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Shawn Brady
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Days of our Lives
Portrayed by Frank Parker (1983–2008)
Lew Brown (1984–85)
Peter MacLean (1989–90)
Tanner Maguire (2007 flashbacks as Young Shawn)
Drew Snyder (2019; body double)
Current status Former; Regular
Duration 1983–2008
First appearance February 7, 1983
Last appearance June 20 ,2019
Cause/reason Appeared In Spirit With Caroline Brady Died
Created by Margaret DePriest
Sheri Anderson
Introduced by Betty Corday
Al Rabin
Nickname(s) Shawn Brady Sr. (by Stefano)
Shawny (by Colleen)
Namesake(s) Shawn-Douglas Brady
Andrew Donovan
Gender Male
Born October 17, 1930
Died February 21, 2008
Age 77
Cause of death Died after giving up his oxygen mask to save his son, Bo, on a sabotaged airplane that was going down.
Occupation Owner/Operator of The Brady Pub
Co-owner of The Brady Fishmarket
Co-owner of The Brady Junkyard
Residence Formally Above Brady Pub (48 River Street) Salem, Illinois.
Family Brady family
Parents Pete Brady †
Siblings Colleen Brady
Eric Brady I
Molly Brady †
Spouses Caroline Brady† (1948–2008)
Children Roman Brady
Kimberly Brady
Kayla Brady
Bo Brady † (legal)
Frankie Brady (adoptive)
Max Brady (adoptive)
Grandchildren Carrie Brady
Sami Brady
Eric Brady
Rex Brady
Cassie Brady
Shawn Douglas Brady (legal)
Andrew Donovan IV
Stephanie Johnson
Chelsea Brady (legal)
Theresa Donovan
Zack Brady † (legal)
Joey Johnson
Ciara Brady (legal)
Great-grandchildren Noah Reed
Will Horton
Allie Horton
Johnny DiMera
Sydney DiMera
Claire Brady (legal)
Tate Black
Emily Lockhart
Mackenzie Horton
Grandparents Patrick Brady †
Nora Brady †
Nieces and nephews Ryan Brady
Colin Murphy
Other relatives Arianna Horton

Shawn Brady is a character from the soap opera Days of Our Lives, portrayed most notably by Frank Parker.


An Irish immigrant, Shawn moved to Salem from his native Galway at an undetermined time. In the early stages of the "Brady-DiMera Feud Resolution" storyline in the early-2000s, it was revealed that Shawn had maintained sporadic contact with family and friends in Ireland throughout the years. Including the "rougher" element of their hometown, who regard Shawn with a great degree of respect and refer to him only as, "Himself" (and who Shawn directed to "rough up" and detain Bo Brady when he was getting a little too curious about past events in Ireland). There were strong hints that Shawn may have had some underworld dealings of his own in his youth, and was possibly involved directly in some of the early battles of the feud with the DiMera family, but this was later dropped.

Shawn was the husband of Caroline Brady, (1948–2008) and father of three biological children Roman Brady, Kimberly Brady and Kayla Brady Johnson, two adopted children Frankie Brady and Max Brady and one legal son, Bo Brady. In the 1980s, Shawn was shocked to learn that Greek tycoon Victor Kiriakis was the father of his and Caroline's youngest child, Bo, the product of an affair that Caroline had with Victor years earlier.

Over the years, Shawn has kept himself busy in a number of ways. Originally the owner of the Brady Fish Market, after their business was destroyed and Shawn suffered a massive heart attack, he and Caroline re-opened the Fish Market as the Brady Pub, often employing many of their family and friends. Over the years the pub has functioned as a second home for some of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and their first great-grandson, Will, spent a great deal of time there while he was growing up.

In the summer of 2007, it was revealed that Shawn's sister Colleen had a relationship with Stefano's father Santo DiMera, and that may have been the start of the Brady – DiMera family feud/vendetta.

Colleen was presumed to have died in a horrible manner at a young age, falling or jumping from a cliff in Galway. Shawn maintained that she was killed by a DiMera, while Santos's son, Stefano, blamed Shawn Brady. In reality both could be blamed. Stefano told Shawn that his mother was not dead and his father was still married and on the day of Colleen and Santos's wedding, Shawn told Colleen. Her death is said to have sparked the Brady/DiMera feud that has been going on since Santos's death in the 1980s. In January 2008, Colleen was found to have not killed herself. She had faked her death and left Ireland for South America. She died days after she and Shawn reunited. Shawn died after giving up his oxygen mask to save his son, Bo on a sabotaged airplane that was going down.

In 2019, Caroline passes away and she is later seen with Shawn as they look into the window of the Brady Pub at the family they created, as they celebrate Caroline's life and mourn her passing.


Shawn has been married to Caroline Brady since he first appeared on-air in 1983. The son of Peter Brady, and the grandson of Patrick Aloysius and Nora Molly Brady, Shawn has a brother Eric and two sisters named Molly and Colleen Brady. Shawn was devastated when he learned that his brother Eric had molested his daughter Kimberly Brady when she was a child, which resulted in Kim later developing multiple personality disorder. Molly married a man with the surname Murphy and had one known child, Colin Murphy, who turned out to be working for the DiMeras. In the summer of 2007, it was revealed that Shawn also had an older sister Colleen Brady who bore striking resemblance to Shawn's granddaughter Sami Brady.

Through his son Roman Brady, Shawn has grandchildren Carrie Brady, Sami Brady, Eric Brady, Rex Brady and Cassie Brady. He also has four great-grandchildren through his granddaughter Sami, Will Horton, Alice Caroline Allie Horton, John Roman Johnny DiMera and Sydney DiMera. Through his daughter Kim, Shawn has grandchildren Theresa Donovan and Andrew Donovan IV. Through Theresa, he is the great-grandfather of Tate Black. Through his daughter Kayla Brady, Shawn has a granddaughter Stephanie Johnson and a grandson Joseph Joey Johnson.

Although not his son biologically, Shawn is still Bo Brady's legal father and he is Bo's children's legal grandfather (Shawn Douglas Brady, Chelsea Brady, Zack Brady and Ciara Brady). Through Shawn-Douglas, he is the legal great grandfather to Claire Brady.

Shawn and Caroline also have a spot in their hearts for John Black, whom they were tricked into believing was their son Roman for several years until the real Roman returned to town.


Shawn continued to be a role model for all of his children, and Caroline would take up ownerships of the pub. Eventually Roman would follow in his pa's footsteps and help his mother out at the pub, taking ownership after her passing. Max continued to admire Shawn, and compared his his biological father, Trent Robbins, to the man that Shawn was; often to disparage Trent in all of his short comings.


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