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Wallace Shawn

American character actor and writer Wallace Shawn has one of those fun, mischievously homely faces just made to entertain. Though he got out of the starting gate rather slowly, he has since excelled on stage, television and film while managing to turn himself into a winner with his loser-type looks. Woody Allen's character in the movie Manhattan (1979) amusingly describes Wallace's character as "a homunculus", which is a pretty fair description of this predominantly bald, wan, pucker-mouthed, butterball-framed, slightly lisping gent. Wallace made his movie debut in Allen's heralded classic playing Diane Keaton's ex-husband.Born to privilege on November 12, 1943 in New York City, Wallace was the son of renowned editor William Shawn of "The New Yorker" fame and educated at both Harvard University, where he studied history, and Magdalen College, Oxford. Wallace initially taught English in India on a Fulbright scholarship, and then English, Latin and drama back in New York. However, a keen interest in writing and acting soon compelled him to leave his cushy position and pursue a stage career as both playwright and actor. During his distinguished career, Wallace turned out several plays. "Our Late Night", the first of his works to be performed, was awarded an off-Broadway Obie in 1975. "A Thought in Three Parts" (1976); "The Mandrake" (1977), which he translated from the original Italian and in which he made his acting debut; "Marie and Bruce" (1979); "Aunt Dan and Lemon" (1985) and "The Fever", for which he received his second Obie Award for "Best New Play" during the 1990-91 season, then followed. A popular support player in both comedy and occasional drama, his assorted kooks, creeps, eggheads and schmucks possessed both endearing and unappetizing qualities. He earned some of his best early notices partnered with theatre director/actor Andre Gregory in the unique Louis Malle-directed film My Dinner with Andre (1981). Shawn co-wrote the improvisatory, humanistic piece and his brother, Allen Shawn, was the composer. Shawn and Gregory would collaborate again for Malle in another superb, original-concept film Vanya on 42nd Street (1994). Among the quality offbeat filming involving has been Bruce Paltrow's A Little Sex (1982); James Ivory's The Bostonians (1984); Stephen Frears' Prick Up Your Ears (1987); Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride (1987); Alan Rudolph's The Moderns (1988) and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994); Paul Bartel's Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989); and several others for Woody Allen: Radio Days (1987), Shadows and Fog (1991), The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) and Melinda and Melinda (2004). Of late, he has lent his vocal talents to a considerable number of animated pictures including A Goofy Movie (1995), Toy Story (1995) (and its sequel), The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1998), The Incredibles (2004), Chicken Little (2005) and Happily N'Ever After (2006).Over the decades, Shawn has scurried about effortlessly in a number of television guest appearances including Taxi (1978), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), Ally McBeal (1997), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) and Desperate Housewives (2004), and has drummed up a few recurring roles for himself in the process, including The Cosby Show (1984), Murphy Brown (1988), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Crossing Jordan (2001). In the series Clueless (1996), based on the highly successful of the same name Clueless (1995), Shawn revisited his role as the owlish high school teacher.


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Born:
Nov 12, 1943 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
33
First Appeared:
In the series Taxi 1978-09-12
Latest Project:
Series The Mysteries of Laura 2014-09-17

4 wins & 1 nomination.

Known For
Poster of BoJack Horseman
Poster of The Good Wife
Poster of Gossip Girl
Poster of Family Guy
Filmography
The Mysteries of Laura Unknown 2014-09-17
The 7D Unknown 2014-07-07
Mozart in the Jungle Winslow 2014-02-06
BoJack Horseman Wallace Shawn 2014-08-22
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Unknown 2011-09-19
Fish Hooks Unknown 2010-08-28
The Good Wife Unknown 2009-09-22
The Return of Jezebel James Unknown 2008
Cashmere Mafia Unknown 2008-01-06
Damages Unknown 2007-07-24
Gossip Girl Unknown 2007-09-19
Phineas and Ferb Unknown 2007-08-17
Eureka Unknown 2006-07-18
Fat Actress Dr. Sigmund von Oy 2 episodes, 2005 2005-03-06
The L Word Unknown 2004-01-18
Desperate Housewives Unknown 2004-10-03
Crossing Jordan Unknown 2001-09-24
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown 2001-09-30
Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
Sex and the City Unknown 1998-06-06
King of the Hill Unknown 1997-01-12
Stargate SG-1 Unknown 1997-07-27
Ally McBeal Unknown 1997-09-08
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Clueless Unknown 1996-09-20
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Unknown 1993-01-03
Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown 1993-01-31
The Nanny Unknown 1993-11-03
Murphy Brown Unknown 1988-11-14
The Cosby Show Unknown 1984-09-20
Taxi Unknown 1978-09-12