Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn

  • Highest Rated: 100% Toy Story 2 (1999)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Head Office (1986)
  • Birthday: Dec 11, 1943
  • 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

97% Marriage Story Actor 2019
97% Toy Story 4 Rex 2019
No Score Yet Marriage Story Ray Liotta 2019
No Score Yet Drawing Home The Tourist 2017
No Score Yet Cop and a Half: New Recruit Principal Miller 2017
87% Maggie's Plan Kliegler $3.4M 2016
No Score Yet Robo-Dog Mr. Willis 2016
No Score Yet Animal Crackers Mr. Woodley 2016
94% The Last Impresario Actor 2014
81% A Master Builder Producer Master Builder Halvard Solness Screenwriter $47.4K 2014
7% Don Peyote Dr. Fieldman 2014
83% The Double Mr. Papadopoulos $0.6M 2014
No Score Yet Christmas at Cartwright's Harry 2014
94% Toy Story of Terror! Rex 2013
75% André Gregory: Before and After Dinner Actor 2013
38% Admission Clarence $18.1M 2013
76% A Late Quartet Gideon Rosen $1.5M 2012
56% 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
13% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Calico $43.5M 2010
98% Toy Story 3 Rex $415M 2010
No Score Yet Jack and the Beanstalk Broker/Booker/Lancelot Squarejaw 2009
86% The Windmill Movie Actor 2009
80% Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mr. Gibson $17.6M 2008
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King Mr. Gibbles 2008
38% Southland Tales Baron Von Westphalen $0.3M 2007
8% New York City Serenade Himself 2007
64% I Could Never Be Your Woman Mathe-Lehrer 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
37% Chicken Little Principal Fetchit $135.3M 2005
52% 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
14% 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
46% 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
20% 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
79% Clueless Mr. Wendell Hall 1995
89% Vanya on 42nd Street Vanya 1995
44% 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
57% The Cemetery Club Larry 1993
No Score Yet The Magic Bubble 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
83% Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills Howard 1989
11% She's Out of Control Dr. Fishbinder 1989
79% The Moderns Oiseau 1988
97% The Princess Bride Vizzini 1987
94% Prick Up Your Ears John Lahr 1987
No Score Yet Nice Girls Don't Explode Ellen 1987
89% Radio Days Masked Avenger 1987
76% The Bedroom Window Attorney 1987
0% Head Office Hoover 1986
40% Heaven Help Us Father Abruzzi 1985
63% Micki + Maude Dr. Elliot Fibel 1984
83% The Bostonians Mr. Pardon 1984
71% 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
11% 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 Wally Shawn Screenwriter 1981
100% Atlantic City Waiter 1980
57% Simon Van Dongen 1980
No Score Yet Cheaper to Keep Her Mugger 1980
85% All That Jazz Assistant Insurance Man 1979
100% Starting Over Workshop Member 1979
95% Manhattan Jeremiah 1979

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2019
No Score Yet Young Sheldon
2017
Dr. Sturgis Dr. John Sturgis
  • 2019
  • 2018
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Guest Benjamin Edelman
  • 2018
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2017
94% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Charles Lemond's Lawyer Charles Lester
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
24% The Mysteries of Laura
2014-2016
  • 2014
77% Eureka
2006-2012
Warren Hughes
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
84% Gossip Girl
2007-2012
Cyrus Rose
  • 2012
  • 2009
  • 2008
71% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2011
  • 2006
  • 2003
  • 2001
  • 2000
91% Damages
2007-2012
Sterling Biddle
  • 2010
72% Life on Mars
2008-2009
The Sorcerer
  • 2009
54% The L Word
2004-2009
William Halsey William
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Cashmere Mafia
2008
Animal Rescue
  • 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Professor Wallace
  • 2006
No Score Yet Fat Actress
2005
Dr. Van Oy
  • 2005
No Score Yet Stargate SG-1
1997-2007
Arlos
  • 2005
66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Lonny Moon
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Crossing Jordan
2001-2007
Dr. Howard Stiles
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Teacher's Pet
2000-2002
Voice
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
Pipe Dune
  • 2001
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Frank Hopper
  • 1999
90% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
Zek Grand Nagus
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1995
  • 1993
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 1997
No Score Yet Clueless
1996-1999
Mr. Hall
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Stuart Best
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
Voice Jeffrey Engels
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1987
No Score Yet Taxi
1978-1983
Arnie
  • 1983
  • 1982
78% Forky Asks a Question
2019
13% The Return of Jezebel James
2008
Garson Leeds

