Wallace Shawn Net Worth

Wallace Shawn Net Worth is
$8 Million

Wallace Shawn Bio/Wiki, Net Worth, Married 2018

Wallace Michael "Wally" Shawn is an American actor, playwright, and essayist. His best-known film roles include Wally Shawn in My Dinner with Andre, Vizzini in The Princess Bride, and Rex the toy dinosaur in the Toy Story animated film series. He also starred in a variety of...
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Full NameWallace Michael Shawn
Net Worth$8 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 12, 1943
Place Of BirthNew York City, New York, United States
Height5 ft 1 in (1.57 m)
ProfessionActor, Playwright, Voice Actor, Stand-up comedian, Essayist, Screenwriter
NationalityUnited States of America
ParentsWilliam ShawnCecille Shawn
PartnerDeborah Eisenberg
NicknamesWallace Michael Shawn , Wally Shawn , Wallace Michael "Wally" Shawn
TV ShowsClueless, The Pink Panther Show, Teacher's Pet, The Pink Panther, Karroll's Christmas, Stanley
Star SignScorpio
1Bald head and short stature
2Distinctive high, clipped, lisping speaking voice
3Very elfin looks, enough to make Woody Allen look almost like a conventional leading man in Manhattan (1979)
1(2008, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) They worked quite long days on these television programs. Twelve hours is normal. And if you are playing a creature from outer space, you have to show up three hours earlier to put on your makeup. And you stay an hour later to take it off. So you enter a zone of strangeness that you can't really put into words very easily... It's physically absolutely exhausting. But it was liberating to me as an actor. And I think I enjoy my own performances as that character more than most, almost more than anything I've done. I think I was quite good as... It liberated me to be wearing all that makeup. I was freed by it..
2(2008, on working with Andre The Giant) Well, that, I did very much enjoy. He was marvelous. But there was something painful about his situation, because he already had lost some of his strength. Of course it was well-known that he could not live terribly long, because no one with his condition did. So it was all a bit poignant. But he was always very, very intelligent, and he was very kind to me, because I was quite afraid of certain things we had to do, and he was very, very nice to me. He was a fascinating person, because he had come from a small village in France and wanted to travel. And he quite consciously decided that in order to travel, his best option was to try to become a wrestler and that's what he did.
3The actor's role in the community is quite unlike anyone else's. Businessmen, for example, don't take their clothes off or cry in front of strangers in the course of their work. Actors do.
4When I was first starting to write plays, I quite literally had never heard of the idea of studying playwriting. I wouldn't have studied it even if I had heard of it.
5When I was first exposed to the films of Ingmar Bergman, I found them frank and disturbing portraits of the world we live in, but that was not something that displeased me. They were beautiful. I thought people would respond to my plays the way I responded to Bergman's films.
6You can go to a play that is enjoyable because it's funny, and then on the next night you can go to a play that's enjoyable because it's 'disturbing.'
7My personal life is lived as 'me,' but my professional life is lived as other people. In other words, when I go to the office, I lie down, dream, and become 'someone else.' That's my job.
8In my mind, the plays I was writing were extreme examples of art for art's sake. I didn't necessarily think that other people would love them, though I thought they probably would.
9I'm not proud to be me, I'm not excited to be me, but I find that I am me, and like most other individuals, I send out little signals; I tell everyone else how everything looks from where I am.
10I wrote my first play at the age of 10, 55 years ago, and I've always found it a fantastic relief to imagine I know what things would be like from the point of view of other individuals and to send out signals from where I actually am not. Playwrights never need to write from the place where they are.
11I think the whole system of education would change if I were in charge and had the ability to make changes. I don't think I would keep Princeton exactly being Princeton.
12I led the life of an intellectual up until a certain age. I remember Freud's 'Interpretation of Dreams' was a big favorite when I was 11. It sounded so interesting. And it really was!
13I sincerely believe that if Bush and Cheney recognized the full humanity of other people's mothers around the world, they wouldn't commit the crimes they commit.
14I grew up. I began to think the United States had some problems that really required the help of artistic people to solve. And I gave myself permission to be a writer instead of a civil servant.
15For me, a play is a form of writing which isn't complete until it is interpreted by actors. But it's still a form of writing. And so most of my time is spent thinking about how to write a sentence.
16I started writing plays in around 1967, and at a certain point, I thought, 'I'm writing plays, I should learn about acting and what it is.' So I went to the HB Studio in New York, and I was there for about nine months.
17My plays have been strange from the beginning, and they never got unstrange.
18The life of an actor can be very enviable.
19In terms of number of movies, I've been in an extraordinary amount. If you count only the minutes I'm onscreen, it's not so long.
20Patriotism is considered to be an emotion a person ought to feel. But why? Why is it nobler to love your own country than to love someone else's?
21In my early 20s, I studied history and politics, and I really thought that perhaps I would devote my life to that.
22If I had even the tiniest scrap of advice to give to a young actor who was figuring out how to audition, I would say don't memorize the script... The reality about auditions is that 98 percent of the results has to do with what you are, not with what you did in the audition.
23I'm afraid that the passage of time is mostly lost on me. If you were to open up my head you would see that I'm still brooding about statements, songs and issues from the third grade. The years between 1980 and today went by very, very quickly.
24For some reason, people find me funny. It's quite hard to define why a thought is funny. It's even harder to define why a person would be funny. It's a word that I can't define at all. But whether I know quite what it is or not, I seem to be it.
25You know, I haven't written as much as most other writers. Certainly maybe those who keep a more regular schedule accomplish more.
26There's nothing regular about my life at all, really. I don't keep a regular schedule and every day is different. It's all rather chaotic.
27But because we've all been readers, we know what the experience is like, and we hope that what certain writers have given to us, we will give to someone.
28When I was a child, I did always feel that people were hiding things, and that they weren't expressing their true feelings. When adults are too complicated, and cover their emotions with layers of well-intentioned subterfuge, the child isn't seeing reality clearly enough and gets upset.
