David Shaughnessy

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David Shaughnessy
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David Shaughnessy in 2014
Born David James Shaughnessy
London, England
Residence Los Angeles, California, US
Occupation Director, producer, actor
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Anne Schoettle
Children Amy, Katie and Josie
Website http://www.davidshaughnessy.net

David James Shaughnessy is a British voice over actor, television director, producer and theatre director. He was educated at Eton College and the Central School of Speech and Drama. As an actor, he started in repertory theatres all around the UK and went on to become a principal actor with the famous Old Vic Theatre Company in London and touring around the world. He went on to perform in national tours, including 18 months in Godspell for producer Cameron Mackintosh, and acted in television series and films both in the UK and the US.

Later he turned to theatre and television directing. He directed in repertory companies all around the UK, culminating in directing the world premiere of Steve Brown's critically acclaimed musical, Elmer Gantry at the Festival Theatre, Chichester. In 1985, he made his voice over debut in Jim Henson's cult classic, "Labyrinth." He voiced Sir Didymus, the Mexican hat and many other goblin characters. This took him to the US. After acting in many American TV shows and films, he moved into producing and TV directing, ultimately becoming executive producer of the daytime drama, The Young and the Restless. He now directs for The Bold and the Beautiful on a freelance basis, while continuing to provide a multitude of voice-overs for films, cartoons, commercials and video games. He guest teaches and directs at Harvard Westlake High School in Los Angeles and is an Instructor in multi-camera directing at the Columbia College Hollywood Film School.

His father was Alfred Shaughnessy, a scriptwriter, best known for his work as Head Writer and producer of Upstairs, Downstairs. His elder brother is the actor Charles Shaughnessy, best known as Maxwell Sheffield on the television show, The Nanny and Shane Donovan in "Days of Our Lives". His wife is former Days of Our Lives head writer Anne Schoettle. David and Anne live in Los Angeles and have three daughters Amy, Katie and Josie.

He is the heir presumptive to the Barony of Shaughnessy, which is held by his brother.

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Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Award

  • Win, 1993, 2004, Drama series, The Young and the Restless and 2013, 2015 Directing Team, The Bold & the Beautiful
  • Nomination, 1999–2003, Drama series, The Young and the Restless, 2013 Directing team, The Bold & the Beautiful

Executive producing tenure[edit]

Preceded by
William J. Bell
Edward J. Scott
Executive Producer of The Young and the Restless
(with William J. Bell)
(with John F. Smith: 2003-2004)

2001 – 2004
Succeeded by
William J. Bell
John F. Smith


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