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Daniel Thomas “Dan” O’Shannon (born March 10, 1962 in Ohio) is an American screenwriter and film producer.

Life

O’Shannon attended Painesville Riverside High School.[1] After finishing high school, he performed as a stand-up comedian at the Cleveland Comedy Club. He studied at Cleveland State University in the early 1980s, where he also wrote for the student magazine Cauldron.[2]

O’Shannon began writing and producing scripts in the mid-1980s, primarily for television series. Several times he wrote and produced books for episodes of the series Newhart, Cheers and Frasier. He won five Emmys for Best Comedy Series for the series Modern Family, for which he wrote a total of 15 episodes between 2009 and 2014. An exception to O’Shannon’s output is his work on the animated shorts Redux Riding Hood (1997) and The Fan and the Flower (2005), for which he wrote the screenplay. For Redux Riding Hood, O’Shannon was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Animated Short Film in 1998.

In 2012, O’Shannon published his first book, the nonfiction What Are You Laughing At? A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event. TheAdventures of Mrs. Jesus followed in 2014. The History of Us, the first television film for which O’Shannon wrote the screenplay, was released in 2015.

Filmography

  • 1986: It’s a Living (TV series, one episode)
  • 1987: The Charmings (TV series, one episode)
  • 1987-1989: Newhart (TV series, 6 episodes)
  • 1989-1993: Cheers (TV series, 39 episodes)
  • 1990: The Earth Day Special (TV)
  • 1993: The Boys (TV series, 3 episodes)
  • 1996-1998: Susan (Suddenly Susan) (TV series, 4 episodes)
  • 1997: Redux Riding Hood
  • 1998: Maggie (TV series, 2 episodes)
  • 1999-2002: Frasier (TV series, 7 episodes)
  • 2002: Star Trek: Enterprise (TV series, one episode)
  • 2005: The Fan and the Flower
  • 2005, 2006: Nemesis – The Attack (Threshold) (TV series, 2 episodes)
  • 2006: Jericho – The Assassination (Jericho) (TV series, one episode)
  • 2007, 2008: Back to You (TV series, two episodes)
  • 2009: Better Off Ted – Die Chaos AG (Better Off Ted) (TV series, two episodes)
  • 2009-2014: Modern Family (TV series, 15 episodes)
  • 2015: Odd Couple (TV series, 2 episodes)
  • 2015: The History of Us (TV)

Awards (selection)

  • 1991: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for Cheers
  • 1998: Oscar nomination, Best Animated Short, for Redux Riding Hood
  • 2003: WGA Award in Episodic Comedy, Writers Guild of America, for Frasier, episode: Frasier: Rooms with a View
  • 2003: Honorary doctorate from Cleveland State University
  • 2010: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for Modern Family
  • 2010: WGA Award in New Series, Writers Guild of America, for Modern Family
  • 2011: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for Modern Family
  • 2011: Producers Guild of America Award, Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy, for Modern Family
  • 2011: WGA Award in Comedy Series (TV), Writers Guild of America, for Modern Family
  • 2012: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for Modern Family
  • 2012: Producers Guild of America Awards, Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy, for Modern Family
  • 2012: Humanitas Prize for Modern Family
  • 2012: WGA Award in Comedy Series (TV), Writers Guild of America, for Modern Family
  • 2013: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for Modern Family
  • 2013: Producers Guild of America Awards, Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy, for Modern Family
  • 2014: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for Modern Family
  • 2014: Producers Guild of America Awards, Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy, for Modern Family
  • 2015: Producers Guild of America Awards, Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy, for Modern Family

Web links

Individual references

  1. Barry Goodrich Family Tree. clevelandmagazine.com, November 2013.
  2. Cate Baird: Cleveland State names two for honorary degrees (Memento of September 23, 2015 in the Internet Archive). csuohio.edu20. November 2003.