Wallace Shawn

Playwright, Actor, Screenwriter
Having proved himself as an endearing and often hilarious character player on both the big screen and on television, actor Wallace Shawn was also noted for his work as a serious and provocative playwright. Shawn ... Read more »
Born: 11/12/1943 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (113)

Christmas at Cartwrights 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Toy Story That Time Forgot 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

A Master Builder 2014 (Movie)

Halvard Solness (Actor)

Don Peyote 2014 (Movie)

Psychotherapist (Actor)

Jack and the Beanstalk 2014 (Movie)

Booker/Broker/Lancealot Squarejaw (Actor)

Love Thy Neighbor 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Maggie's Plan 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Double 2014 (Movie)

Mr. Papadopoulos (Actor)

The Good Wife 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Toy Story Of Terror! 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

Admission 2013 (Movie)

Clarence (Actor)

A Late Quartet 2012 (Movie)

Gideon Rosen (Actor)

Fear of Falling 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vamps 2012 (Movie)

Dr. Van Helsing (Actor)

Mia and the Migoo 2011 (Movie)

the Migoo (Voice)

Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore 2010 (Movie)

Voice of Calico (Actor)

Damages 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Furry Vengeance 2010 (Movie)

Dr. Burr (Actor)

Speed of Thought 2010 (Movie)

Sandy (Actor)

Toy Story 3 2010 (Movie)

Rex (Voice)

ER 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York City Serenade 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The L Word 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Windmill Movie 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ally McBeal 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Civil Wars 1991 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Clueless 1996 - 1997, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cosby 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Davis Rules 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 1997, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl 2008 (Movie)

Mr Gibson (Actor)

The Nanny 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1999, 2001 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Return of Jezebel James 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Three Sisters 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 1997, 2001 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Happily N'Ever After 2007 (Movie)

Munk (Voice)

I Could Never Be Your Woman 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Southland Tales 2007 (Movie)

Baron Von Westphalen (Actor)

Chicken Little 2005 (Movie)

Principal Fetchit (Voice)

Melinda and Melinda 2005 (Movie)

Sy (Actor)

Disney's Teacher's Pet 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Principal Strickler (Actor)

Sex and the City 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Incredibles 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Gilbert Huph (Actor)

Duplex 2003 (Movie)

Herman (Actor)

Monte Walsh 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Saint Nick 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Haunted Mansion 2003 (Movie)

Ezra (Actor)

Disney's Teacher's Pet 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Disney's Teamo Supremo 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Personal Velocity 2002 (Movie)

Mr Gelb (Actor)

The Prime Gig 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Blonde 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 2001 (Movie)

George Bond (Actor)

My Favorite Martian 1999 (Movie)

Coleye (Actor)

Noah 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lionhearts 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

Voice of Rex (Actor)

Just Write 1998 (Movie)

Arthus Blake (Actor)

The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story 1998 (Movie)

Voice of Tarzan--The Chimp (Actor)

Critical Care 1997 (Movie)

Furnaceman (Actor)

Vegas Vacation 1997 (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 1996 (Movie)

of Labradour MC (Voice)

House Arrest 1996 (Movie)

Vic Finley (Actor)

The Third Pig 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

The Wife 1996 (Movie)

Cosmo (Actor)

A Goofy Movie 1995 (Movie)

of Principal Mazur (Voice)

Canadian Bacon 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Clueless 1995 (Movie)

Mr Wendell Hall (Actor)

Something Wilder 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Toy Story 1995 (Movie)

Voice of Rex (Actor)

Kalamazoo 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle 1994 (Movie)

Horatio Byrd (Actor)

Vanya on 42nd Street 1994 (Movie)

Vanya (Actor)

Matrix 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cemetery Club 1993 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

The Meteor Man 1993 (Movie)

Mr Little (Actor)

Un-Becoming Age 1993 (Movie)

Dr Block (Actor)

Mom and Dad Save the World 1992 (Movie)

Sibor (Actor)

Nickel & Dime 1992 (Movie)

Everett Willis (Actor)

Shadows and Fog 1992 (Movie)

Simon Carr (Actor)

The Double O Kid 1992 (Movie)

Cashpot (Actor)

Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills 1989 (Movie)

Howard Saravian (Actor)

She's Out Of Control 1989 (Movie)

Dr Fishbinder (Actor)

We're No Angels 1989 (Movie)

Translator (Actor)

The Moderns 1988 (Movie)

Oiseau (Actor)

Nice Girls Don't Explode 1987 (Movie)

Ellen (Actor)

Prick Up Your Ears 1987 (Movie)

John Lahr (Actor)

Radio Days 1987 (Movie)

Masked Avenger (Actor)

The Bedroom Window 1987 (Movie)

Henderson's Defense Attorney (Actor)

The Princess Bride 1987 (Movie)

Vizzini (Actor)

Head Office 1986 (Movie)

Hoover (Actor)

Heaven Help Us 1985 (Movie)

Father Abruzzi (Actor)

Crackers 1984 (Movie)

Turtle (Actor)

Micki & Maude 1984 (Movie)

Dr Elliot Fibel (Actor)

The Bostonians 1984 (Movie)

Mr Pardon (Actor)

The Hotel New Hampshire 1984 (Movie)

Freud (Actor)

Deal of the Century 1983 (Movie)

Harold De Voto (Actor)

Lovesick 1983 (Movie)

Otto Jaffe (Actor)

Strange Invaders 1983 (Movie)

Earl (Actor)

Taxi 1978 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Saigon - Year of the Cat 1982 (Movie)

Frank Judd (Actor)

Atlantic City 1981 (Movie)

Waiter (Actor)

