Wallace Shawn Biography (1943-)

Born November 12, 1943, in New York, NY; son of William (a magazine editor) and Cecille (a journalist; maiden name, Lyon) Shawn; brother of Allen Shawn (acomposer); companion of Deborah Eisenberg (a playwright and fiction writer).Addresses: Agent: Cary Berman, William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Manager: Christopher Black, Ensemble Entertainment, 10474 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 380, Los Angeles, CA 90025.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Writer, actor
Birth Details
November 12, 1943
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Assistant insurance man, All That Jazz, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • Jeremiah, Manhattan, United Artists, 1979
  • Workshop member, Starting Over, Paramount, 1979
  • Strong Medicine, 1979
  • Eric Van Dongen, Simon, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Mugger, Cheaper to Keep Her, American Cinema, 1980
  • (As Wally Shawn) Waiter, Atlantic City (also known as AtlanticCity, U.S.A.), Paramount, 1981
  • Wallace, My Dinner with Andre, New Yorker, 1981
  • Oliver, A Little Sex, Universal, 1982
  • Earl, Strange Invaders, Orion, 1983
  • Frank Judd, Saigon--Year of the Cat, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Harold DeVoto, Deal of the Century, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Otto Jaffe, Lovesick, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Professor Jules Goldfarb, The First Time (also known as Doin' It), New Line Cinema, 1983
  • Dr. Elliot Fibel, Micki + Maude, Columbia, 1984
  • Freud, The Hotel New Hampshire, Orion, 1984
  • Mr. Pardon, The Bostonians, Almi, 1984
  • Turtle, Crackers, Universal, 1984
  • Father Abruzzi, Heaven Help Us (also known as Catholic Boys), TriStar, 1985
  • Mike Hoover, Head Office, TriStar, 1986
  • Defense attorney, The Bedroom Window, De Laurentiis EntertainmentGroup, 1987
  • Ellen, Nice Girls Don't Explode, New World, 1987
  • John Lahr, Prick Up Your Ears, Samuel Goldwyn, 1987
  • Masked Avenger, Radio Days, Orion, 1987
  • Vizzini, The Princess Bride, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987
  • Oiseau, The Moderns, Island Alive, 1988
  • Dr. Fishbinder, She's Out of Control, Columbia, 1989
  • Howard Saravian, Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills,Cinecom, 1989
  • Translator, We're No Angels, Paramount, 1989
  • Dr. Block, Unbecoming Age (also known as The Magic Bubble),1992
  • Everett Willis, Nickel & Dime, Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 1992
  • Sibor, Mom and Dad Save the World, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Simon Carr, Shadows and Fog, Orion, 1992
  • Cashpot, The Double 0 Kid, Prism Pictures, 1993
  • Larry, The Cemetery Club (also known as Looking for a Live One), Buena Vista, 1993
  • Mr. Little, The Meteor Man, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993
  • Canadian prime minister Clark MacDonald, Canadian Bacon, Gramercy,1994
  • Horatio Byrd, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (also known as Mrs. Parker and the Round Table), Miramax, 1994
  • Vanya, Vanya on 42nd Street, Mayfair, 1994
  • Kalamazoo, No. 9 Films, 1994
  • Cosmo, The Wife, Artistic License Films, 1995
  • Mr. Alphonse (some sources cite Wendell) Hall, Clueless (also known as I Was a Teenage Teenager and No Worries), Paramount, 1995
  • Voice of Principal Mazur, A Goofy Movie (animated), Buena Vista, 1995
  • Voice of Rex, Toy Story (animated), Buena Vista, 1995
  • Victor "Vic" Finley, House Arrest, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1996
  • Voice of Labrador, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (animated), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1996
  • Arthur Blake, Just Write, Curb Entertainment/Heartland Film Releasing, 1997
  • Furnace man, Critical Care, Live Film and Mediaworks, 1997
  • Marty, Vegas Vacation (also known as National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation), Warner Bros., 1997
  • Voice of Tarzan the chimp, The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (animated), 1998
  • Die Wholesale, 1998
  • Dr. Edward (some sources cite Elliott) Coleye, My Favorite Martian(also known as My Favourite Martian), Buena Vista, 1999
  • Voice of Rex, Toy Story 2 (animated), Buena Vista, 1999
  • Gene, The Prime Gig, New Line Cinema/Fine Line, 2000
  • Voice of Rex, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins(animated), 2000
  • George Bond, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (also known as Im Bann des Jade Skorpions), DreamWorks, 2001
