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Handsome, slim-faced, curly-haired actor John Shea is primarily known to TV audiences for his recurring role as the evil Lex Luthor in the early '90s TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993). John Victor Shea III was born in 1949 in North Conway, New Hampshire, to Elizabeth Mary (Fuller) and Dr. John Victor Shea, a teacher,... See full bio »

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 2015 Grey Lady (completed)
Chief Maguire
 2015 The Picture of Dorian Grey (Short)
Lord Wotton
 2015/I Anatomy of the Tide
Davis Harriman
 2015 Agent X (TV Series)
President Eckhart / Thomas Eckhart
- Fidelity (2015) ... President Eckhart
- Penultimatum (2015) ... President Eckhart
- Angels & Demons (2015) ... President Eckhart
- Long Walk Home (2015) ... President Eckhart
- Sacrifice (2015) ... President Eckhart
 2014 Madam Secretary (TV Series)
Ted Graham
- Passage (2014) ... Ted Graham (uncredited)
 2013 Northern Borders
Doc Harrison
 2012 A Deadly Obsession
Dr. Egan
 2012 Common Law (TV Series)
Judge Franklin Whitaker
- Pilot (2012) ... Judge Franklin Whitaker
 2011 The Italian Key
Older Alexander
 2011 51
Sam Whitaker
 2010 An Invisible Sign
 2009 Achchamundu! Achchamundu!
Theodore Robertson
 2009 Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Kristopher Merced
- Olfactus (2009) ... Kristopher Merced
 2008/I Framed
David Murray
 2005-2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Mr. Walker / Trevor Lipton
- Legacy (2008) ... Mr. Walker
- The Good Child (2005) ... Trevor Lipton
 2003-2008 Law & Order (TV Series)
Dr. Isaac Waxman / John David Myers
- Betrayal (2008) ... Dr. Isaac Waxman
- Shrunk (2003) ... John David Myers
 2006 The Insurgents
 2006 A Broken Sole
 2006 Pitch (Short)
White Man
 2005 Medium (TV Series)
David Morrow
- Still Life (2005) ... David Morrow
 2005 Godless. (Short)
 2002 The Empath
 2002 Heartbreak Hospital
Milo Henderson / Dr. Jonathan
 2001 That's Life (TV Series)
Ashley Wilkinson
- Miracle at the Cucina (2001) ... Ashley Wilkinson
 1999 Catalina Trust
Deet Offerman
 1999 Sex and the City (TV Series)
- Evolution (1999) ... Dominic
 1998 A Will of Their Own (TV Mini-Series)
Jonathan Abbott
- Episode #1.1 (1998) ... Jonathan Abbott
 1998 Getting Personal
Mr. DeMarco
 1998 Nowhere to Go
 1997 The Apocalypse Watch (TV Movie)
Harry Latham / Lassiter
 1996 A Weekend in the Country (TV Movie)
Michael Kaye
 1996 Forgotten Sins (TV Movie)
Sheriff Matthew Bradshaw
 1995 Almost Perfect (TV Series)
Paul Sterling
- The Ex-Files (1995) ... Paul Sterling
 1995 See Jane Run (TV Movie)
Dr. Michael Ravenson
 1994 Leslie's Folly (TV Short)
 1994 Justice in a Small Town (TV Movie)
Tommy Marchant
 1994 Backstreet Justice
Nick Donovan
 1993 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Father John Sejac
- As Ye Sow (1993) ... Father John Sejac
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
John Barnes (voice)
 1992 Ladykiller (TV Movie)
Jack Packard
 1992 Notorious (TV Movie)
 1992 Freejack
 1987-1990 Screen Two (TV Series)
Elie Cohen / John Carloff
- The Impossible Spy (1990) ... Elie Cohen
 1989 Small Sacrifices (TV Movie)
Frank Joziak
 1989 Do You Know the Muffin Man? (TV Movie)
Roger Dollison
 1989 Magic Moments (TV Movie)
Troy Gardner
 1988 Stealing Home
Sam Wyatt
 1988 A New Life
 1988 Gandahar
Sylvain (English version, voice)
 1987 The Impossible Spy (TV Movie)
Elie Cohen
 1987 Ha-Holmim
 1987 Deadly Nightmares (TV Series)
- Minuteman (1987) ... Jeremy
 1986 A Case of Deadly Force (TV Movie)
Michael O'Donnell
 1985 Honeymoon
Zachary 'Zack' Freestamp
 1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Brian Whitman
- The Human Interest Story (1985) ... Brian Whitman
 1985 Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil (TV Movie)
Karl Hoffmann
 1984 The Dining Room (TV Movie)
Client / Howard / Psychiatrist / ...
 1984 Windy City
 1982 CBS Library (TV Series)
Hondo Bill (segment: The Chaparral Prince)
- Robbers, Rooftops and Witches (1982) ... Hondo Bill (segment: The Chaparral Prince)
 1982 Missing
Charles Horman
 1981 Family Reunion (TV Movie)
James Cookman
 1980 Hussy
Emory Cole
 1979 The Last Convertible (TV Mini-Series)
Terry Garrigan
 1978 The Nativity (TV Movie)
 1978 The Rock Rainbow (TV Movie)
 1977 Man from Atlantis (TV Series)
- The Naked Montague (1977) ... Romeo
 1977 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Max Tate
- Gang War (1977) ... Max Tate (as John B. Shea)
 1977 Eight Is Enough (TV Series)
Jonathan Moraacci
- Triangles (1977) ... Jonathan Moraacci
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Other Works:

Worked as an assistant director in Neew York's Chelsea Theater. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 2 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

John B. Shea | John V. Shea


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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When I read a role, I try to find something that I can bring to the role and something that the role brings to me. Something that I don't know anything about and that the character can teach me.


Used Donald Trump and Richard III as character studies in preparing himself for the role of nemesis Lex Luthor in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993). During season two, he had to spend an average of three hours a day in the makeup chair to appear bald. See more »

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