John Wesley Shipp

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John Wesley Shipp
John Wesley Shipp at Florida Supercon in June 2010.
Born(1955-01-22) January 22, 1955 (age 59)
Norfolk, Virginia, US
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John Wesley Shipp
John Wesley Shipp at Florida Supercon in June 2010.
Born(1955-01-22) January 22, 1955 (age 59)
Norfolk, Virginia, US

John Wesley Shipp (born January 22, 1955 in Norfolk, Virginia) 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 in a 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 will play 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 Raleigh, North Carolina.[5]



1990The NeverEnding Story II: The Next ChapterBastian's Father
1994Soft DeceitJohn Hobart
2002Second to DieJim Bratchett
2008Karma PoliceBarrington Freeman
2009Port CityGeorge
2010Separation AnxietySr. Palmer
2012Hell and Mr. FudgeBennie Lee Fudge
2014Golden ShoesThe President of the United States
Sensory PerceptionLt. Thawne
The SectorStillwell


2009GrotesqueFather Fahey


1980The Dirtiest Show in Town (TV movie)
1981-84Guiding LightKelly Nelson
1983Fantasy IslandTodd Skylar
1984Summer Fantasy (TV movie)Callahan
1985-86As the World TurnsDoug Cummings
1987Santa BarbaraMartin Ellis
1989One Life to LiveBlanchard Lovelace
1990-91The FlashBarry Allen/The Flash/Pollux
1991Baby of the Bride (TV movie)Dennis
Danger Team (TV movie)Spec (voice)
1992All My ChildrenCarter Jones
Human TargetGarner St. John
1994NYPD BlueOfficer Roy Larson
Golden Gate (TV movie)Kenny Scanlon
Green Dolphin Beat (TV movie)Terry Lattner
1994-95SistersLucky Williams
1995JAGGunnery Sergeant Granger
1996Deadly Web (TV movie)Dr. Stanton
1997Lost Treasure of Dos Santos (TV movie)Jack
Soldier of Fortune, Inc.Griffin
1998-2001Dawson's CreekMitch Leery
1999Road Rage (TV movie)Jim Carson
2001The Outer LimitsCoach Peter Shotwell
2004JAGColonel Marcus Sutter
2005Palmetto PointeMichael Jones
2006CSI:NYPatrick Quinn
2007Christie's Revenge (TV movie)Uncle Ray Colton
The CloserChris Conroy
2010Batman: The Brave and the BoldProfessor Zoom (voice)
2010-12One Life to LiveEddie Ford
2011Drop Dead DivaDoug Bailey
2012-13Teen WolfMr. Lahey
2014The FlashHenry Allen

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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