Dick Shawn

Screenwriter | * 12/01/1923 († 63, 04/17/1987) | Buffalo, New York (United States of America (USA))
Dick Shawn (born Richard Schulefand, December 1, 1923 – April 17, 1987) was an American actor and comedian. He played a wide variety of supporting roles and was a prolific character actor. During the 1960s he played small roles in madcap comedies, usually portraying caricatures of counter culture personalities, such as deadbeat son Sylvester Marcus in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), the hippie actor Lorenzo Saint DuBois ("L.S.D.") in The Producers (1967). He also provided the voice of Snow Miser in The Year Without a Santa Claus. Besides his film work, he appeared in numerous television shows from the 1960s through the 1980s. ()
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One-of-a-kind nightclub comedian/singer Dick Shawn (ne Richard Schulefand) was as off-the-wall as they came and, as such, proved to be rather an acquired taste. Way ahead of his time most say, it was extremely difficult indeed to know how to properly tap into this man's eclectic talents. Shawn began inching toward the forefront during the be-bop 50s and early 60s with his odd penchant for playing cool cats.During his mild bid for film stardom, he was top-billed as a hip, laid back genie in the thoroughly dismal satire The Wizard of Baghdad (1960), but seemed to have better luck when taken in smaller doses. He fared quite well opposite another "way-out-there" comedian, Ernie Kovacs, in Wake Me When It's Over (1960) as a hustling soldier out to make a buck in the Far East. Also on the plus side, he replaced Zero Mostel in the bawdy musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" on Broadway and stole a small scene in the all-star epic comedy It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963). By far, the one role that completely overshadows all of his other hard work is his mock portrayal of a singing Adolf Hitler in the show-within-a-movie The Producers (1968). In the film, which starred Mostel and Gene Wilder as two con artists deliberately producing a stage "bomb" called "Springtime for Hitler," Shawn sang the hammy, absurdly narcissistic song "Love Power." The movie finally captured Shawn in his element, but this stroke of genius of matching actor to role would never happen again for him. For the most part his roles came off slick and smarmy, and were stuck in mediocre material.Shawn won a huge fan base, however, touring in one-man stage shows which contained a weird mix of songs, sketches, satire, philosophy and even pantomime. A bright, innovative wit, one of his best touring shows was called "The Second Greatest Entertainer in the World." During the show's intermission, Shawn would lie visibly on the stage floor absolutely still during the entire time. By freakish coincidence, Shawn was performing at the University of California at San Diego in 1987 when he suddenly fell forward on the stage during one of his spiels about the Holocaust. The audience, of course, laughed, thinking it was just a part of his odd shtick. In actuality, the 63-year-old married actor with four children had suffered a fatal heart attack. A not surprising end for this thoroughly offbeat and intriguing personality.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Drama | TV Movies

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Movies with Dick Shawn as Actor(32)

as Self (Archive Footage)2021 Leave 'em Laughing
as L.S.D. - Lorenzo St. DuBois (archive footage) (uncredited)2004 The Making of 'The Producers'
as Snow Miser (archive sound) (uncredited)1997 Batman & Robin
as himself1991 Knight Rider 2000
as Charlie Slater1988 Rented Lips
as Stan Starkey1987 Maid to Order
as Commander Bog1986 Captain EO
as Donald (uncredited)1986 The Check Is in the Mail...
as The psychiatrist1986 The Perils of P.K
as Deke Halliday1985 Water
as Mae1984 Angel
as Himself (Host)1984 Best Chest in the West
as Professor Hoover1983 Young Warriors
as Rodney Pointsetter / Ainsley Pointsetter1983 Good-bye Cruel World
as Lieutenant Ferguson NYPD1979 Love at First Bite
as Deke Edwards1979 Fast Friends
as Snow Miser (voice)1974 The Year Without a Santa Claus
as Marshal Bing Bell1972 Evil Roy Slade
as Lucky1971 Dames at Sea
as Harry Bricker1969 The Happy Ending
as Lorenzo St. DuBois (L.S.D.)1967 The Producers
as Igor Valkleinokov1966 Way... Way Out
as Captain Lionel Cash1966 What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?
as Dr. Mannix1966 Penelope
as Sylvester Marcus1963 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
as Genii-Ali Mahmud1961 The Wizard of Baghdad
as Gus Brubaker1960 Wake Me When It's Over
as himself1956 The Opposite Sex

TV Shows/Series with Dick Shawn as Actor(19)

Movies with Dick Shawn as Crew(1)

Writing/Screenplay1983 Good-bye Cruel World

Born: Saturday, 12/01 1923 (December) in Buffalo, New York (United States of America (USA))
Died: Friday, 04/17 1987 (April) in San Diego (aged: 63)
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Pig)
Languages: English (EN)
Dick Shawn frequently works together with these people:
Ralph Bellamy (8x, Actor)
Milton Berle (8x, Actor)
Sid Caesar (7x, Actor)
Keenan Wynn (7x, Actor)
William Schallert (7x, Actor)
Shelley Duvall (7x, Actress)
Steve Allen (7x, Actor)
Florence Henderson (7x, Actress)
Arte Johnson (7x, Actor)
Louis Nye (7x, Actor)
Ethel Merman (7x, Actress)
Mel Brooks (6x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:256646, Added: 08/09/2018, Last updated: 01/17/2022