Frank Parker (actor)

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Frank Parker
Frank Russell Parker

(1939-07-01)July 1, 1939
DiedSeptember 16, 2018(2018-09-16) (aged 79)
Years active1953–2008
Children3 (1 deceased)

Frank Russell Parker (July 1, 1939 – September 16, 2018)[1] was an American television actor.


Parker was best known as Shawn Brady, husband to Caroline (Peggy McCay) on Days of Our Lives. He portrayed the character semi-regularly from 1983 to 2008, when he started having health issues and made the decision to leave. In order to write Parker's character out of the show, Days of Our Lives writers had Shawn die in February 2008 after giving up his oxygen mask to save his son, Bo (Peter Reckell), on a sabotaged airplane that was going down. Parker subsequently retired from acting the following month. He also had some small roles in Never Too Young, The Young and the Restless and General Hospital.

Other acting credits include multiple episodes of Lost in Space, Hogan's Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, CHiPs, and Quincy, M.E. Until the mid-1970s, he was usually credited as "Brett Parker."[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

He had three daughters: Candace and twins Lindsay and Danielle. His daughter Candace died in a car accident.[2] He resided in Vacaville, California. On September 16, 2018, Parker died from complications of Parkinson's Disease and dementia.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1966 The Glass Bottom Boat Engineer Uncredited
1968 Stay Away, Joe Deputy Sheriff Hank Matson
1969 The Trouble with Girls Iceman
1973 This Is a Hijack Wyatt
1973 The Naked Ape College Professor
1973 Pets Dan Daubrey
1976 Midway Deke Uncredited
1979 The Concorde ... Airport '79 Technician #2
1983-2008 Days of Our Lives Shawn Brady 898 episodes, Contract role, (final appearance)


  1. ^ Goldstein, Joelle (September 26, 2018). "Days of Our Lives Star Frank Parker Dies at 79 From Parkinson's Disease & Dementia Complications". People. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  2. ^ Cribbs, Bill. "Miscellaneous Los Angeles County, California Obituaries".

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