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Dick Shawn Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Dec 1, 1923
  • Died: Apr 17, 1987
  • Birth Name: Richard Schulefand

Like Sheckey Greene and Guy Marks, Dick Shawn was a nightclub comedian whose talents were highly prized by the members of his profession, but who took quite some time building up a fan following with "civilian" audiences. Beginning his film career with a peripheral role in 1956's [[Feature~V36564~The Opposite Sex~theoppositesex]], Shawn signed a contract with 20th Century Fox in 1960. He starred in an Arabian Nights satire, [[Feature~V117348~The Wizard of Baghdad~thewizardofbaghdad]] (1960), which may have been too "inside" for fans of that genre. After co-starring with Ernie Kovacs in [[Feature~V115830~Wake Me When It's Over~wakemewhenitsover]] (1961), Shawn was generally seen in secondary, plot-motivating comic roles in such films as [[Feature~V25585~It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World~itsamadmadmadmadworld]] (1963) and What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966). He was hysterically funny in Mel Brooks' [[Feature~V39399~The Producers~theproducers]] (1967), playing an erratic hippie actor named L.S.D. who was cast in the musical play "Springtime for Hitler" as a singing Fuehrer. Outside of [[Feature~V39399~The Producers~theproducers]], Shawn was seen to best advantage in his bizarre, stream-of-consciousness nightclub routines. So quirky and unpredictable were his live performances that, when Dick Shawn died of a heart attack while performing before a college crowd in San Diego, many members of the audience assumed his collapse was part of the act. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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