29Children, I always think, are just putting on a performance of being naive and not understanding anything. I have worked with children in films, and they're treated as adults and they just drop the pretense of being children.
30After being in one movie, it didn't seem like that would be my life. I had done several jobs, briefly. I'd been a shipping clerk, I worked in a copy shop, I didn't think the acting was going to go on and on.
31Before I was 5, I did have a lot of time on my hands. I had no job and really no career, and I spent an awful lot of time listening to records. It was more the classical ones, really - Prokofiev, and I think there was some Mozart in there, and more impressionistic composers like Delius.
32I have an enormous appetite to see life as I know it presented in front of my eyes.
33I have been vain since birth. I expected other people to like what I did, although my vanity has definitely diminished over the years.
34I don't have a television, and I'm just not too up on television.
35I know that I am one and I've made a living as an actor and I enjoy being an actor, but when I'm not actually doing it, I forget that I do it.
36I don't see that many plays, and for me, musicals are rarely pleasing.
37I never planned to be an actor. It turned out I could make a living doing it.
38I'm a very lucky man. It's a beautiful thing for a writer, to see people allowing your words to enter their own unconscious and their souls.
39I'm being mocked because I don't live up to a socially determined view of what other people think a person should look like.
40I never grew up thinking, 'One day I will play so and so' because I wasn't expecting to be an actor at all.
41I spend most of my time thinking about things like laundry and buying stationery supplies.
42I do things, and other people laugh at them. I rarely know what the joke is supposed to be or why they're laughing.
43Acting is an escape from the boring person that I am in real life.
44And my singing, I don't think I could sing Wagner or opera, but I could probably carry a tune. I was in a musical once, but it was never performed.
45As writers, we can't predict who might come along who might find our offerings valuable.
46Even with my wife, I find sharing soup is hard.
47I probably have a higher opinion of my writing than the average person, at least when I'm in a good mood, but I don't really think of my plays as only being relevant to a particular month or year.
48I choose parts because I don't want to be embarrassed when the movie comes out. What if my friends were to see the movie? What if my niece or nephew wandered into the theater and saw the movie? I don't want to be too ashamed of it.
49I see myself as a citizen of the planet. Even as a child, I always found it mindless to root for your own team. I was puzzled by the fact that people said their own team was better than other teams simply because it was theirs.
50In an amusement park, you can go on a roller coaster that carries you up and down, or you can go on another kind of ride that whirls you around in a circle. Similarly, there are different sorts of entertaining experiences in the theater.
51We are not what we seem. We are more than what we seem. The actor knows that. And because the actor knows that hidden inside himself there's a wizard and a king, he also knows that when he's playing himself in his daily life, he's playing a part, he's performing, just as he's performing when he plays a part on stage.
52In real life, every person is the leading man or woman. We don't think of ourselves as supporting or character actors.
53Acting is trying to be absolutely truthful; to get audiences to believe that you are a dean, when, actually, not only are you not the dean, but if you walked into the building they'd probably throw you out. That's very hard.
54I have been vain since birth.
55My father was a jazz listener, and I think, at least before I was 5, I was not so into that. Although there were records that emphasized percussion that I liked, like Baby Dodds.
56I don't happen to have a sense of humor personally, so I don't know what's funny about a character... This happens to be a feature of my life generally.
57'The Fever' is a one-person play. I decided I would perform it myself, and I decided I would not perform it in theaters, because the character in the play says certain things that I meant.
58It is hard enough to make a plan for how you are going to spend an evening with somebody else. So to make a plan for how you are going to behave in 25 years seems based on a view of life that is incomprehensible to me.
59I was making my living from a joke about my appearance that I didn't understand, and in a way still don't, because when I look in a mirror it doesn't seem funny to me.
60I am recognized a lot for 'Clueless,' but I am recognized a great deal for 'The Princess Bride.' I don't know... maybe everybody who has seen that movie just goes out on the street.
61From being a writer of plays, it was not that surprising that somebody thought of giving me a job as an actor. After I played one part, others came along.
62'The Princess Bride' is by far the most popular film I've ever done. I don't think I'll ever top it.
63Contrary to the popular misconception, the actor is not necessarily a specialist in imitating or portraying what he knows about other people. On the contrary, the actor may simply be a person who's more willing than others to reveal some truths about himself.
64I have more free time than a lot of individuals, so, instead of talking, I sometimes write.
65We're in an emergency situation. The United States has become an absolutely terrifying country, and I would hope that I could participate in some way in stopping the horror and the brutality.
66Interestingly, the actress who, in her own persona, may be gentle, shy, and socially awkward, someone whose hand trembles when pouring a cup of tea for a visiting friend, can convincingly portray an elegant, cruel aristocrat tossing off malicious epigrams in an eighteenth-century chocolate house.
67I don't happen to have a sense of humor personally, so I don't know what's funny about a character... This happens to be a feature of my life generally. I do things, and other people laugh at them. I rarely know what the joke is supposed to be or why they're laughing.
1As of 2015, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: All That Jazz (1979), Atlantic City (1980) and Toy Story 3 (2010).
2Did not start acting until he was age 36.
3Has a younger sister named Mary who has been institutionalized since the mid-1950s, when she was six. Mary was diagnosed with what were then referred to as mental retardation and "infantile schizophrenia", the former term for the condition now diagnosed under the name "autism".
4Was considered for the role of Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
5Is afraid of heights.
6Is the longtime companion of Deborah Eisenberg.
7He wrote an adaptation of the "Threepenny Opera", which opened on Broadway on April 20, 2006 at Studio 54. Its many stars included Alan Cumming, Ana Gasteyer and Cyndi Lauper.
8In 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.
9He 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.
10Does not own a television set.
11Father was William Shawn, editor of The New Yorker, 1952-1987.
12Sister-in-law is Jamaica Kincaid, West Indian author.
13Brother is Allen Shawn, American composer.


