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Dick Shawn is a Actor American born on 1 december 1923 at Buffalo (USA)

Dick Shawn

Dick Shawn
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Birth name Richard Schulefand
Nationality USA
Birth 1 december 1923 at Buffalo (USA)
Death 17 april 1987 (at 63 years) at San Diego (USA)

Dick Shawn (December 1, 1923 – April 17, 1987) was an American actor and comedian.


Shawn was married to Rita Bachner in 1946, and they had four children: Amy, Wendy (married to John Travolta's older brother Joey Travolta), Adam, and Jennifer. He had one grandchild, Rachel Travolta. He was a longtime resident of Englewood, New Jersey.

Best films

The Producers (1967)

Usually with

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Ralph Manza
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Blake Edwards
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Mickey Rooney
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Mel Brooks
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Kenneth Mars
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Filmography of Dick Shawn (23 films)

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Batman & Robin, 2h5
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Crime
Themes Films about children, Medical-themed films, Batman films, Superhero films, Films about psychiatry, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Films set in psychiatric hospitals, Eco-terrorism in fiction
Actors Michael Paul Chan, John Glover, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vivica A. Fox, George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell
Rating37% 1.854331.854331.854331.854331.85433
Batman and Robin fail to stop Mr. Freeze from stealing a cache of diamonds. They learn that Freeze was once a scientist named Victor Fries, who became dependent on a diamond-powered subzero suit following an accident in a cryogenics lab while working to save his wife, Nora, from a terminal illness called MacGregor's Syndrome.
Maid to Order, 1h33
Directed by Amy Holden Jones
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Actors Ally Sheedy, Beverly D'Angelo, Michael Ontkean, Valerie Perrine, Dick Shawn, Tom Skerritt
Roles Stan Starkey
Rating55% 2.7520352.7520352.7520352.7520352.752035
Jessie Montgomery (Ally Sheedy) is a spoiled rich girl whose hard partying life style and lack of self-respect as well as a lack of respect for others. When Jessie gets arrested for drunk driving and drug possession, she finally pushes her father Charles (Tom Skerritt) beyond his limits. Beside himself with frustration and disappointment while in the company of Woodrow (Theodore Wilson), he says the one thing he thought he'd never say....he wishes he'd never had a daughter. In pops Stella Winston (Beverly D'Angelo), a fairy godmother that was assigned to the Montgomery family. To keep Jessie from being erased, Stella casts a spell that causes Charles to no longer have a daughter and gets her out of jail. When she goes to her house, her father doesn't recognize her and claims that he has no daughter. Stella then appears and tells her that she's getting what she deserves. She then tells Jessie to find a job and Jessie is then forced to find work as a maid for an eccentric rich couple called The Starkeys (Valerie Perrine and Dick Shawn).
Captain EO
Captain EO (1986)
, 17minutes
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Michael Jackson, Anjelica Huston, Tony Cox, Dick Shawn, Debbie Lee Carrington
Roles Commander Bog
Rating64% 3.2458053.2458053.2458053.2458053.245805
The film tells the story of Captain EO (Michael Jackson) and the ragtag crew of his spaceship on a mission to deliver a gift to "The Supreme Leader" (Anjelica Huston), who lives on a world of rotting, twisted metal and steaming vents. Captain EO's alien crew consists of his small flying sidekick Fuzzball, the double-headed navigator and pilot Idey (Debbie Lee Carrington) and Ody (Cindy Sorenson), robotic security officer Major Domo (Gary Depew), a small robot, Minor Domo (who fits like a module into Major Domo), and the clumsy elephant-like shipmate Hooter (Tony Cox) who always manages to upset the crew's missions. Dick Shawn plays Captain EO's boss, Commander Bog.
Beer (1985)
, 1h22
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about television
Actors Loretta Swit, Rip Torn, Kenneth Mars, Dick Shawn, David Alan Grier, William Russ
Roles Le présentateur du talk-show
Rating53% 2.658572.658572.658572.658572.65857