QUOTES FROM Wallace Shawn CHARACTERS

Vizzini
I suppose you think you're brave, don't you?
Buttercup the Princess Bride
Only compared to some.
Principal Mazur
How about, science slumber parties?
Rex
(sees the airport terminal as Buzz parks in front of it) Hey, you can't park here?
Rex
Hey, you can't park here?
Rex
How do you spell F.B.I?
Masked Avenger
I wonder if future generations will ever even hear about us. It's not likely. After enough time, everything passes. I don't care how big we are or how important are our lives.
Vizzini
you've fallen for one of the two classic blunders! The first being never get involved in a land war in Asia but only slightly lesser known: never go in against a cicelean when DEATH is on the line! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA *dies*
Vizzini
You've fallen for one of the two classic blunders! The first being never get involved in a land war in Asia but only slightly lesser known: never go in against a cicelean when DEATH is on the line! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA *dies*
Vizzini
You only think I guessed wrong! That's what's so funny! I switched glasses when your back was turned! Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is 'never get involved in a land war in Asia' - but only slightly less well-known is this: 'Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line!' Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Gilbert Huph
I'm not happy Bob, not happy.
Munk
a good friend never let a good friend down.
Munk
Friends, family, spouses, boyfriends, best friends. Some people don't mean to let you down, other people let people down intentionally.
Vizzini
What?! Probably some local fisherman, out for a pleasure cruise at night........... in eel infested waters.
Vizzini
Probably some local fisherman, out for a pleasure cruise, at night... in... eel-infested waters.
Vizzini
No more rhymes now, I mean it!
Fezzik
Anybody want a peanut?
Vizzini
GAH!
Vizzini
Inconceivable!
Calico
Boss, you're still connected.
Calico
Hey, boss, I'm riffin'!
Mr. Tinkles
Greetings, my furry friends! It is I, Tinkles! Free! Scot-free! [Laughing] Meow, meow. Did you really think the Rock could hold me forever? I am definitely not an indoor cat! [Steel drums are heard] HEY! Ringo! Enough with the steel drums here! I'm trying to talk, "mon"!
Mr. Tinkles
Greetings, my furry friends! It is I, Tinkles! Free! Scot-free! [laughing] Meow, meow. Did you really think the Rock could hold me forever? I am definitely not an indoor cat! [steel drums are heard] HEY! Ringo! Enough with the steel drums here! I'm trying to talk, 'mon'!
Calico
Hey boss! I'm riffin'! Heh-heh-heh!
Jessie the Cowgirl
Buzz, you're back! You're back!
Buzz Lightyear
Yes I'm back uh where did I go?
Woody
Beyond infinity, Space Ranger.
Buzz Lightyear
Woody! So where are we know?
Rex
In a garbage truck on the way to the dump!
Hamm
Ho, boy, will you take a look at all those presents? Yes, sir we're next month's garage sale fodder for sure!
Rex
Any dinosaur-shaped ones?
Hamm
Oh for crying out loud their all in boxes you idiot!
Woody
All right all right! If I send out the troops will you all calm down!
Rex
Yes we will we promise!
Woody
Okay save your batteries!
Hamm
Atta boy Woody that's using the old noodle!
Rex
What if Andy gets another dinosaur? A mean one? I just don't think I can take that kind of rejection!
Westley
Inhale this, but do not touch.
Vizzini
I smell nothing.
Westley
What you do not smell is called Iocane Power.
Vizzini
INCONCEIVABLE!
Inigo Montoya
You keep using that word, I don't think you know what it means.
Mr. Potato Head
"How did I get stuck with YOU as a moving-buddy?"
Mr. Potato Head
How did I get stuck with YOU as a moving-buddy?
Rex
"Everyone else was picked?"
Rex
Everyone else was picked?
Gilbert Huph
What I can't handle is your customers' inexplicable knowledge of Insuricare inner workings. There experts, experts, Bob! Exploiting every loophole, dodging every obstacle. They're penetrating the bureaucracy!