Just Write1997Arthur Blake
Clueless1996-1997TV SeriesMr. Hall
Vegas Vacation1997Marty
Toy Story1996Video GameRex (voice)
Toy Story Activity Center1996Video GameRex (voice)
House Arrest1996Victor 'Vic' Finley
All Dogs Go to Heaven 21996Labradour MC (voice)
Toy Story Treats1996TV Series shortRex
Toy Story1995Rex (voice)
The Pink Panther1993-1995TV SeriesThe Little Man
Just Like Dad1995TV MovieStan Speigel
Clueless1995Mr. Wendell Hall
Something Wilder1995TV SeriesRoof Inspector
Canadian Bacon1995Canadian Prime Minister
A Goofy Movie1995Principal Mazur (voice)
Napoleon1995Echidna (English version, voice)
The Wife1995Cosmo
The Nanny1994TV SeriesCharles Haste
Vanya on 42nd Street1994Vanya
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle1994Horatio Byrd
Eligible Dentist1993TV Movie
The Meteor Man1993Mr. Little
Matrix1993TV SeriesMr. Gonley
The Cemetery Club1993Larry
Nickel & Dime1992Everett Willits
Unbecoming Age1992Dr. Block
Civil Wars1992TV SeriesRiley Baker
Mom and Dad Save the World1992Sibor, Semage's Beau
The Double 0 Kid1992VideoCashpot
Shadows and Fog1991Simon Carr
The Cosby Show1987-1991TV SeriesJeffrey Engels / Jeff Engels / Jeffrey Engels - Narrator
We're No Angels1989Translator
Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills1989Howard
She's Out of Control1989Dr. Fishbinder
The Moderns1988Oiseau
The Princess Bride1987Vizzini
Prick Up Your Ears1987John Lahr
Nice Girls Don't Explode1987Ellen
Radio Days1987Masked Avenger
The Bedroom Window1987Henderson's Attorney
Head Office1985Mike Hoover
Heaven Help Us1985Father Abruzzi
Micki + Maude1984Dr. Elliot Fibel
The Bostonians1984Mr. Pardon
The Hotel New Hampshire1984Freud
How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days1983TV MovieProfessor Silverfish
Saigon: Year of the Cat1983TV MovieFrank Judd
Deal of the Century1983Harold DeVoto
Strange Invaders1983Earl
The First Time1983Jules Goldfarb
Taxi1982-1983TV SeriesArnie / Arnie Ross
Lovesick1983Otto Jaffe
A Little Sex1982Oliver
Strong Medicine1981uncredited
My Dinner with Andre1981Wally Shawn
Cheaper to Keep Her1981Mugger
Atlantic City1980Waiter (as Wally Shawn)
Simon1980Eric Van Dongen
All That Jazz1979Assistant Insurance Man
Starting Over1979Workshop Member
One Life to Live1968TV SeriesProfessor Marvel (1992)
Animal Crackers2016filmingMr. Woodley (voice)
Mozart in the Jungle2014-2015TV SeriesWinslow
Robo-Dog2015Mr. Willis
Maggie's Plan2015Kliegler
King's Quest2015Video GameManny (voice)
The Good Wife2013-2015TV SeriesCharles Lester
Drawing Home2015Mr. Garfield
Christmas at Cartwright's2014TV MovieHarry Osbourne
Toy Story That Time Forgot2014TV ShortRex (voice)
The Mysteries of Laura2014TV SeriesKenneth Walters
BoJack Horseman2014TV SeriesWallace Shawn
The 7D2014TV SeriesNot-So-Magic Mirror
Phineas and Ferb2014TV SeriesSaul
Don Peyote2014Psychotherapist
The Fog of Courage2014ShortEustace Bagge (voice)
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness2011-2014TV SeriesTaotie
A Master Builder2013Halvard Solness
Toy Story of Terror2013TV ShortRex (voice)
The Double2013Mr. Papadopoulos
Disney Infinity2013Video GameRex (voice)
Adventure Time2013TV SeriesRasheeta / Imaginary Jake
Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect Rush - A Disney Pixar Adventures: Snapshot2012Video GameGilbert Huph / Rex (English version, voice)
Gossip Girl2008-2012TV SeriesCyrus Rose
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse2012Video GameBertram (voice)
Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex2012ShortRex (voice)
A Late Quartet2012Gideon Rosen
Vamps2012Dr. Van Helsing
