Wallace Shawn

Biography

Date of Birth 12 November 1943, New York City, New York, USA Height 5' 2" (1.57 m) Wallace Shawn was born in New York City, where he continues to reside as of 2007. He is the son of William Shawn, longtime editor of The New Yorker, and journalist Cecille Lyon Shawn; his brother Allen is a composer. Shawn attended The Putney School, a liberal arts high school in Putney, Vermont, and graduated with a B.A. in history from Harvard University. He studied economics and philosophy at Oxford, originally intending to become a diplomat; he also traveled to India as an English teacher. Since 1979, he has primarily made a living as an actor. Shawn's longtime companion as of 2007 is writer Deborah Eisenberg. Shawn's early plays, such as Marie and Bruce (1978), portrayed emotional and sexual conflicts in an absurdist style, with language that was both lyrical and violent. In the conversations with Andre Gregory that became My Dinner with Andre, Shawn later referred to these plays as depicting "my interior life as a raging beast". Critical response was extremely polarized: some critics hailed Shawn as a major writer, while John Simon called Marie and Bruce "garbage" and described Shawn as "one of the worst and unsightliest actors in this city". His play A Thought in Three Parts caused a minor uproar in London in 1977, when the production was investigated by a vice squad and attacked in Parliament due to allegedly pornographic content. His later plays became more overtly political, drawing parallels between the psychology of his characters and the behavior of governments and social classes. Among the best-known of these are Aunt Dan and Lemon (1985) and The Designated Mourner (1997). Shawn's political work has invited controversy, as he often presents the audience with several contradictory points of view: in Aunt Dan and Lemon, which Shawn described as a cautionary tale against fascism, the character Lemon explained her neo-Nazi beliefs with such conviction that some critics called the play effectively pro-fascist. The monologue The Fever, originally created by Shawn to be performed for small audiences in apartments, was dismissed by some critics as "liberal guilt"; it describes a person who becomes sick while struggling to find a morally consistent way to live when faced with injustice, and harshly criticizes the record of the U.S. in supporting repressive anti-communist regimes. Three of Shawn's plays have been adapted into films: The Designated Mourner (basically a film of David Hare's stage production), Marie and Bruce, and The Fever. As of 2005, the latter two had been screened only in festivals. Shawn has also written political commentary for The Nation, and in 2004 he published the one-issue-only progressive political magazine Final Edition, which features interviews with and articles by Jonathan Schell, Noam Chomsky, Mark Strand, and Deborah Eisenberg. Shawn is credited as translator of The Three Penny Opera, which opened at Studio 54 in Manhattan on March 25, 2006. He appears briefly in voiceover during Song about the Futility of Human Endeavor

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Birth Name

Wallace Michael Shawn

Birth Place

Nueva York, Nueva York, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

11/12/1943
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Admission

Clarence

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All Dogs Go to Heaven 2

Labrador MC (voice)

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Melinda and Melinda

Sy

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My Dinner with André

Wally Shawn

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Air Buddies

Voice of Goat

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Partysaurus Rex

Rex (voice)

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The Speed Of Thought

Sandy

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Rifkin's Festival

Mort Rifkin

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Christmas at Cartwright's

Harry

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Prick Up Your Ears

John Lahr

Starring In
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The Addams Family 2

Mr. Mustela (voice)

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Rifkin's Festival

Mort Rifkin

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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Frederick Crocus

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Marriage Story

Frank

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Toy Story 4

Rex (voice)

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What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Deep Space Nine

Himself

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Book Club

Dr. Derek

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Ölümlü Dünya

Rex (voice)

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Animal Crackers

Mr. Woodley (voice)

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Another Kind of Wedding

Albert

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The Only Living Boy in New York

David

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Cop and a Half: New Recruit

Principal Miller

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Drawing Home

Mr. Garfield

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Maggie's Plan

Kliegler

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Robo-Dog

Mr. Willis

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Christmas at Cartwright's

Harry

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Toy Story That Time Forgot

Rex (voice)

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Don Peyote

Dr. Fieldman

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Toy Story of Terror!

Rex (voice)

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The Double

Mr. Papadopoulos

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Admission

Clarence

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The Last Impresario

Himself - intervewee

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Performance

Gideon Rosen

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Vamps

Dr. Van Helsing

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Partysaurus Rex

Rex (voice)

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Small Fry

Rex (voice)

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Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation

Rex (Voice)

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The Speed Of Thought

Sandy

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Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore

Calico (voice)

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Toy Story 3

Rex (voice)

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Furry Vengeance

Dr. Christian Burr

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Adventure Time

Imaginary Jake / ... (uncredited) unknown episodes

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Broker / Booker / Lancelot Squarejaw

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Capitalism: A Love Story

Himself

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Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King

Mr. Gibbles

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Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Mr. Gibson

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I Could Never Be Your Woman

Math Teacher (uncredited)

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Happily N'Ever After

Munk (voice)

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New York City Serenade

Wallace Shawn

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Southland Tales

Baron Von Westphalen

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Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers

Purple Pirate Paul / Narrator (voice)

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Air Buddies

Voice of Goat

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Strange Culture

Himself

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Chicken Little

Principal Fetchit (voice)

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Karroll's Christmas

Zeb Rosecog

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The Incredibles

Gilbert Huph (voice)

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Melinda and Melinda

Sy

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Teacher's Pet

Principal Strickler (voice)

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The Haunted Mansion

Ezra

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Duplex

Herman

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Monte Walsh

Colonel Wilson

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Mr. St. Nick

Mimir

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Love Thy Neighbor

Clinic Doctor

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Monsters, Inc.

Rex the Green Dinosaur (outtakes) (uncredited)

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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

George Bond

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Personal Velocity

Mr. Gelb

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Blonde

I.E. Shinn

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Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins

Rex (voice)

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The Prime Gig

Gene

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Toy Story 2

Rex the Green Dinosaur (voice)

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My Favorite Martian

Coleye

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The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story

Tarzan the Chimp (voice)

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Just Write

Arthur Blake

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Vegas Vacation

Marty

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Critical Care

Furnaceman

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House Arrest

Victor 'Vic' Finley

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All Dogs Go to Heaven 2

Labrador MC (voice)

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Toy Story

Rex (voice)

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Clueless

Mr. Wendell Hall

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A Goofy Movie

Principal Mazur (voice)

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Canadian Bacon

Canadian Prime Minister

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Vanya on 42nd Street

Vanya

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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

Horatio Byrd

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The Cemetery Club

Larry

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The Meteor Man

Mr. Little

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The Double O Kid

Cashpot

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Mom and Dad Save the World

Sibor, Semage's Beau

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Shadows and Fog

Simon Carr

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Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills

Howard

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She's Out of Control

Doctor Fishbinder

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We're No Angels

Translator

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The Princess Bride

Vizzini

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The Bedroom Window

Anwalt von Henderson

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Prick Up Your Ears

John Lahr

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Radio Days

Masked Avenger

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Heaven Help Us

Father Abruzzi

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Micki + Maude

Dr. Elliot Fibel

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Hotel New Hampshire

Freud

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Pechvögel

Turtle

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The Bostonians

Mr. Pardon

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A Master Builder

Master Builder Halvard Solness

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Deal of the Century

Harold DeVoto

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Strange Invaders

Earl

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Saigon: Year of the Cat

Frank Judd

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Lovesick

Otto Jaffe

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A Little Sex

Oliver

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My Dinner with André

Wally Shawn

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Atlantic City

Waiter (as Wally Shawn)

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Starting Over

Workshop Member

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All That Jazz

Assistant Insurance Man

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Manhattan

Jeremiah

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