Shawn first gained popularity by playing the role of "Mike Kasnoff" on CBS's soap opera "AS The World Turns", and he now stars as "Johnny" on WB's drama "Summerland". A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Christian has enjoyed a successful and varied career as an actor. After graduating from Michigan's Ferris State University with a degree in marketing, he relocated to Chicago. It was there that he honed his acting skills on stage with the improvisational company Improv Olympic. After spending three seasons in As the World Turns, Christian moved to Los Angeles and landed recurring roles in Crossing Jordan 10-8, Beverly Hills, 90210, Pacific Palisades, and Becker, as well as The WB dramas Charmed and Birds of Prey. He returned to his comic roots with his appearance on Friends playing Rachel's gynecologist. Christian has also guest-starred in such series as CSI, The Drew Carey Show, Spin City and Coupling. Additional television work includes CSI, Malcolm & Eddie, Ellen, Men Behaving Badly and Step By Step. Christian also starred in the television movie Undercover Christmas, opposite Jamie Gertz and Tyne Daly.On the big screen, Christian was featured in Shopgirl with Steve Martin, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Almost You, Beautiful, directed by Sally Field, and in Tremors III where he starred opposite Michael Gross. Christian currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and son. A sports enthusiast, he enjoys playing basketball, football, baseball and racquetball in his spare time.
Shawn Patrick Christian was born on December 18, 1965, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While in his youth, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Merit for outstanding leadership in his community. He attended Rogers High School in Wyoming, Michigan. Graduated class of 1984. He was voted "Hottest Body" by his high school classmates in his yearbook. He attended Ferris St. University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Graduated class of 1989. Cole met his wife Deborah while both were models auditioning for a print ad in Chicago, in 1991and married to Deborah Quinn from May 1996 to present time. They have son Kameron who was born July 2000. He was first male spokesperson ever to appear on Star Search. In 1995 Cole was nominated for "Hottest Male Star" by Soap Opera Digest.
Shawn Christian on Summerland
Known to television audiences for his role as Mike Kasnoff in the daytime drama As the World Turns, Shawn Christian stars in Summerland as Ava's good friend Johnny.
Ava (Lori Loughlin, "Full House") was exactly where she wanted to be in life. In her thirties, with a close-knit circle of friends, a great house in a beautiful California beach town and a growing career as a fashion designer, the last thing on her mind was settling down and starting a family. That all changed the day Ava's sister and brother-in-law were killed in an accident, leaving Ava to raise their three children.
Until the accident, the biggest challenge in Ava's life was her career and the decision to quit her glamorous job at a large design house to start her own boutique designer label. Ava was comfortable with her role as the cool aunt who would occasionally drop in on her niece and nephews at their isolated Kansas farm or invite them to visit her in California, where they were dazzled by her exciting life.
Despite the tragedy they've endured and the sudden transition from rural Kansas to the beaches of Southern California, the kids are doing pretty well. Sixteen-year-old Bradin (Jesse McCartney, "All My Children") has his own adolescent angst to deal with, but he does his best to help his younger siblings. Twelve-year-old Nikki (Kay Panabaker, "The Brothers Garcia") has always adored her aunt but sometimes resents Ava's attempts to fill her late sister's shoes. Eight-year-old Derrick (Nick Benson, the upcoming feature film "National Treasure") has enough on his hands just trying to understand the big issues of life, death and family.
It's a sense of family that Ava is determined to provide for her sister's children. Since college, Ava's main support system has been her three devoted friends – Johnny, Jay and Susanna. Now her friends are ready and willing to reach out and become the ultimate surrogate family, and Ava is about to discover that it really does take a village (or in this case, a hip beach community) to raise a child.
Johnny (Shawn Christian, "As the World Turns," "Shopgirl") is Ava's former boyfriend and they have remained very close. He's an ambitious real estate wheeler-dealer who has the nagging feeling he hasn't yet found his true purpose in life. At the moment, however, he's content to be there for Ava and her instant family, acting as the father figure the kids desperately need.
A completely different kind of male role model, Ava's friend Jay (Ryan Kwanten, "Home and Away") is an Australian surfer with an undeniable Peter Pan syndrome. Jay owns the local surf shop, but he's no businessman. In fact, he's only looking for one thing in life – the perfect wave. Ava knows that Jay is still a kid at heart, and she asks for his help with Bradin, who instantly identifies with Jay's cheerfully laid-back philosophy of life. Jay also introduces Bradin to a stunning young surfing instructor named Erica (newcomer Taylor Cole). In Bradin's eyes, Erica embodies all that is beautiful and desirable about California.
Ava's best girlfriend, Susanna (casting TBD), is also her partner in the new business venture. Susanna handles the business decisions, while Ava is the creative force. They've learned to rely on one another and trust each other completely. Susanna is the person Ava always turns to when she needs advice. Although Susanna has no more experience with children than Ava, she never questions her friend's decision to give the kids a real home. When it comes to parenting decisions, Susann's level-headed objectiveness is the perfect balance for Ava's more emotional viewpoint.
Ava may have started down a new path in life, but she won't be traveling alone. Relying on the diverse personalities and viewpoints of her devoted friends, Ava can face the day-to-day tasks of parenting knowing that she and her friends have the collective strength and skill to raise these kids right. As they spend their first summer together, Ava will struggle to balance the needs of her new family with the demands of a career that was once the entire focus of her life. Eventually, she will come to understand that the family she thought she didn't need is the one thing she was meant to have in her life.
Produced by Spelling Television, Inc., a Paramount/Viacom company, "Summerland" is from executive producers Remi Aubuchon ("24," "Lyon's Den") and Stephen Tolkin ("All Souls," "Kate Brasher") along with Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent. Spelling and Vincent are also executive producers of The WB's "7th Heaven" and "Charmed."