20 Facts About Shawn Christian

All about the former "Days of our Lives" actor who played Daniel

Shawn Christian
Shawn Christian. Getty Images/Toby Canham

On "Days of our Lives" Shawn Christian portrayed Dr. Daniel Jonas, a devoted surgeon, who had a rebellious streak. Daniel was killed in a car accident in January 2016, bringing an abrupt end to his on-again, off-again romance with Nicole Walker, played by actress Arianne Rucker. 

Even though Daniel won't be returning, Christian will always have a special place in the hearts of longtime "Days" fans. 

Here are a few interesting facts about this intriguing actor.

Shawn Christian in Real Life

Shawn Patrick Christian stands 6 feet tall; he has brown hair and blue eyes.

He shares his December 18 birthday with film star Brad Pitt, although Christian is two years younger.

Most of his life, Christian considered acting a hobby. “I wrote plays when I was younger and acted in them,” he recounts. “No one really tells you, ‘You can do this for a living.’ So I pursued other things.”

Christian graduated from Ferris State University in Michigan with a degree in marketing.

Christian met his wife, Deborah Quinn, in 1991, while they were both models auditioning for a print ad in Chicago. The pair married in 1996 but were divorced in 2013.

He is the father of a son, with Quinn, named Kameron Christian.

Shawn Christian Acting Career

"Days" wasn't Christian's first daytime soap opera role; he played Mike Kasnoff for three years on the now-defunct "As the World Turns."

He honed his acting skills when he relocated to Chicago, where he joined the improvisational company Improv Olympic and began performing with them on stage.

One of Christian’s career guardian angels was the late Aaron Spelling, who cast him on "Charmed," "Pacific Palisades" and  "Beverly Hills, 90210." 

While Christian plays Victor’s godson on "Days," he also has a connection to actor John Aniston’s famous daughter, Jennifer Aniston. He played Rachel’s gynecologist on "Friends" back in 2001.

"Days" fans can thank the writers’ strike and looming actors’ strike of 2008 for luring the actor back to daytime. “The town was in a holding pattern,” says Christian. “I thought, This is a nice opportunity. Let me go on this adventure.”

Christian understands why some Days viewers weren’t enamored with the womanizing Daniel. But in the character's later years, he softened a bit as he grew into his relationship with Nicole.

Christian was nominated for "Hottest Male Star" by Soap Opera Digest magazine in 1996 but lost to co-star Peter Reckell (who played the late Bo Brady). 

When it came to making his doctor role as believable as possible, Christian would turn to childhood friend Tony Yasick, a real-life physician.

Shawn Christian Off Screen

Christian has played on various NBAE (NBA Entertainment) basketball teams. The rosters are made up of various celebrities, and over the years, he played with Josh Duhamel and Taye Diggs.

Christian’s parents live on a lake near Cannonsburg, Michigan. He finds the area extremely peaceful and even bought land there. One day, he hopes to build a cabin there.

He is a devoted fan of the Detroit Red Wings.

Christian swears he’s not workout obsessed, but when he gets a script that says he’ll be shirtless, “that's incentive to get into the weight room."

He is a big supporter of The Painted Turtle, a camp for chronically and terminally ill children.

When Christian isn’t indulging in his favorite outdoor activities –- hiking, mountain biking and water sports –- he enjoys painting and photography.