Jun. 10th, 1978
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
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Shane West (born Shannon Bruce Snaith; June 10, 1978) 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. He stars in the WGN adventure/historical/fantasy drama Salem as John Alden.
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 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).
Aside from acting, West continues the musical traditions of his family (both parents were musicians when he was young) with his band, Average Jo, for which he writes and plays guitar.
- He was so in love with the 1968 Camaro his character drove in A Walk to Remember, (2002) that he bought it for $5000.
- He dedicated a song to the late actor 'Jonathan Brandis' (qv) of _"SeaQuest DSV" (1993)_ (qv) fame.
- He was nearly cast as John Connor in _Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)_. The role went to 'Nick Stahl' (qv) instead.
- Attended Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies.
- Dated 'Rachael Leigh Cook' (qv)
- Is in a band called "Jonny Was", formerly known as "Average Jo". "Jonny Was" performs in clubs in LA and the OC.
- At the end of _A Walk to Remember (2002)_ (qv), his character had gone off to and was accepted to medical school. Two years later, he played a doctor on _"ER" (1994)_ (qv).
- Is replacing 'Darby Crash' (qv) in legendary punk band 'The Germs' (qv).