Grant Show

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Grant Show
Show in 2009
Grant Alan Show

(1962-02-27) February 27, 1962 (age 61)
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Years active1984–present

Grant Alan Show (born February 27, 1962) is an American actor best known for his role on Melrose Place as Jake Hanson, which he played from 1992 to 1997. Since 2017, Show has portrayed tycoon Blake Carrington in the soap opera reboot Dynasty.

Early life[edit]

Show was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Ed and Kathleen Show (née McMillion), and has a sister, Kelly, with whom he was raised in the Milpitas, California, area.[1] He is a graduate of UCLA, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.


He broke into show business during college. His first major role was on the daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope, in which he played Rick Hyde from 1984–1987. During his last year on the show, he received a Daytime Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Young Actor in a Daytime Drama Series". Also during his time on the soap, Show dated fellow Ryan's Hope actor Yasmine Bleeth. Hyped as the series' leading heart-throb, he even had a pin-up poster issued during the series' run but later became dissatisfied with acting in soaps and went to London in order to improve his craft. Returning to the US in the late 1980s, he landed occasional primetime television acting jobs.

His appearances on television attracted the attention of producer Aaron Spelling, who felt he had star potential and decided to cast him as Jake Hanson on a few episodes of the popular series Beverly Hills, 90210 in order to spin off the character as the lead in his next series Melrose Place. Debuting with much fanfare (Show was on the covers of both TV Guide and People immediately after the series' debut), the series' ratings in its first season were not up to expectations, and the show was revamped in the middle of the first season from an episodic strait-laced drama format to a melodramatic soap opera serial format in the tradition of Dynasty, one of Spelling's earlier hits. The series made Show one of the most popular and best-known actors on American television during the 1990s. He also played Jake in a guest appearance in the pilot of the Melrose spin-off Models Inc., making him the only actor to play the same character on the first three shows in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise.

During his time on Melrose Place, Show also appeared on an episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Laura Leighton. In 1997, Show, Laura Leighton (an off-screen girlfriend of Show's for a period), Doug Savant, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Marcia Cross left Melrose Place, which led the show into a major decline. It was cancelled two years later, though Show later regretted his decision to leave, despite his dislike of the scripts during his final season.

He has since starred in a number of television movies, including Blessed Assurance with Cicely Tyson, Between Love and Honor with Robert Loggia, and Homeland Security with Tom Skerritt and was one of the leads in the short-lived Fox Network supernatural drama Point Pleasant in 2005. He made a guest appearance for three episodes in HBO's acclaimed series Six Feet Under in 2002, and in 2006 he guest-starred on two episodes of the ABC Family show Beautiful People, alongside former Melrose Place co-star Daphne Zuniga.

In 2007, Show appeared in three episodes of the FX show Dirt, playing a closeted gay action movie hero, Jack Dawson. In 2008, Show starred in the short-lived CBS summer drama series Swingtown as an airline pilot, Tom Decker. Show was also featured in a recurring role in episodes of Private Practice in the 2008–2009 season. He recently starred opposite Jenna Elfman in Accidentally on Purpose, his first sitcom. In the 2010–2011 season, he appeared in the recurrent role of Michael Sainte, the Goji Guru, on the HBO series Big Love. He has acted in a number of stage productions. In 1990, he played the lead in an adaptation of On the Waterfront and after his stint on Melrose Place he appeared in a production of The Glass Menagerie. He was on Broadway in 1999 playing a doctor in Wit. In 2012, he appeared in the film The Possession, directed by Ole Bornedal, alongside Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick. In 2013, he began his role as Spence Westmore on Devious Maids. In March 2017, he was cast in The CW's Dynasty reboot as Blake Carrington.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Grant Show married model and actress Pollyanna McIntosh in 2004. The couple met when they posed together for a Lane Bryant ad in 2003. They were divorced in 2011.[3] In July 2012, Show became engaged to actress Katherine LaNasa.[4] They married on August 18, 2012.[5] They had a daughter, Eloise McCue Show, on March 25, 2014.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 A Woman, Her Men, and Her Futon Randy
1992 ”Coopersmith” CD Coopersmith
2004 Marmalade Aiden
2007 Raw Footage Mitch Graham Short film
2007 The Girl Next Door Mr. Moran
2009 All Ages Night Jeff Markham
2011 Action Figures Bruce
2011 Fxxxen Americans John Short film and also co-producer
2011 Born to Race Jimmy Kendall
2011 Coming Up for Air Bill Short film
2012 Mindfield Murphy Short film
2012 The Possession Brett
2014 Born to Race: Fast Track Jimmy Kendall


