Lin Shaye

Actor
An attractive blonde who is much younger-looking than the wackos she plays, Lin Shaye made her feature debut in Jack Nicholson's "Goin' South" (1978) soon after arriving in Los Angles. A favorite of Walter Hill, having ... Read more »
Born: 10/12/1943 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (104)

Abattoir 2016 (Movie)

Allie (Actor)

American Gothic 2016 (Tv Show)

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Texas Heart 2016 (Movie)

Mrs. Smith (Actor)

The Black Room 2016 (Movie)

Miss Black (Actor)

The Hillside Strangler 2016 (Movie)

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Insidious: Chapter 3 2015 (Movie)

Elise Rainier (Actor)

Jack Goes Home 2015 (Movie)

Teresa (Actor)

Tales of Halloween 2015 (Movie)

Lynn's Mother (Actor)

Killing Winston Jones 2014 (Movie)

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Ouija 2014 (Movie)

Paulina Zander (Actor)

Red and Blue Marbles 2014 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

The Signal 2014 (Movie)

Mirabelle (Actor)

Without Charlie 2014 (Movie)

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Big Ass Spider! 2013 (Movie)

Mrs. Jefferson (Actor)

Insidious: Chapter 2 2013 (Movie)

Elise Rainier (Actor)

Kroll Show 2013 (Tv Show)

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Matchmaker Santa 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

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Private Practice 2013 (Tv Show)

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Grace 2012 (Movie)

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Losing Control 2012 (Movie)

Dolores (Actor)

Rosewood Lane 2012 (Movie)

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Take Me Home 2012 (Movie)

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The Three Stooges 2012 (Movie)

Nurse Crotchet (Actor)

3 Days of Normal 2011 (Movie)

May (Actor)

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy 2011 (Movie)

Dody (Actor)

FDR: American Badass! 2011 (Movie)

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Insidious 2011 (Movie)

Elise Rainier (Actor)

American Cowslip 2009 (Movie)

Lou Anne (Actor)

ER 2009 (Tv Show)

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My Sister's Keeper 2009 (Movie)

Nurse Adele (Actor)

Small Town Saturday Night 2009 (Movie)

Phillis Ryan (Actor)

Unbeatable Harold 2009 (Movie)

Jeannie (Actor)

Becker 1998 - 1999, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Chronic Town 2007 (Movie)

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Dirty Sexy Money 2007 (Tv Show)

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Hoboken Hollow 2007 (Movie)

Mrs Broderick (Actor)

On the Lot 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Sisters 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 1999, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror 2007 (Movie)

Clara (Actor)

2001 Maniacs 2006 (Movie)

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Almost Guys 2006 (Movie)

The Boss (Actor)

Driftwood 2006 (Movie)

Nancy Forrester (Actor)

Snakes on a Plane 2006 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

Surf School 2006 (Movie)

Eloise (Actor)

Drop Dead Sexy 2005 (Movie)

Ma Muzzy (Actor)

A Cinderella Story 2004 (Movie)

Mrs. Wells (Actor)

Cellular 2004 (Movie)

Exotic Car Driver (Actor)

Confessions of an Action Star 2004 (Movie)

Samantha (Actor)

Crossing Jordan 2004 (Tv Show)

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The Hillside Strangler 2004 (Movie)

Jenny Buono (Actor)

Boat Trip 2003 (Movie)

Sonya (Actor)

Dead End 2003 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd 2003 (Movie)

Margie (Actor)

Manfast 2003 (Movie)

Marge (Actor)

Stuck on You 2003 (Movie)

Makeup Babe (Actor)

Say It Isn't So 2001 (Movie)

Nurse Bautista (Actor)

Who's Your Daddy? 2001 (Movie)

Ms. Harding (Actor)

Wish You Were Dead 2001 (Movie)

Jinny Macintosh (Actor)

Attention Shoppers 2000 (Movie)

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Detroit Rock City 1999 (Movie)

Mrs Bruce (Actor)

Breakfast with Einstein 1998 (Movie)

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Living Out Loud 1998 (Movie)

Lisa's Nurse (Actor)

Perversions of Science 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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There's Something About Mary 1998 (Movie)

Magda (Actor)

Trading Favors 1998 (Movie)

Darla (Actor)

Kingpin 1996 (Movie)

Landlady (Actor)

Last Man Standing 1996 (Movie)

The Madam (Actor)

Trial By Fire 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Sketch Artist II: Hands That See 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Corrina, Corrina 1994 (Movie)

Repeat Nanny (Actor)

Dumb & Dumber 1994 (Movie)

Mrs Nuegeboren (Actor)

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 1994 (Movie)

Rubber Rose Maid (Actor)

My So-Called Life 1994 (Tv Show)

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Wes Craven's New Nightmare 1994 (Movie)

Nurse with Pills (Actor)

Judith Krantz's "Torch Song" 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 1993 (Movie)

