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Charles George Patrick Shaughnessy, 5th Baron Shaughnessy (born 9 February 1955) is a British peer, and television, theatre and film actor. He is known for his roles on American television, as Shane Donovan on the soap opera Days of our Lives and as Maxwell Sheffield on the sitcom The Nanny.
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. He is of Irish and English descent. His brother, David Shaughnessy, is also an actor and a television producer and director. 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 the University of Cambridge.
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 him touring in a repertory company. He moved to the United States to follow actress Susan Fallender, whom he eventually wed.
Shaughnessy first became known for playing Shane Donovan on the soap opera Days of our Lives from 1984 to 1992. His Days of our Lives 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 1996, Shaughnessy was reunited with another co-star from DOOL - 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 murders Ross; gradually, his daughter uncovers the truth.
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 on Drescher's next sitcom, Living with Fran, wherein Shaughnessy appeared fairly frequently as her philandering but needy ex-husband, Ted. Living with Fran was canceled on May 17, 2006, after two seasons.
Shaughnessy also appeared in the Disney Channel 2002 made-for-TV movie Get a Clue. He was also seen in the Halloween 2000 made-for-TV 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.
He has recently 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 May 11, 2002, Shaughnessy won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for his portrayal of Dennis the Goldfish on Stanley.
Shaughnessy makes a guest appearance in season two and three of Mad Men. In the episode “Meditations in an Emergency,” (October 19, 2008), he plays Saint John Powell, one of the partners of the London advertising firm Putnam, Powell, and Lowe. They are buying out Sterling Cooper and he announces that Herman “Duck” Phillips will be the new President. There are later appearances in season three.
On August 8, 2008, he portrayed the murder victim (Samuel, Guru) in Murder 101: The Locked Room Mystery. As of September 2008, his voice can be heard in a few television commercials for Range Rover cars. In December 2008, he did 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 commercials for Land Rover.
On May 5, 2009, he made a guest appearance in the series The Mentalist episode “Miss Red” as the manager of a private club.
As of 2009, 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 modeled after Simon Cowell in the episode "Judge Me Tender".
He returned to Days of our Lives in May 2010, in a story line associated with the funeral of Alice Horton (played by the late Frances Reid), reuniting him with his former co-star Patsy Pease (Kimberly).
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).
As of September 2010, he took a role in the web soap opera The Bay.
On December 6, 2010, Shaughnessy reunited with Fran Drescher as a guest on 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 Stephano 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.
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Charles George Patrick Shaughnessy
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Charles George Patrick Shaughnessy, 5th Baron Shaughnessy (born 9 February 1955), simply known as Charles Shaughnessy, is a British peer and television, theatre and film actor. He is known for his roles on American television, as Shane Donovan on the soap opera Days of Our Lives and as Maxwell Sheffield on the sitcom The Nanny. Along with his brother David Shaughnessy and Ophelia Soumekh he is a partner in 3S Media Solutions Inc.
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