John Wesley Shipp Biography


John Wesley Shipp is an American actor mostly famous for his numerous roles on TV. You will probably remember him for his various appearances in soap operas. Comic book fans will probably recognize him for playing the original Flash in the 1990 series. On the other hand, he is not a stranger to “Dawson’s Creek” fans, where he played Mitch Leery, the father of the titled character.

John Wesley Shipp started off his career by appearing in various daytime soap operas. He was still young back then and he made a name for himself by appearing on “Guiding Light” where he portrayed the character of Dr. Kelly Nelson. After that he landed roles in “As the World Turns”, “Santa Barbara”, and “All my Children”. But in 1990, he passed the audition to star as Barry Allen on CBS’s “The Flash”. He played the popular DC character for the entirety of the show, or two years, until it came to a close. During the 90s, he would also land roles on NBC’s “Sisters” and WB’s “Dawson’s Creek”. In the latter one he would stay for four years as one of the leading character. He played Mitch Leery, the father of Dawson, and after he left the series he would return once more in season 5 in a recurring role.


John Wesley Shipp and James Van Der Beek in “Dawson’s Creek”

Shipp would come back to daytime opera shows once more. In 2010, he stared in “One Life to Life” and played the villain of the show Eddie Ford. Next year, it was announced that he would appear in a CW show as an unnamed character. To everyone’s surprise, he appeared as Henry Allen, the father of Barry Allen in “The Flash”. Making a comeback to the show he used to star in so many years ago, John Wesley Shipp was an ingenious Easter egg to various fans. He played the character of Henry Allen in season one, but would change to Jay Garrcik and play an alternative version of the Flash from a different timeline in seasons two and three. Additionally, John Wesley Shipp also landed his voice to Zoom or Eobard Thawne on an episode of “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”, who is the arch enemy of Flash.


John Wesley Shipp in “The Flash” (1990)

John Wesley Shipp Net Worth and Salary

John Wesley Shipp is a veteran in the TV industry and is an established name. He has stared in various roles along the years and has had even some good roles in the moves. Not many people remember that he was actually in “The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter” (1990). This and other roles have helped him amass a fortune of 2 million dollars, as his net worth is currently estimated at.

John Wesley Shipp Partner and Family

John Wesley Shipp is living a bachelor’s life. He does not have a girlfriend at the moment nor a wife. He is single and prefers it that way. Also, he does not appear to have any children either. John did have a lot of women in his life but preferred to keep things private. There were reports of him being on the verge of marriage recently, but they also say that it never materialized as he broke off a ten year relationship with the women.

John Wesley Shipp Age


John Wesley Shipp as young actor

John Wesley Shipp is currently 62 years old. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia on January 22, 1955. Shipp attended the Buttler High School in Louisville, Kentucky and also went to Indiana University. His father was a farmer who went back to school at a late age and graduated from Wake Forest. This prompted him to become a poster afterwards and help the community this way. As a memorandum, John gave a speech at Wake Forest to honor his father for the class of 1999.

Height and Weight

John Wesley Shipp may be in his 60s now, but is still muscular. He has always been well built and you can see that in his previous roles. Even now he manages to stay healthy and fit even though he cannot move as fast as he once could. This is why he has been downgraded form a speedster to playing the speedster’s dad. He is 6 feet and 1 inch tall and weighs about 185 pounds.


John Wesley Shipp

John Wesley Shipp Awards

During his career, John Wesley Shipp was able to actually get a handful of awards. Most of them were related to daytime soap operas that he was cast in. Thus he owns his first daytime Emmy Award for “As the Word Turns” and his part of Douglas Cummings. He won his second Emmy as an Outstanding Guest Star Performer for “Santa Monica.”

Nationality and Ethnicity

John Wesley Shipp is American by nationality and is Caucasian by ethnic group.

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Born:,January 22 1955
Net Worth:,$2 million
Hair Color:,Light Brown
Eye Color:,Brown
Height:,6 feet and 1 inch
Weight:,185 lbs
Married to:,No
Affair with:,N/A
Birth Sign:,Aquarius
Education:,Buttler High School in Louisville (Kentucky) and Indiana University

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