Birthday: November 12, 1943 Birth
Place: New York, New York, USA Height: 5' 2"
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The son of an editor for the New Yorker, the diminutive comedic actor Wallace Shawn speaks with a recognizable lisp that is appropriate for his frequent portrayals of little irate men. 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 Andr
Sister-in-law is Jamaica Kincaid, West Indian author
Father was William Shawn, editor of The New Yorker, 1952-1987.
Does not own a television set.
Shawn met Andre Gregory, his co-star in My Dinner with Andre (1981), by arranging to attend every performance of Gregory's New York staging of "Alice in Wonderland" in 1970 -- a run which lasted for a year. The two have been friends and occasional collaborators ever since.
In 2005 he received a career achievement award from the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation. The writers organizations gave him this honor for his work in the theater.
He wrote an adaptation of the Threepenny Opera, which opened on Broadway on April 20, 2006 at Studio 54. Its many stars include Alan Cumming, Ana Gasteyer and Cyndi Lauper.
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