David Shaughnessy

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David Shaughnessy
David Shaughnessy in 2014
  • Actor
  • producer
  • director
Years active1979–present
SpouseAnne Schoettle
RelativesCharles Shaughnessy (brother)

David Shaughnessy is an English actor, producer and director best known for his voice-work in Big Hero 6, Big Hero 6: The Series, Fallout 4, Labyrinth, Mass Effect, Peter Pan and the Pirates, Star Wars Rebels, The Darkness II, The Elder Scrolls and Warcraft. He has directed for shows such as Days of Our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and The Restless. He is the brother of actor Charles Shaughnessy.


As an actor, Shaughnessy started in repertory theatres in the UK and went on to become a principal actor with The Old Vic 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 has acted in a number of American and British films and television series.

Shaughnessy later turned to television and theatre directing. He directed the world premiere of Steve Brown's critically acclaimed musical, Elmer Gantry at the Chichester Festival Theatre. In 1985, he made his voice-over debut in Jim Henson's cult classic Labyrinth. He voiced Didymus, the Hat and various goblin characters. After appearing in several American films and television series, he became an executive producer of the daytime drama The Young and the Restless and has directed episodes of Santa Barbara (1987), The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives and many other shows. He continues to provide voice work for animation, commercials, films and video games.

His father was Alfred Shaughnessy, a scriptwriter best known for his work as head writer and producer of Upstairs, Downstairs. His older brother, Charles Shaughnessy, is also an actor best known as Maxwell Sheffield on The Nanny and Shane Donovan in Days of Our Lives, and currently holder of the title of Baron Shaughnessy; David is his brother's heir presumptive. His wife is former Days of Our Lives head writer Anne Schoettle. The two live in Los Angeles and have three daughters; Amy, Katie and Josie.





Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Whistle Blower Medical Officer
1989 Death Spa Freddie


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Danger UXB Lieutenant Carter Brown 5 episodes
1982 The Haunting of Cassie Palmer Phillip Craven 1 episode
1982 Q.E.D. Official Episode: "The Great Motor Race"
1984 The Brief Adjutant Episode: "Nickels and Dimes"
1985 Three Up Two Down Man with Wardrobe Episode: "Widower's Mite"
1985 Minder Doctor Episode: "The Return of the Invincible Man"
1986 The Clairvoyant Motorist 1 episode
1988 War and Remembrance RAF Officer (Singapore) Episode: "Part 1"
1989 Newhart Charles Episode: "Home and Jojo"
2012 Guys with Kids Ian Episode: "Thanksgiving"

Voice acting[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Labyrinth Sir Didymus, The Hat, Guard #3 [1]
2012 Adventures in Zambezia Morton [1]
2014 Big Hero 6 Heathcliff [1]
2015 Top Cat Begins Maitre D, Suspicious Guy [1]
2019 Birds of a Feather Percival [1]


Year Title Role Notes
1990–91 Peter Pan and the Pirates Gentleman Starkey 17 episodes
2007 Random! Cartoons Blimey Episode: "Super John Doe Junior"
2013–14 Robot Chicken Hans Gruber, Zordon, Dallas, Farmer Smurf 2 episodes
2014–17 Star Wars Rebels Commandant Aresko, Taskmaster Grint 7 episodes[1]
2016–17 Avengers Assemble Ulysses Klaue, Secret Service #3 3 episodes[1]
2017, 2019 The Tom and Jerry Show Cates, Duke 2 episodes
2017–20 Big Hero 6: The Series Heathcliff, Additional Voices 10 episodes[1]
2018–20 Star Wars Resistance Drell, Narvin, Stormtrooper 6 episodes[1]
2020 Cleopatra in Space Msamaki, Chostipher, Nuvillo 2 episodes[1]
2020 Blood of Zeus Chiron the Wise, Dionysis 4 episodes[1]
2021–22 Dota: Dragon's Blood Oracle, Barkeep, Elder, Toothless Citizen 4 episodes[1]
2021 Young Justice Jason Blood / Etrigan the Demon Episode: "Nomed Esir!"[1]
2022 Tales of the Jedi Old Man Episode: "Resolve"[1]


Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Destroy All Humans! 2 Additional Voices [4]
2006 Resistance: Fall of Man
2006 Flushed Away
2007 Mass Effect Vigil, Colonist
2009 The Lord of the Rings: Conquest Orc Officer #2 [1]
2010 Alice in Wonderland Absolem the Caterpillar [1]
2010 Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Ahihud
2010 Final Fantasy XIV Additional Voices English version
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Knight Paladin Gelebor Dawnguard DLC
2012 The Darkness II Jimmy Wilson
2012 Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Additional Voices
2012 World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Master Shang Xi
2013 The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Quartermaster Webb, Additional Voices
2013 Grand Theft Auto V The Local Population
2014 Hearthstone Khadgar
2014 Smite Jade Rabbit Chang'e
2014 The Elder Scrolls Online Hermaeus Mora, Altmer Male, Dunmer Male, Daedric Male, Additional Voices Also Morrowind
2014 World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Velen
2014 Lichdom: Battlemage Cavassa, Zealot
2015 The Order: 1886 Lord Hastings [1]
2015 Fallout 4 General Gage, Mayor [1]
2015 Rise of the Tomb Raider Additional Voices
2016 World of Warcraft: Legion Various
2018 World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Majo
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Disciple
2019 Crackdown 3 Kuli Ngata [1]
2019 World War Z Wolfe [1]
2019 Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Ulysses Klaue / Klaw [1]
2019 Asgard's Wrath Valdorf
2020 World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Mikanikos
2021 Rhythm of the Universe: Ionia Babaton [2]
2022 Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Immaru [5]
2023 Destiny 2: Lightfall Immaru
2023 Diablo IV Tree Whispers [1]

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

Personal life[edit]

His wife is Anne Schoettle. They have three daughters Amy, Katie and Josie.[6]

Executive producing tenure[edit]

Preceded by Executive Producer of The Young and the Restless
(with William J. Bell)
(with John F. Smith: June 25, 2003 – January 9, 2004)

January 14, 2002 – January 9, 2004
Succeeded by


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "David Shaughnessy (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 22 October 2023. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.
  2. ^ a b "David Shaughnessy - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 11 June 2023.
  3. ^ "David Shaughnessy Voice Actor". davidshaughnessy.net. Retrieved 11 June 2023.
  4. ^ "Destroy All Humans! 2: Make War Not Love (2006 Video Game)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 25 September 2021. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  5. ^ "Destiny 2: The Witch Queen (2022)". David Shaughnessy; Voice Actor.
  6. ^ "David Shaughnessy, about". David Shaughnessy. Retrieved 14 December 2022.

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