Dick Shawn
Actor and comedian
Dick Shawn
[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.
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Short Film Showcase - Captain EO (1986) - Flickering Myth (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Starring Michael Jackson, Angelica Huston, Dick Shawn, Tony Cox, Debbie Lee Carrington and Gary DePew. Created as a '4-D' Disney theme park attraction, Captain EO stars the King of Pop Michael Jackson as the eponymous spaceship captain, who sets off on
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Yuba City man charged with child molestation - Appeal-Democrat
Google News - over 5 years
Dick Shawn Nicholas, of the 200 block of Park Avenue, was being held without bail in Sutter County Jail and made his first court appearance, entering a not guilty plea. After meeting the boy at the dock, Nicholas allegedly tried to arrange a meeting
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Police blotter: Aug. 9, 2011 - Appeal-Democrat
Google News - over 5 years
Dick Shawn Nicholas, 37, of the 200 block of Park Avenue, Yuba City, was arrested by the Yuba City Police Department at 9 pm Aug. 5 at his residence on suspicion of child molestation. He was booked into Sutter County Jail. Nathan Preston Brown, 29,
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Stage presence: Jason Alexander reflects on working live, evil characters and ... - Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
I didn't want to destroy that illusion, so I toughed it out. I persevered, and the audience, I hope, was never any wiser. Q: You've got to think it can't get worse. A: Really, it won't get worse. The only thing worse is like the great, late Dick Shawn
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Summer comedy films - VillageSoup Belfast
Google News - over 5 years
"The Producers" stars Gene Wilder, Zero Mostel and Dick Shawn. The film for July 10 is 1982's "Diner," set in 1959. As the decade is about to strike midnight, five men in their early 20s resist falling into adulthood by seeking refuge in their beloved
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'Columbo' star Peter Falk dies at 83 - USA Today
Google News - over 5 years
The star-studded motion picture also featured Dick Shawn, Sid Caesar, Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Phil Silvers, Milton Berle and Buddy Hackett. In his most famous role, Falk starred as the rumpled, cigar-smoking police
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Amy Glazer's full-throttle life - San Jose Mercury News
Google News - over 5 years
She and her brother once got kicked off the set of "The Producers" because they hit actor Dick Shawn in the head while swinging from the rafters. (Her brother Mitch Glazer is riffing on their childhood for the in-development TV series "Magic City
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Hall Of Fame Celebrates Jews In Sports - Baltimore Jewish Times (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Actor and comedian Dick Shawn served as master of ceremonies. Back in Israel, Sherman knows the Wingate Institute is a nice fit ideologically, but that its location is not ideal as it is not in a major city. Yet feedback from visitors is strong
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Michael Jackson, my Captain EO - Philippine Star
Google News - over 5 years
Dick Shawn plays Captain EO's boss, Commander Bog. It seemed that Copola came up with the name Captain EO from Greek mythology, from the mesmerizing legend surrounding Eos, the Titan goddess of the Dawn, who mated with the star god Aestraeus and gave
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Adolf Hitler Shocking News: Nazi UFOs - ringsidereport.com
Google News - almost 6 years
“I never liked Hitler, but Georgie Girl and I saw the late Dick Shawn in the Broadway play of The Producers. OMG Georgie was so cute in his pink dress with teeth (yes he did have them back in 60's) that gleamed. When Shawn sang, Springtime for Hitler
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10 year time capsule: How "The Producers" changed Broadway - Salon
Google News - almost 6 years
For me, the funniest moment was the original guy cast to play Hitler, the doped-out rock singer Lorenzo St. DuBois, "LSD," the greatest role Dick Shawn ever played. Note that LSD wasn't hip. Dick Shawn wasn't hip. Mel Brooks has never been hip
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CRITIC'S CHOICE
NYTimes - over 8 years
'WHAT DID YOU DO in the War, Daddy?' Directed by Blake Edwards from a screenplay by William Peter Blatty, this 1966 antiwar farce, made as things were heating up in Vietnam, is one of the most ingeniously constructed American comedies, a brilliantly sustained series of plot reversals, inverted identities and reconfigured values. The nominal star is
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Joey Bishop, Comic and Last Survivor of the Rat Pack, Dies at 89
