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Lin Shaye


Lin attended the University of Michigan, where she was an Art History major, although acting in as many University productions as possible, including "Bye Bye Birdie" and "On The Town". After U of M, she attended Columbia University School of the Arts, and acquired a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting. She stayed in New York upon graduation and ... See full bio »

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Known For

Insidious
Insidious Elise Rainier
(2010)
Insidious: Chapter 2
Insidious: Chapter 2 Elise Rainier
(2013)

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 2018 Bayou Tales (completed)
Margot
 2017 Her Voices (filming)
Vagabond
 2017 Grow House (completed)
Mrs. Gilliam
 2016 Sick People (completed)
Waitress (Sandra)
 2016 The Black Room (completed)
Miss Black
  Before Memory (filming)
Grandma Kasper
 2017 Mountain Top
Muriel Miller
 2016 All About the Money
Mrs. Womack
 2016/III The Midnight Man
Anna
 2016 Buster's Mal Heart
Pauline
 2016 Abattoir
Allie
 2016 Director's Cut
Captain Wheeler
 2015 Tales of Halloween
Lynn's Mother (segment "Grim Grinning Ghost")
 2015 Don Quixote
The Grand Lady
 2014/II Ouija
Paulina Zander
 2014/I Grace
Helen
 2014 Lost Time
Mysterious Woman
 2014 The Signal
Mirabelle
 2012 Life's an Itch
Gloria
 2012 Noobz
Mrs. Theodore
 2012 3 Days of Normal
May
 2012 Jewtopia
Dr. Sutton
 2012 The Three Stooges
Nurse Crotchet
 2011 Rosewood Lane
Mrs. Hawthorne
 2011 Chillerama
Baglady / Nurse Maleva (segments "Wadzilla" and "I Was a Teenage Werebear")
 2011 Take Me Home
Jill
 2011 Losing Control
Dolores
 2011 Sedona
Claire
 2011 Black Velvet
Pool Lady
 2011 Goldberg - P.I.
Violet
 2011 Red & Blue Marbles
Janitor
 2010 Sex Tax: Based on a True Story
Lydia Friedman
 2010 Black Limousine
Mrs. Harris
 2010 Pickin' & Grinnin'
Bonnie Johnson
 2010 The Penthouse
Frances
 2010 Killer by Nature
Leona
 2009 Dark Moon Rising
Sunny
 2009 Stuntmen
Bumble Jackson
 2008 Chronic Town
Nurse
 2008/IV Asylum
String's Mother
 2008 Killer Pad
Marge
 2007 Homo Erectus
Museum Guide
 2007 Kush
Susan
 2006 Driftwood
Nancy Forrester
 2006 Down the P.C.H.
Wendy O'Hara
 2006 Surf School
Larry's Mom
 2006 Hoboken Hollow
Mrs. Brodrick
 2005 Born Killers
Willow
 2005 Jesus, Mary and Joey
Lulu
 2005 Drop Dead Sexy
Ma Muzzy
 2005 Confessions of an Action Star
Samantha Jones
 2005 Hate Crime
Kathleen Slansky
 2004 The Hillside Strangler
Jenny Buono
 2004 Cross Bronx
Barbara Green
 2004 The Almost Guys
Repo Boss
 2003 Stuck on You
Makeup Babe
 2003 Barely Legal
Tequila
 2003 Manfast
Marge
 2002 Wish You Were Dead
Jinny Macintosh
 2002 Man of the Year
Flora
 2002 Contagion
Laura Crowley
 2001 Say It Isn't So
Nurse Bautista
 2000 Attention Shoppers
Libby
 2000 Me, Myself & Irene
Mrs. Caleron (scenes deleted)
 1998 Living Out Loud
Lisa's Nurse
 1997 Trading Favors
Darla
 1996 Kingpin
Landlady
 1995 The Nature of the Beast
Carol Powell
 1994 New Nightmare
Nurse with Pills
 1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Rubber Rose Maid
 1993 Three of Hearts
Operator
 1993 The Temp
Rosemary
 1992 Roadside Prophets
Celeste
 1990 Book of Love
Mrs. Flynn
 1990 Pump Up the Volume
PTA Parent #3
 1988 Critters 2
Sal
 1987 The Running Man
Propaganda Officer
 1987 Slam Dance
Librarian
 1987 Extreme Prejudice
Employment Office Clerk
 1987 My Demon Lover
Anemic Counter Girl
 1986 Critters
Sally
 1982 Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again
Nurse with Telegram
 1980 The Long Riders
Kate
 1977 A Secret Space
Amy
 1975 Hester Street
Whore
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Other Works:

(7/02) Stage: Appeared (as "Babe") in "Tell Veronica!" by Tony Jerris. Hudson Mainstage Theater, Hollywood, CA. See more »

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Height:

5' 2" (1.57 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I may be the only actress in Hollywood who won't need a face lift, because when I take off my makeup, I look so great compared to my characters!

Trivia:

In the beginning of "Insidious 2", Lindsay Seim portrays a younger version of Elise Rainier, a character originally played by Lin Shaye in "Insidious". Because Lin Shaye has such a distinct voice, she was dubbed over Lindsay's. You don't hear Lindsay 's voice at all in that movie. See more »

Trademark:

Often plays a chain smoker

Star Sign:

Libra

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