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Wallace Shawn

Highest Rated:   100% Toy Story 2 (1999)
Lowest Rated:   0% Head Office (1986)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York, USA
The son of an editor for the New Yorker, the diminutive comedic actor Wallace Shawn achieved immortality for his portrayal of the Sicilian Vizzini in the 1987 classic The Princess Bride. A graduate of both Harvard and Oxford University, he has taught several courses in English and struggled as a playwright in the early '70s; in 1977 he translated Machiavelli's The Mandrake. Shawn broke into films soon after, building a successful career as a supporting actor to help fund his playwriting. He debuted in two of the best films of 1979: Woody Allen's Manhattan and Bob Fosse's All That Jazz.In 1981, he co-wrote the semi-autobiographical My Dinner With André, a talky comedy starring himself and theater director André Gregory in a dinner conversation, directed by Louis Malle. The movie was acclaimed by critics and a cult favorite. After this personal project, Shawn would build a career out of playing brief but surprisingly memorable roles in a long list of movies. His performance as the leader of the misfit criminal gang in The Princess Bride proved a pivotal moment, and that same year, he supplied the heroic voice for the Masked Avenger in Woody Allen's Radio Days. Shawn would also go on to do voice acting in projects like The Goofy Movie, All Dogs Go to Heaven, and the Toy Story series. He would also continue to work with Woody Allen throughout the next decade, and picked up a new generation of fans playing debate teacher Mr. Hall in the 1995 high school classic Clueless. Shawn would also take his quirky persona to the small screen with appearances on TV shows likeMurphy Brown, The Cosby Show, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Sex and the City, as well as the ABC sitcom version of Clueless. Throughout his acting career, Shawn has managed to continue writing successful plays, and eventually adapted one of them, The Designated Mourner, for a feature film in 1997. In 2002, he played the publishing boss Mr. Gelb for the "Greta" story in Rebecca Miller's Personal Velocity: Three Portraits. Shawn would continue to appear regularly on screen in the years to come, playing recurring roles on The L Word, Gossip Girl, and Eureka,

