Wallace Shawn: Birthday

American actor and playwright
Born: November 12, 1943

Wallace Shawn, born on November 12, 1943, is an American actor, playwright, and essayist. He is best known for his distinctive voice and memorable performances in film and television. Born in New York City, Shawn hails from a family deeply rooted in the arts; his father, William Shawn, was the longtime editor of The New Yorker.

Shawn’s acting career spans decades, and he has become a recognizable figure in both mainstream and independent cinema. Some of his notable film roles include Vizzini in “The Princess Bride” (1987) and Rex in the “Toy Story” series. Beyond acting, Shawn is a prolific playwright, with works such as “The Designated Mourner” and “Aunt Dan and Lemon.”

His writing extends to essays and political commentary, where he explores socio-political issues with a distinctive and thought-provoking style. Shawn is known for his intellectual pursuits, often engaging in discussions on philosophy and ethics. Throughout his career, Wallace Shawn has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry, captivating audiences with his unique talent and contributing to the cultural landscape with his insightful writings.

Wallace Shawn’s 5 most popular quotes

  • For 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.
  • I’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.
  • We’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.
  • I’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.
  • I 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.
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