My Dinner With Andre 1981 (Movie)

Wally (Actor)

The First Time 1981 (Movie)

Professor Goldfarb (Actor)

A Little Sex 1980 (Movie)

Oliver (Actor)

Simon 1980 (Movie)

Van Dongen (Actor)

All That Jazz 1979 (Movie)

Assistant Insurance Man (Actor)

Manhattan 1979 (Movie)

Jeremiah (Actor)

Starting Over 1979 (Movie)

Workshop Member (Actor)

Just Like Dad (TV Show)

Actor

Karroll's Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Reunited (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (8)

A Master Builder 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fear of Falling 2012 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Marie and Bruce 2003 (Movie)

("Marie and Bruce") (Play as Source Material)

Marie and Bruce 2003 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Designated Mourner 1997 (Movie)

("The Designated Mourner") (Play as Source Material)

The Designated Mourner 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Dinner With Andre 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fever (TV Show)

Screenplay
Producer (1)

A Master Builder 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Having proved himself as an endearing and often hilarious character player on both the big screen and on television, actor Wallace Shawn was also noted for his work as a serious and provocative playwright. Shawn announced his arrival with his OBIE-winning play "Our Late Night" (1975), which led to a small, but memorable film debut in Woody Allen's "Manhattan" (1979). But it was his writing and performance in the art-house hit "My Dinner with Andre" (1981) that captured the attention of Hollywood at large. From there he enlivened a number of movies in relatively minor parts before essaying his most remembered character, the maniacal Sicilian Vizzini, in "The Princess Bride" (1987). Shawn segued over to television for recurring roles on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992) and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (syndicated, 1993-99), while carving out yet another career path in animation with the voice role of the insecure Rex in "Toy Story" (1995), which he reprised in the 1999 and 2010 sequels. Always capable of elevating even the most mundane of material - as he did with "My Favorite Martian" (1999) and "The Haunted Mansion" (2003) - Shawn was a favorite among filmmakers and audiences, while continuing to earn considerable acclaim as an award-winning playwright.

Relationships

Deborah Eisenberg Actor

Companion
Longtime companion

Jamaica Kincaid

Sister-In-Law
Married Allen Shawn in 1979

Allen Shawn Music

Brother
Collaborated with brother on 2006 opera "The Music Teacher"; twin of Mary and writer of 2010 book Twin: A Memoir

William Shawn

Father
Editor of The New Yorker; changed spelling of last name 1932

Cecille Shawn

Mother

Mary Shawn

Sister
Twin and subject of Allen's 2010 book Twin: A Memoir

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts

University of Oxford

Oxford , England
Wrote first play while attending

University of Oxford

Oxford , England
Wrote first play while attending

The Putney School

Putney , Vermont
A private liberal arts high school

Milestones

2013

Cast opposite Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in "Admission," directed by Paul Weitz

2010

Reprised voice of Rex the green dinosaur in "Toy Story 3"

2010

Voice character of Calico in animated sequel "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore"

2009

Appeared in Michael Moore documentary "Capitalism: A Love Story"

2008

Appeared with Abigail Breslin in family film "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl"

2008

Cast in recurring role on Showtime's "The L Word"

2008

Played recurring role on The CW teen drama "Gossip Girl" as Leighton Meester's stepfather

2007

Portrayed a megalomaniacal industrialist in Richard Kelly's "Southland Tales"

2005

Again collaborated with writer-director Woody Allen for "Melinda and Melinda"

2004

Voiced Gilbert Huph, Bob Parr's boss in Pixar animated feature "The Incredibles"

2001

Re-teamed with director Woody Allen for "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion"

2001

Landed recurring role as psychiatrist Dr. Howard Stiles on NBC's "Crossing Jordan"

2000

Starred with Deborah Eisenberg in NYC premiere of "The Designated Mourner"

1999

Again voiced Rex in animated sequel "Toy Story 2"

1996

Reprised role of debate teacher Mr. Hall for short-lived ABC sitcom "Clueless"

1996

Wrote play "The Designated Mourner"; the following year, was adapted into a film directed by David Hare

1995

Voiced Rex, an inept and insecure Tyrannosaurus figure in Pixar animated film "Toy Story"

1995

Hilariously played debate teacher Mr. Hall in Amy Heckerling's teen comedy "Clueless"

1994

Reunited with Andre Gregory for Louis Malle film "Vanya on 42nd Street"

1994

Began playing recurring character of Stuart Best, a former news anchor on CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown"

1993

Landed recurring role as Ferengi Grand Nagus Zek on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (Syndicated)

1987

Played memorable evil Vizzini in fairy tale comedy "The Princess Bride"

1987

Appeared as the Huxtable family's neighbor on NBC's "The Cosby Show"

1985

Wrote play "Aunt Dan and Lemon" that opened at Royal Court Theatre in London

1982

Played Marilu Henner's love interest on ABC sitcom "Taxi"

1981

Screenwriting debut (with Andre Gregory), "My Dinner With Andre"; directed by Louis Malle; also co-starred

1979

Made film debut playing Diane Keaton's ex-husband in "Manhattan"; first film with writer-director Woody Allen

1977

Commissioned by stage director Wilford Leach to write translation of Machiavelli's "The Mandrake"

1977

Stage acting debut, a small part in "The Mandrake"; discovered by Woody Allen's casting director Juliet Taylor

1975

First produced play, "Our Late Night" at NYC's Public Theater

1967

Wrote first play "Four Meals in May" for an Oxford drama contest

1965

Traveled to India as an English teacher on a Fulbright program

Raised in New York's upper East Side

Supported himself working as English, Latin, and drama teacher in New York

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