Charles Shaughnessy

Charles Shaughnessy

Born: February 9, 1955
Age: 68
Birthplace: London, England
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Charles George Patrick Shaughnessy, 5th Baron Shaughnessy (born 9 February 1955) is a television, theatre, and film actor.

Shaughnessy is known for his roles on American television, as Shane Donovan on the soap opera Days of Our Lives, as Maxwell Sheffield on the sitcom The Nanny, and as the voice of Dennis the Goldfish on Stanley. Along with his brother, David Shaughnessy, and Ophelia Soumekh, he is a partner in 3S Media Solutions Inc.

Shaughnessy was born on 9 February 1955 in London, the son of Alfred Shaughnessy, a television writer who was the scriptwriter for Upstairs, Downstairs, and the actress Jean Lodge. His brother, David Shaughnessy, is also an actor and a television producer and director. His great-grandfather Thomas Shaughnessy was an American-Canadian railway administrator of Irish descent.[1] Having been born into a show-business family, he started appearing in plays during primary school. After attending Eton College, he read for a law degree at Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge where he wrote a thesis on the House of Lords.[2]

While at Cambridge, he joined the Footlights club. After graduating, he decided to return to acting and enrolled in a London drama school, which led to his touring in a repertory company. He moved to the United States to follow actress Susan Fallender, whom he eventually wed.



Shaughnessy first became widely known for playing Shane Donovan on the soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1984 to 1992. His character's romance with Patsy Pease's character, Kimberly Brady, made the duo into a soap supercouple and revived interest in Days among teenage viewers in the 1980s. In 1986, he appeared with Betty White and Bert Convy on Super Password, and in January 1993, Shaughnessy appeared in an episode of Murphy Brown as the title character's date to the inaugural ball.

Shaughnessy is also well known for his portrayal of Maxwell Sheffield opposite Fran Drescher on CBS' The Nanny from 1993 to 1999. He and Drescher resumed acting together in Drescher's next sitcom, Living with Fran, wherein Shaughnessy appeared fairly frequently as her philandering but needy ex-husband, Ted. Living with Fran was cancelled on 17 May 2006, after two seasons.

In 1996, Shaughnessy was reunited with another co-star from Days of Our Lives - Charlotte Ross, who portrayed Shane's daughter, Eve Donovan - for the TV movie A Kiss So Deadly. This time, Ross portrayed the roommate of Shaughnessy's daughter (Dedee Pfeiffer); Shaughnessy's character, although married, forms an obsessive Lolita-esque relationship with Ross. When she tries to break it off, Shaughnessy's character murders Ross'; gradually, his daughter uncovers the truth.

Shaughnessy also appeared (in a dual role) in the Disney Channel 2002 made-for-TV movie Get a Clue. He was also seen in the 2000 made-for-TV Halloween movie Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire starring opposite Caroline Rhea; she guest-starred on The Nanny in 1998 as part of a cross-over with Hollywood Squares. That same year, Shaughnessy made two appearances on The WB's Sabrina (this show stars Rhea, Melissa Joan Hart, and Beth Broderick) playing two different characters. He played Alec Colson in the 8th-season episode "Covenant" of Stargate SG-1. He also voiced Dr. Quintaine in the PC game Freelancer.

Shaughnessy appeared on an episode of NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and is also the voice of Dennis the Goldfish on the Disney Channel cartoon series Stanley. On 11 May 2002, Shaughnessy won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for his portrayal of Dennis the Goldfish on Stanley.

On 8 August 2008, Shaughnessy portrayed the murder victim (Samuel, Guru) in Murder 101: The Locked Room Mystery. As of September 2008, his voice was heard in a few television commercials for Range Rover cars. In December 2008, he provided the voice of Pietro in The Tale of Despereaux. He also portrayed the Cockney English accent for "The Boss" in the game Saints Row 2, and more recently has voiced more commercials for Land Rover.

