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Encyclopedia > Wallace Shawn
Wallace Shawn
Birth name Wallace Shawn
Born November 12, 1943 (1943-11-12) (age 63)
New York City
Notable roles Vizzini in The Princess Bride (1987)
Himself in My Dinner With Andre
Rex in Toy Story and Toy Story 2
Grand Nagus Zek on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Wallace Shawn (born November 12, 1943), sometimes credited as Wally Shawn, is an American actor and playwright. Regularly seen on film and television, where he is usually cast as a comic character actor, he has pursued a parallel career as a playwright whose work is often dark, politically charged and controversial. November 12 is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “New York, NY” redirects here. ... The Princess Bride is a 1987 film, based on the 1973 novel The Princess Bride by William Goldman, combining comedy, adventure, romance and fantasy. ... My Dinner with Andre is a 1981 movie starring Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, written by Gregory and Shawn, and directed by Louis Malle. ... Toy Story is an Academy-award-winning CGI animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 22, 1995, and Australia on December 7, 1995, as well as in the United Kingdom on 22 March... Toy Story 2 is a CGI animation film and the sequel to Toy Story, and the third Disney/Pixar feature film, which featured the adventures of a group of toys that come to life when humans are not around to see them. ... Space station Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (ST:DS9 or STDS9 or DS9 for short) is a science fiction television series produced by Paramount and set in the Star Trek universe. ... November 12 is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... A character actor is an actor, especially in motion pictures, who predominantly performs in similar roles throughout the course of a career. ... A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is a person who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... A controversy is a contentious dispute, a disagreement over which parties are actively arguing. ...

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Biography

Wallace Shawn was born in New York City, where he continues to reside as of 2007. He is the son of William Shawn, longtime editor of The New Yorker, and journalist Cecille Lyon Shawn; his brother Allen is a composer. “New York, NY” redirects here. ... William Shawn (August 31, 1907-December 8, 1992) was an American magazine editor who edited The New Yorker from 1952 until 1987. ... Editing may also refer to audio or film editing. ... The New Yorker is an American magazine that publishes reportage, criticism, essays, cartoons, poetry and fiction. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Allen Shawn (b. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ...


Shawn attended The Putney School, a private liberal arts high school in Putney, Vermont, and graduated with a B.A. in history from Harvard University. He studied economics and philosophy at Oxford, originally intending to become a diplomat; he also traveled to India as an English teacher. Since 1979, he has primarily made a living as an actor. A map of The Putney School. ... Putney, Vermont Putney is a town located in Windham County, Vermont. ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The philosopher Socrates about to take poison hemlock as ordered by the court. ... The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford in England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ...


Shawn's longtime companion as of 2007 is writer Deborah Eisenberg. Deborah Eisenberg is an American short-story writer, actor and teacher. ...


Acting

Wallace Shawn as Grand Nagus Zek on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

His involvement with theater began in 1970 when he met Andre Gregory, who has since directed several of his plays. As a stage actor, he has appeared mostly in his own plays and other projects with Gregory. Zek of the Ferengi Alliance. ... Zek of the Ferengi Alliance. ... Space station Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (ST:DS9 or STDS9 or DS9 for short) is a science fiction television series produced by Paramount and set in the Star Trek universe. ... Andre Gregory (born May 11, 1934, New York City) is a Jewish-American director and actor. ...


Shawn made his film debut in 1979, playing Diane Keaton's ex-husband in Woody Allen's Manhattan. His best-known film roles include: the evil Vizzini in fairy tale comedy The Princess Bride (1987); debate teacher Mr. Hall in Clueless (1995); and a version of himself in the semi-autobiographical dialogue My Dinner with Andre, a collaboration with Andre Gregory. His rare non-comic film roles include two other collaborations: Gregory, directed by Louis Malle, and a combined production and backstage drama of Uncle Vanya titled Vanya on 42nd Street. Diane Keaton (born Diane Hall on January 5, 1946) is an Oscar-winning American film actress, director and producer. ... Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Königsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian, and playwright. ... Manhattan is a 1979 romantic comedy film. ... A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke[[ laughter in general). ... The Princess Bride is a 1987 film, based on the 1973 novel The Princess Bride by William Goldman, combining comedy, adventure, romance and fantasy. ... House, see Clueless (House episode). ... My Dinner with Andre is a 1981 movie starring Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, written by Gregory and Shawn, and directed by Louis Malle. ... Andre Gregory (born May 11, 1934, New York City) is a Jewish-American director and actor. ... Louis Malle (October 30, 1932 – November 23, 1995) was a French film director. ... Anton Chekhov (left) and Maxim Gorky in Yalta. ...