  • (Uncredited) Voice of Rex, Monsters, Inc. (animated), Buena Vista,2001
  • Doctor, Love Thy Neighbor, Tribeca Rules Productions, 2002
  • Mr. Gelb, "Greta," Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (also knownas Personal Velocity), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 2002
  • Ezra, The Haunted Mansion (also known as Disney's The Haunted Mansion), Buena Vista, 2003
  • Voice Principal Strickler, Teacher's Pet: The Movie (animated), Buena Vista, 2003
  • Duplex, Miramax, 2003
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Mr. Alphonse Hall, Clueless, UPN, 1996-1997
  • Voice of Freddy, The Lionhearts (animated), syndicated, beginning1998
  • Voice of Principal Strickler, Teacher's Pet (animated; also knownas Disney's Teacher's Pet), ABC, 2000-2002
  • Miniseries
  • I. E. Shinn, Blonde (also known as Marilyn Monroe), CBC, 2001
  • Movies
  • Stan Spiegel (Charlie's father), Just Like Dad, The Disney Channel, 1995
  • Zack, Noah, ABC, 1998
  • Mimir, Mr. St. Nick, ABC, 2002
  • Colonel Wilson, Monte Walsh, TNT, 2003
  • Episodic
  • Arnie Ross, "The Schloogel Show," Taxi, ABC, 1982
  • Arnie Ross, "Arnie Meets the Kids," Taxi, ABC, 1983
  • Jeffrey Engels, "Cliff's Mistake," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1987
  • Jeffrey Engels, "The Day the Spores Landed," The Cosby Show, NBC,1989
  • Jeffrey Engels, "Cliff's Nightmare," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1990
  • Jeffrey Engels, "The Moves," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1990
  • Narrator, "Bad Sausage Sandwich," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1990
  • Howard Buckley, Davis Rules, ABC, 1991
  • Jeffrey Engels, "Olivia's Field Trip," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1991
  • Riley Baker, "A Bus Named Desire," Civil Wars, ABC, 1992
  • Grand Nagus Zek, "The Nagus" (also known as "Friends and Foes"), StarTrek: Deep Space Nine (also known as Deep Space Nine, DS9,and Star Trek: DS9), syndicated, 1993
  • Grand Nagus Zek, "Rules of Acquisition," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (also known as Deep Space Nine, DS9, and Star Trek: DS9), syndicated, 1993
  • Mr. Gonley, "Lapses in Memory," Matrix, USA Network, 1993
  • Charles Haste, "Pinske Business," The Nanny, CBS, 1994
  • Marvin, Something Wilder, NBC, 1994
  • Stuart Best, "The Best and Not-So-Brightest," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1994
  • Stuart Best, "The Fifty Anchor," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1994
  • Grand Nagus Zek, "Prophet Motive," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (also known as Deep Space Nine, DS9, and Star Trek: DS9), syndicated, 1995
  • Stuart Best, "Up in Smoke," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1996
  • Voice characterization, "The Third Pig," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1996
  • Grand Nagus Zek, "Ferengi Love Songs" (also known as "Of Love and Profit"), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (also known as Deep Space Nine, DS9, and Star Trek: DS9), syndicated, 1997
  • Stuart Best, "Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1997
  • Voice of rifle shooting instructor, "How to Fire a Rifle without Even Trying," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1997
  • Grand Nagus Zek, "Profit and Lace," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (also known as Deep Space Nine, DS9, and Star Trek: DS9), syndicated, 1998
  • Jeffrey Haven, "The Mother Meets the Parents," Reunited, UPN, 1998
  • Voice of Philip Ny, "Nine Pretty Darn Angry Men," King of the Hill(animated), Fox, 1998
  • Frank Hopper, "A Case of Do or Die," Homicide: Life on the Street(also known as Homicide and H: LOTS), NBC, 1999
  • Grand Nagus Zek, "The Dogs of War," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (also known as Deep Space Nine, DS9, and Star Trek: DS9), syndicated, 1999
  • Grand Nagus Zek, "The Emperor's New Cloak," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (also known as Deep Space Nine, DS9, and Star Trek: DS9), syndicated, 1999
  • Mr. Fleming, "Book 'em, Griff," Cosby, CBS, 1999
  • Mr. Fleming, "The Vesey Method," Cosby, CBS, 1999
  • Dean Spencer Webb, "Don't Be Thrown," Three Sisters, NBC, 2001
  • Dr. Howard Stiles, "Sight Unseen," Crossing Jordan, NBC, 2001
  • Mr. Dune, "Falling Up," Ally McBeal, Fox, 2001
  • Voice of Bertram, "Emission Impossible," Family Guy (animated), Fox, 2001
  • Himself, Clueless: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • Dr. Howard Stiles, "Crime & Punishment," Crossing Jordan, NBC,2002
