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Also Known As: John Victor Shea Iii Died:
Born: April 14, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: North Conway, New Hampshire, USA Profession: actor, director

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John Shea began a successful stage career soon after his graduation from the Yale School of Drama. He made his New York stage debut in "Yentl" as Avigdor (played by Mandy Patinkin in Barbra Streisand's film version). Shea went on to win plaudits for his performances in "The Sorrows of Stephen" (1979), "The Dining Room" (1982) and "End of the World" (1984). In London, he played the leading role in Larry Kramer's searing AIDS drama "The Normal Heart" (1986).Shea's first screen role in "It's My Turn" (1980) ended on the cutting room floor. He was seen to good effect as the son of Jack Lemmon who disappears in Costa-Gavras' "Missing" (1982), won a Best Actor citation at the Montreal Film Festival for his role in "Windy City" (1984) and delivered a villainous turn in "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid" (1992).Shea is also a popular TV actor and won an Emmy for his performance in the 1988 "surrogate mother" miniseries, "Baby M." He co-starred in the short-lived CBS series "WIOU" (1990) and was featured during the run of "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (ABC, 1993-97) as the charmingly corrupt Lex Luthor.

John Shea began a successful stage career soon after his graduation from the Yale School of Drama. He made his New York stage debut in "Yentl" as Avigdor (played by Mandy Patinkin in Barbra Streisand's film version). Shea went on to win plaudits for his performances in "The Sorrows of Stephen" (1979), "The Dining Room" (1982) and "End of the World" (1984). In London, he played the leading role in Larry Kramer's searing AIDS drama "The Normal Heart" (1986).

Shea's first screen role in "It's My Turn" (1980) ended on the cutting room floor. He was seen to good effect as the son of Jack Lemmon who disappears in Costa-Gavras' "Missing" (1982), won a Best Actor citation at the Montreal Film Festival for his role in "Windy City" (1984) and delivered a villainous turn in "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid" (1992).

Shea is also a popular TV actor and won an Emmy for his performance in the 1988 "surrogate mother" miniseries, "Baby M." He co-starred in the short-lived CBS series "WIOU" (1990) and was featured during the run of "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (ABC, 1993-97) as the charmingly corrupt Lex Luthor.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Grey Lady (2017)
2.
  Southie (1998) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Grey Lady (2017)
4.
5.
 51 (2011)
7.
 Insurgents, The (2007)
8.
 Broken Sole, A (2007)
9.
 Heartbreak Hospital (2002) Milo Derringer
10.
 Catalina Trust (1999) Offerman
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1992:
Co-starred in the Lifetime remake of "Notorious"
1979:
Co-starred in the NBC miniseries "The Last Convertible"
1998:
Feature directorial debut, "Southie"; also acted
1975:
New York stage debut in "Yentl", opposite Tovah Feldshuh; play opened Off-Broadway and later moved to Broadway
1982:
Played Charlie Hormann who goes "Missing" in Costa-Gavras' acclaimed feature
1988:
Won an Emmy for playing adoptive father William Stern in the ABC docudrama "Baby M"
1979:
First work as film actor, "It's My Turn" (scenes cut from 1980 released version)
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Raised in Massachusetts
1978:
TV acting debut in "The Rock Rainbow" (ABC)
1988:
Co-starred in the feature "Stealing Home"
2001:
Starred in the syndicated series "Mutant X"
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Worked as assistant director at Chelsea Westside Theater and as teacher at Pratt Institute
2000:
Appeared Of-Broadway in "The Director"
1979:
First released feature, "Hussy"
1978:
Played Joseph in the ABC holiday movie "The Nativity"
1993:
Played villain Lex Luthor on the ABC series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"
1983:
Portrayed Robert F Kennedy in the NBC miniseries "Kennedy"
1990:
TV series deut as regular in the short-lived "WIOU"
1990:
TV series deut as regular in the short-lived "WIOU" (CBS)
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Education

Bates College: Lewiston, Maine - 1970
School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven, Connecticut - 1973

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wife:
Laura Wilson Pettibone. Photographer. Married June 19, 1971.

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father:
John Victor Shea Jr. Educator.
mother:
Elizabeth Mary Shea.
son:
Jake Pettibone Shea.

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