About Charlie

Yeah, I’m Charles Shaughnessy, that actor guy from The Nanny. But I like to think that there is more to all of us than just what we do for a living! I am very excited by everything that is happening out here on the web, and Blogging gives “free speech” a whole new level of meaning. I want to talk about what interests, scares, amuses me as a person and to hear back from everyone else. There is no weapon or army that can withstand the power of an idea whose time has come (I don’t remember which old guy said that, but it’s pretty cool) and this is where we can share those ideas. I have been married for 26 wonderful years and have two amazing kids. I love soccer (CFC) and Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut ( though I am very afraid for its future!). I am a Democrat (yes, I’m a US citizen) but value my right to have an opinion on anything, regardless and absent any party line. Nothing is black and white and everything is part of the process: the only thing we know for certain is that things change. ONLY CONNECT!


19 thoughts on “About Charlie

  1. Just wanted to thank you again for the autographs and photo op. with my mom (Marilyn) and myself. If you ever want, or anyone else here, you can feel free to read my blog (travelersontheroad.wordpress.com) that I try to update regularly. Anyway, hope you return to Kansas City/Overland Park again! It was great meeting you!

  2. I just wanted to say how I love the title of your blog! I love this phrase (from a book I should have read, but never finished, shamefully….) “Only connect” says so much.

    The Nanny was a great show, hilarious and humane. Good luck in the future.

  3. Hello Charlie … I also like Jeannie below have never been one of those admirers who runs after the actors or saying things like: you are beautiful and I love you (usually things that says my daughter) but the fact remains that I am one of your admirer.
    In recent months I have learned to like getting up for Facebook not only as an actor but also as a person a real person
    Thank you Charlie I have met wonderful people and I was struck by the admiration and respect they have for you … I am happy to join the group.
    Like Only Connect I find it stimulating and intelligent, I also like your new set and new technology Coffey Buzz Hyperspots … I find it very brave that you have taken violent.
    PSfino a few months ago I never thought of ending up on Facebook to “know yourself” and have some American friends …. I must say I am very happy with this

  4. Started watching the nanny when I was recouping from surgery. Then remembered u were on Dool. Very funny show. Now I watch late at night when I can’t sleep. Thks so much

  5. G’day, Charles Shaughnessy. I’ve just discovered your blog. I like the title, “Only Connect”. It reminds me of one of my favourite quotes from a man who said, “It is our connections to other people that give meaning to our lives”. What we do for a living is an extension of our personality that’s if we are truly in touch, and connected, with who we are, but you are right, work is only one aspect of the whole person.
    I’m a Mum and a widow and am starting on a new journey of “connecting” by going to University. I’m impressed – you have become a “catalyst” – you can take that as a compliment and add it to your list of achievements! I too love Cadbury’s chocolate and cricket – hey, I’m an “Aussie”. Yes, you may say that England thrashed the Aussies in the Ashes Test but we beat them in the ODI series. Now the ICC World Cup Cricket is on – I love this time of year. The “pretty cool old guy” you forgot is Victor Hugo (1802-1885) a French poet/novelist/ dramatist who said, “No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come”.
    Congratulations on becoming a US citizen but I’m curious as to whether you have dual citizenship? (Hey, while you have to live life in order to understand it, I need to understand life in order to live it!) I can totally relate to your “Nothing is black and white…” quote – you can’t get more abstract than that but the two things we know for certain that never change are death and taxes!! Sorry for the obvious cliche!
    Your passion, conviction for what you believe in, optimism and “zest for life” is infectious and shows in your writing (as well as your Talking Head-Case #1 U-tube video) – a typical extrovert that we introverts need to remind us to be more spontaneous and enthusiastic about life. Thanks for sharing.
    Now I have to get back to the “real” world – I just started Uni. this week and don’t have time to facebook and blog!!