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
85% Maggie's Plan
  • Kliegler
$3.4M 2016
No Score Yet Robo-Dog
  • Mr. Willis
2016
No Score Yet Animal Crackers
  • Mr. Woodley
2016
93% The Last Impresario
  • Actor
2014
82% A Master Builder
  • Screenwriter
  • Master Builder Halvard Solness
  • Producer
$47.4k 2014
7% Don Peyote
  • Dr. Fieldman
2014
82% The Double
  • Mr. Papadopoulos
$0.6M 2014
No Score Yet Christmas at Cartwright's
  • Harry
2014
93% Toy Story of Terror!
  • Rex
2013
78% André Gregory: Before and After Dinner
  • Actor
2013
38% Admission
  • Clarence
$18.1M 2013
78% A Late Quartet
  • Gideon Rosen
$1.4M 2012
53% Vamps
  • Dr. Van Helsing
$3.2k 2012
No Score Yet Partysaurus Rex
  • Rex
2012
No Score Yet Small Fry
  • Rex
2011
No Score Yet Hawaiian Vacation
  • Rex
2011
No Score Yet The Speed of Thought
  • Sandy
2011
14% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • Calico
$43.5M 2010
99% Toy Story 3
  • Rex
$415M 2010
No Score Yet Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Broker/Booker/Lancelot Squarejaw
2009
86% The Windmill Movie
  • Actor
2009
79% Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
  • Mr. Gibson
$17.6M 2008
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King
  • Mr. Gibbles
2008
36% Southland Tales
  • Baron Von Westphalen
$0.3M 2007
8% New York City Serenade
  • Himself
2007
64% I Could Never Be Your Woman
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The Fever
  • Screenwriter
2007
4% Happily N'ever After
  • Munk
$151.9M 2006
No Score Yet Air Buddies
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers
  • Purple Pirate Paul
2006
36% Chicken Little
  • Principal Fetchit
$135.3M 2005
53% Melinda and Melinda
  • Sy
$3.8M 2005
No Score Yet Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove: Readings From Voices of a People's History of the United States
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Karroll's Christmas
  • Zebadiah Rosecog
2004
97% The Incredibles
  • Gilbert Huph
2004
No Score Yet Marie and Bruce
  • Screenwriter
2004
76% Teacher's Pet
  • Principal Strickler
$6.3M 2004
13% The Haunted Mansion
  • Ezra
$75.8M 2003
35% Duplex
  • Herman
2003
No Score Yet Monte Walsh
  • Col. Wilson
2003
No Score Yet Mr. St. Nick
  • Mimir
2002
69% Personal Velocity: Three Portraits
  • Mr. Gelb
$0.7M 2002
45% The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
  • George
$6.8M 2001
No Score Yet Blonde
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins
  • Actor
2000
44% The Prime Gig
  • Gene
2000
100% Toy Story 2
  • Rex
1999
12% My Favorite Martian
  • Dr. Edward Coleye
1999
No Score Yet Noah
  • Zack
1998
No Score Yet The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story
  • Tarzan the Chimp
1998
59% Critical Care
  • Furnaceman
1997
65% The Designated Mourner
  • Screenwriter
1997
50% Just Write
  • Arthur Blake
1997
13% Vegas Vacation
  • Marty
1997
No Score Yet The Wife
  • Cosmo
1996
10% House Arrest
  • Vic Finley
1996
No Score Yet All Dogs Go To Heaven 2
  • Labrador MC
1996
100% Toy Story
  • Rex
1995
14% Canadian Bacon
  • Canadian Prime Minister Clark MacDonald
1995
No Score Yet Just like Dad
  • Stan Speigel
1995
81% Clueless
  • Mr. Wendell Hall
1995
89% Vanya on 42nd Street
  • Vanya
1995
53% A Goofy Movie
  • Principal Mazur
1995
74% Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table)
  • Horatio Byrd
1994
29% The Meteor Man
  • Mr. Little
1993
67% The Cemetery Club
  • Larry
1993
No Score Yet Un-Becoming Age
  • Dr. Block
1992
9% Mom and Dad Save the World
  • Sibor
1992
50% Shadows and Fog
  • Simon Carr
1992
No Score Yet The Double O Kid
  • Cashpot
1992
No Score Yet Nickel & Dime
  • Everett Willits
1992
47% We're No Angels
  • Translator
1989
80% Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills
  • Howard
1989
11% She's Out of Control
  • Dr. Fishbinder
1989
75% The Moderns
  • Oiseau
1988
97% The Princess Bride
  • Vizzini
1987
92% Prick Up Your Ears
  • John Lahr
1987
No Score Yet Nice Girls Don't Explode
  • Ellen
1987
88% Radio Days
  • Masked Avenger
1987
86% The Bedroom Window
  • Attorney
1987
0% Head Office
  • Hoover
1986
40% Heaven Help Us
  • Father Abruzzi
1985
67% Micki + Maude
  • Dr. Elliot Fibel
1984
80% The Bostonians
  • Mr. Pardon
1984
77% The Hotel New Hampshire
  • Freud
1984
0% Crackers
  • Turtle
1984
No Score Yet How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days
  • Actor
1984
13% Deal of the Century
  • Harold DeVoto
1983
63% Strange Invaders
  • Earl
1983
40% Lovesick
  • Otto Jaffe
1983
No Score Yet Saigon: Year of the Cat
  • Frank Judd
1983
No Score Yet The First Time
  • Prof. Goldfarb
1983
No Score Yet A Little Sex
  • Oliver
1982
91% My Dinner with André
  • Screenwriter
  • Wally Shawn
1981
100% Atlantic City
  • Waiter
1980
60% Simon
  • Van Dongen
1980
No Score Yet Cheaper to Keep Her
  • Mugger
1980
85% All That Jazz
  • Assistant Insurance Man
1979
No Score Yet Starting Over
  • Workshop Member
1979
98% Manhattan
  • Jeremiah
1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
98% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Charles Lemond's Lawyer Charles Lester
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
24% The Mysteries of Laura
2014-2016
  • Actor
  • 2014
No Score Yet Eureka
2006-2012
  • Warren Hughes
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
No Score Yet Gossip Girl
2007-2012
  • Cyrus Rose
  • 2012
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2011
  • 2006
  • 2003
  • 2001
  • 2000
96% Damages
2007-2012
  • Sterling Biddle
  • 2010
No Score Yet The L Word
2004-2009
  • William Halsey William
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Professor Wallace
  • 2006
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Lonny Moon
  • 2005
No Score Yet Fat Actress
2005
  • Dr. Van Oy
  • 2005
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Pipe Dune
  • 2001
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Zek Grand Nagus
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1995
  • 1993

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