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Shawn was born March 1,1983 in Lincoln Nebraska. His family moved to San Antonio Texas when he was four and ultimately ended up in California where Shawn spent the next six years playing the endearing Brian Cooper on the CBS television series Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. Shawn.He is a founding member of the Children's Board of the Audrey Hepburn Hollywood for Children Foundation. He is also involved in the Juvinile Diabetes Foundation, The Braille Institute, Camp Ronald McDonald, Meels on Wheels and various child abuse preventions organizations. Shawn played the role of Tiny Tim opposite fellow Dr.Quinn actor Orson Bean in the theater production of 'The Christmas Carol'. Shawn has received several awards throughout to date among them 1994: Youth in Film Award- Best Actor in a Drama Series, 10 and under 1994: Spirit of the Praire Award (from the governor of Nebraska)1996: Young Artist Awards - Best Actor in a Drama Series 1996: Michael Landon Award- For: "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (1993) 1997: Young Artist Awards - Best Actor in a Drama Series.