Shawn’s story features plenty of darkness. As a scared, confused latchkey kid, the only offspring of a broken marriage, his ‘70s childhood included time spent among hookers, drug dealers, and LA street folk, all of whom knew him by name. His father, cookie entrepreneur and erstwhile William Morris talent agent Wally “Famous” Amos, loomed large but was also largely absent, hustling nonstop. Shawn spent most of his time with his mentally ill mother, Shirlee Ellis, whose grasp on reality waxed and waned. More often than not, child parented elder, in a shadowy world of stories both true and imaginary.