John Wesley Shipp has portrayed Henry Allen, the father to Grant Gustin’s Scarlet Speedster
on the CW’s hit series The Flash. He also plays Earth 3’s Flash, Jay Garrick. Shipp starred as
The Flash when CBS brought the series to television in 1990’s, in fact, he has played four roles
in the “Flash” multiverse: Barry Allen, Professor Zoom, Henry Allen, and Jay Garrick.
John has most recently appeared in the “Arrowverse” crossover, “Elseworld” reprising his role
as 90’s Flash / Barry Allen and once again donning the Classic “Flash” suit to the delight of
Flash fans everywhere.
A constant presence on television for nearly four decades, Shipp took on another iconic role
after The Flash that of Mitch Leery, James Van der Beek’s father, on the WB’s coming of age
series Dawson’s Creek. He continued with a memorable turn as boxer Lucky Williams, love
interest to Julianne Phillip’s Frankie, on Season 5 of NBC’s hit drama Sisters, and terrified
audiences with his haunting arc as Isaac’s abusive father and Beacon Hills gravedigger, Mr.
Lahey, opposite Daniel Sharman on MTV’s drama Teen Wolf.
John is a two-time Emmy Winner, garnering his first award for his performance as the
duplicitous Douglas Cummings opposite Julianne Moore on As The World Turns and his
second the next year for his guest turn as Martin Ellis on Santa Barbara – making him the only
actor to win consecutive Emmys for two different daytime dramas. Other memorable daytime
roles include stints on Guiding Light, One Life To Live, and All My Children.
Other television credits include: Lifetime’s hit Drop Dead Diva, CBS’s JAG and CSI: NY,
Showtime’s The Outer Limits, TNT’s The Closer, the Lifetime movies Christie’s Revenge and
Road Rage, and ABC’s seminal cop drama NYPD Blue. He also starred in the film Hell and Mr.
Fudge, and The Sector with Lance Henriksen and Richard Tyson.
Not limited to television, John is a classically trained theater actor who also studied opera. He
was featured on Broadway playing the Welsh wastral, Gerry Evans, in the TONY Award winning
production of “Dancing at Lughnasa” by Brian Friel at the Plymouth Theatre, as well as in Safe
Sex at the Lyceum Theatre opposite Harvey Fierstein. Other NYC credits include the NY
premiere of Stopping the Desert at Primary Stages, Barbara Schottenfeld’s Sit Down and Eat
Before Our Love Gets Cold at American Kaleidoscope and Philco Blues with Judith Ivey at the
Westbeth. His regional credits include acclaimed performances as Juror #8 in Twelve Angry
Men with the Judson Theatre Co., Brick in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Walnut
Street Theatre, Curley in Oklahoma! at Little Theatre on the Square, and the Los Angeles
premiere of The Killing of Michael Malloy by Erik Jendresen at the Tiffany Theatre. John has
also performed in the award winning radio play “Power Burns” as “Sheriff Emmett Burns,” a
blind lawman in the Old West.
A travel enthusiast and active supporter of the notably welcoming and inclusive Oakhurst
Baptist Church in Decatur Georgia, he was on the Host Committee for Live Out Loud, with BD
Wong and TR Knight to support the opening of The Matthew Shepard House in LA for displaced
LGBTQ youth. He has also served on the Artists Committee for the Innocence Project,
committed to publicizing the organization’s important work using DNA evidence to overturn
John intersperses his professional commitments with worldwide personal
appearances, traveling to England, Australia, New Zealand, Wales, and most
recently Ireland, Ecuador and Peru — as a part of a 36-year career in which he has
cultivated a loyal fan base, with a diverse resume including “superheroes and
psychopaths." Mr. Shipp lives in New York City.