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Craig Sheffer

Craig Sheffer


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Born: April 23, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: York, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Cast ...


Grew up in York, a Pennsylvania steeltown
Began performing with his brother as a child, putting on shows for their parents
Progressed to amateur filmmaking when his family purchased a Super-8mm camera
At age 15, began competing in regional and state high school drama competitions
Played college football at East Stroudsbourg State College; athletics derailed by knee injury
Worked in a steel mill
Hitchhiked around the US
Moved to NYC at the urging of his girlfriend
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
Found an agent; began getting acting jobs in commercials
Appeared on the ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live"
Broadway debut, assumed the role of Alan in Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy"
Claims to have performed a matinee of "Torch Song Trilogy" under the influence of psychoactive mushrooms
TV series debut with "The Hamptons"
Feature debut, "That Was Then...This Is Now" opposite Emilio Estevez
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
Suffered what he described as "a nervous breakdown" during which he was unable to leave his home for several months (date approximate)
Has retroactively claimed that he was diagnosed with cancer which subsequently went into remission after filming "A River Runs Through It" (date approximate)
Formed Desert Winds Films with partner Stephen J Bratter
Feature producing debut, "Instant Karma"
Co-starred in Robert Redford's acclaimed "A River Runs Through It"
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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