Craig Sheffer

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Craig Sheffer
Born(1960-04-23) April 23, 1960 (age 54)
York, Pennsylvania
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Craig Sheffer
Born(1960-04-23) April 23, 1960 (age 54)
York, Pennsylvania

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 and Aaron Boone/Cabal in the film Nightbreed, as well as his character Keith Scott on the television series One Tree Hill.

Early life[edit]

Sheffer was born in York, Pennsylvania to a mother who worked in a nursing home and a father (Rock Sheffer) who worked as a prison guard and screenwriter. He has a daughter named Willow (born November 8, 1993).[1] Sheffer (in the year 1980), before becoming successful as an actor, under some inconvenient circumstances in his life, sold newspapers and "slept under the marble staircase" in Grand Central Terminal for weeks while living off Unification Church spaghetti dinners."[2]


Sheffer was first seen on a nationwide basis as Ian Hayden on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live, and as the teenage son of Michael Goodwin and Leigh Taylor-Young on the 1983 prime time serial The 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 portrayed 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.

Among Sheffer's other films are Fire in the Sky (1993), Head Above Water (1996), Bliss (1997), and Sleep With Me (1994) (top-billed, as the apex of a romantic triangle which included Eric Stoltz and Meg Tilly). Six years later, he played the leading role in Clive Barker's brainchild franchise sequel, Hellraiser: Inferno in (1995), In Pursuit of Honor Sheffer plays a lieutenant in the United States horse cavalry (set in the 1930s) alongside Don Johnson.

Craig Sheffer is known for his portrayal of accused murderer Constant Bradley in the 1996 miniseries A Season in Purgatory and Keith Scott, the nice-guy older brother of wealthy and nefarious auto dealer Dan Scott on the CW Network series One Tree Hill. Sheffer was a regular for 3 seasons and was killed half way through season 3. He had several guest appearances in season 4. He has also been seen in the television film The Long Lost Son (2006). In 2008, Sheffer appeared longside co-star Jessica Jett in the TV show Athletics TOC Dream.

Sheffer directed the feature film American Crude, a dark comedy starring Ron Livingston and Rob Schneider, it was released on DVD in June 2008.


1982One Life to LiveIan Hayden
1983The HamptonsBruce Chadway"Pilot" (season 1: episode 1)
1984Voyage of the Rock AliensFrankie
1985That Was Then... This Is NowBryon Douglas
1986Fire with FireJoe Fisk
1986–1988Teen WolfMickVoice role; 21 episodes
1987Some Kind of WonderfulHardy Jenns
1988Split DecisionsEddie McGuinn
1989Baby CakesRob
1990NightbreedAaron Boone / Cabal
1990Instant KarmaZane
1991Blue DesertRandall Atkins
1991Eye of the StormRay
1992A River Runs Through ItNorman Maclean
1993Married... with ChildrenAlternative Prize to Budd"You Can't Miss" (season 7: episode 17)
1993Fire in the SkyAllan Dallis
1993The ProgramJoe Kane
1993Fire on the AmazonR.J.
1994The Road KillersCliff
1994Sleep with MeFrank
1995In Pursuit of HonorLt. Marshall Buxton
1995Wings of CourageHenri GuillaumetShort film
1995The Desperate TrailJack Cooper
1996The GraveKing
1996"A Season in Purgatory"Constant Bradley
1996Head Above WaterLance
1997Miss Evers' BoysDr. Douglas
1997Executive PowerNick SegerVideo
1997Merry Christmas, George BaileyErnie Bishop / Ed / Bridgekeeper
1998Double TakeConnor McEwen
1998Rhapsody in BloomJack Safrenek
1999The FallAdam Ellis
1999Turbulence 2: Fear of FlyingMartin
2000Without MaliceDr. Paul Venters
2000Net WorthWoody Miller
2000Deep CoreBrian Goodman
2000Hellraiser: InfernoDet. Joseph Thorne
2000Merlin: The ReturnMordred
2001RitualPaul Claybourne
2001Family LawMartin Antenelli"Separation" (season 2: episode 13)
2001Turbulence 3: Heavy MetalNick Watts
2001Flying VirusMartin Bauer
2002TurnaroundDet. Stratten
2002FastlaneAndrew Kane"Pilot" (season 1: episode 1)
2002Cabin PressurePeter 'Bird Dog' Dewmont
2002Deadly Little SecretsDr. Gordon Childs
2003Water Under the BridgeMarco
2003Dracula II: AscensionLowell
2003–2007, 2012One Tree HillKeith Scott58 episodes
2004Prodigal SonAlanShort film
2004The PavilionFrank Cassilis
2005Tom's Nu HeavenTom Mitchell
2005The Second FrontFrank Hossom
2005Into the WestOlder Robert Wheeler"Ghost Dance" (season 1: episode 6)
2006Find LoveInterviewer
2006Long Lost SonQuinn Halloran / John Williams
2008Love Lies BleedingMorton
2008While She Was OutKenneth
2010Ashley's AshesBill
2010PsychFederal Marshal Daniel Wayne"A Very Juliet Episode" (season 4: episode 12)
2010Lies Between FriendsSheriff Zach Watts
2010Criminal MindsJames Thomas"Compromising Positions" (season 6: episode 4)
2012Bad AssAttorney
2012Stand Up GuysJargoniew #1
2012The MarkChad Turner
2012The MentalistGary Philo"Cheap Burgundy" (season 4: episode 17)
2012CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationJack Gilmore"Homecoming" (season 12: episode 22)

"Karma to Burn" (season 13: episode 1)


  1. ^ "Craig Sheffer Biography (1960-)". 1960-04-23. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  2. ^ Brunette, Peter (1992-10-04). "UP AND COMING: Craig Sheffer; Off Streets, Into Movies". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 

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