Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn


11/12/1943, New York, New York, USA

Birth Name



Also Known As

Wally Shawn
out of 10
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34 votes


Short, frazzle-haired character actor with blubbery lower lip and distinctive lisp, who frequently plays nervous, untrustworthy characters (usually for laughs). He's also a talented writer with several plays to his credit, as well as the script for My Dinner With Andre (1981), a partially autobiographical film he penned…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • He wrote an adaptation of the Threepenny Opera, which opened on Broadway on April 20, 2006 at Studio 54. Its many stars include Alan Cumming, Ana Gasteyer and Cyndi Lauper.

    • In 2005 he received a career achievement award from the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation. The writers organizations gave him this honor for his work in the theater

    • Wallace Shawn is 5'2" (1.57 m) tall.

    • Wallace Shawn' sister-in-law is West Indian auther Jamaica Kincaid.

    • "My Dinner with Andre" was a 1981 movie which was directed by Louis Malle and written by Andre Gregory & Wallace Shawn. The originial music for this movie was composed by Wallace Shawn's brother, Allen Shawn. In addition to writing script, Wallace plays the lead in it. This was the cooperative work of the two brothers.

    • Wallace Shawn's father is William Shawn. William was the editor of The New Yorker from 1952 to 1987.

    • Wallace Shawn reportly does not own a television set.

  • Quotes

    • Walace Shawn: (talking about his career as an actor) I never planned to be an actor. It turned out I could make a living doing it.

    • Walace Shawn: (talking about his own life) I have been vain since birth. I expected other people to like what I did, although my vanity has definitely diminished over the years.

    • Wallace Shawn: (talking about a play) For me, a play is a form of writing which isn't complete until it is interpreted by actors. But it's still a form of writing. And so most of my time is spent thinking about how to write a sentence.

    • Wallace Shawn: I don't happen to have a sense of humor personally, so I don't know what's funny about a character... This happens to be a feature of my life generally. I do things, and other people laugh at them. I rarely know what the joke is supposed to be or why they're laughing.

  • The odd ball that makes no apologies for what he is, and excels at being interesting all the time.

    He played an iconic Vizzini in the Princess Bride, he played the comedic relief role to perfection, in a movie full of comedic moments, his stood out. With reckless abandon he goes at a character, and leaves you wanting more, if for no other reason to see what he will do next. And no matter what role he plays, he puts a stamp on it so sharp and clear that replacing him is impossible. While on Crossing Jordan he delivered each dramatic scene stronger than the next, on a strong drama show he took them to the next level on a constant basis. I truly enjoyed his episodes, they were always something to look forward to. As Dr. Stiles he was perfect, as if he was born to play that role. And on a show that lasted well over 100 episodes I truly look forward to the 8 episodes he appeared in.moreless
  • Wallace Shawn is one of those under appreciated actors but he is very talented.

    When I first herd him play Bertram in Emission Impossible and Sibling Rivalry on Family Guy I like his unique voice. I watched some movies with his voice talent to discovered he played Rex in Toy Story and Gillbert Huph in The Incredibles. I watched more of his films and saw more of his talent in The Princess Bride, The Haunted Mansion, and My Favorite Martion. He is one of those unique people who are like Richard Horvitz, Tom Kenny, and Dan Constallanetta who have many voices instead of just one. Thank you for reading my review on William Shawn.moreless