Shawn Elliott

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Shawn Elliott
Shawn Elliott (Dutch TV, 1965)
Born Shawn Elliott Santiago
March 1937
Santurce, Puerto Rico
Died (aged 79)
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active ?–2016
Spouse(s) Donna Murphy (1990–2016; his death)
Children 3

Shawn Elliott Santiago (March 1937–March 11, 2016) was an American actor and former singer.

Early years[edit]

Elliott was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and grew up in New York City's East Harlem area.[1]

Singing career[edit]

Elliott had a hit in Europe with a cover of Sir Lancelot's "Shame And Scandal In The Family" in 1965.[2] The cover failed to chart in America where English comedian Lance Percival's version charted. However Peter Tosh and the Wailers, as well as the Blues Busters, copied the arrangement used by Elliot in preparing their own later covers of the song.

Elliott originally recorded for Roulette Records,[3] before moving with his brother Roland to Atlantic Records in 1968,[4][5] though none of his later records charted in Europe or the US.

Selected discography[edit]

  • "Shame And Scandal In The Family", B-side "Josephine" 1965
  • Marieke
  • "Child Is Father To The Man", 1971

Acting career[edit]

After his last single Elliott turned increasingly to acting. He is known for his role as Eduardo Fernandez, father of Alex (David López) and Gaby Fernandez (Mayteana Morales) on the TV show Ghostwriter. His most recent role was in the movie Arbitrage.

He also appeared on Broadway, in City of Angels (1989) and Marie Christine (1999).[6]

Personal life[edit]

Elliott was married to actress Donna Murphy in 1990. Elliott has two daughters from a previous relationship, Ivy and Justine. In 2006, Elliott and Murphy adopted a daughter, Darmia Hope.[7][8]


Elliott died on March 11, 2016 at the age of 79.[9]



  1. ^ Sarmento, William E. (May 28, 1972). "Shawn Elliott rates notice in "pop music" circles". The Lowell Sun. Massachusetts, Lowell. p. 72. 
  2. ^ Billboard - 6 nov. 1965 - Page 48 Vogue is rush-releasing a follow-up to the Shawn Elliott smash, "Shame"
  3. ^ Billboard - 27 nov. 1965 - Page 24 Roulette recording star Shawn Elliott visiting Holland for an appearance on the VARA TV show, ...
  4. ^ Billboard - 16 march 1968 "Shawn Elliott joined Atlantic Records, where his first three numbers are being written by the artist and his brother, Roland Elliott"
  5. ^ Billboard - 15 june 1968 - Page 58 Shawn Elliott, Atlantic Records artist, signed an exclusive song-writing contract with Hill & Range Music.
  6. ^ "Shawn Elliott Broadway" Playbill (vault), accessed March 19, 2016
  7. ^ "Shawn Elliott obituary". New York Times. 29 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Brady, James (April 12, 1998). "In Step With Donna Murphy". The Index-Journal. South Carolina, Greenwood. Parade Magazine. p. 55. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Actor Shawn Elliott, Husband of Donna Murphy, Dies at 79" Playbill, March 18, 2016

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