Eureka2011-2012TV SeriesDr. Warren Hughes / Warren Hughes
Fish Hooks2012TV SeriesRat King
Toy Story Toons: Small Fry2011ShortRex (voice)
Family Guy2001-2011TV SeriesBertram
The Speed of Thought2011Sandy
Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation2011ShortRex (voice)
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore: Dogs Dishing: Tails from the Bark Side of Hollywood2010Video short
Meow-takes: Outtakes and Gag Reel2010Video short
Toy Story 32010Video GameRex (voice)
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore2010Calico (voice)
Toy Story 3: The Video Game2010Video GameRex (voice)
Toy Story 32010Rex (voice)
Furry Vengeance2010Dr. Christian Burr (uncredited)
Damages2010TV SeriesSterling Biddle
The Daily Show2010TV SeriesDr. Alan Rubin
Jack and the Beanstalk2009Broker / Booker / Lancelot Squarejaw
ER2009TV SeriesTeddy Lempell
The L Word2008-2009TV SeriesWilliam Halsey
Life on Mars2009TV SeriesThe Sorcerer
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2009TV SeriesProfessor Roy Batters
Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King2008VideoMr. Gibbles (voice)
Mia and the Migoo2008The Migoo (English version, voice)
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl2008Mr. Gibson
The Princess Bride Game2008Video GameVizzini (voice)
Toy Story Midway Mania!2008ShortRex (voice)
Cashmere Mafia2008TV SeriesAnimal Handler
The Return of Jezebel James2008TV SeriesGarson Leeds
New York City Serenade2007Wallace Shawn
I Could Never Be Your Woman2007Math Teacher (uncredited)
Happily N'Ever After2006Munk (voice)
Air Buddies2006VideoBilly (voice)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2006TV SeriesFilm Professor
Family Guy2006Video GameBertram (voice)
Tom and Jerry in Shiver Me Whiskers2006VideoPurple Pirate Paul / Narrator (voice)
Southland Tales2006Baron Von Westphalen
Crossing Jordan2001-2006TV SeriesDr. Howard Stiles
The 12th Man2006TV MovieMarty
Chicken Little2005Principal Fetchit (voice)
Desperate Housewives2005TV SeriesLonny Moon
Love Thy Neighbor2005Clinic Doctor
Stargate SG-12005TV SeriesArlos
Fat Actress2005TV SeriesDr. Sigmund von Oy
Karroll's Christmas2004TV MovieZeb Rosecog
The Incredibles2004Video GameGilbert Huph (voice)
The Incredibles2004Gilbert Huph (voice)
Melinda and Melinda2004Sy
Sex and the City2004TV SeriesMartin Grable
Teacher's Pet2004Principal Crosby Strickler (voice)
The Haunted Mansion2003Ezra
Monte Walsh2003TV MovieColonel Wilson
Stanley2003TV SeriesMr. Goldberg
Sun Gods2002TV MovieSpaulding
Mr. St. Nick2002TV MovieMimir
Teamo Supremo2002TV SeriesGauntlet
Personal Velocity: Three Portraits2002Mr. Gelb
Monsters, Inc.2001Rex (outtakes) (voice, uncredited)
Three Sisters2001TV SeriesDean Webb
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion2001George Bond
Blonde2001TV Mini-SeriesI.E. Shinn
Ally McBeal2001TV SeriesMr. Dune
Teacher's Pet2000-2001TV SeriesPrincipal Crosby Strickler
The Prime Gig2000Gene
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins2000VideoRex (voice)
The Diary of the Hurdy-Gurdy Man1999
Toy Story 21999Rex the Green Dinosaur (voice)
Cosby1999TV SeriesMr. Fleming
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine1993-1999TV SeriesZek
Homicide: Life on the Street1999TV SeriesFrank Hopper
My Favorite Martian1999Coleye
Blind Men1998TV Movie
The Lionhearts1998TV Series
Noah1998TV MovieZack
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story1998VideoTarzan the Chimp (voice)
Critical Care1997Furnaceman
King of the Hill1997TV SeriesPhilip Ny
Murphy Brown1994-1997TV SeriesStuart Best


