Dick Shawn

Dick Shawn

  • Highest Rated: 90% The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)
  • Lowest Rated: 20% The Opposite Sex (1956)
  • Birthday: Dec 1, 1923
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Like Sheckey Greene and Guy Marks, Dick Shawn was a nightclub comedian whose talents were highly prized by the members of his profession, but who took quite some time building up a fan following with "civilian" audiences. Beginning his film career with a peripheral role in 1956's The Opposite Sex, Shawn signed a contract with 20th Century Fox in 1960. He starred in an Arabian Nights satire, The Wizard of Baghdad (1960), which may have been too "inside" for fans of that genre. After co-starring with Ernie Kovacs in Wake Me When It's Over (1961), Shawn was generally seen in secondary, plot-motivating comic roles in such films as It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) and What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966). He was hysterically funny in Mel Brooks' The Producers (1967), playing an erratic hippie actor named L.S.D. who was cast in the musical play "Springtime for Hitler" as a singing Fuehrer. Outside of The Producers, Shawn was seen to best advantage in his bizarre, stream-of-consciousness nightclub routines. So quirky and unpredictable were his live performances that, when Dick Shawn died of a heart attack while performing before a college crowd in San Diego, many members of the audience assumed his collapse was part of the act.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Rock 'n' Roll Hotel Actor 2012
No Score Yet Rented Lips Charlie Slater 1988
42% Maid to Order Stan Starkey 1987
No Score Yet The Check Is in the Mail... Donald Rappaport 1986
No Score Yet Beer Talk-Show Host 1985
No Score Yet Captain Eo Commander Bog 1985
No Score Yet Water Deke Halliday 1985
No Score Yet Faery Tale Theatre: The Emporor's New Clothes Actor 1984
No Score Yet Angel Mae 1984
No Score Yet The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud The Ultimate Patient 1984
No Score Yet Young Warriors (The Graduates of Malibu High) Prof. Hoover 1983
No Score Yet Good-Bye Cruel World Actor 1982
68% Love at First Bite Lt. Ferguson 1979
90% The Year Without a Santa Claus Snow Miser 1974
No Score Yet Evil Roy Slade Marshal Bing Bell 1972
29% The Happy Ending Harry Bricker 1969
90% The Producers LSD 1968
No Score Yet Penelope Dr. Gregory Mannix 1966
No Score Yet Way...Way Out Igor 1966
45% What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? Capt. Lionel Cash 1966
No Score Yet A Very Special Favor Arnold Plum 1965
69% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Sylvester Marcus 1963
No Score Yet The Wizard Of Baghdad Genii-Ali Mahmud 1960
No Score Yet Wake Me When It's Over Gus Brubaker 1960
20% The Opposite Sex Singer 1956

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
  • 1986
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • 1986
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Buzz Benoit
  • 1984
  • 1983
No Score Yet Three's Company
1977-1984
Jack's father
  • 1983
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
1976-1983
Gatekeeper
  • 1979

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