Charles Shaughnessy: “I’ve come home.”


Charles Shaughnessy:  “I’ve come home”
This past summer, the Guy’s had the chance to speak with actor, producer, director Charles Shaughnessy.  Most recognized for his roll in television’s “The Nanny” opposite actress Fran Drescher, at the time he was appearing in a production of “My Fair Lady” at The North Shore Music Theatre.  Presently you can find him starring in “Game Show” at the New Theatre in Kansas City and in the Hallmark Channel’s original movie “Loves Christmas Journey

For the full interview click the audio link on this page or check out The Guy’s Perspective Ep.38.  The following is an excerpt of that discussion.

Cucch:  You come from a theater background.  Your father was a writer and wrote for the BBC series “Upstairs, Downstairs” and your mother was an actress as well.  Now, your brother David and you have both pursued careers in acting and production.  Was that something your parents pushed you towards?

Charles:  My parents would have different friends over all the time, but every year they would have their theater friends, because the showbiz friends kind of couldn’t really mingle with a lot of other people.  They were different sort of folk.  So every year they would have this one big blowout party and it was the most exciting night of the year.  David and I would be allowed to stay up and take the coats and kind of serve drinks and after a while people got too drunk to notice us.  So we just stayed up all night and sometimes there would be people that we had seen on tv or in the movies and they would be there in our living room singing around the piano.  So we grew up in that kind of excitement.  But at the same time we knew the other side of the coin.  We knew that it was a hard business and there was a lot of unemployment in it.  But they were a great people and I loved that atmosphere and those people.  I went into acting in school and acted my little head off all the way through school.  But at that point where I was about to leave high school and go into acting, my brother who was two years younger suddenly decided that he wanted to be an actor and he had never shown any interest in it.  So he kind of jumped the line and when he did that I thought, “Well someone has got to be sensible.”.  I mean my dad at the time was an out of work writer and my mom was a retired actress and now my brother was going into this very unstable profession.  I thought someone has got to be smart and save the family.  So I thought I will go to university and read law for some godforsaken reason and got a law degree.  Then I came out of it with this law degree and realized that I didn’t want to be a lawyer.  I didn’t want to be around these people, I wanted to be around my kind of clan.

Cucch:  So those experiences early on really set the theater hook in both you and your brother?

Charles:  They did and I finally found my way back to it and I remember just feeling like “I’ve come home.”

Great thanks to Charles Shaughnessy for taking the time to chat with us and to you our dear listeners and readers for checking the interview out.


Onward and Upward,



The Guy’s Perspective Ep. 38: Actor Charles Shaughnessy interview, 12 items or less, contests

Cucch and Sai are pleased to welcome actor Charles Shaughnessy, well known for his portrayal of Maxwell Sheffield opposite Fran Drescher on CBS’s The Nanny from 1993 to 1999.

Shaughnessy also appeared in the Disney Channel 2002 made-for-TV movie Get a Clue. He was also seen in the Halloween 2000 made-for-TV movie Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire starring opposite Caroline Rhea (she guest-starred on The Nanny in 1998 as part of a cross-over with Hollywood Squares). That same year, Shaughnessy made two appearances on The WB’s Sabrina (this show stars Rhea, Melissa Joan Hart, and Beth Broderick) playing two different characters. He played Alec Colson in the 8th-season episode “Covenant” of Stargate SG-1. He also voiced Dr Quintaine in the PC game Freelancer.

He has recently appeared on an episode of NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and is also the voice of Dennis the Goldfish on the Disney Channel cartoon series Stanley. On May 11, 2002, Shaughnessy won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for his portrayal of Dennis the Goldfish on Stanley.

Currently Mr. Shaughnessy is starring in Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” at The North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly MA from June 7-19.  We sit down for a half hour discussion on Broadway, television, parenting, the internet, and a whole lot more.

Also please check out Mr. Shaughnessy’s current projects:

Bus Stop 31 Productions


But before the interview begins Cucch and Sai give a reminder about the “Guy’s Perspective Slow Jams” Contest.  Share your jam and you could win a $25 Starbucks Gift Card!

Also don’t forget about the iTunes Review Challenge.  Help us get to 60 reviews and leave a comment on iTunes and be entered in our “2 Thumbs Up!” thumb drive giveaway!

Sai shares his latest Pet Peeve: the very forgiving, or not so forgiving, interpretation of “12 items or less.”

Finally, Cucch and Sai present Mr. Charles Shaughnessy, interviewed by Cucch, aka Chris.

Enjoy the show and thanks for listening!