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Charles Shaughnessy on Jewish Stereotypes and Nearly Boycotting 'The Nanny'

Charles Shaughnessy, best known for his exasperated bellow “Miss Fine!” on the ‘90s television sitcom “The Nanny,” spoke this past Saturday evening at the Stoneham Theatre in Stoneham, Mass. During the evening, a benefit for one of the actor’s favorite causes, the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, Shaughnessy answered questions from audience members. Attendees asked him about his prior roles on such shows as “Mad Men,” “Murphy Brown,” “Mad About You,” the classic soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” and productions that have ranged from “Camelot” to “Spamelot.” But it was his part as Maxwell Sheffield on “The Nanny” that inspired the bulk of the queries.

The 55-year old actor told of receiving a law degree from the University of Cambridge, but explained that he chose acting because the people in the law field were not the ones he preferred to hang around with; even with all their issues, it was Hollywood types he most related to.

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Charles Shaughnessy on Jewish Stereotypes and Nearly Boycotting 'The Nanny'

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