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Shawn Toovey (born March 1, 1983 in Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Brian Cooper in the popular drama Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman for which Toovey won four Young Artist Awards.

Shawn Toovey
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Shawn Toovey in 2017
Shawn Toovey

(1983-03-01) March 1, 1983 (age 35)

Toovey 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 Brian Cooper on the CBS television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

He is a founding member of the Children's Board of the Audrey Hepburn Hollywood for Children Foundation. He is also involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, The Braille Institute, Camp Ronald McDonald, Meals on Wheels and various child abuse preventions organizations.

Toovey played the role of Tiny Tim opposite fellow Dr. Quinn actor Orson Bean in the theater production of A Christmas Carol. Toovey has received several awards to date, among them:

  • 1994: Youth in Film Award - Best Actor in a Drama Series, 10 and under
  • 1994: Spirit of the Prairie 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.


Year Film Role Notes
1991 In Broad Daylight Claude Rowan
1991 A Seduction in Travis County Josh Maguire
1992 Bed of Lies Joel Moore
1992 An American Story Sam Meadows
1993 The Fire Next Time Jake Morgan
1993 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Brian Cooper Appeared in 148 episodes, 1993–1998
1997 Flash Tad Rutherford
1999 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Movie Brian Cooper
2001 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within Brian Cooper

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