Shawn is a widely used character actor on television, where he has appeared in many genres and series. He has had recurring roles as the Ferengi Grand Nagus Zek on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, a comic ex-reporter on Murphy Brown, the Huxtables' neighbor on The Cosby Show, a psychiatrist on Crossing Jordan, and Marilu Henner's love interest on Taxi. He is also a voice actor for animated films and animated TV series, including Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Monsters Inc. (cameo appearance as Rex the Green Dinosaur), Gilbert Huph in The Incredibles, and two episodes of Family Guy (as Stewie's half-brother Bertram). Shawn also cameoed as the voice of Principal Fetchit in Chicken Little. Most recently, he voiced the character of Munk in "Happily N'Ever After". In the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Grand Nagus is the title given to the political and economic leader of the fictional race known as the Ferengi. ... Grand Nagus Zek In the fictional Star Trek universe, Zek was the Grand Nagus of the Ferengi Alliance throughout most of the 24th century. ... Space station Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (ST:DS9 or STDS9 or DS9 for short) is a science fiction television series produced by Paramount and set in the Star Trek universe. ... Murphy Brown was an Emmy Award-winning American situation comedy which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988 to May 18, 1998, for a total of 247 episodes. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Crossing Jordan was an American television crime/drama series that aired on NBC. It starred Jill Hennessy as the crime-solving medical examiner, Jordan Cavanaugh. ... Marilu Denise Cecilia Henner, commonly known as Marilu Henner, (born April 6, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an American actress and producer. ... Taxi was an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC, and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series focused on the everyday lives of a handful of New York City taxi drivers working for the Sunshine Cab Company, as well as their abusive dispatcher. ... A voice actor (also a voice artist) is a person who provides voices for animated characters (including those in feature films, television series, animated shorts), voice-overs in radio and television commercials, audio dramas, dubbed foreign language films, video games, puppet shows, and amusement rides. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... An animated television series or cartoon television series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Toy Story is an Academy-award-winning CGI animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 22, 1995, and Australia on December 7, 1995, as well as in the United Kingdom on 22 March... Toy Story 2 is a CGI animation film and the sequel to Toy Story, and the third Disney/Pixar feature film, which featured the adventures of a group of toys that come to life when humans are not around to see them. ... Monsters, Inc. ... The Incredibles is a 2004 Academy Award-winning animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures, centering around a family of superheroes. ... Family Guy is an American animated television series about a nuclear family in the suburb of Quahog (IPA or ), Rhode Island. ... Chicken Little (2005) is a computer-generated imagery (CGI) animated film and the forty-fifth animated feature made and produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution on November 4, 2005. ... Happily NEver After is a 2007 computer-animated film based on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. ...


In a DVD extra for The Princess Bride, Shawn claimed (somewhat surprisingly, given his wide assortment of comedic film roles) that he lacks a sense of humor and played Vizzini in a way that seemed appropriate to him without actually "getting" the jokes.


