Dick Shawn

Actor, Comedian
With his idiosyncratic comedic sensibilities and manic delivery, Dick Shawn carved a unique career in stand-up and in some of the most memorable comedies of the 1950s and 1960s, including "The Producers" and "It's a ... Read more »
Born: 12/01/1923 in Buffalo, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (43)

But... Seriously 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone 1985 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Rented Lips 1988 (Movie)

Charlie Slater (Actor)

Diana Ross... Red Hot Rhythm & Blues 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Maid to Order 1987 (Movie)

Stan Starkey (Actor)

The Making of Disney's Captain EO 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Captain Eo 1986 (Movie)

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The Check Is in the Mail 1986 (Movie)

Donald Rappaport (Actor)

The Emperor's New Clothes 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perils of P.K. 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Water 1986 (Movie)

Deke Halliday (Actor)

Beer 1985 (Movie)

Talkshow Host (Actor)

Hail to the Chief 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Angel 1984 (Movie)

Mae (Actor)

The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud 1983 (Movie)

Ultimate Patient (Actor)

Young Warriors 1983 (Movie)

Professor Hoover (Actor)

Mr. & Mrs. Dracula 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Love At First Bite 1979 (Movie)

Lieutenant Ferguson (Actor)

Mary 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Playboy's 25th Anniversary Celebration 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Looking Up 1977 (Movie)

Manny Lander (Actor)

Love, Life, Liberty & Lunch 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

You're Just Like Your Father 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Year Without a Santa Claus 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Voice

The Happy Ending 1969 (Movie)

Harry Bricker (Actor)

ABC Stage '67 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder At NBC 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

The Colgate Comedy Hour 1966 - 1967 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Producers 1967 (Movie)

LSD (Actor)

Penelope 1966 (Movie)

Dr Gregory Mannix (Actor)

What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? 1966 (Movie)

Captain Cash (Actor)

A Very Special Favor 1965 (Movie)

Arnold Plum (Actor)

Way... Way Out 1965 (Movie)

Igor (Actor)

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 (Movie)

Sylvester Marcus (Actor)

The Wizard of Baghdad 1960 (Movie)

Ali Mahmud--Genie (Actor)

Wake Me When It's Over 1960 (Movie)

Gus Brubaker (Actor)

Good Times 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Evil Roy Slade (TV Show)

Actor

Fast Friends (TV Show)

Actor

Three's Company (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

With his idiosyncratic comedic sensibilities and manic delivery, Dick Shawn carved a unique career in stand-up and in some of the most memorable comedies of the 1950s and 1960s, including "The Producers" and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. " After serving in World War II and attending the University of Miami, Shawn began to dabble in comedy while appearing on Broadway, and developed a stage act that uniquely incorporated comedy, singing, and props to delight his audience. Soon he was appearing on "The Ed Sullivan Show" with his act, which quickly led him to the silver screen. Appearances as the beatnik lifeguard Sylvester Marcus in the cross-country treasure hunt "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and as hippie actor Lorenzo St. DuBois, who wins the part of Adolph Hitler in "The Producers," coincided with brilliant turns on Broadway in the musical comedies "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "Fade In, Fade Out." Shawn was soon mostly seen on television, where he memorably voiced the Snow Miser in the stop-motion animated "The Year Without a Santa Claus." His true passion was his mad stage performances though, which he perfected with the Drama Desk Award-nominated "The Second Greatest Entertainer in the Whole Wide World," which deftly combined everything from Shakespeare to tap-dancing. Consistent TV performances line his resume through the rest of his career, as he turned up on TV series like "Amazing Stories" until his onstage death in 1987.

Relationships

Wendy Travolta

Daughter
married to actor Joey Travolta

EDUCATION

University of Miami

Miami, Florida

University of Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

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