Cynical ad executive B. D. Tucker (Loretta Swit) is desperate not to lose the account of the financially ailing Norbecker Brewery. When three losers (David Alan Grier, William Russ, and Saul Stein) inadvertently prevent a robbery in a bar, Tucker and her minions give them a macho image and center an entire ad campaign around them.
Water (1985)
, 1h55
Directed by Dick Clement
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Monde imaginaire, Transport films
Actors Michael Caine, Valerie Perrine, Brenda Vaccaro, Leonard Rossiter, Oscar James, Billy Connolly
Roles Deke Halliday
Rating61% 3.0983453.0983453.0983453.0983453.098345
The story is set in the fictional Caribbean British colony of Cascara. Widely ignored by the British Government, media and general public, local Governor Baxter Thwaites is having an easy life in his small and peaceful colony. That peace is disturbed when an abandoned oil rig starts delivering water - at the standard of the finest table water brands (and laxative companies as it contains a substance that makes you "shit like clockwork"). Different parties, including Downing Street, the Cascara Liberation Front, the White House and the Cubans take interest in the future of the island and threaten to destroy the cosy way of life enjoyed by the island's inhabitants.
Angel (1984)
, 1h34
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Sexploitation films, LGBT-related films, Films about prostitution, Transgender in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Donna Wilkes, Cliff Gorman, Rory Calhoun, John Diehl, Susan Tyrrell, Dick Shawn
Roles Mae
Rating56% 2.8050252.8050252.8050252.8050252.805025
Fifteen-year-old honor student Molly Stewart (Donna Wilkes) attends her private prep school in the Los Angeles area by day. However, at night, she transforms to Angel: the leather mini-skirted, high-heeled street prostitute working Hollywood Boulevard. Some members of her street family are the aging movie cowboy Kit Carson (Rory Calhoun), street performer Yoyo Charlie (Steven M. Porter), transvestite Mae (Dick Shawn), and fellow hookers Crystal (Donna McDaniel) and Lana (Graem McGavin).
Young Warriors, 1h45
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Rape and revenge films
Actors Anne Lockhart, Mike Norris, Ernest Borgnine, James Van Patten, Richard Roundtree, Lynda Day George
Roles Professor Hoover
Rating47% 2.3704452.3704452.3704452.3704452.370445
A young woman is gang raped and murdered in a California college town, sparking her brother Kevin (James Van Patten) to take up arms by night with a gang of like-minded vigilantes from his fraternity, brutally punishing any miscreants they catch in a criminal act. In the meantime, Kevin debates the issue of violent crime in the U.S. with his teachers and others during the day. As Kevin and his gang head toward a final, bloody confrontation with the low-lifes who murdered his sister, other scenes show the difference between his character, now violent, and the people he is supposedly protecting.
Good-bye Cruel World
Genres Comedy
Actors Dick Shawn, Angelique Pettyjohn, Pierre Jalbert, LaWanda Page, Cynthia Sikes, Pamela Brull
Roles Rodney Pointsetter / Ainsley Pointsetter
Rating46% 2.319172.319172.319172.319172.31917
The film parodies the various gimmicks that were used to get audiences into theatres by claiming to be based on audience choice, although all of the selections are pre-selected, and the actual audience response is not measured within the theatre or by choices of the home viewer. The film was sold with images of a man flushing himself down the toilet. The story involves newscaster Rodney Pointsetter (Shawn) who is so depressed between his job and his family that he tries to make a film about his life, which he intends to culminate with his own suicide. It is often interrupted with irrelevant comic sketches that an emcee (Allan Stephan) claims that the audience prefers to see. One sketch features Angelique Pettyjohn as a stripping nun, and another Dan Frischman hosting "Things Your Parents Used to Say," while Rodney's gay brother, Ainsley, also played by Shawn, stages an opera in his house. The opera sequence was staged by John Hall of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and featured Vincent Cole, Johnny Guarnieri, Dennis Parnell, Tanino Provitera, David Romano, Gene Shaw, James Sterret Bryant, Starleigh Godfrey, Pam Scanlon, and Susan Grossman.
Love at First Bite, 1h36
Directed by Stan Dragoti
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Romantic comedy, Horror, Romance
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films about music and musicians, Dracula films, Vampires in film, Musical films, Comedy horror films