Playwright

Shawn's early plays, such as Marie and Bruce (1978), portrayed emotional and sexual conflicts in an absurdist style, with language that was both lyrical and violent. In the conversations with Andre Gregory that became My Dinner with Andre, Shawn later referred to these plays as depicting "my interior life as a raging beast". Critical response was extremely polarized: some critics hailed Shawn as a major writer, while John Simon called Marie and Bruce "garbage" and described Shawn as "one of the worst and unsightliest actors in this city." His play A Thought in Three Parts caused a minor uproar in London in 1977, when the production was investigated by a vice squad and attacked in Parliament due to allegedly pornographic content. Romeo and Juliet by Ford Madox Brown A play, written by a playwright, or dramatist, is a form of literature, almost always consisting of dialog between characters, and intended for performance rather than reading. ... Absurd can refer to: Look up Absurd in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Absurdism is a philosophy born of Existentialism absurdity, with small a, is a form of Surreal humour Theatre of the Absurd is an artform utilizing the philosophy of Absurdism Absurd (band) is a heavy metal band This is... Andre Gregory (born May 11, 1934, New York City) is a Jewish-American director and actor. ... My Dinner with Andre is a 1981 movie starring Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, written by Gregory and Shawn, and directed by Louis Malle. ... John Simon (born Ivan Simon on May 12, 1925, in Subotica, Serbia) is a Serbian-American author and literary, theater, and film critic. ... Vice Squad is a punk rock band formed in 1978 in Bristol, England. ... Pornographic movies Pornography (Porn) (from Greek πόρνη (porne) prostitute and γραφή (grafe) writing), more informally referred to as porn or porno, is the explicit representation of the human body or sexual activity with the goal of sexual arousal. ...


His later plays became more overtly political, drawing parallels between the psychology of his characters and the behavior of governments and social classes. Among the best-known of these are Aunt Dan and Lemon (1985) and The Designated Mourner (1997). Shawn's political work has invited controversy, as he often presents the audience with several contradictory points of view: in Aunt Dan and Lemon, which Shawn described as a cautionary tale against fascism, the character Lemon explained her neo-Nazi beliefs with such conviction that some critics called the play effectively pro-fascist. The monologue The Fever, originally created by Shawn to be performed for small audiences in apartments, was dismissed by some critics as "liberal guilt"; it describes a person who becomes sick while struggling to find a morally consistent way to live when faced with injustice, and harshly criticizes the record of the U.S. in supporting repressive anti-communist regimes. Kristen Johnston and Lili Taylor in the 2004 revival of Aunt Dan and Lemon Aunt Dan and Lemon is a play by Wallace Shawn. ... The Designated Mourner is 1997 film and stage play, directed by David Hare, and written by Wallace Shawn. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... National Socialism redirects here. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ...


Three of Shawn's plays have been adapted into films: The Designated Mourner (basically a film of David Hare's stage production), Marie and Bruce, and The Fever. As of 2005, the latter two had been screened only in festivals. David Hare (born June 5, 1947) is an English dramatist and director. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Shawn has also written political commentary for The Nation, and in 2004 he published the one-issue-only progressive political magazine Final Edition], which features interviews with and articles by Jonathan Schell, Noam Chomsky, Mark Strand, and Deborah Eisenberg. The Nation logo The Nation is a weekly left-liberal periodical devoted to politics and culture. ... Jonathan Schell is a progressive author and professor. ... Avram Noam Chomsky (Hebrew and Yiddish: אברם נועם חאמסקי) , Ph. ... Mark Strand (born April 11, 1934) is an American poet, born in Canada. ...


Shawn is credited as translator of Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera, which opened at Studio 54 in Manhattan on March 25, 2006. He appears briefly in voiceover during Song about the Futility of Human Endeavor. Bertolt Brecht Brecht redirects here. ... Die Dreigroschenoper, original German poster from Berlin, 1928. ...


Plays

Kristen Johnston and Lili Taylor in the 2004 revival of Aunt Dan and Lemon Aunt Dan and Lemon is a play by Wallace Shawn. ... The Designated Mourner is 1997 film and stage play, directed by David Hare, and written by Wallace Shawn. ... Die Dreigroschenoper, original German poster from Berlin, 1928. ...

