Jeff Ward (actor)

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Jeff Ward
Jeff Ward by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Ward in March 2019
Born (1986-12-30) December 30, 1986 (age 32)
ResidencePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
OccupationActor, producer
Years active2005–present

Jeff Ward (born December 30, 1986) is an American actor best known for his roles as Charles Manson in Manson's Lost Girls (2016), Seth Marlowe in Channel Zero: No-End House (2017), and Deke Shaw in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2017–present).

Early life and education[edit]

Ward was born in Washington, D.C., but grew up in Radnor, Pennsylvania a suburb of Philadelphia where he began acting in theatrical productions.[1] He has one younger sister who is a third grade teacher.[2] Jeff attended Tisch School of the Arts along with fellow actor Miles Teller.[3]


Ward received recognition after he was cast as Charles Manson in the 2016 TV movie Manson’s Lost Girls, a role he accepted because he felt that "people inherently have a slightly dark side.”[3]

In 2017, he starred as Seth Marlowe in the critically acclaimed horror anthology series Channel Zero: No-End House.[4]

Later in 2017, he was cast as Deke Shaw on the Marvel Cinematic Universe television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a recurring role during season five[5]. Originally he was cast as Virgil, a minor character who dies in the first episode of the season, but during the table read of the episode, the main cast felt that Ward "nailed it" as Virgil and wanted him to stay on as Deke, who had not yet been cast. After the reading, the producers reached out to Ward and offered him to audition for Deke, which ended in him ultimately being cast in the part.[6] Ward was later promoted to series regular for season six[7] and seven[8].



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Vamperifica Peter
2015 The Girlfriend Game Ben Short film; also producer
2017 The Boy Downstairs Marcus
Take Me Out with the Stars Max Short film
2018 Imaginary Circumstances Max Short film
2019 Plus One Trevor
TBA The Descendant Adam Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Darwin Mondale Episode: "In the Wee Small Hours: Part 1"
2011 Body of Proof Patrick Spradlin Guest role; 2 episodes
2012 The Beauty Inside Handsome Alex Television mini-series
Holly's Holiday Milo Ames Television film
2013 Project Reality Television mini-series
2014 Next Time on Lonny Giles Episode: "Lonny Goes for Broke"
Open Season Jonah Episode: "The Night Out"
2015 The Mentalist Matthew Stoppard Episode: "The Whites of His Eyes"
2016 Manson’s Lost Girls Charles Manson Television film
Rosewood Wyatt Montgomery Episode: "Hydrocephalus and Hard Knocks"
That's What She Said Television mini-series
2017 555 Actor Episode: "Acting"
Channel Zero: No-End House Seth Marlowe Main role; 6 episodes
2017–present Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Deke Shaw Recurring role (Season 5); Main role (Seasons 6-7), 27 episodes


  1. ^ Writer, Molly Eichel, Staff. "How Radnor's Jeff Ward learned to be Charles Manson". External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ "r/IAmA - I am writer and actor Jeff Ward of Manson's Lost Girls - Ask Me Anything!". reddit.
  3. ^ a b Losgar, Maxwell (February 5, 2016). "Jeff Ward Scared Himself Learning to Play Charles Manson". Vanity Fair. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (September 27, 2016). "'Channel Zero: The No-End House': Jeff Ward Cast As Male Lead In Syfy Series". Deadline. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (August 4, 2017). "'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Jeff Ward Set To Recur In Season 5". Deadline. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Brown, Tracy (July 25, 2018). "'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s' Jeff Ward explains how he was cast as Deke Shaw". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on August 4, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  7. ^ Li, Shirley (July 21, 2018). "'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Jeff Ward Set As Series Regular In Season 6". Entertainment. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  8. ^ O'Connell, Michael (November 16, 2018). "'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Jeff Ward Set As Series Regular In Season 7". hollywoodreporter. Retrieved January 29, 2019.

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