INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2
LIN SHAYE (Elise Rainier) is a talented and versatile actress who has undoubtedly become one of the industry's greatest chameleons. The Farrelly brothers cast Shaye in a series of memorable roles beginning with their 1994 hit comedy Dumb and Dumber. They went on to cast her as the infamous landlady in Kingpin, opposite Woody Harrelson, and then as Magda, the sun-withered neighbor of Cameron Diaz, in their blockbuster There's Something About Mary. She has continued her relationship with the Farrelly brothers, most recently appearing in a cameo in The Three Stooges.
Shaye was recently seen in the comedy feature FDR: American Badass and just completed a role opposite Richard Dreyfuss in the upcoming feature Killing Winston Jones. Additionally, she just completed shooting the features The Signal, opposite Laurence Fishburne, and Grace.
Shaye made her film debut in Hester Street, portraying a Polish prostitute in New York (much to her mother's chagrin). Shortly thereafter, she flew to Los Angeles after hearing that Jack Nicholson was interested in meeting her. Her airline ticket proved to be a worthwhile investment when she was cast in his film Goin' South.
Upon her move to Los Angeles in 1982, her love of theater inspired her and 12 other actors to put together a theater company called the Los Angeles Theater Unit, which lasted for a decade and earned many awards. Shaye's most memorable performance was in "Better Days," which earned her a Drama-Logue Award for Best Actress.
Shaye has appeared in a plethora of horror films that have made her a cult favorite. She recently starred in the blockbuster hit Insidious, directed by James Wan. She has worked on a trio of movies with director Tim Sullivan: Chillerama, 2001 Maniacs and 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams, starring opposite Robert Englund.
Other horror-film credits include Hood of Horror, Dead End and Killer By Nature. Shaye also starred in the comedic thriller Snakes on a Plane, opposite Samuel L. Jackson.
Shaye was unforgettable as the KISS-hating mom in Detroit Rock City and as Sonia, the tough German/Swedish coach in Boat Trip, with Cuba Gooding, Jr. In a dramatic change of pace, she received critical acclaim as the alcoholic mother in The Hillside Strangler, alongside Nick Turturro and C. Thomas Howell. She also appeared in Nick Cassavetes' film My Sister's Keeper.
A constant supporter of independent film, Shaye has appeared in various indies including Chronic Town, Kush, Asylum, American Cowslip, Small Town Saturday Night, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, The Land of the Astronauts, Penthouse, Dark Moon Rising and Losing Control. Shaye's upcoming independent films include 3 Days of Normal, Long Time Gone and Jewtopia.
Shaye has a solid resume in television as well, making guest appearances on "Crossing Jordan," "My Name is Earl," "Frasier," "Becker," "Arliss," "Dirty Sexy Money" and the final episode of "ER." She most recently starred in the Hallmark film "Matchmaker Santa" and guest-starred on "Private Practice."
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Shaye has always known that she was destined to act. She performed in plays in college at the University of Michigan and then was accepted into Columbia University's Master of Fine Arts program in acting.
After graduation, she honed her skills by acting in plays with the best and brightest in New York theater, including directors Joseph Papp and Des Macanuff. Highlights include "Tartuffe" (at the New York Shakespeare Festival), "The Tempest" and "The Taking of Miss Janie" (at Lincoln Center), which won the Drama Critics Award.
The actress currently resides in Los Angeles.
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