Actors George Hamilton, Susan Saint James, Richard Benjamin, Arte Johnson, Dick Shawn, Sherman Hemsley
Roles Lieutenant Ferguson NYPD
Rating61% 3.050653.050653.050653.050653.05065
The infamous vampire Count Dracula is expelled from his castle by the Communist government of Romania, which plans to convert the structure into a training facility for gymnasts (the head trainer declares that it will include Nadia Comăneci). The world-weary Count travels to New York City with his bug-eating manservant, Renfield, and establishes himself in a hotel, but only after a mix-up at the airport causes his coffin to be accidentally sent to be the centerpiece in a funeral at a black church in Harlem. While Dracula learns that America contains such wonders as blood banks, he also proceeds to suffer the general ego-crushing that comes from modern life in the Big Apple as he romantically pursues flaky fashion model Cindy Sondheim, whom he has admired from afar and believes to be the current reincarnation of his true love (an earlier being named Mina Harker).
The Year Without a Santa Claus, 48minutes
Directed by Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Themes Christmas films, Children's films, Santa Claus in film
Actors Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George Irving, George S. Irving, Bob McFadden
Roles Snow Miser (voice)
Rating77% 3.895773.895773.895773.895773.89577
Santa Claus wakes up with a cold on Christmas Eve. He is told by his doctor–who thinks that nobody cares about Christmas any more–that he should make some changes to his routine. Santa decides to take a holiday instead of delivering gifts, and leaves it to the elves, Jingle and Jangle, to find proof that people still believe in Santa Claus.
Evil Roy Slade, 1h37
Directed by Jerry Paris
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Western
Actors John Astin, Milton Berle, Pamela Austin, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Henry Gibson
Roles Marshal Bing Bell
Rating72% 3.6426853.6426853.6426853.6426853.642685
Orphaned and left in the desert as an infant, Evil Roy Slade (John Astin) grew up alone—save for his teddy bear—and mean. As an adult, he is notorious for being the "meanest villain in the West", so he's thrown for quite a loop when he falls for sweet schoolteacher Betsy Potter (Pamela Austin). Nelson L. Stool (Mickey Rooney), a railroad tycoon, along with his dimwitted nephew Clifford (Henry Gibson), attempts to get revenge on Evil Roy Slade for repeatedly robbing him, and sets out to hire legendary retired singing-sheriff Marshal Bing Bell (Dick Shawn) to bring Slade to justice.
The Happy Ending, 1h57
Directed by Richard Brooks
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Feminist films, Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Films about suicide, Transport films, Political films
Actors Jean Simmons, John Forsythe, Shirley Jones, Lloyd Bridges, Teresa Wright, Dick Shawn
Roles Harry Bricker
Rating62% 3.1497953.1497953.1497953.1497953.149795
1953: Through the course of a Colorado autumn and winter, Mary Spencer (Simmons) and Fred Wilson (Forsythe) lead an idyllic existence. Mary drops out of college (with 6 months to go) to marry Fred. Their perfect wedding mirrors the happy endings of the films Mary loves.
The Producers, 1h30
Directed by Mel Brooks
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Théâtre, LGBT-related films, Musical films, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Dick Shawn, Estelle Winwood, Renee Taylor
Roles Lorenzo St. DuBois (L.S.D.)
Rating75% 3.798543.798543.798543.798543.79854
Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) is a washed-up, aging, and also fraud and corruptible greedy Broadway producer who ekes out a living romancing lascivious wealthy elderly women in exchange for money for his next play. Accountant Leopold "Leo" Bloom (Gene Wilder) arrives at Max's office to do his books and discovers there is a $2,000 discrepancy in the accounts of Max's last play. Max persuades Leo to hide the relatively minor fraud, and, while shuffling numbers, Leo has a revelation: a producer could make a lot more money with a flop than a hit, by overselling the shares in the production as no one will audit the books of a play presumed to have lost money. Max immediately puts this scheme into action. They will over-sell shares on a massive scale, and produce a play that will close on opening night, thus avoiding a pay-out and leaving the duo free to flee to Rio de Janeiro with the profits. Leo is afraid such a criminal venture will fail and they will go to prison, but Max eventually convinces him that his drab existence is no better than prison.