Who Is Wallace Shawn? Here Is Everything You Need To Know!

Who Is Wallace Shawn?
November 12, 2020 - 15:01 / Rachel Johnson

Who is Wallace Shawn? You may recognize the talented actor from a number of movies and TV shows including The Princess Bride (1987) and Gossip Girl. In fact, at 77 the American actor has quite an impressive resume! Here is everything you need to know about who Wallace Shawn is!

Who is Wallace Shawn? While you may recognize him from a variety of roles there is more to Wallace Shawn than meets the eye. Born November 12, 1943, Wallace Shawn had ambitions to become a diplomat before turning to acting full time.

Graduating with a bachelor's in history, Wallace spent time studying philosophy, politics, and economics at the University of Oxford as well as teaching English in India! After moving back stateside, Wallace would teach Latin in NYC until 1979 when he would pursue acting full-time!

Who is Wallace Shawn?

Wallace Shawn and Margaret Colin on Gossip Girl 

Wallace Shawn’s first roles would come in plays, many of which he also wrote like:

  • Our Late Night (1974)
  • Marie and Bruce (1978)
  • Aunt Dan and Lemon (1985)
  • The Designated Mourner (1997)

Wallace would make his film debut with Woody Allen’s Manhattan in 1979 alongside Diane Keaton. From there, the talented actor would prove to be unstoppable and has now starred in a number of classics like Clueless (1995), Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz (1979), and The Princess Bride (1987).

Wallace Shawn TV Shows

Wallace Shawn at the premiere of Disney's Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made 

Wallace Shawn has also seen success on TV, having starred in a number of smaller but regular roles in series including as:

  • “Cyrus Rose” on Gossip Girl
  • “Grand Nagus Zek” on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • “Jeff Engels” on The Cosby Show
  • “Charles Lester” on The Good Wife
  • and most recently as “Dr. John Sturgis” on Young Sheldon.

Wallace is also known for his voice work, most notably as “Rex” in the Toy Story films! At 77 years old, Wallace Shawn has quite an impressive resume under his belt and is one of the most recognizable faces in the acting world!