Shawn Phelan was born January 7th, 1975 in Stoughton, Massachusetts. At the age of seven he moved to Houston, Texas with his mother, Bonnie and grandmother, Beverly. Shawn decided at age 9 to become an actor and worked with the Unicorn Theatre in Houston which involved various stage productions, such as Lyle the Crocodile, and also showcased Shawn’s vocal talents. In 1988 Shawn auditioned for Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club” along with another local actor in Houston. Instead of a Mousekteer, Disney decided to use Shawn for some of their upcoming projects, such as ‘The Secret of Lost Creek’ shown on the Mickey Mouse Club. This led to a role in ‘Caroline?’ playing Winston Carmichael. The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie won an Emmy and was nominated for 5 more.
Shawn was a fan of the Star Wars Trilogy and one of his favorite television shows was Star Trek. He picked up the guitar as a teenager and immediately took to learning Beatles songs. Like any typical teenager in the 90's he liked to eat at Taco Bell, McDonald’s, and Pizza Hut, which he would quickly suggest any of the three if you asked him what he would like for dinner. He loved crab legs and also liked Mexican food.
We'll never know what role Shawn would have been given that another actor has now made popular today. Shawn's accomplishments took him from coast to coast, the stage in Houston, all three major networks on television, as well as the silver screen. But Shawn's injury isn't important because he was in Hollywood. He was just like anyone else.