Shane West
General Information
Full Name

Shannon Bruce Snaith


Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.


10th June, 1978


John Alden


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Shane West is an American television and film actor, and punk rock musician and songwriter. In Salem he portrays John Alden.

Early and Personal Life

Shane West was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the son of Leah Catherine (née Launey) and Don Snaith. His mother is a lawyer; his father, who was born in Jamaica, is a drugstore owner. Both parents were musicians and had their own punk bands. He is of Cajun French descent through his mother. He is the eldest of three children with a sister Simone and a half-sister Marli Ann. His parents divorced in 1982 when he was four years old. Influenced by his parents, he grew up listening to The Clash, The Jam, Blondie, Elvis Costello, and The Kinks. He revealed: "I always thought I would be doing music rather than acting."

At the age of ten, West and his sister Simone moved to Compton, California with their mother because she was looking for a better job and then they moved to Norwalk, California. When he was fifteen or sixteen, West moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career where he struggled for two years and lived at his manager's house. West made his acting debut in 1995, appearing in the CBS drama Picket Fences in season 4: episode 6 titled "Heart of Saturday Night", where he played Dave Lattimore.



In 1998, West guest-starred in several television series including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and played Mark Tapper in the stage production of The Cider House Rules[9] before landing his first major role in 1999 in the ABC family drama Once and Again, playing Eli Sammler for three seasons. West's feature film debut was in Liberty Heights, a film about a Jewish family in Baltimore, directed by Barry Levinson. He also co-starred in the teen comedies Whatever It Takes (2000) and Get Over It (2001).

West was subsequently cast as Landon Carter opposite singer and actress Mandy Moore in 2002's adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel A Walk to Remember, which was a modest box office success, grossing over $41 million in the United States. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times found him "quietly convincing". His performance in the film earned him a Teen Choice Award for Choice Chemistry with Moore. He also appeared in the Mandy Moore music video "Cry". That year, West won the Young Hollywood Award Male Superstar of Tomorrow.

In 2003, West starred as an adult version of Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen alongside Sean Connery. The film was a commercial success, earning over $179 million worldwide from a production budget of $78 million. A year later, he joined the cast of the NBC long-running medical drama, ER at the eleventh season premiere, playing resident Ray Barnett. In May 2007, West left ER at the end of the thirteenth season after winning a role in Supreme Courtships, but the series was not picked up by the Fox Network. In October 2008, West returned to ER for three episodes during its fifteenth and final season.

During the hiatus between seasons of ER, West worked on shooting the independent film What We Do Is Secret, which premiered at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival after much delay. West helped to finance it. In the film, he portrays Darby Crash, a member of the 1970s punk band The Germs. Members of the band were impressed by West's performance and re-formed the band with West taking the deceased Crash's place. West received positive reviews for his portrayal; the San Francisco Chronicle stated that he is the one who "lifts the entire film to a whole other level". Similarly, the Seattle Times wrote that his impersonation was "worth saluting" while TV Guide called it "pretty impressive". In 2008, he received the Rising Star Award in Philadelphia Film Festival for his work in What We Do is Secret. West starred in The CW spy drama Nikita from 2010 to 2013.


He was the lead singer of the punk rock band Jonny Was for "seven or eight years", which was previously known as Average Joe. The band had to change their name for legal matters. The band contributed to the A Walk to Remember soundtrack but appears under the names of "West, Gould, and Fitzgerald" because they had not decided yet the new name. He described their style as "a pop-punk type band, more Green Day-ish".

In November 2005, while What We Do Is Secret was still in production, it was announced that West would be fronting The Germs on tour. He performed with the band for nearly five years, doing an American tour (including the 2006 Warped Tour) and a European Tour. He described the experience as "more exciting" than acting. However, after booking a leading role in Nikita, West got less time to play with the band. His last performance was in December 2009.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Get A Clue Chris Theodorakis TV Movie
1997 The Cider House Rules Mark Taper
1999 Liberty Heights Ted
2000 A Time For Dancing Paul, The DJ
2000 Whatever It Takes Ryan Woodman
2000 Dracula 2000 JT
2001 Get Over It! Bentley "Striker" Scrumfield
2001 Ocean's Eleven Himself Cameo
2002 A Walk To Remember Landon Carter Won-Teen Choice Awards for Chemistry with Mandy Moore
2003 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Tom Sawyer Nominated—Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award for Best Male Performance
2006 The Elder Son Bo
2007 What We Do Is Secret Darby Crash Won-Philadelphia Film Festival Rising Star Award
2009 The Lodger Street Wilkenson
2009 Red Sands Spc. Jeff Keller
2009 Echelon Conspiracy Max Peterson
2010 The Love Affair Carter Troy Short Film
2010 The Presence Ghost
2014 Kerosine Cowboys/Red Sky Tom Craig


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Picket Fences Dave Lattimore Episode "Heart of Saturday Night"
1995 California Dreams Doug (voice) Episode "Community Service"
1996 The Crew Store Manager Episode "Retail Slut"
1996 Boy Meets World Nick Episode "A Kiss Is More Than a Kiss"
1997 Mr. Rhodes Mick Episode "The Valentine Show"
1997 Meego Guy with Big Hat Episode "Morality Bites"
1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sean Episode "Go Fish"
1997 Sliders Kirk Episode "California Reich"
1997 To Have & to Hold Mitch Maloney Episode "Tangled Up in You"
1999–2002 Once and Again Eli Sammler Series regular – 54 episodes
Nominated—Teen Choice Awards: TV Choice Actor for Drama
2004-2009 ER Dr. Ray Barnett Series regular (2004–2007; 2008, 2009) 70 episodes
Main Cast (Seasons 11–13)
Special Guest Cast (Season 15)
2007 Supreme Courtships N/A TV Pilot
2010 The Search for El Dorado Jack Wilder Miniseries
2010-2013 Nikita Michael Series regular, 73 episodes
Won-Teen Choice Awards: TV Choice Actor for Action
2014 Salem John Alden Male Lead Role



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