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Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn, one of today's most recognizable character actors, previously worked with Woody Allen in the films Shadows and Fog, Radio Days and Manhattan. Film audiences also remember him for his roles in Amy Heckerling's hit comedy Clueless, and in Louis Malle's acclaimed My Dinner With Andre, which he also co-wrote. Malle also directed Shawn in Vanya on 42nd Street, Atlantic City and Crackers.

Shawn's work with other directors includes Sidney Lumet's Critical Care, Alan Rudolph's Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle and The Moderns, Blake Edwards' Micki & Maude, Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride, Stephen Frears' Prick Up Your Ears, James Ivory's The Bostonians and Robert Altman's Atlantic City. His voice has also been heard in the animated hits Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and The Goofy Movie. Among his other film credits are My Favorite Martian, Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills and Hotel New Hampshire.

On television, Shawn recently starred in the Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde and the telefilm Noah. He was also a regular on the series Clueless, reprising the role of the teacher Mr. Hall, and had recurring roles on the shows Murphy Brown, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Cosby Show and Taxi.

In addition to his acting, Shawn is also a noted playwright. His most celebrated work, The Designated Mourner, debuted at the National Theatre in London, starring Mike Nichols and Miranda Richardson. Shawn later adapted the play into a widely praised feature film, again starring Nichols and Richardson, for director David Hare. In 2000, the play The Designated Mourner made its American debut in an off-Broadway run, starring Shawn, which received rave reviews. He also wrote and starred in the plays Marie and Bruce, Aunt Dan and Lemon and The Fever.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Wallace Shawn Facts

BirthdayNovember 12, 1943 (79)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Height5' 2" (1m57)  How tall is Wallace Shawn compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Toy Story
The Incredibles
Toy Story 3
Toy Story 2
Toy Story of Terror! Compilation
Small Fry
Toy Story That Time Forgot
Hawaiian Vacation
Partysaurus Rex
The Princess Bride
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