John Wesley Shipp (born January 22, 1955) is an American actor known for his various television roles.
Primarily, he is heavily associated to the iconic DC Comics hero The Flash, appearing in many of its television adaptations. So far, he has played Barry Allen himself in The Flash (1990), voiced Barry's Arch-Enemy Eobard Thawne/Professor Zoom in an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and played both Barry's father, Henry, and the first Flash in the comics, Jay Garrick, in The Flash (2014).
Outside of The Flash franchise, he is well-known for his work as Mitch Leery, the father of the titular Dawson's Creek, and for his several roles in daytime Soap Operas including Kelly Nelson on Guiding Light, and Douglas Cummings on As the World Turns (which earned him his first Daytime Emmy Award).
He is from the very same city as the current TV Flash, Grant Gustin: Norfolk, Virginia.
He appeared in:
- Guiding Light
- Fantasy Island
- As the World Turns
- One Life to Live
- The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter
- All My Children
- Human Target
- NYPD Blue
- Dawson's Creek
- The Outer Limits (1995)
- CSI: NY
- The Closer
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold
- Drop Dead Diva
- Teen Wolf
Tropes in his works:
- Acting for Two:
- Creator Breakdown: While he is fond of his time on The Flash (1990), he openly resents the costume, citing that it was both very difficult to wear and to move in while on it.
- Heroic Build: His natural physique helps in his superhero, sportsman, cop or/and military roles. It's also a reason why he commonly plays Mr. Fanservice characters in his early days.
- Meta Casting: He played The Flash in his first leading role in live-action. In the reboot series, he plays Jay Garrick, the first Flash in the comics, in addition to playing the titular hero's father (who is Garrick's Alternate Self).
- Mr. Fanservice: His earlier roles tend to showcase how much of a Hunk he is.
- Star-Making Role: Originally (and for the critics), As the World Turns. Modern audiences tend to know him for either The Flash (1990) or Dawson's Creek, though.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He stands 6'1, and is often cast as a Mr. Fanservice in his youth.
- You Look Familiar:
- Has a guest role on One Life to Live before returning and playing a Recurring Character twenty one years later.
- He guested twice on JAG as two different characters.
- Given that The Flash (1990) is retroactively integrated into the Arrowverse, then he plays the titular hero of the former series and his supposed Evil Knockoff Pollux, then both Henry Allen and Jay Garrick in The Flash (2014).