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Dick Shawn

Biography

American comedian and actor who starred in the traditional comedies The Companies and it’s really a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Globe. He offered in the military during World Battle II and went to the School of Miami for a brief period of your time. He frequently began his humor performances by rising from a pile of crimson bricks on stage. He wedded Rita Bachner in 1946. He previously four kids and one grandchild. One of is own daughters wedded Joey Travolta.

Quick Facts


Full Name Dick Shawn
Date Of Birth December 1, 1923
Died April 17, 1987, San Diego, California, United States
Place Of Birth Buffalo, NY
Height 1.82 m
Profession Comedian
Education University of Miami
Nationality American
Spouse Rita Bachner
Children Wendy Shawn, Jennifer Schulefand, Adam Schulefand, Amy Schulefand
Nominations Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience
Movies It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Producers, What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Love at First Bite, Maid to Order, Way...Way Out, Wake Me When It's Over, Evil Roy Slade, Captain EO, The Wizard of Baghdad, A Very Special Favor, Penelope, Rented Lips, The Happy Ending, Angel, The Graduates of Malibu High, The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud, Good-bye, Cruel World, Water, Beer, Check Is In The Mail, The, The Perils of P.K., Fast Friends, Rock 'n' Roll Hotel, Looking Up
TV Shows Hail to the Chief, Here's Edie, Mary
Star Sign Sagittarius

  • Facts
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#Fact
1William Shatner attended Shawn's second-to-last show the night before he died on stage. Shatner has said at conventions that he thinks that would be a great way to go out.
2Dick Shawn was a guest star on a very popular in 1960s TV-show "Password" (1961).
3The irony of his death on stage is that it went "unnoticed" because of Shawn's strict instructions to stage crews. He would tell all concerned that he was liable to do anything at any time, including pratfalls, and that they were not to react to this. At his last performance, it did not occur to anyone that something tragic had happened until it was felt that his lying motionless on stage had run the joke rather thin. It was only then that Shawn was discovered to have died doing what he did best; enthralling his audience with his marvelous humour.
4Father of Amy, Wendy, Adam and Jennifer.
5Was supposedly the first person to execute the icon "The High Five", in the movie, The Producers (1967). It was during the play in the movie, "Springtime For Hitler", the character of Hitler played by Shawn sent for Goebbels who was played by David Patch, and instead of putting his hand in front of for the "give me five", Shawn held it up and Patch slapped it. Though it would not become popular till many years later.
6Died on stage of a heart attack.
7Interred at Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, California, USA.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rented Lips1988Charlie Slater
Maid to Order1987Stan Starkey
Amazing Stories1987TV SeriesJoe Willoughby
Captain EO1986ShortCommander Bog
The Check Is in the Mail...1986Donald (uncredited)
The Perils of P.K.1986
St. Elsewhere1986TV SeriesEdgar Eisenberg
The Twilight Zone1986TV SeriesNelson Westbrook (segment "Cold Reading")
Faerie Tale Theatre1985TV SeriesEmperor / Guest Interviewee
Beer1985Talk Show Host
Hail to the Chief1985TV SeriesIvan Zolotov
Tales from the Darkside1985TV SeriesBo Gumbs
Water1985Deke Halliday
The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud1984The Ultimate Patient
The Fall Guy1984TV SeriesEdward Seraph
Legmen1984TV SeriesCasanova
Angel1984Mae
Three's Company1983TV SeriesJack Tripper, Sr.
Magnum, P.I.1983TV SeriesBuzz Benoit
Young Warriors1983Professor Hoover
Rock 'n' Roll Hotel1983Weevil King of Evil
Good-bye Cruel World1983Rodney Pointsetter / Ainsley Pointsetter
Slapstick Studios1982TV SeriesSheldon
The Love Boat1981-1982TV SeriesHarvey Blanchard / David Jackson
Fantasy Island1980TV SeriesBurnstein
Mr. and Mrs. Dracula1980TV SeriesDracula
Laverne & Shirley1979TV Series
Love at First Bite1979Lt. Ferguson
Fast Friends1979TV MovieDeke Edwards
Mary1978TV SeriesSkit characters
Looking Up1977Manny Lander
Captain Kangaroo1975-1977TV SeriesDoc Grannick the Mechanic
You're Just Like Your Father1976TV MovieHarry Tofler, Sr.
Medical Center1975TV SeriesPete Rashid
The Year Without a Santa Claus1974TV MovieSnow Miser (voice)
CBS Daytime 901974TV Series
Love, American Style1972-1973TV SeriesHenry Chadwick (segment "Love and the Memento") / Howard (segment "Love and the Hairy Excuse")
Evil Roy Slade1972TV MovieMarshal Bing Bell
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1971TV SeriesNick Sutton
Dames at Sea1971TV MovieLucky
The Happy Ending1969Harry Bricker
That's Life1969TV Series
The Lucy Show1968TV SeriesAce Winthrop
The Producers1967L.S.D. - Lorenzo St. DuBois
Off to See the Wizard1967TV SeriesTom Thumb
Sheriff Who1967TV MovieCrawford Offwhite
ABC Stage 671967TV SeriesPaul Benderhof
Penelope1966Dr. Gregory Mannix
Way... Way Out1966Igor Valkleinokov
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1966TV Series
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?1966Capt. Lionel Cash
A Very Special Favor1965Arnold Plum
For the People1965TV SeriesErnie Garatella
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World1963Sylvester Marcus
Michael Shayne1961TV SeriesErnie Trask
The DuPont Show with June Allyson1961TV SeriesCharlie Wilson
Checkmate1961TV SeriesDanny Whitman
General Electric Theater1961TV SeriesFelix Franklin
The Wizard of Baghdad1960Genii-Ali Mahmud
Wake Me When It's Over1960Gus Brubaker
The Opposite Sex1956Dick Shawn
Max Liebman Presents: Kaleidoscope1955TV MovieGuest
Max Liebman Spectaculars1954-1955TV Series

