John Wesley Shipp was born on January 22, 1955 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. He is an actor and director, known for The Flash (2014), Dawson's Creek (1998) and NYPD Blue (1993).
A dark and handsome 1980s soap hunk who made a bid for prime time success by embodying comic book superhero The Flash in The Flash (1990). He made a bigger impact playing Dawson Leery's father on Dawson's Creek (1998).
Lived in New York City to study acting following college and earned his first daytime claim to fame playing Dr. Kelly Nelson on Guiding Light (1952) in 1980.
He played Barry Allen / The Flash in The Flash (1990) and his father Henry Allen in The Flash (2014).
His father was the Minister at Ridgecrest Baptist Church when he was attending High School in Wake Forest, NC. One night while some friends of his were visiting, gunshots were fired through the brick walls of his house. It is assumed that it was the KKK who fired the shots, because a few of those friends were African American. If you can find the old T.V. guide from around that time, John gave an interview where he talked about the incident.
Was able to land two Broadway roles, in the award-winning "Dancing at Lughnasa," and as Harvey Feirstein's love interest in "Safe Sex," his Broadway debut.
Has played two versions of the Flash: Barry Allen in the 90's TV series, and Jay Garrick, the Golden Age Flash, in the 2015 series. Shipp also plays Barry Allen's father, Henry Allen, in the latter show.