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)
Birth Name: Thomas Peter Shadyac
Birth Place: Falls Church, Virginia, United States