Tom Shadyac

  • Birth Name: Thomas Peter Shadyac
  • Birth Place: Falls Church, Virginia, United States
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Author
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  • 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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