David is an American soap opera director, producer and actor. His father is Alfred Shaughnessy, an English scriptwriter, and his brother is Charles Shaughnessy, a British actor. Aside from acting in various TV shows, David has a great career in daytime. His first daytime work included occasional directing of "Days of our Lives" and "Santa Barbara." He directed and produced the short-running soap "Tribes" during 1990-1991. In 1992, David joined the crew of "The Young and the Restless" as both the Producer and Director and kept the producing position until 2001, and the directing until 2006. He also served as the Executive Producer for the show from 2001 to 2004. In 2004, David joined the crew of "The Bold and the Beautiful" and has been directing episodes for the show since then.