On 5 May 2009, Shaughnessy made a guest appearance in the series The Mentalist episode "Miss Red" as the manager of a private club. His voice has been featured in commercials for Land Rover. He also appeared on the popular TV show Hannah Montana as a talent show judge modelled after Simon Cowell in the episode "Judge Me Tender".

Shaughnessy returned to Days of Our Lives in May 2010, in a storyline associated with the funeral of Alice Horton (played by Frances Reid), briefly reuniting him with his former co-star Patsy Pease (Kimberly). This plot development was necessitated by the real-world death of the actress who had long portrayed Mrs. Horton, as the producers were aware that the audience would not accept the portrayal of the character by anyone else.

In August-September 2010, Shaughnessy appeared as King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot! at The Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine. In January 2011, he won the Broadway World Boston Theater Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical (Large Theater). Since 2010, Shaughnessy has starred on the soap opera web series The Bay as Elliot Sanders.[3] On 6 December 2010, he reunited with Fran Drescher as a guest on her limited-run daytime show, The Fran Drescher Show.

In June 2011, Shaughnessy appeared as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts. He made a guest appearance on the first-season finale of Fran Drescher's TV Land sitcom, Happily Divorced, first airing on 17 August 2011.

Shaughnessy returned to Days of Our Lives for a limited run in May 2012 as Shane Donovan, in a story line involving his return to the ISA and interacting with Hope and Bo Brady and Stefano DiMera. His co-star, Patsy Pease did not appear as Shane's wife, Kimberly, in this story arc; nor did Charlotte Ross, who had played Shane's daughter, Eve. He also returned in November 2013 for a three-episode arc, in which his character Shane, and his wife Kimberly, deal with their daughter's drug use.

On 23 January 2014, it was announced that Shaughnessy would assume the title role in the play Harvey at the New Theatre in Overland Park, Kansas after original star Judge Reinhold was offered the opportunity to leave the production.

In August 2014, Shaughnessy made a guest appearance on the Disney Channel show Dog with a Blog as business tycoon Tom Fairbanks, a man who wanted to buy Stan, the title character, and use him as the spokes-dog for his animal rescue campaign.[4]

Personal life

Shaughnessy has been married to Susan Fallender since 21 May 1983.[5] Together they have two daughters:

  • The Honourable Jenny Johanna Shaughnessy (born 18 March 1990) is an assistant to head production at Nickelodeon.[5]
  • The Honourable Madelyn Sarah Shaughnessy (born 8 February 1995).

He is a Chelsea F.C. supporter.

Shaughnessy is active on the Internet. He maintains his own blog on Blogspot and in the midst of the 2008 US Presidential Election, he started a video blog on YouTube supporting Barack Obama. He has also appeared in an episode of the CollegeHumor series If Google Was A Guy.


In December 2007, Shaughnessy became the fifth Baron Shaughnessy, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, upon the death of his second cousin, Michael James Shaughnessy, 4th Baron Shaughnessy. The heir presumptive to the title is his brother David, who will remain such while both are living unless Charles subsequently fathers a son. The first Baron Shaughnessy was their great-grandfather, Thomas George Shaughnessy, the president of Canadian Pacific Railway. Although seldom addressed as such, by his baronial title he is also properly styled as "The Right Honourable The Lord Shaughnessy".

Awards and nominations

Soap Opera Digest Awards

  • Won, 1985, for Outstanding New Actor in a Daytime Serials
  • Won, 1986, for Favorite Daytime Super Couple on a Daytime Serial (shared with Patsy Pease)
  • Won, 1988, for Outstanding Super Couple: Daytime (shared with Patsy Pease)
  • Nominated, 1990, for Outstanding Super Couple: Daytime (shared with Patsy Pease)
  • Nominated, 1991, for Outstanding Hero: Daytime
  • Nominated, 1992, for Outstanding Lead Actor: Daytime

Daytime Emmy Awards

  • Won, 2002, for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (Stanley)

