John Wesley Shipp (born January 22, 1955 in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American actor best known as Mitch Leery, the title character's father on the television drama Dawson's Creek from 1998 to 2001 and for roles in several daytime soap operas. Among his daytime roles, Shipp is probably best known as Kelly Nelson on Guiding Light from February 5, 1980 to November 6, 1984 and as Douglas Cummings on As the World Turns from April 17, 1985 to June 2, 1986, which earned him his first Daytime Emmy.
Shipp co-starred in a feature film that was shot entirely in Geelong, Australia called The Ninja. He played Detective Matthew Reynolds. The film started shooting in early 2009 and wrapped up in May. His co-stars were Rob Baard, Tania Zaetta, Roger Cross, John Schneider and Jeremy Kewley.
In November 2010, Shipp returned to One Life to Live in the short-term role of Eddie Ford. The popular, but villainous character was killed off in a murder mystery in mid-December. He taped flashback scenes of Eddie's murder in February 2011, which aired in early April, revealing the killer's identity. He also taped newly created flashback scenes involving the backstory of the relationship involving Eddie's middle son James and his former girlfriend Dee Dee Forbes and how James broke up with Dee Dee, stole money from Eddie and his arrival in Llanview to be near his mother Inez and two brothers, Bobby and Nate. John made his final appearance during the soap's final week in January 2012 (the episode was taped on Veterans Day, 2011), when Eddie's oldest son Robert had an out-of-body visit with his villainous father in Hell.
At the 14th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 1987, Shipp won the Outstanding Guest Performer Award (in a category that included Celeste Holm, Eileen Heckart, and Terrance Mann) becoming the only actor with consecutive wins from two different daytime dramas.