  6. Hi Charlie,
    I just want you to know that I feel the same way as Skat35 below. I am not usually a star-struck fan. I’ve never given much thought to celebrities and maybe unfairly have often considered them to be more of an annoyance than a contribution to our society. I went through a difficult time some months ago and pretty much absorbed myself in something that would make me laugh, i.e. “The Nanny”. I eventually did some research on the actors and in the process I learned a lot about you. I definitely was instantly attracted to your political ideas. I believe we think a lot alike wherein politics are concerned, yet I’m surrounded by people who don’t share those same ideologies. It is refreshing to hear your voice, although I may not agree with you on everything; one would have to look in the mirror to see someone with whom they think exactly alike. Most of all, I have been impressed with your family and the longevity of your marriage. In fact, I referred to your marriage in a recent blog of mine. My husband and I will also celebrate our 28th anniversary this year on June 4. We are going to try to make it back to the Boston area to see you in “My Fair Lady” to celebrate this anniversary. I hope we get the opportunity to meet you. Your hyperspots technology is amazing. Everybody who knows me knows that I am a “Nanny” fan and also a Charles Shaughnessy fan and I am promoting “The Daily Douglas” to all of those around me. I hope to see you in June. Until then, good-luck in your business endeavors and in your acting career. I wish we could see more of you.

  7. Having been on your blog and a member of you fan club for around 2 years now. Wanted to give a shout out. I’d like to say that it has been great to be your fan. Your blogs are cool and thought provoking. Is interesting to read different folks comments and or ideas on stuff from all around the US and other countries. The online friends that i have met on your blog and talked to are wonderful and have made an impact on my life. Which i owe all to you and your blog. International friends as well have taught me alot about how much that we have in common. Which i had no idea. I would love to meet some of them in person if possible. Have learned alot from this blog and the people also about more about myself (not sure if good thing) by seeing how i would react and respond to certain topics. But at least now know what motivates me and drives me. During this time that i have been fanclub follower, i have enjoyed seeing you work. Plus, you seem smarter and more talented in person (even more so than Maxwell). Which i find fascinating because all us fans think max was da bomb. Your charity work is just wonderful and the charity’s that you have represented lately were close to my heart. Seem like me have likes and ideas in common. Although i may be making a dream assumption with that one. Maybe just on the same side sometimes maybe. Makes more sense. Heard from other fans that you are very sweet and down to earth. Plus, a family man who seems in love with family. Who could not admire that. All these qualities makes you more than just an attractive & cool actor. Although i love the way that max is so classy and smart with witty humor at the same time. Long story short, you have became one of my favorite celebrities as well as my hero. I admire you for putting yourself out there with your ideas and giving us a neat glimpse at the real you. You have altered the way that i view celebrities. If other celebrates are like you then that would great. Never realized that newer citizens could be so patriotic. lol I thought i was just like that because i was a redneck. lol Am so thankful that after watching the Nanny late one night i decided to look up your fan-sites. Never thinking it would change my life. And go democrats. And you are so right about things changing. Life is so filled with changes or is constantly changing. I say blog away there Charlie. Peace. Ps. you have a beautiful family.

    • Wanted to add my fave work that i have seen you in in the last few years was: the episode of CSI NY and the return of DOOL. I also enjoyed your performance in: Mom’s got a date with a vampire, Get a clue, Hannah Montana, the painting, mad men, the bay, and funny or die. Have heard from other fans that you are so spectacular on stage. Hope to travel to see you this summer. My fair lady is going to be a good one i’m sure. The click and buy was a totally brilliant idea you guys came up with. Hope you guys make a mint.

      • Forgot: “sweet life on deck” episode 38. Called “rolling with the homies”. You were terrific and funny. Great accent by the way.

  8. I am so glad you are now on Facebook and Twitter. Miss seeing you act on t.v.
    I hope you had a wonderful birthday, you are two weeks and two days older then I am. So I will be 56 years young. People still think I am 40! Great genes and L’Oreal to help me, LOL!
    I am Repulician, but that doesn’t mean the two parties can’t get along, like they should! We all live in this great country, the United States of America, we don’t have to agree on everything, but we ought to at least be friends! And live civil like.

