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Besides his more high-profile starring roles in Lois & Clark and Mutant X, Shea’s diverse television work includes guest-appearances on TV series Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent as well as being a recurring character on Gossip Girl.
Among other television films he was featured in Family Reunion (with Bette Davis), starred in Small Sacrifices (opposite Farrah Fawcett) which won a Peabody Award, in Kennedy (with Martin Sheen, in which he portrayed Robert F. Kennedy);Kennedy won the BAFTA Award. Other film work includes A Will of Their Own with Lea Thompson, Hitler’s S.S. (opposite Bill Nighy) shot in England and Germany, Do You Know the Muffin Man? with Pam Dawber, the BBC comedy Coast to Coast (with Lenny Henry and Pete Postlethwaite, and the film adaptation of A.R Gurney’s playThe Dining Room for Great Performances. Shea received a Prime Time Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role in the mini-series Baby M opposite JoBeth Williams.
Since Missing, Shea has starred in many films, including Armyan Bernstein’s Windy City (opposite Kate Capshaw for which he won a “Best Actor” award at the Montreal Film Festival in 1984); Stealing Home with Mark Harmon, Jodie Foster and Blair Brown; the French thriller Lune de Miel with Nathalie Baye (also known as Honeymoon, shot in both French and English); Uri Barbash’s epic Unsettled Land (Israel, 1987) with Kelly McGillis; Alan Alda’s comedy A New Life with Alan Alda and Ann-Margret; Jim Goddard’s The Impossible Spy with Eli Wallach, also shot in Israel (“Best Actor” Golden Panda Award in China); the futuristic Freejack (1992) with Rene Russo; and the comedy Honey, I Blew Up the Kid with Rick Moranis.
Shea made his debut into Indian cinema with the 2009 Tamil drama Achchamundu! Achchamundu!, directed by Indo-American film director Arun Vaidyanathan, becoming the first American actor to work in a Tamil film.
Since his Broadway debut in “Yentl” Shea has continued to work in Off-Broadway and Broadway theatre productions, starring in Arthur Kopit’s End of the World with Linda Hunt, directed by Hal Prince, Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive with Molly Ringwold, Anne Meara’s Down the Garden Paths with Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Joseph Jefferson Award nom., Best Actor), the original production of A. R. Gurney’s The Dining Room, Peter Parnell’s The Sorrows of Stephen, Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, Poliakoff’s American Days, for which he received a “Best Actor” nomination from the Drama Desk Awards, Romeo and Juliet on Broadway at The Circle in the Square Theatre, Philip Barry’s The Animal Kingdom with Sigourney Weaver, Nancy Hasty’s The Director, directed by Evan Bergman, and Israel Horowitz’s The Secret of Madame Bonnard’s Bath in 2007. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket where he has helped produce over twenty five productions in the past four years and acted in David Harrower’s Blackbird, a revival of The Director, Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still, and Orson Welles’ Moby Dick Rehearsed; Shea served an apprenticeship at this same theatre while a college student under the direction of an early mentor, Joseph “Mac” Dixon.
Shea made his Carnegie Hall debut playing “The Soldier” in Tom O’Horgan’s production of Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, with Pinchas Zukerman and Andre de Shields. In 1986, he made his London West End debut starring in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart at the Albery Theatre.
Shea is also a regular reader on Selected Shorts for Symphony Space, broadcast nationwide on Public Radio International. His reading of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory won AudioFile Magazine’s Earphones Award in 1999, as part of the anthology Selected Shorts: Classic Tales, Vol. XII. For his work reading Ted Bell’s international thriller “Assassin,” Shea received an Audie Award-nomination as “Best Male Narrator.” He has also performed Bell’s other novels: “Hawke”, “Spy”, “Pirate”, “Czar”, “Warlord”, Phantom, “Nick of Time”, and “The Time Pirate” among other audio books, including Jonathan Tropper’s One Last Thing Before I Go.
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