Birth Name: Tom Shadyac
Birth Place: Falls Church, Virginia, USA
Born Dec. 11, 1958, Shadyac was raised in Falls Church, VA by his father, Richard, a lawyer, and his mother, Julie. He excelled at J.E.B. Stuart High School, where he played basketball, was a member of the Key Club, and earned entry into the National Honor Society. After graduating, Shadyac attended the University of Virginia, where he showed a knack for comedy by producing a poster called "Are You a Preppy?" which targeted the then-popular preppy movement with National Lampoon-like flare. He printed multiple orders and used the profits to fund his fraternity, Sigma Chi. Shadyac graduated with his BA in 1981 and moved to the West Coast, where he pursued his master's degree in film from the U...