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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 23, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: York, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, producer, writer, garbage man, bus boy, doorman, valet (to Count Basie and his wife), waiter

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Strikingly if unconventionally handsome, Sheffer has had a spotty film career but tends to shine in TV-movies and miniseries. While appealing as affable "himbos" ("Babycakes" CBS, 1989) and cut-rate Cassanovas ("Sleep With Me" 1994; "Bloodknot" Showtime, 1995), Sheffer may be best served by playing reckless charmers abetted by an unselfconscious sense of entitlement ("Some Kind of Wonderful" 1987; "A Season in Purgatory" CBS, 1996). With his straightforward naturalistic performance style, he veers toward the competent and amiable rather than the charismatic and compelling. This quality was well showcased in his most high-profile project, Robert Redford's "A River Runs Through It" (1992). Against an exquisitely photographed natural backdrop, the film depicted the relationship between two very different sons of a stern but loving minister father (Tom Skerritt). Sheffer brought well-tempered nuances to the role of the stable and responsible older brother of the golden but doomed Brad Pitt. Sheffer had the less showy role but held his own.

Strikingly if unconventionally handsome, Sheffer has had a spotty film career but tends to shine in TV-movies and miniseries. While appealing as affable "himbos" ("Babycakes" CBS, 1989) and cut-rate Cassanovas ("Sleep With Me" 1994; "Bloodknot" Showtime, 1995), Sheffer may be best served by playing reckless charmers abetted by an unselfconscious sense of entitlement ("Some Kind of Wonderful" 1987; "A Season in Purgatory" CBS, 1996). With his straightforward naturalistic performance style, he veers toward the competent and amiable rather than the charismatic and compelling. This quality was well showcased in his most high-profile project, Robert Redford's "A River Runs Through It" (1992). Against an exquisitely photographed natural backdrop, the film depicted the relationship between two very different sons of a stern but loving minister father (Tom Skerritt). Sheffer brought well-tempered nuances to the role of the stable and responsible older brother of the golden but doomed Brad Pitt. Sheffer had the less showy role but held his own.

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DIRECTOR:

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Battledogs (2013)
2.
 Stand Up Guys (2012)
3.
 Bad Ass (2012)
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 Mark, The (2012)
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 Long Lost Son (2006)
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 Ritual (2005) Wesley Clayborne
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 Dracula II: Ascension (2003) Lowell
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 Flying Virus (2001)
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Grew up in York, a Pennsylvania steeltown
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Began performing with his brother as a child, putting on shows for their parents
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Progressed to amateur filmmaking when his family purchased a Super-8mm camera
1975:
At age 15, began competing in regional and state high school drama competitions
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Played college football at East Stroudsbourg State College; athletics derailed by knee injury
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Worked in a steel mill
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Hitchhiked around the US
1980:
Moved to NYC at the urging of his girlfriend
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Broke up with girlfriend, lost his job and spent several weeks homeless; slept under the marble staircase in Grand Central Station; occasionally was able to afford a bed at the YMCA
1980:
Found an agent; began getting acting jobs in commercials
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Appeared on the ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live"
1983:
Broadway debut, assumed the role of Alan in Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy"
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Claims to have performed a matinee of "Torch Song Trilogy" under the influence of psychoactive mushrooms
1983:
TV series debut with "The Hamptons"
1985:
Feature debut, "That Was Then...This Is Now" opposite Emilio Estevez
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At the urging of Fierstein, returned to the role of Alan in "Torch Song Trilogy" until a fall reinjured his knee; left the show; underwent reconstructive surgery
1985:
Suffered what he described as "a nervous breakdown" during which he was unable to leave his home for several months (date approximate)
1990:
Has retroactively claimed that he was diagnosed with cancer which subsequently went into remission after filming "A River Runs Through It" (date approximate)
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Formed Desert Winds Films with partner Stephen J Bratter
1991:
Feature producing debut, "Instant Karma"
1992:
Co-starred in Robert Redford's acclaimed "A River Runs Through It"
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With his partner Bratter (and two others), received executive producer credits on the feature "Demolition Man", a Sylvester Stallone sci-fi satire, as part of a settlement with Warner Brothers over who conceived the story
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Education

East Stroudsburg State College: East Stroudsburg , Pennsylvania -

Notes

During an interview in MOVIELINE (September 1996), Sheffer was asked if the sexually explicit "Bliss" was a risky career move:

"I don't really have that kind of career. I'm not a blockbuster movie star. I look at myself as a blue-collar actor. I get up and go to work. Plus I like a lot of emotional duress in my parts. That's fun to me. I'm sure they offered this film to bigger actors first. I know they were offering it to name girls, and nobody wanted to touch it."

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companion:
Gabrielle Anwar. Actor. Met in London in 1989; no longer together.

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