Me Out of the Ball Game

S10E22-Rebecca's Lover...Not

S10E23-Bar Wars VI: This Time It's for Real


S11E2-The Beer Is Always Greener

S11E3-The King of Beers

S11E5-Do Not Forsake Me O' My Postman

S11E9-Feelings...Whoa, Whoa, Whoa

S11E12-Sunday Dinner

S11E13-Norm's Big Audit

S11E16-Is There a Doctor in the Howe?

S11E17-The Bar Manager, the Shrink, His Wife and Her Lover

S11E19-Bar Wars VII: The Naked Prey

S11E21-Woody Gets an Election

S11E22-It's Lonely on the Top

S11E23-Rebecca Gaines, Rebecca Loses

S11E24-The Guy Can't Help It

S11E25-One For The Road