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Gender: Female

Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Lin Shaye is 5' 2" (1.57 m) and was born on October 12, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Her mother Dorothy is a homemaker and her father; Max Mendle Shaye is a painter and supermarket owner. She comes from a Jewish family, and her brother Robert Shaye was a film executive. Robert Shaye is the founder and was CEO of New Line Cinema. Lin is a lifetime member of the Actor's Studio. She has acted in over 170 movies/television shows.

She is an American actor that specializes in films, theatre and television shows. She moved to New York to be in the Off-Broadway show after finishing her Art History studies at the University of Michigan. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting at Columbia University School of the Arts. She moved to Los Angeles in 1977 to further her career in acting. She is the only actor in Dumb & Dumber (1994) and Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003) to appear in both movies.

She married Marshall Rubinoff who later died on July 7, 1968. She then married 20 years later to Clayton Landey on January 1, 1988 and divorced him in 2003. They had one child together, Lee J. Landey who was born in 1989. Clayton and Lin appeared together in 2002's Wish You Were Dead.

Some Awards Lin Shaye won

2002 - Lin won Method Fest Independent Film Festival for Best Supporting Actress
2004 - Lin won Peñíscola Comedy Film Festival for Best Actress in Dead End
2005 - Lin won Breckenridge Festival Of Film for Best Supporting Actress in Hate Crime
2012 Lin won Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for Best Supporting Actress in Insidious
2012 Lin won Fright Meter Awards for Best Supporting Actress in Insidious


“I'm not a blood and guts person. I remember seeing 'House of Wax' as a teenager in 3D. This was years ago, the original 'House of Wax', and that was scary enough for me that I thought I'd never see another one”

“I try to keep away exterior events that are going to make me do something negative internally to myself.”

“I may be the only actress in Hollywood who won't need a face lift, because when I take off my makeup, I look so great compared to my characters!”

“As an actor, whatever I get the opportunity to do, if it has a good story then I'm in. I thought 'Dead End' had a great story; 'Nightmare on Elm Street,' of course, was probably the first real horror film I was in”

“No matter how much I plan the overall arc of the character, you get there day one on the film and you shooting certain scenes first, and it goes completely different to anything you ever thought of, and then it's done”

“I think the first thing is don't give up. If you love the craft. If you love being a detective and discovering who a character is and the detail of how they walk and what kind of shoes they wear and what did they do yesterday and what's important to them. I definitely advise actors to learn about the craft.”

“I just kind of do my thing with sort of tunnel vision for the story and my role and how it fits together”

“I started in theater; I did theater in New York for 14 years before I even thought about doing movies - I never thought about being in a film; it just never occurred to me”

Actor Lin Shaye Movies / Films:

Abattoir (2016) Director's Cut (2016) Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves (2015) Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) aka Insidious 3 (2015) Tales of Halloween (2015) Ouija (2014) Lost Time (2014) The Signal (2014) Grace (2014) Big Ass Spider! (2013) aka Mega Spider (2013) Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) aka Insidious 2 (2013) The Three Stooges (2012) 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams (2010) aka 2001 Maniacs 2, 2001 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbillys, 2001 Maniacs: The Sequel, 2001 Maniacs: The Sequel (2010) Insidious (2010) aka The Astral, The Further (2010) Dark Moon Rising (2009) aka Wolf Moon (2009) Killer Pad (2008) Asylum (2008) 2001 Maniacs (2005) Dead End (2003) New Nightmare (1994) aka A Nightmare on Elm Street 7: The Real Story, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 7: Freddy's Finale, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 7: The Ascension, The New Nightmare, Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) Amityville: A New Generation (1993) aka Amityville 1993: The Image of Evil, Amityville 7 (1993) Critters 3 (1991) aka Critters 3: You Are What They Eat (1991) Critters 2 (1988) aka Critters 2: The Main Course (1988) The Hidden (1987) My Demon Lover (1987) The Running Man (1987) Critters (1986) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Reviewed Movies Starring Lin Shaye

  • Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)

    Insidious: Chapter 3 2015

    Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) is an American horror movie that I was greatly anticipating to see. I am a huge fan of the Insidious series. Insidious director and writer Leigh Whannell (Saw (2004), Insidious:…

  • Tales of Halloween (2015)

    Tales of Halloween 2015

    Tales of Halloween (2015) is an American horror anthology movie consisting of ten segments. The segments are set in a small American town that are being terrorized by ghouls, aliens, imps, killer kids,…

  • Ouija (2014)

    Ouija 2014

    Ouija (2014) is an American supernatural thriller horror movie that was enjoyable, but a movie that I will not watch again. Director and co-writer Stiles White (The Sixth Sense (1999), Knowing (2009),…

