Happy birthday John Wesley Shipp, born January 22, 1955.
John Wesley Shipp is an American actor known for his various television roles. He played the lead Barry Allen on CBS’s superhero series The Flash from 1990 to 1991, and Mitch Leery, the title character’s father, on the drama series Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2001.
Shipp has also played several 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 Award). He portrays both Barry Allen’s father, Henry, and Jay Garrick/Flash on The Flash series on The CW network.
He also had guest appearances on primetime series, such as playing a peeper on an episode of Fantasy Island in 1983.
He had a recurring role of Lucky on NBC’s Sisters from 1994 to 1995. Shipp also appeared on stage in the 1990s, starring in Erik Jendresen’s The Killing of Michael Malloy in 1993.
In November 2010, Shipp returned to daytime in the short-term role of villainous Eddie Ford on One Life to Live. In the summer of 2011, he guest-starred on the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva, playing the ex-husband of the character played by comedian Kathy Griffin. Shipp filmed three episodes of the MTV series Teen Wolf which aired during the summer of 2012. Also in 2012, he starred in the independent film Hell and Mr. Fudge, with Mackenzie Astin and Eileen Davidson.
He also provided the voice to the villain Professor Eobard “Zoom” Thawne, the Reverse-Flash, in a 2010 episode of the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
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