Dick Shawn

Actor and Comedian
Born Dec 1, 1923

[edit] Early life and career Shawn was born as Richard Schulefand in Buffalo, New York and raised in adjacent Lackawanna. The best known roles of his career were that of Sylvester Marcus in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Lorenzo St. DuBois in The Producers (1968 film) and Cold Miser in The Year Without a Santa Claus. He had continued success with his stand-up comedy act that he successfully performed for over 35 years in nightclubs around the world.… Read More

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1923 Birth Born on December 1, 1923.


1946 22 Years Old Shawn was married to Rita Bachner in 1946, and they had four children: Amy, Wendy (married to John Travolta's older brother Joey Travolta), Adam, and Jennifer. … Read More


1987 63 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 17, 1987, during a performance at University of California, San Diego's Mandeville Hall—including his portrayal of a politician reciting such campaign clichés as "If elected, I will not lay down on the job"—Shawn suffered a fatal heart attack and collapsed face-down on the stage. … Read More
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