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About Dick Shawn (1923 – 1987)
Dick Shawn was born Richard Schulefand, on December 1, 1923 in Buffalo, New York. His birth name was Richard Schulefand.
Described as being an aquired taste, Dick Shawn made a great living as a comedian with a unique way of making people roar with laughter, during his touring in one-man stage shows.
In 1960, Dick Shawn co-starred with comedian Ernie Kovak in the comedy, WAKE ME WHEN ITS OVER.
In 1963, Dick Shawn stole some of the scenes in the all-star epic comedy, IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD, portraying the character, Sylvester Marcus, the outrageous son of Ethel Merman's character, Mrs. Marcus.
The 1967 role that overshadows all the rest of Dick Shawn's work was his mock portrayal of a singing Adolf Hitler, Lorenzo St. DuBois; (LSD for short), a hippie love-child, in Mel Brooks' hilarious comedy; THE PRODUCERS, starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. Mostel and Wilder play con-artists, trying to produce the worst play on Broadway, SPRINGTIME FOR HITLER. After over-selling the shares of this show, these two characters picked the worst script they could find, written by an ex-Nazi;(Kenneth Mars), picked the worst director;(Christopher Hewett), and who they thought was the worst actor possible to play their Hitler. They were wrong! The play was a huge hit.
Dick Shawn also had a long career on television, being a guest star on such shows as THE LOVE BOAT, MAGNUM PI, THREE'S COMPANY, THE FALL GUY, TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, FAERIE TALE THEATRE, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, and HAIL TO THE CHIEF.
On April 17, 1987, Dick Shawn passed away from a heart attack while performing a comedy routine on stage at the University of California, San Diego. Many if not most of those in attendance thought it was part of the routine.
Dick Shawn's notable movie credits include...
RENTED LIPS (1988)
MAID TO ORDER (1987)
YOUNG WARRIORS (1983)
GOOD-BYE CRUEL WORLD (1983)
LOOKING UP (1977)
THE HAPPY ENDING (1969)
WAY... WAY OUT (1966)
IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963)
WAKE ME WHEN IT'S OVER (1960)