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Profile of Shawn Christian


Shawn Christian

Shawn Christian

Courtesy: NBC/Justin Lubin

Just the Facts:

Birth Name:
Shawn Christian
Date of Birth:
December 18, 1965
Birth Place:
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Astrological Sign:

Daniel Jonas (2008 to present)

Acting Roles:

Adam, Spanners (2012)
Sam, Melissa & Joey (2012)
Tom, Secrets of the Mountain (2010)
Tommy, Small Town Saturday Night (2010)
Alex, Only One Can Play (2009)
Lieutenant Left Arm, Meet Dave (2008)
Ken, Mating Dance (2008)
Kerry, Shark (2007)
Jack, Side Order of Life (2007)
Wyatt, Ghost Whisperer (2007)
Pilgrim Man, For Your Consideration (2006)
Dr. Fisher, Runaway (2006)
Derek, Las Vegas (2006)
Carl, CSI: Miami (2006)
Travis, Will & Grace (2006)
Ryan, CSI: NY (2005)
John, Hot Properties (2005)
Tim, Boston Legal(2005)
Johnny, Summerland (2004-2005)
Danny, Murder in the Hamptons (2005)
Agent Darren Merritt/Jared, 1-800-Missing(2004)
Rory, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (2004)
Hair dresser, Happy Family (2004)
Stephen, 10-8: Officers on Duty (2004)
Thad, Coupling (2003)
Jake, Undercover Christmas (2003)
Kevin, Becker (2002-2003)
Wade, Birds of Prey (2002-2003)
Ross, one Life to Live (2002)
Grant, the Drew Carey Show (2002)
Detective Sykes, Haunted (2002)
David, Red Skies 2002)
Dennis, The Chronicle (2002)
Desert Jack, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001)
Dr. Schiff, Friends (2001)
Santa, Spin City (2001)
Adam, Crossing Jordan (2001)
Chad, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2001)
Dr. Lawrence Brandon, Pensacola: Wings of Gold (1999-2000)
Randall, Time of Your Live (2000)
Wink, Beautiful (2000)
Wayne, Beverly Hills, 90210 (1999)
Josh, Charmed (1999)
Nick, The Love Boat: The Next Wave (1999)
Val, Wind on Water (1998)
Officer Adams, Step by Step (1998)
The Plumber, Men Behaving Badly (1997)
Adam, Team Knight Rider (1997)
Trevor, Malcolm & Eddie (1997)
Danny, Ellen (1997)
Quinn, Pacific Palisodes (1997)
Mike, As the World Turns (1994-1997)


Married Deborah Quinn on May 18, 1996. They have one son, Kameron, born in June 2000. Christian also has a stepdaughter, model/actress Taylor Cole.


• Christian was voted 'Hottest Body' by his senior classmates in his yearbook.
• In 1996, he was nominated as Hottest Male Star by Soap Opera Digest.
• He appeared on the WB series Summerland with his stepdaughter Taylor Cole.
• He portrayed Jennifer Aniston’s gynecologist on Friends.
• Christian was notably directed by Oscar winner Sally Field in the 2000 film Beautiful.


A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Shawn Christian has enjoyed a successful and diverse acting career. However, believe it or not, he originally aspired to follow a completely different path.

Christian attended Michigan’s Ferris State University, where he garnered a degree in Marketing in 1989. Upon graduation, he decided to move to Chicago to pursue an acting career. It was there that he honed his skills on stage with Improv Olympic, an improvisational company.

It didn’t take long for Christian’s career to take off. In 1994, he landed the role of anti-hero Mike Kasnoff on As The World Turns. He left the daytime drama and relocated to the West Coast, when his contract expired in 1997. The move to Los Angeles proved to be the right one, as he soon secured recurring roles on Crossing Jordan, 10-8, Charmed and Birds of Prey .

He returned to his comic roots when he won a guest starring role on Friends, as well as guest spots on The Drew Carey Show, Spin City, Coupling and Becker. His work in primetime television continued to flourish, as he landed lead roles in the action drama pilots Red Skies for USA and Spy Girl opposite Jennie Garth for NBC and starred opposite Jami Gertz and Tyne Daly in the CBS movie Undercover Christmas.

Christian has also had success in feature films, including Shopgirl, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, Almost You, Beautiful, Tremors III and Starship Dave.

In 2008, Christian joined the Days of Our Lives cast as Dr. Daniel Jonas, a renowned surgeon with a passion for surfing and saving the planet. He’s been a Salem mainstay ever since.

The actor, who currently resides in Los Angeles, enjoys football, racquetball, basketball, and weight training in his spare time. He is also a supporter of The Painted Turtle, a camp for terminally ill children.

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