Fall TV Preview

The Flash Scoop: John Wesley Shipp's Top-Secret Role Revealed

The Flash John Wesley Shipp

The Flash is unmasking John Wesley Shipp‘s character.

Shipp, who was cast in a mystery role in the CW pilot in February, will play Barry Allen’s dad, Henry, on the upcoming series, TVLine has learned.

The actor portrayed Barry Allen/The Flash in CBS’ short-lived ’90s version of The Flash.

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“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,” said EP Greg Berlanti in a statement. “He gives a fantastic and emotional performance in the pilot and we are looking forward to his presence in many more episodes. Also, personally, it was just wonderful to work with him again since my days at Dawson’s Creek. He’s a great actor and a great guy.”

The CW’s Flash — airing Tuesdays at 8/7c this fall — stars Grant Gustin as the titular crimefighter. The ensemble also includes Candice Patton (as Barry Allen’s best friend Iris West), Jesse L. Martin (as Barry’s father figure — and Iris’ dad — Central City Detective West), Carlos Valdes (as engineering genius Cisco Roman), Danielle Panabaker (as bioengineering expert Caitlin Snow), Rick Cosnett (as Detective Eddie Thawne) and Tom Cavanagh (as S.T.A.R. Labs scientist Harrison Wells).

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  1. RKB says:

    Mitch Leery is a dad, again! So much happiness. Can’t wait for this show.

  2. Steve F. says:

    Aw… I was really hoping he would be Jay Garrick or Max Mercury.

  3. Nunaya_Bidness says:

    I have been a JWS fan since his Guiding Light days as Kelly and followed all of his television stints. I hope this one proves fruitful and he sticks around for a while!

  4. Dj says:

    I wanted him to play Jay Garrick.

  5. Joey Padron says:

    Glad he’s playing Barry’s dad on show and will be on show more.

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  10. Jess says:

    OMG gonna be great seeing Mitch Leery’s ass on tv again. UNF

  11. GhostWolf says:

    It was pretty obvious but glad for the confirmation. Show most excited about for the fall.

    Also, can this site please fix the white background issue (maybe add in soft gray on the sides). Can’t linger otherwise my eyes start to hurt.

  12. Jason says:

    Got to watch the pilot lastnight… I was really impressed with everything i saw. Don’t want to reveal anything so just wait until the fall and enjoy.

  13. Sasha says:

    WTF is with these commercial type comments. Is it because of the new layout because I’ve never seen them on here before.

    Really annoying.

  14. Cordell says:

    My question is this, are they going to include scenes with the characters calling Felicity from Arrow? There were a couple of scenes in the Arrow finale where she got a call from them.

  15. Shipp was all muscle – all the bulging bumps were his, no puffy fake suit there! (unlike today – everyone has to wear rubber suits to look that buff!)