Lin Shaye

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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”

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