Dr. Quinn Kid
Young Artist Award-winning actor Shawn Toovey is best recognized by TV viewers while playing Brian Cooper (1993-1997) in the popular drama series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” Meanwhile, he has appeared in a number of TV movies as well as in a TV commercial for McDonald's (2000) and Pepsi (2001).
The 5' 10" actor married his girlfriend in 2007 and now live in California.
Childhood and Family:
Son of full-time trucker parents, Shawn Toovey was born on March 1, 1983 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He went to the University of Nebraska from August 2001-May 2005 and has a bachelor degree in journalism in broadcasting. He has a job as a CBS affiliate as a part-time videographer and had an internship with Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida in 2004.
Shawn, who has been playing the drums since age 14, also plays the guitar. He married girlfriend Marianne Page in 2007 and they currently reside in California. He is a vegetarian.
Doing First Passion
“Acting is my first passion, so that's what I'm really concentrating on now.” Shawn Toovey.
Around age 8, Shawn Toovey began appearing on television, in the 1991 made-for-TV movies "In Broad Daylight," a physical drama based on Harry MacLean's book starring Brian Dennehy, and "A Seduction in Travis County," a drama/thriller based on the nonfiction book "Murder in Little Rock" by Jan Meins that stars Lesley Ann Warren and Peter Coyote.
He followed it up with appearances in the next years' TV movies, "Bed of Lies" (1992), a true story-based drama starring Susan Dey, "An American Story" (1992), a post-war drama starring Brad Johnson, Kathleen Quinlan, and Tom Sizemore, and "The Fire Next Time" (1993), a two-part environmental drama starring Craig T. Nelson.
In 1993, Toovey landed his most popular role to date, as Brian Cooper, the young son of a midwife (played by Diane Ladd) who is cared by the titular physician (played by British actress Jane Seymour), on the CBS multi-Emmy Award winning western/dramatic television series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman."
He stayed on the show until 1997 and has won Young Artist four times for Best Performance in a Drama Series - Young Actor, Best Performance by a Young Actor - TV Drama Series, Best Performance by a Youth Actor in a Drama Series, and Best Actor Under Ten in a Television Series or Show. He would later reprise his role in the TV movies "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie" (1999) and "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within" (2001).
“I don't talk to anybody from 'Dr. Quinn' very much, but I do see them every once in a while. I saw Jane at an art festival near here a few months ago. I talked to Chad a while ago. Actually, I need to call him back. And I saw Orson in a couple of plays late last year. I try to keep in touch, but it's hard sometimes.” Shawn Toovey.
Meanwhile, Toovey co-starred with Lucas Black in the dramatic TV movie "Flash" (1997). He also appeared in a TV commercial for McDonald's (2000) and Pepsi (2001).
“I would love to be in an action movie, either as a good guy or a bad guy. I would enjoy trying something comedic, too. But with my experience and everything, a dramatic film would probably be the best thing for me.” Shawn Toovey.
Young Artist: Best Performance in a Drama Series - Young Actor, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," 1997
Young Artist: Best Performance by a Young Actor - TV Drama Series, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," 1996
Young Artist: Best Performance by a Youth Actor in a Drama Series, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," 1995
Young Artist: Best Actor Under Ten in a Television Series or Show, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," 1994