Rex
He smells like strawberries!
Vizzini
You only think I guessed wrong! That's what's so funny! I switched glasses when your back was turned! Ha ha, you fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia," but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go in against a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line
Vizzini
You only think I guessed wrong! That's what's so funny! I switched glasses when your back was turned! Ha ha, you fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia," but only slightly less well-known is this: Never go in against a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line.
Vizzini
You only think I guessed wrong! That's what's so funny! I switched glasses when your back was turned! Ha ha, you fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well-known is this: Never go in against a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line.
Buzz Lightyear
Etch! Draw that man in the chicken suit!
Rex
AAH! It's The Chicken Man!
Rex
He tortures toys...just for fun!
Bo Peep
[Buzz jumps on the ledge] What are you doing? Get down from there.
Buzz Lightyear
I'm gonna teach that boy a lesson!
Woody
Yeah sure go ahead with your scary laser. [sarcastically pressing Buzz's laser button]
Buzz Lightyear
Don't do that it's extremely dangerous! [Lenny warns the toys to jump back into the room off the ledge as Sid blows up the soldier and cheers]
Buzz Lightyear
I could have stopped him!
Woody
Buzz I'd love to see you try. Of course I'd love to see you as a crater.
Vizzini
Stop that, I mean it!
Fezzik
Anybody wanna peanut?
Fezzik
You never said anything about killing anyone.
Vizzini
I've hired you to help me start a war. It's an prestigious line of work, with a long and glorious tradition.
Vizzini
Wha! whoa! go in! get after her!
Inigo Montoya
I don't swim.
Fezzik
I only dog paddle.
Vizzini
GAAAHHH!
Vizzini
You're trying to kidnap what I've rightfully stolen.
Westley
you're that smart?
Vizzini
Let me put it this way, have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates?
Westley
Yes.
Vizzini
Morons.
Vizzini
Inconceivable!
Vizzini
He didn't fall? INCONCEIVABLE!
Inigo Montoya
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Rex
Oh, great! Now I have guilt!
Rex
I don't like confrontation!
Rex
He held me, he actually held me!
Rex
He held me! He actually HELD me!
Butch
Where's Kitty Galore?
Calico
Um, she's uh, I-- who?
Diggs
Lemme at him!
Calico
Aaah!
Calico
Ah!
Vizzini
Inconceivable!
Rex
How do you spell FBI?
Rex
I can't look. Could somebody please cover my eyes?
Himself
A baby holds your hands and then suddenly there's this huge man lifting you off the ground, and then he's gone. Where's that son?
Andy
so you're bonnie? i'm andy
Andy
So you're bonnie? I'm andy
Lotso
WHERE'S YOUR KID NOW SHERIFF?!?!
Lotso
Where's your kid now, sheriff?
Lotso
not him, i think this potato needs to learn himself some manners, take him to the box!
Lotso
Not him, I think this potato needs to learn himself some manners, take him to the box!
Rex
AT LAST I'M GONNA GET PLAYED WITH!
Rex
At last I'm gonna get played with!
Hamm
Hamm: Hey, why did the toys cross the road?Buzz Lightyear: Not now Hamm. Rex: Ooo, I love riddles! Why? Hamm: To get to the chicken, on the other side!
Hamm
Hey, why did the toys cross the road?
Buzz Lightyear
Not now Hamm.
Rex
Ooo, I love riddles! Why?
Hamm
To get to the chicken, on the other side!
Vizzini
Stop those rhymes now, and I mean it!!!
Vizzini
Stop those rhymes now, and I mean it!
Fezzik
Anybody want a peanut???
Fezzik
Anybody want a peanut?
Vizzini
Aaaag!!!
Vizzini
Aaaag!
Peggy Ramsay
Ken was the first wife. He did all the work and the waiting and then...
John Lahr
Well, first wives don't usually beat their husbands' heads in.
Peggy Ramsay
No. Though why I can't think.
John Lahr
So what does that make you? The second wife?
Peggy Ramsay
Better than that, dear. The widow.
Rex
What if Andy gets another dinosaur? A mean one? I just don't think I can take that kind of rejection!