Broadway World Boston Theater Awards

  • Won, 2011, for Best Lead Actor in a Musical (Large Theater)


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Jury Julian Spears 13 episodes
Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime John Rennie ("The Affair of the Pink Pearl")
1984-2017 Days of Our Lives Shane and Drew Donovan 114 episodes
1989 Til We Meet Again Armand Sadowski mini-series
2 episodes
1993 Mad About You Michael Swept Away
1993 Murphy Brown Michael ("Back to the Ball")
1993-99 The Nanny Maxwell Sheffield 145 episodes
1994 Duckman Wolfgang 'Cannibal Lechter' Kracker
1996 A Kiss So Deadly Tom Deese television movie
Everything to Gain Andrew Keswick television movie
1998 Second Chances Dr. Hugh Olson
2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Alec
James Hexton
2000 ("You Can't Twin")
2001 ("Witchright Hall")
Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire Dimitri Denatos
2001-04 Stanley Dennis the Goldfish 33 episodes
2002 Get a Clue Detective Meaney / Falco television movie
2004 Stargate SG-1 Alec Colson
2005 All Grown Up! Airline Rep (voice)
Kids in America Sergeant Carmichael
2005-06 Living With Fran Ted Reeves 7 episodes
2006 National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2 Professor Rex Cavendish
Veronica Mars Budd Rose ("Lord of the Pi's")
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Martin Trenway ("Recall")
2007 Saints & Sinners August Martin 62 episodes
2008 Polar Opposites David
The Tale of Despereaux Pietro (voice)
2008-09 Mad Men St. John Powell 5 episodes
2009 Hannah Montana Byron ("Judge Me Tender")
Wishing Well Bosley television movie
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Mr Pants (voice) ("Fancy Pants")
2010 CSI: NY Mr. Christensen ("Sanguine Love")
The Suite Life on Deck Jean-Claude Benoit ("Rollin' With the Holmsies")
Audrey Jacques
2010-14 The Bay Capt. Elliot Sanders 15 episodes
2011 Ricky and Ravi (Are in Between Jobs) Richard Paddle short
Your Highness Narrator/Soul of the Maze
William & Kate Flight Instructor television movie
Happily Divorced Gregory Sherwood ("Torn Between Two Lovetts")
Love's Christmas Journey Mr. Weaver television movie
2012 Castle Nigel Wyndham ("The Limey")
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Ned Fussbuster/Creepy Voice (voice) ("The Hodag of Horror")
Victorious Mason Thornesmith 2 episodes
Liz & Dick Anthony Asquith television movie
2013 This Magic Moment Doyle Duncan
2013-14 Sullivan & Son Darryl 2 episodes
2014 Super Fun Night Rupert Royce
Moontrap: Target Earth Richard Kontral
My Dad Is Scrooge Judge
2014 Dog with a Blog Tom Fairbanks ("The Mutt and the Mogul")
2016 The Magicians Christopher Plover 2 episodes
2017 NCIS Balthazar Kilmeany ("The Tie That Binds")
2018 Ghosted Kenneth Lenier 2 Episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Freelancer Professor Roland Quintain
2006 Saints Row Radio Voice
2008 Saints Row 2 Male Character English Voice
White Knight Chronicles: International Edition Eldore
2010 White Knight Chronicles II Eldore
2011 Homefront
2012 Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Cydan, Additional Voices


Coat of arms of Charles Shaughnessy
A Coronet of a Baron
Issuing from an Antique Crown Or a Dexter Cubit Arm in Armour and gauntleted grasping a Two-headed Battle-axe all proper
Per fess Gules and Azure in chief two Mill-rinds and in base an Ancient Harp Or within a Bordure engrailed Ermine
Dexter: an Irish Wolfhound proper gorged with a Collar Argent charged with three Trefoils Vert; Sinister: a Beaver proper gorged with a Collar Argent charged with three Maple Leaves Gules
Manu Forti (With a strong hand)

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