  • Dr. Howard Stiles, "Scared Straight," Crossing Jordan, NBC, 2002
  • Dr. Howard Stiles, "Secrets & Lies: Part 2," Crossing Jordan,NBC, 2002
  • Voice of gauntlet, "Running the Gauntlet!," TeamoSupremo (animated), ABC and Toon Disney, 2002
  • Dr. Howard Stiles, "Cruel and Unusual," Crossing Jordan, NBC, 2003
  • Dr. Howard Stiles, "Fire and Ice," Crossing Jordan, NBC, 2003
  • Pilots
  • Mr. Wendell Hall, Clueless, UPN, 1995
  • Stop and Go, CBS, 1998
  • Other
  • Professor Silversmith, How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days (special), PBS, 1984
  • Blind Men, 1998
  • A tekeroelantos naploja (also known as The Diary of the Hurdy-Gurdy Man), Magyar Televizio (Hungary), 1999
  • Stage Appearances
  • Alice in Wonderland, New York City, 1974
  • Siro and narrator of prologue, The Mandrake, New York ShakespeareFestival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Behemoth the cat, The Master and Margarita, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1978
  • Ilya, Chinchilla, Phoenix Theatre Company, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1979
  • My Dinner with Andre, London production, 1980
  • Julius Goldfarb, The First Time, New York City, 1983
  • Speaker, Schoenberg's Ode to Napoleon, Symphony Space Theatre, NewYork City, 1984
  • Father, Freddie, and Jasper, Aunt Dan and Lemon, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1985
  • The Fever (monologue), Public Theatre, 1990, then Second Stage Theatre, New York City, 1991, later La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New YorkCity, 1991, then Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City, 1991
  • Stage Work
  • Director, In the Dark (opera), Lenox Arts Center, Lenox, MA, 1976
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Himself, As You Wish: The Story of the Princess Bride (short documentary), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 2001
  • WRITINGS
  • Stage Plays
  • Four Meals in May, 1967
  • Our Late Night, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, NewYork City, 1975, published by Targ Editions, 1984
  • Librettist, In the Dark (opera; music Allen Shawn), Lenox Arts Center, Lenox, MA, 1976
  • Three Short Plays (also known as A Thought in Three Parts;contains "Summer Evening," "The Youth Hostel," and "Mr. Frivolous"), New YorkShakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1976, published in Wordplays, Volume 2, Performing Arts Journal Publications (New York City), 1982
  • The Mandrake (translation of La mandragola by Niccolo Machiavelli), New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1977, published by Dramatists Play Service (New York City)
  • The Family Play, New York City, 1978
  • Marie and Bruce, London production, 1979, then New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1980, published by Grove (New York City), 1980
  • (With Andre Gregory) My Dinner with Andre, London production, 1980
  • The Hotel Play, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New York City,1981, published by Dramatists Play Service
  • Mandragola (musical adaptation of his earlier adaptation, The Mandrake; music and lyrics by Howard Goodall), London production, 1984
  • Aunt Dan and Lemon, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre,1985, published by Grove, 1985
  • The Fever (monologue), Public Theatre, 1990, then Second Stage Theatre, New York City, 1991, later La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New YorkCity, 1991, then Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City, 1991, published by Noonday (New York City), 1991
  • The Designated Mourner, Royal National Theatre, London, c. 1996 later New York City, 2000, published by Faber & Faber (London), 1996
  • Also author of The Hospital Play and The Old Man, and the libretto The Music Teacher (music by Allen Shawn).
  • Screenplays
  • (With Andre Gregory) My Dinner with Andre (based on his play), NewYorker, 1981, published by Grove (New York City), 1981
  • The Designated Mourner (based on his play), First Look Pictures, 1997
  • Teleplays
  • Movies
  • The Fever (based on his play), HBO, 2003
  • Anthologies
  • Four Plays, Noonday, 1997
  • Plays One, Faber & Faber, 1997
  • Contributor of articles to periodicals.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Dramatists, Sixth edition, St. James Press, 1999
    Periodicals
    • American Theatre, September, 1997, p. 12
    • Interview, March, 1989, pp. 72-75, 124, 126
    • National Review, June 16, 1997, p. 56

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