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Dick Shawn



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Rock 'n' Roll Hotel
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Rented Lips
  • Charlie Slater
1988
36% 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 Faerie Tale Theatre - The Emperor's New Clothes
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Young Warriors (The Graduates of Malibu High)
  • Prof. Hoover
1983
No Score Yet Good-Bye Cruel World
  • Actor
1982
67% Love at First Bite
  • Lt. Ferguson
1979
No Score Yet The Year Without a Santa Claus
  • Snow Miser
1974
No Score Yet Evil Roy Slade
  • Marshal Bing Bell
1972
20% The Happy Ending
  • Harry Bricker
1969
91% The Producers
  • LSD
1968
No Score Yet Penelope
  • Dr. Gregory Mannix
1966
No Score Yet Way...Way Out
  • Igor
1966
40% What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?
  • Capt. Lionel Cash
1966
No Score Yet A Very Special Favor
  • Arnold Plum
1965
75% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Sylvester Marcus
1963
No Score Yet The Wizard Of Baghdad
  • Genii-Ali Mahmud
1960
20% The Opposite Sex
  • Singer
1956

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Actor

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