NYTimes - over 9 years
Joey Bishop, the long-faced comedian and last surviving member of the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra's celebrated retinue of the 1960s, died Wednesday night at his home in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 89. There were multiple causes, said his longtime publicist, Warren Cowan. Mr. Bishop was the least flamboyant of the Rat Pack and no match for the others
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'YEAR WITHOUT SANTA'; The Nixon Connection
NYTimes - about 10 years
To the Editor: Stuart Miller writes that some fans say the ''jowly, paranoid'' Heat Miser was modeled on Richard M. Nixon. Actually, the veteran Mad magazine artist Paul Coker Jr. designed the Miser brothers to resemble the wonderful actors who provided their voices, George S. Irving and Dick Shawn. Mr. Coker also created caricatures of celebrity
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TELEVISION; Fiery Hair vs. Pointy Nose: Seasonal Smackdown Returns
NYTimes - about 10 years
AH, December. Time to deck the halls, flop onto the couch and flip on the television to revel in the antics of Christmastime's most memorable cartoon characters. No, not Rudolph or Frosty, not even Santa Claus. Atop the list for sheer originality stands that dastardly yet delightful duo, Heat Miser and Snow Miser. These bizarre, combative
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FILM; When The Nazis Became Nudniks
NYTimes - almost 16 years
IT'S springtime for Hitler and Germany, winter for Poland and France,'' the uniformed tenor warbles. ''Come on, Germans -- go into your dance!'' His command is the cue for a stage full of goose-stepping chorines in storm trooper caps and lederhosen hot pants to take their places in a rotating swastika formation, filmed from an overhead angle like
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Inside Epiphany; All Hams On Deck
NYTimes - about 16 years
On May 2, 1981, at 8 p.m., one network television program changed fashion forever. It wasn't the live assassination of a couturier. It didn't involve Jackie. Or Krystle and Alexis, or even Kelly, Sabrina and Kris. Nancy Reagan and Madonna had nothing to do with it. For an entire generation of young designers, the most historic two hours of network
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A NIGHT OUT WITH: The Catskill Comics; One-Liners for a New Generation
NYTimes - over 17 years
YOU know what they should call us?'' Freddy Roman asked. ''Funny comedians. Not Borscht Belt comedians.'' Noisy agreement erupted around the dinner table. Mal Z. Lawrence, Stewie Stone, Adrienne Tolsch and Dick Capri had finished a performance a couple of weeks ago at the 92d Street Y, a panel entitled ''Borscht Belt Confidential.'' All of them
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MOVIES THIS WEEK
NYTimes - almost 21 years
SOME welcome old film friends are bowing in on television this week. The no-longer-youthful Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer imbued Leo McCarey's LOVE AFFAIR (1939) with a seasoned charm that somehow eluded the director's worthy 1957 remake (with Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant). It also missed the Warren Beatty-Amette Bening "Love Affair" (1994) by a
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Janet Ward, 70, Actress, Is Dead
NYTimes - over 21 years
Janet Ward, an actress who appeared on the stage in "The Impossible Years," "Middle of the Night" and "The Egg," died on Wednesday at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan. She was 70 and lived in Manhattan. The cause was complications from a heart attack, said Thayer Burch, a friend. Ms. Ward was born in New York City and studied at the Actors
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dick Shawn
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1987
    Age 63
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The audience initially assumed that it was part of his act; but after he had remained motionless on the stage for several minutes, a stage hand examined him and asked if a physician was present. After CPR had been initiated, the audience was asked to leave the auditorium, but most remained, still assuming that it was all part of Shawn's act. Many began leaving—still unsure of what they had witnessed—only after paramedics arrived. A notice in the following day's San Diego Union newspaper clarified that Shawn had indeed died during the performance. Dick Shawn was 63. He is interred at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, a Jewish cemetery, in Culver City, California.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1946
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He had one grandchild, Rachel Travolta. He was a longtime resident of Englewood, New Jersey.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1923
    Born
    Born on December 1, 1923.
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