Year Title Role Notes
1984−1987 Ryan's Hope Rick Hyde Series regular; 5 episodes
1985 ABC Afterschool Special Gregory Prince III Episode: "Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale"
1986 The Love Boat Christopher Stuart 2 episodes
1989 When We Were Young Michael Stefanos TV movie
1989−1990 True Blue Cadet Casey Pierce Series regular; 12 episodes
1990 Lucky Chances Marco Miniseries
1992 Treacherous Crossing Chief Stevens TV movie
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Jake Hanson 2 episodes
1992 Coopersmith C.D. Coopersmith TV movie
1992–1997 Melrose Place Jake Hanson Series regular; 158 episodes
1994 Burke's Law Dash Thornton Episode: "Who Killed the Starlet?"
1994 Models Inc. Jake Hanson Episode: "Pilot"
1994 Texas William B. Travis TV movie
1995 Between Love and Honor Steve Allie Collura TV movie
1995 Saturday Night Live Jake Hanson 1 episode
1996 Hope and Gloria Himself 1 episode
1996 Pretty Poison Dennis Pitt TV movie
1997 Mother Knows Best Ted Rogers TV movie
1997 The Price of Heaven Jerry Shand TV movie
1998 Ice Robert Drake TV movie
1999 Partners Elliott Thompson Episode: "A Beautiful Day"
1999 The Alchemists Connor Malloy TV movie
2000 Ed Troy McCallum Episode: "Your Life Is Now"
2001 UC: Undercover John Keller 2 episodes
2002 Six Feet Under Scott Axelrod 3 episodes
2002 Arli$$ Trevor Lawson Episode: "Playing It Safe"
2003 Encrypt Garth TV movie
2003 Sex and the Single Mom Alex Lofton TV movie
2004 Strong Medicine Ben Sanderson 5 episodes
2004 Mystery Girl Christopher Sullivan TV Short film
2004 Homeland Security Bradley Brand TV movie
2005−2006 Point Pleasant Lucas Boyd Series regular; 13 episodes
2005 More Sex and the Single Mom Alex Lofton TV movie
2005−2006 Beautiful People Daniel Kerr 4 episodes
2007 Dirt Jack Dawson 4 episodes
2008 Swingtown Tom Decker Series regular; 13 episodes
2008−2011 Private Practice Dr. Archer Montgomery 7 episodes
2009 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Archer Montgomery Episode: "Before and After"
2009 Natalee Holloway George "Jug" Twitty TV movie
2009−2010 Accidentally on Purpose James Series regular; 16 episodes
2010 Scoundrels Alan Markham Episode: "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire"
2011 Big Love Goji Guru 5 episodes
2011 Justice for Natalee Holloway George "Jug" Twitty TV movie
2011 Burn Notice Max 3 episodes
2011−2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Agent Viggo McQuaid 2 episodes
2013−2016 Devious Maids Spence Westmore Series regular; 44 episodes
2013 The Exes Alex Episode: "Zero Dark Forties"
2015 Criminal Minds Colton Grant Episode: "The Forever People"
2015 Satisfaction Arthur Waverly Recurring role; 7 episodes (Season 2)
2016 The Family Governor Charlie Lang 10 episodes
2017–2022 Dynasty Blake Carrington Main role; director, episodes: "The British Are Coming"; "There's No One Around To Watch You Drown"
2019 Write Before Christmas Tom TV movie


  1. ^ Shattuck, Kathryn (August 3, 2008). "Back to the '70s to Find Relief From the '90s". New York Times. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 2, 2017). "Dynasty: Grant Show To Star As Blake Carrington In The CW Reboot Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "Grant Show of Melrose Place Getting Divorced". People. August 2, 2011
  4. ^ Shira, Dahvi (July 12, 2012). "Grant Show Is Engaged to Katherine LaNasa". People.
  5. ^ Shira, Dahvi (August 18, 2012). "Grant Show Marries Katherine LaNasa". People.
  6. ^ Mcrady, Rachel (March 26, 2014). "Grant Show, Wife Katherine LaNasa Welcome Baby Girl Eloise McCue Show". US Weekly.

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