Actor Shawn Elliott

Shawn Elliott (February 24, 1937 – March 11, 2016) was an American actor and singer. He is best known for starring in the original cast of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris onstage and as Paco in the film Short Eyes (1977).

Early years

Elliott was born Eliezer Santiago Solis in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and grew up in New York City’s East Harlem area where he appeared in a community center production of Oklahoma!

Singing career

Elliott had a #1 hit in Europe and South America with a cover of Sir Lancelot’s “Shame And Scandal In The Family” in 1965. The cover failed to chart in America where English comedian Lance Percival’s version did. However, Peter Tosh and the Wailers, as well as The Blues Busters, copied the arrangement used by Elliot in preparing their own later covers of the song.

Elliott originally recorded for Roulette Records, before moving with his brother Roland to Atlantic Records in 1968, though none of his later records matched the success of his 1965 hit.

Selected discography

  • ”Goodbye My Lover,” 1962
  • ”Sincerely and Tenderly,” 1963
  • “Shame And Scandal In The Family”; B-side “Josephine,” 1964
  • ”You Opened Up My Eyes,” 1967
  • ”You’ve Turned Away,” 1968
  • ”Little Children,” 1968
  • ”I Found Myself A Brand New Baby,” 1970
  • “Marieke”
  • “Child Is Father To The Man,” 1971
  • Acting career

    After his last single, Elliott turned increasingly to acting. He is known for his roles in the films 13 Conversations about One Thing, Double Take, Short Eyes, Crossover Dreams, Impulse, Do The Right Thing, Arbitrage, Broken City, and the HBO film Someone Had to Be Benny. His last screen credit was an appearance in the 2013 film Broken City.

    On TV, Elliott held roles as Eduardo Fernandez, father of main characters Alex and Gaby, on the TV show Ghostwriter, as well on NBC’s Law & Order, Lifetime’s The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Miami Vice, CSI: Miami and American Family.

    Elliott also appeared on Broadway in City of Angels (1989) and Marie Christine (1999) and off-Broadway and regionally in Jacques Brel…, Cyrano De Bergerac, Senor Discretion Himself, Teresa’s Ecstasy, Hamlet, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Man of La Mancha.

    A lifetime member of The Actors Studio, Elliott received a 1998 ALMA Award for Outstanding Latino Cast for PBS’ Foto-Novelas. In 2000, he was honored with the Rita Moreno Award for Excellence by the Hispanic Organization of Latin Artists (HOLA).

    Personal life

    Elliott married actress Donna Murphy in 1990. Elliott has two daughters from a previous relationship, Ivy Kaller and Justine McLaughlin. In 2006, Elliott and Murphy adopted a daughter, Darmia Hope Murphy Elliott.


    Elliott died on March 11, 2016 at the age of 79.


    Year Title Role Notes
    1975 Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris ‘Madeleine’ Voice
    1977 Short Eyes Paco
    1984 Beat Street Domingo
    1985 Crossover Dreams Orlando
    1986 Off Beat Hector
    1988 The Dead Pool Chester Docksteder
    1989 Do the Right Thing Puerto Rican Icee Man
    1990 Impulse Tony Peron
    1991 Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh Jackie Cairo
    1996 Caught Santiago
    1997 Hurricane Streets Paco
    1998 Le New Yorker Farrakhan
    2000 Blue Moon The Ambassador
    2001 Double Take Thomas Chela / Minty Gutierrez
    2001 Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Mickey Wheeler
    2005 La fiesta del Chivo Johnny Abbes
    2012 Arbitrage Flores
    2013 Broken City Raul Barea (final film role)

    External Links

    Actor Shawn Elliott – Wikipedia

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