  • Lost Time (2014)

    Lost Time 2014

    Lost Time (2014) is an American science fiction mystery thriller horror movie that kept me guessing and waiting for the big moment. The big moment never came so I would not recommend this movie to viewers.…

  • The Signal (2014)

    The Signal 2014

    The Signal (2014) is a low budget (4 million budget), independent science fiction movie that began filming on May 9, 2013. The majority of the thriller movie was filmed in Albuquerque, Los Lunas and Taos,…

  • Grace: The Possession (2014)

    Grace: The Possession 2014

    Grace: The Possession (2014) is an American drama thriller horror movie that was shot in POV style. Director Jeff Chan (Call of Duty: Operation Kingfish (2011), Call of Duty: Find Makarov (2011),…

  • Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

    Insidious: Chapter 2 2013

    Insidious 2 was truly amazing; it is definitely worth watching at any cost. I love every bit of it and jumped multiples times. Director James Wan did a great job with Insidious: Chapter 2 which had a…

  • 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams (2010)

    2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams 2010

    From director Tim Sullivan comes the eagerly anticipated second installment of the gore-soaked horror-comedy franchise, 2001 MANIACS: FIELD OF SCREAMS! The Southern residents of Pleasant Valley take their…

  • Insidious (2010)

    Insidious 2010

    Insidious for the beginning half of the horror movie seems like a classic haunted house movie with the best of that genre. From the creative team that brought you the SAW franchise. Shadowy figures are…

  • Wolf Moon - Dark Moon Rising (2009)

    Wolf Moon - Dark Moon Rising 2009

    Amy (Ginny Weirick), a small-town girl meets and falls in love with Dan (Chris Divecchio), a mysterious drifter. Amy learns that Dan possesses a family curse and the unimaginable horror that was passed…

  • Killer Pad (2008)

    Killer Pad 2008

    When three pals find a sweet deal on a mansion in the Hollywood Hills they think they have struck party gold. But their dreams of sexy Hollywood ladies are quickly thwarted when they realize that their…

  • Asylum (2008)

    Asylum 2008

    Six unsuspecting college co-eds discover their dorm was once the site of a notorious insane asylum infamous for conducting gruesome lobotomy's on its teenage inmates during the 1930's. When…

  • 2001 Maniacs (2005)

    2001 Maniacs 2005

    2001 Maniacs (2005) is an American comedy thriller horror movie that is a remake of 1964 movie Two Thousand Maniacs! Tim Sullivan (Chillerama (2011), 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams (2010), Hood of Horror…

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 7: New Nightmare (1994)

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 7: New Nightmare 1994

    The true final installment to the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. This has the lead star (Heather Langenkamp) from the first movie as a regular person living her life as a movie star when things start…

  • Amityville: New Generation (1993)

    Amityville: New Generation 1993

    God help us all if anyone thinks this movie comes close to the original Amityville Horror. This "New Generation" version is pretty bad. If I'm watching a horror movie and absolutely nothing…

  • Critters 3 - You Are What They Eat (1991)

    Critters 3 - You Are What They Eat 1991

    Critters 3: You Are What They Eat (1991) is an American comedy science fiction horror movie that is the third movie in the Critters series. Critters 3 and Critters 4 was shot back-to-back, and it does…

  • Critters 2 - The Main Course (1988)

    Critters 2 - The Main Course 1988

    Critters 2 (1988) is an American science fiction comedy horror movie that is also known as Critters 2: The Main Course. Director and co-writer Mick Garris (Hocus Pocus (1993), The Fly II (1989), Masters…

  • The Hidden (1987)

    The Hidden 1987

    The Hidden (1987) is an American science fiction crime horror movie. The movie was filmed in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA and Park Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles,…

  • My Demon Lover (1987)

    My Demon Lover 1987

    My Demon Lover (1987) is an American fantasy comedy movie that was one hour and a half long. Director Charlie Loventhal (The First Time (1983), Meet Market (2008), Home Movies (1980)) did a poor job executing…

  • The Running Man (1987)

    The Running Man 1987

    The Running Man (1987) is an American science fiction action, crime movie that is loosely based on the Stephen King novel, The Running Man (1982). The movie was 101 minutes, and every bit of it was…

  • Critters (1986)

    Critters 1986

    Critters (1986) is an American sci-fi comedy, action horror movie that is the first installment in its series. The Critters series consist of Critters (1986), Critters 2: The Main Course (1988), Critters…

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984

    The first in the Freddy Krueger line of Nightmare on Elm Street movies. This one has a teenager who discovers that people can be murdered in their dreams by this boogie man, Freddy Krueger. You must see…