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Dick Shawn (1923–1987)


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 ... See full bio »

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 1987 Maid to Order
Stan Starkey
 1986 Captain EO (Short)
Commander Bog
 1986 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Edgar Eisenberg
- The Equalizer (1986) ... Edgar Eisenberg
 1986 The Check Is in the Mail... (uncredited)
 1986 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Nelson Westbrook (segment "Cold Reading")
- Gramma/Personal Demons/Cold Reading (1986) ... Nelson Westbrook (segment "Cold Reading")
 1985 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Emperor / Guest Interviewee
- The Emperor's New Clothes (1985) ... Emperor
- Grimm Party (1985) ... Guest Interviewee
 1985 Beer
Talk Show Host
 1985 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
Bo Gumbs
- If the Shoes Fit... (1985) ... Bo Gumbs
 1985 Water
Deke Halliday
 1984 The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud
The Ultimate Patient
 1984 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Edward Seraph
- Losers Weepers: Part 1 (1984) ... Edward Seraph
 1984 Legmen (TV Series)
Casanova
 1984 Angel
Mae
 1983 Three's Company (TV Series)
Jack Tripper, Sr.
- Like Father, Like Son (1983) ... Jack Tripper, Sr.
 1983 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Buzz Benoit
- Squeeze Play (1983) ... Buzz Benoit
 1983 Young Warriors
Professor Hoover
 1983 Rock 'n' Roll Hotel
Weevil King of Evil
 1983 Good-bye Cruel World
Rodney Pointsetter / Ainsley Pointsetter
 1982 Slapstick Studios (TV Series)
Sheldon
 1980 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Burnstein
 1980 Mr. and Mrs. Dracula (TV Series)
Dracula
 1979 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series)
 1979 Love at First Bite
Lt. Ferguson
 1979 Fast Friends (TV Movie)
Deke Edwards
 1978 Mary (TV Series)
Skit characters
 1977 Looking Up
Manny Lander
 1975 Medical Center (TV Series)
Pete Rashid
- The Price of a Child (1975) ... Pete Rashid
 1974 The Year Without a Santa Claus (TV Movie)
Snow Miser (voice)
 1974 CBS Daytime 90 (TV Series)
- My Little Love (1974)
 1972-1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Henry Chadwick (segment "Love and the Memento") / Howard (segment "Love and the Hairy Excuse")
- Love and the Hairy Excuse/Love and Lady Luck/Love and the Pick-Up Fantasy (1972) ... Howard (segment "Love and the Hairy Excuse")
 1972 Evil Roy Slade (TV Movie)
Marshal Bing Bell
 1971 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
Nick Sutton
- Glass Cage (1971) ... Nick Sutton
 1971 Dames at Sea (TV Movie)
Lucky
 1969 The Happy Ending
Harry Bricker
 1969 That's Life (TV Series)
 1968 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Ace Winthrop
- Lucy and the Pool Hustler (1968) ... Ace Winthrop
 1967 Sheriff Who (TV Movie)
Crawford Offwhite
 1967 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
Paul Benderhof
- I'm Getting Married (1967) ... Paul Benderhof
 1966 Penelope
Dr. Gregory Mannix
 1966 Way... Way Out
Igor Valkleinokov
 1966 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series)
 1966 What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?
Captain Lionel Cash
 1965 A Very Special Favor
Arnold Plum
 1965 For the People (TV Series)
Ernie Garatella
- Secure Any Special Priviledge or Advantage (1965) ... Ernie Garatella
 1961 Michael Shayne (TV Series)
Ernie Trask
- The Trouble with Ernie (1961) ... Ernie Trask
 1961 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Charlie Wilson
- The Old-Fashioned Way (1961) ... Charlie Wilson
 1961 Checkmate (TV Series)
Danny Whitman
- Laugh Till I Die (1961) ... Danny Whitman
 1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Felix Franklin
- Don't Let It Throw You (1961) ... Felix Franklin
 1960 Wake Me When It's Over
Gus Brubaker
 1956 The Opposite Sex
Singer
 1955 Max Liebman Presents: Kaleidoscope (TV Movie)
Guest
 1954-1955 Max Liebman Spectaculars (TV Series)
- Good Times (1955)
- Fanfare (1954)
- Sunday in Town (1954)
Show Show Soundtrack (6 credits)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (52 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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Stage Play: A Musical Jubilee. Musical revue. Written by Max Wilk [final Broadway credit]. Devised by Marilyn Clark and Charles Burr. Musical Director: John Lesko. Dance arrangements and musical continuity by Trude Rittman. Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang, Hershy Kay and Elman Anderson. Musical Supervisor: Lehman Engel [final Broadway... See more »

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

I can't work places like Vegas or the Catskills where people are belching. Maybe I belong in colleges. At least if I die, I die in front of intelligent people who know what I'm talking about. See more »

Trivia:

Was supposedly the first person to execute the icon "The High Five", in the movie, The Producers (1967). It was during the play in the movie, "Springtime For Hitler", the character of Hitler played by Shawn sent for Goebbels who was played by David Patch, and instead of putting his hand in front of for the "give me five", Shawn held it up and Patch slapped it. Though it would not become popular ... See more »

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