Jason John Cook (born September 13, 1980) is an American actor best known for playing the role of Shawn-Douglas Brady on the soap opera Days of our Lives.
Cook was born in Somerdale, New Jersey to Bill Cook (a licensed civil engineer in California) and JoAnn (a pre-school teacher); he has two sisters, Michelle and Janean, and a brother, Michael. When he was very young, his family moved to California. At an early age, Jason began studying the piano. As his musical skills improved, he got jobs performing at occasional weddings. He did not consider acting until high school, when he served as an emergency replacement in Whodunnit. A manager happened to be in the audience that night and later asked Jason if he had professional aspirations to be an actor. Jason attended Westlake High School in Westlake Village, California and graduated in 1998.
Cook portrayed Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from October 1999 and was very popular with fans, especially in Shawn's relationship with Belle Black. When Cook's contract with Days of our Lives expired in September 2006, he left the show. Actor Brandon Beemer was recast as Shawn and debuted in the role September 28, 2006.
Cook turned his...