A Master Builder2013written by
Tea Time2010/IIShort script
The Fever2004play / screenplay
Marie and Bruce2004screenplay
The Designated Mourner1997play / written by
My Dinner with Andre1981


A Master Builder2013producer


Hannah Arendt2012special thanks
The Tree of Life2011special thanks
Birds of America2008thanks
Days of Heaven1978special thanks


Starring Austin Pendleton2016Documentary short completedHimself
Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner2013DocumentaryHimself
Toy Story 3: The Gang's All Here2010Video documentary shortHimself / Rex
Made in Hollywood2009TV SeriesHimself
Capitalism: A Love Story2009DocumentaryHimself
The Windmill Movie2008DocumentaryHimself
USIDent TV: Surveilling the Southland2008Video documentary shortHimself
Fiction et Réalité2008Video documentaryHimself
Ne me parlez pas de moi2008Video documentary shortHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself
Strange Culture2007DocumentaryHimself
'Clueless': The Class of '952005Video documentary shortHimself
Now2005TV Series documentaryHimself
As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride'2001Video documentary shortHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Showbiz Today1995TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose1995TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994TV SeriesHimself
Tommys Hollywood Report1988TV MovieHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

The Hutchcast2015TV SeriesWally Shawn
Gossip Girl: XO XO2012TV Movie documentaryCyrus Rose
The L Word2009TV SeriesWilliam Halsey
Fat Actress2005TV SeriesDr. Sigmund Von Oy

Won Awards

1997OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Syndicated SeriesStar Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)
1995Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActorVanya on 42nd Street (1994)
1982BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ScreenplayMy Dinner with Andre (1981)

Nominated Awards

2014BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical ShortToy Story of Terror (2013)
1999OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Syndicated SeriesStar Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)

2nd Place Awards

1994BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActorVanya on 42nd Street (1994)

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