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WALLACE SHAWN (Rex) is one of the film industry's most recognizable character actors with a long list of movie and television credits. He has appeared in more than 50 films in a career that began, and continues, as a writer.

Shawn, a New York City native, was actually once a schoolteacher, having taught Latin and drama in New York and English in India. A lifelong writer whose playwriting career began in 1967, Shawn translated Machiavelli's play "The Mandrake” for a Joseph Papp production in 1977, and was asked by the director to appear in it, marking his acting debut. Since then, he has appeared in "Uncle Vanya,” "Carmilla” and other plays. In 2005, Shawn co-starred opposite Ethan Hawke in the enormously successful run off-Broadway of David Rabe's "Hurlyburly.” In 2007, Shawn starred off-Broadway in a production of his play "The Fever.”

Other plays written by Shawn include "Aunt Dan and Lemon” and "Marie and Bruce.” The National Theatre in London produced "The Designated Mourner,” featuring Mike Nichols and Miranda Richardson. Those two stars reprised their roles in the BBC Films production of "The Designated Mourner” released to critical acclaim in the summer of 1997. His play "The Fever” was produced as a cable film for HBO starring Vanessa Redgrave, premiering in June of 2007, and his play "Marie and Bruce” was produced as a feature film starring Matthew Broderick and Julianne Moore. In the spring of 2006, Shawn had two plays open in New York: off Broadway, "The Music Teacher,” an operatic play co-written with composer brother Allen, made its premiere, and on Broadway, his translation of Bertolt Brecht's "Threepenny Opera” was staged, starring Alan Cumming and Cyndi Lauper. Shawn's most recent play, "Grasses of a Thousand Colours,” premiered in the summer of 2009 at the Royal Court Theatre in London, starring himself, Jennifer Tilley and Miranda Richardson. This original production was the centerpiece of a yearlong celebration at the theater of Shawn's work during which all of his plays were performed.

Casting director Juliet Taylor saw Shawn in "The Mandrake,” then recommended and ultimately cast him in Woody Allen's "Manhattan.” Allen later used him in "Radio Days,” "Shadows and Fog,” "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion” and "Melinda and Melinda.” Shawn went on to appear in four films by Louis Malle: "Vanya on 42nd Street,” "My Dinner with André,” "Atlantic City” and "Crackers.” Shawn has appeared in Amy Heckerling's "Clueless”; Rob Reiner's "The Princess Bride”; Blake Edwards' "Mickey and Maude”; Stephen Frears' "Prick Up Your Ears”; James Ivory's "The Bostonians”; Rebecca Miller's "Personal Velocity”; and "The Haunted Mansion,” starring Eddie Murphy. Other notable credits include "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl,” "My Favorite Martian,” "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills,” "The Hotel New Hampshire” and "The Moderns.”

In addition to having a recognizable face, Shawn's distinctive voice fueled the performance of the nervous dinosaur, Rex, in "Toy Story” as well as its sequel, "Toy Story 2.” He can also be heard in the animated feature films "The Incredibles,” "The Goofy Movie” and "Teacher's Pet: The Movie,” as well as on the animated television series "Family Guy.”

Shawn has regularly appeared in such highly regarded television series as "Murphy Brown,” "The Cosby Show” and "Taxi,” along with special appearances on "Damages,” "Desperate Housewives,” "Sex and the City” and "Ally McBeal,” as well as recurring roles on "The L Word,” "Gossip Girl,” "Crossing Jordan,” "Clueless” and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” Movies made for television include "Monte Walsh” starring Tom Selleck, "Mr. St. Nick” starring Kelsey Grammer and "Blonde” with Poppy Montgomery as the legendary Marilyn Monroe.


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