- In 1983 at the age of 24, became one of the youngest staff writers ever employed by Bob Hope.
- Suffered a serious head injury during a bicycle accident in 2007.
- Decided to give up the "Hollywood lifestyle" in 2008 and lead a simpler existence: sold his Beverly Hills mansion, moved into a Malibu trailer park, gave away large sums of money to charitable endeavors and opened a homeless shelter in Charlottesville, VA.
- Became an adjunct professor of communication at Pepperdine University's Seaver College in California in 2011.
- Published his philosophical tome Life's Operating Manual in 2013.
- Gave the 2013 commencement address at the graduation ceremony for Malibu High School in California.
- His production company, Shady Acres Entertainment, is a play on his last name.
- Is three quarters Lebanese and one quarter Irish.
- Richard Shadyac — Brother
- Richard C. Shadyac — Father
- Juliette Shadyac — Mother
- Jennifer Barker — Wife
- University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States (BA, 1981); University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States (MFA in Film, 1989)
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