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Shane West (born Shannon Bruce Snaith; June 10, 1978 height 5' 11¾" (1,82 m)) is an American actor, punk rock musician and songwriter. West is best known for portraying Eli Sammler in the ABC family drama Once and Again, Landon Carter in A Walk to Remember, Darby Crash in What We Do Is Secret, Dr. Ray Barnett in the NBC medical drama ER and the male leading role of Michael Bishop in The CW spy drama Nikita.

Early 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.

MOVIE CREDITS:
2001: Bentley 'Striker' Scrumfeld - Get Over It
2002: Landon Carter - A Walk to Remember
2000: JT - Dracula 2000
2003: Tom Sawyer - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
2009: Jeff Keller - Red Sands
2009: Street Wilkenson - The Lodger
2004: Paul, the DJ - A Time for Dancing
2000: Ryan Woodman - Whatever It Takes
2009: Max Peterson - Echelon Conspiracy
2008: Darby Crash - What We Do Is Secret
2010: Ghost - The Presence
2014: Tom Craig - Red Sky
1997: Chris Theodorakis - The Westing Game
2006: Bo - The Elder Son
2016: Jason - Here Alone
2017: Mick Branson - Awakening the Zodiac
1999: Ted - Liberty Heights
2001: Shane West (uncredited) - Ocean's Eleven
Donald P. Meyers - Hollywood Rules

TV CREDITS:
1995: Kirk - Sliders
1994: ER
1994: Ray Barnett - ER
2010: Jack Wilder - El Dorado
1997: Sean - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1992: Doug (voice) - California Dreams
1999: Once and Again
1999: Eli Sammler - Once and Again
1993: Nick - Boy Meets World
1998: Tad - The Closer
1997: Guy With Big Hat - Meego
1995: Store Manager - The Crew
1998: Mitch Maloney - To Have & to Hold
1996: Mick - Mr. Rhodes
2010: Michael Bishop - Nikita
2014: John Alden - Salem
2007: Supreme Courtships
1992: Dave Lattimore - Picket Fences
2014: Eduardo Durrance / Bane - Gotham