Wallace Shawn is an American playwright, actor, essayist, and voice-over artist. Born in New York City, he gained a BA in History from Harvard University, before studying philosophy, politics, economics and Latin at Magdalen College, Oxford. He began working in the theatre in 1970 and his plays include Marie and Bruce (1978), the Obie Award winning Aunt Dan and Lemon (1985), The Designated Mourner (1996) and Grasses of a Thousand Colors (2008). He also co-wrote the screenplay for My Dinner with Andre with Andre Gregory, and he scripted A Master Builder (2013), a film adaptation of the play by Henrik Ibsen. His book Essays was published in 2009.
As an actor, Wallace Shawn has appeared in many of his own plays and several films, including Manhattan (1979), Clueless (1995), and Strange Invaders (1983). He is also the voice of Rex in the Toy Story films.
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