Witness (Actor)

The Temp 1993 (Movie)

Rosemary (Actor)

Three of Hearts 1993 (Movie)

Operator (Actor)

Roadside Prophets 1992 (Movie)

Celeste (Actor)

Book of Love 1991 (Movie)

Mrs Flynn (Actor)

Pump Up the Volume 1990 (Movie)

3rd PTA Parent (Actor)

Critters 2: The Main Course 1988 (Movie)

Sal Roos (Actor)

Mistress 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Extreme Prejudice 1987 (Movie)

Employment Office Clerk (Actor)

My Demon Lover 1987 (Movie)

Anemic Counter Girl (Actor)

Slam Dance 1987 (Movie)

Librarian (Actor)

The Hidden 1987 (Movie)

Carol Miller (Actor)

The Running Man 1987 (Movie)

Propaganda Officer (Actor)

Critters 1986 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

Brewster's Millions 1985 (Movie)

Journalist at Rally (Actor)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 (Movie)

Teacher (Actor)

Why Me? 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Alone in the Dark 1982 (Movie)

Receptionist at Haven (Actor)

The Long Riders 1979 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

The Seeding of Sarah Burns 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Goin' South 1978 (Movie)

Parasol Lady (Actor)

A Cry For Love (TV Show)

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Project: ALF (TV Show)

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Sex and the Married Woman (TV Show)

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Stillwatch (TV Show)

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Summer Fantasy (TV Show)

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Biography

An attractive blonde who is much younger-looking than the wackos she plays, Lin Shaye made her feature debut in Jack Nicholson's "Goin' South" (1978) soon after arriving in Los Angles. A favorite of Walter Hill, having worked in four of his films (as of 1999), she also acted in eight pictures produced by her older brother Robert Shaye before the Farrelly brothers rescued her from anonymity, giving her the first of her memorably unpleasant characters, an irate, upper-class dog owner in "Dumb and Dumber" (1994). As she told Stephen Schaefer in the BOSTON HERALD (August 11, 1999), "I come out to the set and Pete [Farrelly] says--and remember, this is their first movie too--'She screams when they open the door.' I said, 'What if instead of screaming, I had them do my hair like a poodle? And since people are like their dogs, if she goes'--and I did a little poodle cry."

Relationships

Clayton Landey

Husband

Lee Landey

Son
born c. 1989

Marshall Rubinoff

Husband
Married until his death 1968

Max Shaye

Father
born c. 1912

Dorothy Shaye

Mother
died in 1989

Robert Shaye

Brother
chairman of New Line Cinema born on March 3, 1939

EDUCATION

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan

Milestones

2015

Played Elise Rainier for a third time in "Insidious: Chapter 3"

2015

Nabbed a supporting role in "Tales of Halloween"

2013

Reprised her role in "Insidious: Chapter 2"

2010

Appeared in the hit horror film "Insidious"

2004

Cast in the modern day fairytale "A Cinderella Story" starring Hilary Duff

2003

Featured roles in the Farrelly brothers "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd" and "Stuck On You"

2002

First film with husband Clayton Landey, "Wish You Were Dead"

2000

Supported Jim Carrey in the Farrelly brothers' "Me, Myself and Irene"

1999

Portrayed God-fearing, KISS-hating mom in Adam Rifkin's "Detroit Rock City"

1998

Delivered howlingly funny turn as Magda, the overly tan roommate of Cameron Diaz's title character, in the Farrelly's "There's Something About Mary"

1996

Fourth film with Hill, "Last Man Standing"

1996

Played "the angriest, ugliest woman on the planet" in the Farrelly's comedy "Kingpin"

1995

Acted in "Wes Craven's New Nightmare"

1994

First film with the Farrelly brothers, "Dumb and Dumber", portraying irate upper-class dog owner Mrs Nuegeboren

1993

Portrayed Faye Dunaway's secretary in "The Temp"

1987

Third film with Hill, "Extreme Prejudice"

1985

Reteamed with Hill on "Brewster's Millions"

1984

First film with Wes Craven, "A Nightmare on Elm Street"; produced for brother's company New Line Cinema

1982

Acted for the first time in a film produced by brother, "Alone in the Dark"

1980

First film with director Walter Hill, "The Long Riders"

1977

TV debut in "Sex and the Married Woman" (NBC)

1977

Moved to Los Angeles

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Feature debut in Jack Nicholson's "Goin' South"

Following her first husband's death, moved to NYC where she performed off-Broadway

Bonus Trivia

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Shaye was widely regarded as one of the horror film world's best known "scream queens" for her roles in such classics as "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "Insidious," and "Critters."

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Prior to becoming a film actress, Shaye appeared in numerous Off-Broadway plays throughout the 60s and 70s.

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"I think when people ask me what is the scariest movie that I remember seeing, for me it was Alfred Hitchcock’s 'Psycho.'" - from www.crypticrock.com, June 10, 2015

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