The CW Confirms Role of Original ‘Flash’ Star John Wesley Shipp in New TV Series

By May 28, 2014

Before he was Dawson Leery’s dad, John Wesley Shipp played Barry Allen in CBS’s take on “The Flash”…now it looks like he’s Barry Allen’s dad this time around for The CW!

Back in 1990, CBS took a chance on a DC Comics character known as Barry Allen, a police forensic scientist turned super-speedy superhero after being doused with shelf full of chemicals power charged from a lightning strike.

Sadly the show only ran one season, but it was enough to pique the curiosity of kids everywhere to delve into the history of this Silver Age superhero as well as Golden Age’s original Flash (Jay Garrick, made super by the inhalation of hard water vapors); Modern Age’s Wally West (Barry Allen’s nephew by marriage, who got his powers at age 10 when he was bathed in electrically charged chemicals in the SAME lab where his Uncle Barry gained his powers) and more of the comic speedsters. Shipp eventually went on to act in “Dawson’s Creek” as Dawson Leery’s father, Mitch (who was later tragically killed in a car accident) but fans around the world still recognized him as the TV’s “The Flash.”

When it was announced The CW was going to take on “The Flash” this time around with Grant Gustin (“Glee”) taking on the role of Barry Allen, word on the jungle gym was the hope that Shipp may somehow be a part of the show, too. And thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now know that not only has Shipp joined the cast, he’s going to be Barry’s dad (Henry) this time around.


Executive producer Greg Berlanti says, “given his history with The Flash, (executive producers) Andrew (Kreisberg), Geoff (Johns) and I could only think of one person we wanted to play Barry’s father and that was John Wesley Shipp. He gives a fantastic and emotional performance in the pilot and we are looking forward to his presence in many more episodes.”

Agreed. It’s not known how many episodes Shipp will appear in over the 13 episode season, but I am STOKED. What say you of this news, darlings?

“The Flash” hits the ground running Tuesday nights at 8pm sometime this fall on The CW.
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