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John Shea Biography

Birth Name:
John Victor Shea III
Birth Place:
North Conway, New Hampshire, United States
Actor, director, voice-overs

Fast Facts

  • Played varsity football and was a member of the debate team at Bates College
  • Performed in the cabaret at the Yale Repertory Theatre while at the Yale Drama School with classmate Meryl Streep
  • Worked at the Chelsea Theatre in London and the Public Theater in New York City under a director apprenticeship, working with Robert Kalfin and Joseph Papp, respectively
  • Made his Broadway debut in 1975 as the character of Avigdor in Yentl; he later won the Theatre World Award for Most Promising Actor in 1976 for his performance
  • Portrayed Michael Trent in a 1984 Broadway production of End of the World
  • Holds the title of Artistic Director Emeritus at the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, where he plays Ahab in an annual performance of Orson Welles's two-act drama Moby Dick---Rehearsed


  • Miranda -- Daughter
  • Laura Pettibone -- Ex-wife
  • John Victor Shea Jr. -- Father
  • Elizabeth Mary Fuller -- Mother
  • Caiden -- Son
  • Jake -- Son
  • Melissa MacLeod -- Wife