That Guy Actor of the Week: Wallace Shawn

“Inconceivable!”  Does that ring any bells?  It should.  That’s because it came from The Princess Bride and the wonderful annoying little man who played Vizzini is none other than Wallace Shawn.   And if any of you out there really knew his name then I simply don’t believe you. I mean if you need an annoying voice pest of a man, then Wallace is your dude.

I couldn’t believe this when I read it, but he’s got over 130 credits to his name.   Clearly most of them are for his voice work but I’ll never forget the time he appeared on The Cosby Show.   Also, he’s done plenty of television work.

It’s just that it’s so hard to even think of him as anything but Vizzini.  Oh well.

Classic Vizzini

“Never mess with a Sicilian when death is on the line!”

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  1. He’s in Toy Story, but he’s not slinky, he’s the dinosaur Rex. Slinky was voiced by Jim Varney of “Ernest Goes to ___” fame. But he passed away and some other guy does it now.

  2. @Sean: the guy from Home Improvement who owned the hardware store (also of Adam Sandler film and Boy Meets World fame) voices him now. He was actually best friends with Varney and donates his salary for the Toy Story movies now to his family.

  3. His brother is a music professor at my school, so he comes from a talented family. I remember hearing that he acts to support his true passion, which is writing.

    Needless to say, he is infamous at my college and everybody loves to throw his name around when they talk about their associations with celebrity.

    I have to agree with Frankincense, he was awesome in Deep Space Nine.

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