  9. We should also note his guest star appearance in the recurring role of Saint John Powell on Season 3 of Mad Men. In the episode “Guy Walks into an Ad Agency,” he was part of one scene that could be described as another example of “Mad Men and Employment Law.” Just for fun – or to better educate the public – someone should write an article describing the conduct depicted in the 1960’s Mad Men that is now thankfully prohibited by U.S. and state laws.

    Charlie’s character, Saint John Powell, is the British Chairman of the Company that has taken over the NYC ad agency. In the episode, a young British executive is introduced to the NYC staff as their new manager. Later in the hour, he is hospitalized and has his foot amputated following some unprofessional (negligent?) behavior in the office. The managers then announce to the New Yorkers that they have to change their plans and the young man’s career is over. “He’ll never golf again,” says Saint John Powell somberly.


    The Americans With Disabilities Act was enacted in the early 1990s. Let’s hope it’s helped, and the 60s are truly over.

  10. I’ve just recently rediscovered Charles Shaughnessy. I was watching the Nanny one night with my roommate on Nick@Nite (it’s our bonding time) and I couldn’t figure out why your face looked so familiar to me. Then, I realized why. I saw you in “Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire” when it premiered on Disney Channel when I was younger! I adored you in that and it is by far one of my favorite Disney Channel original movies ( that and Smart House.) I watch DOOL, and when Shane Donovan came back, I had to catch myself up on the Kim/Shane relationship. Pretty much the whole thing is on youtube, so that wasn’t very hard.
    Anyways, I just want to say that it’s great that you are voicing your opinions. Exercising your right to freedom of speech. It’s just wonderful. 🙂

  11. Hi Charles, I have not seen any recent postings. I am ready and in need of your wisdom and insight.
    I am sure you are having a wonderful Christmas with your family.

    Patiently waiting for the ‘Bay’ to return on Jan 13. I will be on a cruise but assure you I will find a way to watch. Taking my trusty laptop with me.

  12. I only just “discovered” the existence of Charlie Shaughnessy this summer – I never watched DOOL, never saw The Nanny until July, (have watched all of Mad Men though) and since then have read many of the reader comments and blogspots and am realizing what a multi-dimentional guy Charlie is (boy he is one busy guy it seems!) Nice way to expand our horizons by learning about others. And having much fun in the process. Am enjoying The Bay and love the convenience of it. Thanks to Charlie, Kym Douglas is fast becoming my favorite beauty expert! Thanks Charlie for all the angles you cover.

  13. Thank you Charles for who you are, for voicing your opinions and ideas. I can see you care very much about America’s freedoms as well as the world. You seem to be a man of truth and integrity, the most important characters a person can have. Have you thought of running for public office? You would be fantastic!!! You care

    Oh yes, I am surely hoping to meet you in February at The Bay Finale party. As in all things you do, you are fantastic. Only complaint, not enough you. Would love to see The Bay come to TV on a daily basis but would be happy with a weekly 30 minute program. I know, a lot of work and a lot of money involve. One can dream and hope.

    • I totally agree and I think exactly like you, Mary.
      He isn’t only a wonderful actor, is a real person that truly cares for America’s freedoms and the world, I’m Italian and the things doesn’t going very well here either, unfortunately.

  14. So well written about yourself Charlie, as is everything you write. You are an intelligent person and have great thoughts. You are very approachable and accessible. That makes you very unique amongst celebrities I think!

    • I just agree with posted response. I would say intelligent is an understatement and I love his take on political aspects of his thoughts. Though I may disagree on some of his ideas, I respect those differences. I’ve always believed there are good ideas from both sides of the aisles politically. If only we could get those “shmucks” in Washington and state wide to work together for the good of all, not just a few. Thought that was how it was supposed to be, but evidently it’s not happening. Greed and power seem to be the way it goes both politically and big business. Bottom line is money and mostly to themselves at the expense of middle America and the poorest. I’m an Independent. I vote my conscience regardless of what party.

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