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Batman & Robin1997performer: "Snow Miser"
Good-bye Cruel World1983lyrics: "Life is A Mammy-Jabber" / performer: "Life is A Mammy-Jabber", "Ain't Misbehavin' I'm Savin' My Love for You"
The Year Without a Santa Claus1974TV Movie performer: "Snow Miser"
Dames at Sea1971TV Movie performer: "Let's Have a Simple Wedding"
The Producers1967performer: "LOVE POWER"
The Opposite Sex1956performer: "The Opposite Sex" - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good-bye Cruel World1983screenplay

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hypnotic Eye1998TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tommy Chong Roast1989TV MovieHimself
Diana Ross: Red Hot Rhythm and Blues1987TV SpecialHimself
The Making of 'Captain Eo'1986TV Special documentaryCommander Bog
Wordplay1986TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1964-1986TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Guest Host
The New Hollywood Squares1986TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Best Chest in the West1984VideoHimself - Host
Body Language1984TV SeriesHimself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Mr. T1984TV SpecialHimself
Madame's Place1982TV SeriesHimself
Everything Goes1981TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Bert Convy Special: There's a Meeting Here Tonight1981TV MovieHimself
The Alan Hamel Show1980TV SeriesHimself
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Milton Berle1980TV MovieHimself
The Hollywood Squares1971-1978TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Over Easy1978TV SeriesHimself
The Paul Ryan Show1977TV SeriesHimself
The Solid Gold Show1977Himself
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1967-1975TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Himself - Co-Host / Himself
Good Morning America1975TV SeriesHimself
The $10,000 Pyramid1973-1974TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
Golf for Swingers1973TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970-1971TV SeriesHimself
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHimself
This Is Tom Jones1970TV Series documentaryHimself
Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man1970TV Special
Playboy After Dark1970TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1969TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Singer
You're Putting Me On1969TV SeriesHimself
The Liberace Show1969TV SeriesHimself
The Joan Rivers Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Personality1968TV SeriesHimself
Operation: Entertainment1968TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Pat Boone Show1968TV SeriesHimself
International Cabaret1968TV SeriesHimself
The Jerry Lewis Show1967TV SeriesHimself
Dee Time1967TV SeriesHimself
The Val Doonican Show1967TV SeriesHimself
That Girl1967TV SeriesHimself
First Annual All-Star Celebrity Baseball Game1967TV SpecialHimself - Celebrity
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHimself
Our Place1967TV SeriesHimself
I'm Getting Married1967TV Special
The Bob Hope Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1966TV SeriesHimself
ABC's Nightlife1965TV SeriesHimself
Get the Message1964TV SeriesHimself
The Judy Garland Show1963TV SeriesHimself
Missing Links1963TV SeriesHimself
The Jerry Lewis Show1963TV SeriesHimself
The Jimmy Dean Show1963TV SeriesHimself
Talent Scouts1963TV SeriesHimself
Here's Edie1963TV SeriesHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Here's Edie1962TV MovieHimself
Here's Hollywood1960TV SeriesHimself
The Revlon Revue1960TV SeriesHimself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1959TV SeriesHimself
The Eddie Fisher Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The All-Star Christmas Show1958TV MovieHimself
Spectacular1958TV SeriesHimself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1958TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1955-1958TV SeriesHimself
Max Liebman Spectaculars1954TV SeriesHimself
Variety Parade1954TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Batman & Robin1997Snow Miser (uncredited)
Something a Little Less Serious: A Tribute to 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World'1991TV Movie documentarySylvester Marcus (uncredited)
Bilder aus Amerika1982TV Series documentaryOliver

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1961Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male New Personality10th place.


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#Quote
1I can't work places like Vegas or the Catskills where people are belching. Maybe I belong in colleges. At least if I die, I die in front of intelligent people who know what I'm talking about.
2I think of my relationship with any audience as a love affair. It lasts only a little while but I always look forward to a happy ending. For both of us.


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