John Wesley Shipp

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John Wesley Shipp
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John Wesley Shipp in 2016.
Born (1955-01-22) January 22, 1955 (age 61)
Norfolk, Virginia, US

John Wesley Shipp (born January 22, 1955) is an American actor best known for his various television roles. He played the lead Barry Allen on CBS's The Flash superhero series from 1990 to 1991, the title character's father Mitch Leery on the drama Dawson's Creek from 1998 to 2001, and roles in daytime soap operas including Kelly Nelson on Guiding Light from 1980 to 1984, and Douglas Cummings on As the World Turns from 1985 to 1986 (which earned him his first Daytime Emmy).[1] In 2014 he was cast as Barry Allen's father Henry in the new Flash TV series on the CW network.


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, guest-starred in an episode of Human Target in 1992 on ABC, and was Lucky on NBC's Sisters in 1994 and 1995. Shipp would be involved with the Flash again by voicing the villain Professor Zoom ("The Reverse-Flash") in a 2010 episode of the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and being cast as Barry Allen's father, Henry Allen in the 2014 The Flash series for the CW network.[4]

Shipp co-starred in a feature film shot in Australia in 2009 called The Ninja. He played Detective Matthew Reynolds, and 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 starred in the independent film Hell and Mr. Fudge, where he played 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 High School Class of 1999 in Wake Forest, North Carolina.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter Bastian's Father
1994 Soft Deceit John Hobart
2002 Second to Die Jim Bratchett
2005 Starcrossed Lane, the Father Short film
2008 Karma Police Barrington Freeman
2009 Port City George
2009 Grotesque Father Fahey Short film
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 Notes
1980 The Dirtiest Show in Town TV movie
1981-84 Guiding Light Kelly Nelson
1983 Fantasy Island Todd Skylar
1984 Summer Fantasy Callahan TV movie
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 Main cast
1991 Baby of the Bride Dennis TV movie
Danger Team Spec TV movie; Voice only
1992 All My Children Carter Jones
Human Target Garner St. John
1994 NYPD Blue Officer Roy Larson
Golden Gate Kenny Scanlon TV movie
Green Dolphin Beat Terry Lattner TV movie
1994-95 Sisters Lucky Williams
1995 JAG Gunnery Sergeant Granger
1996 Deadly Web Dr. Stanton TV movie
Strangers Jack
1997 Lost Treasure of Dos Santos Jack TV movie
Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Griffin
1998-2001 Dawson's Creek Mitch Leery
1999 Road Rage Jim Carson TV movie
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 Uncle Ray Colton TV movie
The Closer Chris Conroy
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Professor Zoom Voice only
2010-12 One Life to Live Eddie Ford
2011 Drop Dead Diva Doug Bailey
2012-13 Teen Wolf Mr. Lahey
2014-present The Flash Henry Allen Recurring role

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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