Mapping the erratic career of Wallace Shawn

By Laurie Bennett

June 2, 2014 at 7:51am

It has been a long, unpredictable journey from “My Dinner with Andre” in 1981 to “A Master Builder,” set for release in July.

Along the way, Wallace Shawn has played the Masked Avenger in “Radio Days,” a Sicilian outlaw in “The Princess Bride,” the Huxtables’ next-door neighbor on “The Cosby Show,” the voice of Rex in “Toy Story,” the voice of Bertram on “Family Guy,” a labrador on “All Dogs Go to Heaven 2″ and Blair’s lovable stepfather on “Gossip Girl.”

Wallace Shawn
Wallace Shawn

“A Master Builder” reunites him with Andre Gregory, his co-star in “My Dinner with Andre.”

Shawn wrote the new film’s script, based on the play by Henrik Ibsen. He and Gregory co-wrote the script for the earlier film, although many viewers thought the long dinner conversation was spontaneous.

Shawn’s writing credentials are more impressive than one might expect for a “Gossip Girl” denizen. He is a playwright (including “Our Late Night,” “The Fever” and “The Designated Mourner”) and the son of the late William Shawn, editor of The New Yorker.

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