Craig Sheffer

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Craig Sheffer
Craig Eric Sheffer

(1960-04-23) April 23, 1960 (age 62)
Years active1982–present
(m. 2003; div. 2004)

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, Aaron Boone in the film Nightbreed, Joe Kane in the film The Program, and Keith Scott on the television series One Tree Hill.

Early and personal life[edit]

Sheffer was born in York, Pennsylvania. His father worked as a prison guard. Before becoming an actor, Sheffer sold newspapers in New York City and "slept under the marble staircase" in Grand Central Terminal for weeks while living off Unification Church spaghetti dinners."[1]


Sheffer was first seen on a nationwide basis as Ian Hayden on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live, and on the 1983 prime time seriesThe 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 played 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.

Sheffer's other films include Fire in the Sky (1993), Head Above Water (1996), and Sleep With Me (1994) (top-billed, as the apex of a romantic triangle which included Eric Stoltz and Meg Tilly). Sheffer played the leading role in Clive Barker's franchise sequel, Hellraiser: Inferno. He also played the main character in 1997's Bliss which starred Sheryl Lee, Terence Stamp and Leigh Taylor-Young.

Sheffer played Constant Bradley in the 1996 miniseries A Season in Purgatory. He played Keith Scott on the CW Network series One Tree Hill for three seasons before his character was killed off halfway through season 3 (he also had several guest appearances in season 4). He 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 had a cameo appearance in the movie Stand Up Guys.

In 2016, Sheffer starred alongside Steven Seagal in Code of Honor.



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Voyage of the Rock Aliens Frankie
1985 That Was Then... This Is Now Bryon Douglas
1986 Fire with Fire Joe Fisk
1987 Some Kind of Wonderful Hardy Jenns
1988 Split Decisions Eddie McGuinn
1989 Baby Cakes Rob Television film
1990 Nightbreed Aaron Boone / Cabal
Instant Karma Zane
1991 Blue Desert Randall Atkins
Eye of the Storm Ray
1992 A River Runs Through It Norman Maclean
1993 Fire in the Sky Allan Dallis
The Program Joe Kane
Fire on the Amazon R.J.
1994 The Road Killers Cliff
Sleep with Me Frank
1995 In Pursuit of Honor Lt. Marshall Buxton Television film
Wings of Courage Henri Guillaumet Short film
The Desperate Trail Jack Cooper
Bloodknot Mike Television film
1996 The Grave King
Head Above Water Lance
1997 Miss Evers' Boys Dr. Douglas Television film
Executive Power Nick Seger Video
Bliss Joseph
Merry Christmas, George Bailey Ernie Bishop / Ed / Bridgekeeper Television film
1998 Double Take Connor McEwen
Rhapsody in Bloom Jack Safrenek Television film
1999 The Fall Adam Ellis
Flypaper Bobby Ray
Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying Martin
2000 Net Worth Woody Miller
Deep Core Brian Goodman
Hellraiser: Inferno Det. Joseph Thorne
Maze Mike
Merlin: The Return Mordred
2001 Ritual Paul Claybourne
Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal Nick Watts
Flying Virus Martin Bauer
2002 Truth Be Told Det. Stratten
Cabin Pressure Peter 'Bird Dog' Dewmont Television film
Deadly Little Secrets Dr. Gordon Childs
2003 Water Under the Bridge Marco
Dracula II: Ascension Lowell Direct-to-Video
Without Malice Dr. Paul Venters Television film
2004 Prodigal Son Alan Short film
The Pavilion Frank Cassilis
Berserker Boar
2005 Tom's Nu Heaven Tom Mitchell
The Second Front Frank Hossom
2006 Find Love Interviewer
Long Lost Son Quinn Halloran / John Williams Television film
2008 Love Lies Bleeding Morton
While She Was Out Kenneth
2010 Ashley's Ashes Bill
Lies Between Friends Sheriff Zach Watts Television film
2012 Bad Ass Attorney
Stand Up Guys Jargoniew #1
The Mark Chad Turner
2013 The Mark 2: Redemption Chad
Battledogs Major Brian Hoffman Television film
2016 Code of Honor William Porter
2017 Destruction: Los Angeles John Benson
2019 Widow's Point Thomas Livingston


Year Title Role Notes
1982 One Life to Live Ian Hayden Unknown episode
1983 The Hamptons Brian Chadway "Pilot" (season 1: episode 1)
1986–1988 Teen Wolf Mick Voice role; 21 episodes
1996 A Season in Purgatory Constant Bradley Miniseries
2001 Family Law Martin Antenelli "Separation" (season 2: episode 13)
2002 Fastlane Andrew Kane "Pilot" (season 1: episode 1)
2003–2007, 2012 One Tree Hill Keith Scott 58 episodes
2005 Into the West Older Robert Wheeler "Ghost Dance" (season 1: episode 6)
2010 Psych Federal Marshal Daniel Wayne "A Very Juliet Episode" (season 4: episode 12)
Criminal Minds James Thomas "Compromising Positions" (season 6: episode 4)
2012 The Mentalist Gary Philo "Cheap Burgundy" (season 4: episode 17)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jack Gilmore 2 episodes
2021 American Horror Story: Double Feature Richard Nixon 3 episodes


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

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