Larry Shue (23 July 1946 - 23 September 1985) was an American playwright and actor, best known for writing two often-performed farces, The Nerd and The Foreigner.
Shue was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up in Kansas and Chicago, Illinois. He graduated cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1968, served in the Army during the Vietnam War, and then began his career as a professional actor and playwright. He worked in repertory and in New York, and appeared in the television series One Life to Live. Film appearances include the shorts A Common Confusion; Another Town; and The Land of the Blind: or The Hungry Leaves; and the feature-length Sweet Liberty.
Shue's two best-known plays were written and first performed while he was playwright-in-residence at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater:
The Foreigner was still running at the time of Shue's death. He was killed in the crash of a commuter plane in the Shenandoah Valley near Weyers Cave, Virginia.
Both The Nerd and The Foreigner have become staples of the professional and amateur theatre. His other plays include: