John Wesley Shipp

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John Wesley Shipp
John Wesley Shipp at Florida Supercon in June 2010.
Born (1955-01-22) January 22, 1955 (age 59)
Norfolk, Virginia, US

John Wesley Shipp (born January 22, 1955 in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American actor best known for his roles as Flash (Barry Allen) in CBS's The Flash series from 1990 to 1991' from DC Comics media; and characters from other shows like 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.[1] 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 also played Martin Ellis on Santa Barbara in 1987 (for which he won his second Daytime Emmy), Blanchard Lovelace on One Life to Live in 1989, and Carter Jones on All My Children in 1992. For his work on ATWT, he won a supporting actor Emmy at the 13th Daytime Emmy Awards in 1986. He played a peeper on an episode of Fantasy Island. He played the title role of Barry Allen/The Flash in CBS's The Flash in the 1990–1991[2][3] season and was Lucky on NBC's Sisters in 1994 and 1995. Shipp would be involved with the Flash again by voicing the evil character Professor Zoom ("The Reverse-Flash") in a 2010 episode of the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and being cast in an unknown role in the 2014 The Flash series for the CW network.[4]

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.

In the summer of 2011, he guest-starred on the Lifetime TV series Drop Dead Diva, playing the ex-husband of the character played by comedienne Kathy Griffin.

Shipp filmed three episodes of the popular series Teen Wolf, based on the 1985 Michael J. Fox film of the same name. The episodes aired during the Summer of 2012.

Also in 2012, he will star in the independent film Hell and Mr. Fudge, where he will play preacher Bennie Lee Fudge, the father of theologian Edward Fudge, played by Mackenzie Astin.

Shipp gave a keynote speech to the graduating class of Wake Forest Rolesville Highschool class of 1998 in Raleigh, North Carolina[5]



Year Title Role
1990 The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter Bastian's Father
1994 Soft Deceit John Hobart
2002 Second to Die Jim Bratchett
2008 Karma Police Barrington Freeman
2009 Port City George
2010 Separation Anxiety Sr. Palmer
2012 Hell and Mr. Fudge Bennie Lee Fudge
2014 Golden Shoes The President of the United States
Sensory Perception Lt. Thawne
The Sector Stillwell


Year Title Role
2005 Starcrossed Father
2009 Grotesque Father Fahey


Year Title Role
1980 The Dirtiest Show in Town (TV movie)
1981-84 Guiding Light Kelly Nelson
1983 Fantasy Island Todd Skylar
1984 Summer Fantasy (TV movie) Callahan
1985-86 As the World Turns Doug Cummings
1987 Santa Barbara Martin Ellis
1989 One Life to Live Blanchard Lovelace
1990-91 The Flash Barry Allen/The Flash/Pollux
1991 Baby of the Bride (TV movie) Dennis
Danger Team (TV movie) Spec (voice)
1992 All My Children Carter Jones
Human Target Garner St. John
1994 NYPD Blue Officer Roy Larson
Golden Gate (TV movie) Kenny Scanlon
Green Dolphin Beat (TV movie) Terry Lattner
1994-95 Sisters Lucky Williams
1995 JAG Gunnery Sergeant Granger
1996 Deadly Web (TV movie) Dr. Stanton
Strangers Jack
1997 Lost Treasure of Dos Santos (TV movie) Jack
Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Griffin
1998-2001 Dawson's Creek Mitch Leery
1999 Road Rage (TV movie) Jim Carson
2001 The Outer Limits Coach Peter Shotwell
2004 JAG Colonel Marcus Sutter
2005 Palmetto Pointe Michael Jones
2006 CSI:NY Patrick Quinn
2007 Christie's Revenge (TV movie) Uncle Ray Colton
The Closer Chris Conroy
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Professor Zoom (voice)
2010-12 One Life to Live Eddie Ford
2011 Drop Dead Diva Doug Bailey
2012-13 Teen Wolf Mr. Lahey
2014 The Flash

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.


  1. ^ "Dawson's Creek Dad A Veteran of Daytime". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Top 10 Comic to TV Adaptations". IGN. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ Buck, Jerry (December 21, 1990). "Actor Seeks Substance Under Hero's Surface". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 11, 2014). "Original ‘Flash’ Star Joins CW Reboot; Todd Grinnell & Bret Ernst Cast In ‘Mason Twins’". 
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