Selected film and television roles

All That Jazz is a 1979 musical film and semi-autobiographical fantasy by and about Bob Fosse. ... Bob Fosse, early promotional image Bob Fosse (June 23, 1927 – September 23, 1987) was a musical theater choreographer and director. ... Manhattan is a 1979 romantic comedy film. ... Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Königsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian, and playwright. ... For other uses, see Atlantic City (disambiguation). ... Louis Malle (October 30, 1932 – November 23, 1995) was a French film director. ... My Dinner with Andre is a 1981 movie starring Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, written by Gregory and Shawn, and directed by Louis Malle. ... Louis Malle (October 30, 1932 – November 23, 1995) was a French film director. ... Andre Gregory (born May 11, 1934, New York City) is a Jewish-American director and actor. ... Crackers is 1984s American film directed by Louis Malle. ... Louis Malle (October 30, 1932 – November 23, 1995) was a French film director. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... The Bostonians is 1984s Merchant Ivory Film, based on Henry James novel. ... James Francis Ivory (born June 7, 1928) is an award-winning American film director, best known for the results of his long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, which included both Indian-born producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. ... The Hotel New Hampshire is a 1984 film based on a 1981 novel of the same name by John Irving. ... The Princess Bride is a 1987 film, based on the 1973 novel The Princess Bride by William Goldman, combining comedy, adventure, romance and fantasy. ... Rob Reiner at the 1988 Emmy Awards Robert Rob Reiner (born March 6, 1947) is an American actor, director, producer, and writer. ... Radio Days is a 1987 film directed by Woody Allen. ... 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He was an American actor, writer and director well known for his 1982 hit black comedy Eating Raoul, which he wrote, starred in and directed. ... // Actress Kim Basinger and her brother Mick purchase Braselton, Georgia for $20 million. ... Mom And Dad Save The World is a 1992 movie which stars Teri Garr, Jeffrey Jones, Jon Lovitz, Kathy Ireland and other actors. ... Space station Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (ST:DS9 or STDS9 or DS9 for short) is a science fiction television series produced by Paramount and set in the Star Trek universe. ... Vanya on 42nd Street was a 1994 film by Louis Malle and Andre Gregory, based on the play Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov. ... Louis Malle (October 30, 1932 – November 23, 1995) was a French film director. ... Meteor Man is a fictional character, a superhero created in 1993 by director/actor/writer, Robert Townsend for MGM Pictures. ... 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References

Memory Alpha (often abbreviated to MA) is a collaborative project to create the most definitive, accurate and accessible encyclopedic reference for topics related to the Star Trek fictional universe. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series. ... Look up Wiki in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

External links

  • Lannan Foundation: Wallace Shawn reading of The Fever
  • Wallace Shawn (photo)
Major Cast Members of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Avery Brooks | Rene Auberjonois | Nicole de Boer | Michael Dorn | Terry Farrell | Cirroc Lofton | Colm Meaney | Armin Shimerman | Alexander Siddig | Nana Visitor
Cecily Adams | Marc Alaimo | Philip Anglim | Casey Biggs | Rosalind Chao | Jeffrey Combs | James Darren | Aron Eisenberg | Louise Fletcher | Hana Hatae | Max Grodénchik | J. G. Hertzler | Barry Jenner | Salome Jens
Penny Johnson Jerald | Kenneth Marshall | Chase Masterson | Brock Peters | Duncan Regehr | Andrew Robinson | Wallace Shawn | Mark Allen Shepherd | Melanie Smith
Persondata
NAME Shawn, Wallace
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION Actor and playwright
DATE OF BIRTH November 12, 1943
PLACE OF BIRTH New York City, New York, United States
DATE OF DEATH living
PLACE OF DEATH

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Wallace Shawn at Hollywood.com (2245 words)
Shawn went on to become a movie fixture of sorts, acting in as many as five films a year by the mid-1980s.
Shawn became a favorite of "Star Trek" fans with his oft-hilarious guest stints as the Ferengi Grand Nagus Zek, the financial kingping of the avaricious aliens and a frequent thorn in the side of Quark (Armin Shimmerman) throughout the series run of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (syndication, 1993-1999).
A child of some privilege--his father, William Shawn, enjoyed a long reign as the editor and publisher of "The New Yorker"--he used his plays to critique the self-serving attitudes of his class and the imperial actions of his country.
Wallace Shawn (347 words)
Wallace Shawn (born November 12, 1943) is an American actor and writer.
Shawn is a widely-used character actor on television, where he has appeared in many genres and series.
Shawn's career spans all aspects of "low" and "high" culture, and his plays, unlike some of his television appearances, are considered very serious (even if they often have comic aspects).
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