Craig Sheffer

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Craig Sheffer
Born (1960-04-23) April 23, 1960 (age 54)
York, Pennsylvania
Occupation Actor
Partner(s) Gabrielle Anwar (late 1980s - 1990s; 1 child)
Children 1

Craig Eric Sheffer (born April 23, 1960) is an American film and television actor. He is known for his leading roles as Norman Maclean in the film A River Runs Through It and Aaron Boone/Cabal in the film Nightbreed, as well as his character Keith Scott on the television series One Tree Hill.

Early and personal life[edit]

Sheffer was born in York, Pennsylvania to a mother (Anna Sheffer) who worked in a nursing home and a father (Rock Sheffer) who worked as a prison guard and screenwriter. He has a daughter named Willow (born November 8, 1993) to actress Gabrielle Anwar.[1] Sheffer (in the year 1980), before becoming successful as an actor, under some inconvenient circumstances in his life, sold newspapers and "slept under the marble staircase" in Grand Central Terminal for weeks while living off Unification Church spaghetti dinners."[2]


Sheffer was first seen on a nationwide basis as Ian Hayden on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live, and as the teenage son of Michael Goodwin and Leigh Taylor-Young on the 1983 prime time serial The Hamptons. His earliest starring assignment in films was as the best friend of troubled teenager Emilio Estevez in That Was Then... This Is Now (1985), a reformatory camp inmate in Fire with Fire (1986), an antagonistic rich kid in Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), and the romantic love interest of an overweight cosmetician in Baby Cakes (1989).

Sheffer portrayed the lead role of Aaron Boone/Cabal in Nightbreed (1990), author Norman Maclean in A River Runs Through It in (1992), and played Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Joe Kane in The Program in 1993.

Among Sheffer's other films are Fire in the Sky (1993), Head Above Water (1996), Bliss (1997), and Sleep With Me (1994) (top-billed, as the apex of a romantic triangle which included Eric Stoltz and Meg Tilly). Six years later, he played the leading role in Clive Barker's brainchild franchise sequel, Hellraiser: Inferno in (1995), In Pursuit of Honor Sheffer plays a lieutenant in the United States horse cavalry (set in the 1930s) alongside Don Johnson.

Craig Sheffer is known for his portrayal of accused murderer Constant Bradley in the 1996 miniseries A Season in Purgatory and Keith Scott, the nice-guy older brother of wealthy and nefarious auto dealer Dan Scott on the CW Network series One Tree Hill. Sheffer was a regular for 3 seasons and was killed half way through season 3. He had several guest appearances in season 4. He has also been seen in the television film The Long Lost Son (2006). In 2008, Sheffer appeared longside co-star Jessica Jett in the TV show Athletics TOC Dream.

Craig Sheffer directed the feature film American Crude", a dark comedy starring Ron Livingston and Rob Schneider, it was released straight to DVD in June 2008. Sheffer also had a cameo appearance in the movie Stand Up Guys starring Al Pacino, Alan Arkin, and Christopher Walken. He recently starred in the movie Mark II: Redemption.


Year Title Role Notes
1982 One Life to Live Ian Hayden
1983 The Hamptons Bruce Chadway "Pilot" (season 1: episode 1)
1984 Voyage of the Rock Aliens Frankie
1985 That Was Then... This Is Now Bryon Douglas
1986 Fire with Fire Joe Fisk
1986–1988 Teen Wolf Mick Voice role; 21 episodes
1987 Some Kind of Wonderful Hardy Jenns
1988 Split Decisions Eddie McGuinn
1989 Baby Cakes Rob
1990 Nightbreed Aaron Boone / Cabal
1990 Instant Karma Zane
1991 Blue Desert Randall Atkins
1991 Eye of the Storm Ray
1992 A River Runs Through It Norman Maclean
1993 Married... with Children Alternative Prize to Budd "You Can't Miss" (season 7: episode 17)
1993 Fire in the Sky Allan Dallis
1993 The Program Joe Kane
1993 Fire on the Amazon R.J.
1994 The Road Killers Cliff
1994 Sleep with Me Frank
1995 In Pursuit of Honor Lt. Marshall Buxton
1995 Wings of Courage Henri Guillaumet Short film
1995 The Desperate Trail Jack Cooper
1995 Bloodknot Mike
1996 The Grave King
1996 "A Season in Purgatory" Constant Bradley
1996 Head Above Water Lance
1997 Miss Evers' Boys Dr. Douglas
1997 Executive Power Nick Seger Video
1997 Bliss Joseph
1997 Flypaper
1997 Merry Christmas, George Bailey Ernie Bishop / Ed / Bridgekeeper
1998 Double Take Connor McEwen
1998 Rhapsody in Bloom Jack Safrenek
1999 The Fall Adam Ellis
1999 Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying Martin
2000 Without Malice Dr. Paul Venters
2000 Net Worth Woody Miller
2000 Deep Core Brian Goodman
2000 Hellraiser: Inferno Det. Joseph Thorne
2000 Maze Mike
2000 Merlin: The Return Mordred
2001 Berserker Boar
2001 Ritual Paul Claybourne
2001 Family Law Martin Antenelli "Separation" (season 2: episode 13)
2001 Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal Nick Watts
2001 Flying Virus Martin Bauer
2002 Turnaround Det. Stratten
2002 Fastlane Andrew Kane "Pilot" (season 1: episode 1)
2002 Cabin Pressure Peter 'Bird Dog' Dewmont
2002 Deadly Little Secrets Dr. Gordon Childs
2003 Water Under the Bridge Marco
2003 Dracula II: Ascension Lowell
2003–2007, 2012 One Tree Hill Keith Scott 58 episodes
2004 Prodigal Son Alan Short film
2004 The Pavilion Frank Cassilis
2005 Tom's Nu Heaven Tom Mitchell
2005 The Second Front Frank Hossom
2005 Into the West Older Robert Wheeler "Ghost Dance" (season 1: episode 6)
2006 Find Love Interviewer
2006 Long Lost Son Quinn Halloran / John Williams
2008 Love Lies Bleeding Morton
2008 While She Was Out Kenneth
2010 Ashley's Ashes Bill
2010 Psych Federal Marshal Daniel Wayne "A Very Juliet Episode" (season 4: episode 12)
2010 Lies Between Friends Sheriff Zach Watts
2010 Criminal Minds James Thomas "Compromising Positions" (season 6: episode 4)
2012 Bad Ass Attorney
2012 Stand Up Guys Jargoniew #1
2012 The Mark Chad Turner
2012 The Mentalist Gary Philo "Cheap Burgundy" (season 4: episode 17)
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jack Gilmore "Homecoming" (season 12: episode 22)

"Karma to Burn" (season 13: episode 1)


  1. ^ "Craig Sheffer Biography (1960-)". 1960-04-23. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  2. ^ Brunette, Peter (1992-10-04). "UP AND COMING: Craig Sheffer; Off Streets, Into Movies". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 

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