|Wallace Shawn was born on November 12, 1943, in New York, New York.
Shawn is the son of William Shawn, who was editor of The New Yorker from 1952 to 1987.
Shawn's first film appearance was in Woody Allen's Manhattan in 1979. In 1981, he starred in My Dinner with Andre based on the script he wrote with his co-star Andre Gregory.
In 1987, he appeared as the "Masked Avenger" in Radio Days and as the evil "Vizzini" in The Princess Bride.
Shawn has made dozens of guest appearances on TV shows such as "The Cosby Show," "The Nanny," and "Murphy Brown." He had a recurring role as a Ferengi in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."
Shawn is also a critically praised playwright.