Stephen Shortridge

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Stephen Shortridge
Born October 23, 1951 (1951-10-23) (age 65)
Red Oak, Iowa
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Cathy Shortridge (m. 1976)
Children 4

Stephen Shortridge (born October 23, 1951; Red Oak, Iowa) is an American actor.

Shortridge has appeared in more than 20 film and television projects throughout the 1970s and 1980s, most recognizably from his role as a southern high school student named Beau De LaBarre on the television sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter. He has also done over 50 commercials for such products as Mennen, Coca-Cola, and Head & Shoulders. In 1987, he spent one year as a regular cast member on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

In the late 1980s, Shortridge quit the acting business to concentrate on painting. He presented gallery showings across the United States. He currently makes his home in Idaho with his wife and children.

Shortridge is also an author. He published his first book in 2011 titled Deepest Thanks, Deeper Apologies.


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1977 Fraternity Row Mel Armstrong Feature film
1978–79 Welcome Back, Kotter Beau De LaBarre Main cast (19 episodes)
1979 The Love Boat Mark Scott Episodes: "The Man in Her Life" (Parts 1 & 2)
1979 Marie Detective Driscoll Episode: "Pilot"
1980 Charlie's Angels Cotton Harper Episode: "Toni's Boys"
1980 Vega$ Henderson Episode: "Deadly Blessings"
1981 Aloha Paradise Richard Bean Main cast (7 episodes)
1981 The Love Boat Rudy Episode: "The Girl Next Door"
1981 Fantasy Island Hadley Boggs Episode: "High Off the Hog"
1981 Fantasy Island Jason Martinique Episode: "Night of the Tormented Soul"
1982 Bosom Buddies Tim Episode: "The Slightly Illustrated Man"
1982 The Fall Guy Dotson Episode: "Scavenger Hunt"
1982 The Greatest American Hero Price Cobb Episode: "The Price Is Right"
1982 Fantasy Island Mark Twain Episode: "Natchez Bound"
1983 Lottery! Richard Stanford Episode: "New York: Winning Can Be Murder"
1983 Matt Houston Scott Townsend Episode: "Target: Miss World"
1983 The Love Boat Robert Wallingford Episode: "Here Comes the Bride - Maybe"
1985 Hardcastle and McCormick Sandy Knight Episode: "The Birthday Present"
1985 Hunter J.J. Hendrix Episode: "Killer in a Halloween Mask"
1985 Murder, She Wrote Steve Gamble Episode: "Murder Diggs Deep"
1986 New Love, American Style Episode: " Love-a-Gram/Love and the Apartment"
1986 Airwolf Greg Stewart Episode: "Little Wolf"
1986 St. Elsewhere ER Patient Episode: "A Room with a View"
1987 The Bold and the Beautiful Dave Reed Series regular (50 episodes)
1988 Houston Knights Elliot Wilde Episode: "There's One Born Every Minute"
1989 Say Anything... Ray Feature film


Deepest Thanks, Deeper Apologies, Worthy Publishing, 2011, ISBN 978-1-936034-574


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