Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn

Nov. 12th, 1943
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
5' 2

Wallace Shawn's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Gossip Girl TV Show
Gossip Girl
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine TV Show
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Clueless TV Show
Cosby TV Show
Teacher's Pet TV Show
Teacher's Pet
Fat Actress TV Show
Fat Actress
Teamo Supremo TV Show
Teamo Supremo
Something Wilder TV Show
Something Wilder
The 12th Man TV Show
The 12th Man

Main Movie Roles

2014 - A Master Builder
2014 - Don Peyote
2013 - The Double
2013 - Admission
2012 - Vamps
2012 - A Late Quartet
2011 - The Speed of Thought
2010 - Simon
2010 - Furry Vengeance
2010 - Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
2010 - Toy Story 3
2009 - Capitalism: A Love Story
2009 - The Windmill Movie
2008 - Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
2007 - I Could Never Be Your Woman
2006 - Southland Tales
2005 - Chicken Little
2004 - The Incredibles
2004 - Teacher's Pet
2004 - Melinda and Melinda
2003 - The Haunted Mansion
2003 - Duplex
2002 - Personal Velocity: Three Portraits
2001 - The Prime Gig
2001 - Monsters, Inc.
2001 - The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
1999 - Toy Story 2
1999 - My Favorite Martian
1997 - Vegas Vacation
1997 - Critical Care
1996 - All Dogs Go to Heaven 2
1995 - Toy Story
1995 - A Goofy Movie
1995 - Clueless
1995 - Napoleon
1995 - Canadian Bacon
1994 - Vanya on 42nd Street
1993 - The Meteor Man
1992 - Mom and Dad Save the World
1992 - Mom and Dad Save the World
1989 - Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills
1989 - We're No Angels
1989 - She's Out of Control
1988 - The Moderns
1987 - Prick Up Your Ears
1987 - Nice Girls Don't Explode
1987 - The Bedroom Window
1987 - The Princess Bride
1987 - Radio Days
1984 - The Bostonians
1984 - Micki + Maude
1984 - The Hotel New Hampshire
1983 - Strange Invaders
1983 - Deal of the Century
1979 - All That Jazz
1979 - Manhattan

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Dr. Howard Stiles
William Halsey
Jeff Engels
Stuart Best
Charles Lester
Bertram (Voiced)
Dr. Warren Hughes
[Complete List]


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, TV 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 "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. A keen interest in writing and acting, however, 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", in which 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 (I)'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) (V), The Incredibles (2004), Chicken Little (2005) and Happily N'Ever After (2006).

Over the decades Shawn has scurried about effortlessly in a number of TV guest appearances including "Taxi", "Homicide: Life on the Street", "Ally McBeal", "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "Desperate Housewives", and has drummed up a few recurring roles for himself in the process, including "The Cosby Show", "Murphy Brown", "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Crossing Jordan". In the series "Clueless" (1996), based on the highly successful 1995 "Valley Girl" movie of the same name, Shawn revisited his role as the owlish high school teacher.

  • Is afraid of heights.
  • Father was William Shawn, editor of The New Yorker, 1952-1987.
  • 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.
  • Brother is 'Allen Shawn' (qv), American composer
  • 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.
  • Shawn met 'Andre Gregory' (qv), his co-star in _My Dinner with Andre (1981)_ (qv), by arranging to attend every performance of Gregory's New York staging of "Alice in Wonderland" in 1970 -- a run which lasted for a year. The two have been friends and occasional collaborators ever since.
  • Is the long-time companion of 'Deborah Eisenberg' (qv).
  • Was considered for the role of Eddie Valiant in _Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)_ (qv).

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