Jamey Sheridan

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Jamey Sheridan
James Patrick Sheridan

(1951-07-12) July 12, 1951 (age 67)
Residence Los Angeles, California
Other namesJames Sheridan
Years active1981–present
Colette Kilroy(m. 1993)

James Patrick Sheridan (born July 12, 1951) is an American actor, best known for playing Vice President of the United States "William Walden" in Showtime's hit TV series Homeland .

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Sheridan's acting career has encompassed theater, television, and feature film productions. Born in Pasadena, California, to a family of actors, he earned a Tony nomination in 1987 for his performance in the revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons . After several TV movie appearances, Sheridan landed a starring role as lawyer Jack Shannon on Shannon's Deal , which ran for one season in 1990. His later television roles include Dr. John Sutton on Chicago Hope (from 1995 to 1996).

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An avid football player in his youth, Sheridan studied acting at UC Santa Barbara as sports injuries prevented him from taking dance classes. After a brief stint at the Old Globe in San Diego, Sheridan left California to travel the world. With stops in Hawaii and the Mediterranean, Sheridan settled for a period in Edinburgh. His experience there prompted him to head home to the US and return to acting. He landed in New York and kept busy working in a number of productions by recognized playwrights as diverse as Bernard Shaw and Neil Simon. [1]

George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright, critic and polemicist, influential in Western theatre

George Bernard Shaw, known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist. His influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Neil Simon American playwright, writer, academic

Marvin Neil Simon was an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. He received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.

Sheridan started his film career in the late 1980s with small roles. His first on screen appearance was in the Whoopi Goldberg vehicle Jumpin Jack Flash. [2] By the 1990s, he was playing family man roles in both film and television, such as in the 1991 motion picture All I Want for Christmas . He also has played villains. In 1994 he played the character of Randall Flagg in the miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand . Other roles include Marty Stouffer in Wild America and the psychotic neighbor in Video Voyeur: The Susan Wilson Story. After a long history of performing Shakespeare on the stage, Sheridan appeared in Campbell Scott's production of Hamlet in 2000 as well as the Hamlet-inspired modern noir film Let the Devil Wear Black (1999). He co-starred in the improvisational film The Simian Line in 2001. He has also given supporting performances in The Ice Storm , Cradle Will Rock , Life as a House , and numerous TV movies.

<i>All I Want for Christmas</i> (film) 1991 film by Robert Lieberman

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Randall Flagg character by Stephen King

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Stephen King American author

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More recently, Sheridan played Capt. James Deakins in the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent . Late in the 20042005 season, Sheridan began wearing an eyepatch as he began showing the symptoms of Bell's palsy. This was written into the show; however, Deakins was written out of the series at the end of the 2005–2006 season, at Sheridan's request. [3] His character was replaced by Capt. Danny Ross, played by Eric Bogosian.

James Deakins

Captain James "Jimmy" Deakins is a fictional character on the NBC–USA Network U.S. television series, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, played by Jamey Sheridan.

<i>Law & Order: Criminal Intent</i> American police procedural television drama series (2001-2011)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent is an American police procedural television drama series set in New York City, where it was also primarily produced. Created and produced by Dick Wolf and René Balcer, the series premiered on September 30, 2001, as the third series in Wolf's successful Law & Order franchise. Criminal Intent focuses on the investigations of the Major Case Squad in a fictionalized version of the New York City Police Department set in New York City's One Police Plaza. In the style of the original Law & Order, episodes are often "ripped from the headlines" or loosely based on a real crime that received media attention.

Bells palsy Facial paralysis resulting from dysfunction in the cranial nerve VII (facial nerve)

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Sheridan played alongside Jane Seymour in the Hallmark Channel movie Dear Prudence as Detective Eddie Duncan. On November 6, 2008, Sheridan guest starred as an evening news anchor on the ABC dramedy Eli Stone . [4]

Jane Seymour (actress) A British actress

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Hallmark Channel American cable television network

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<i>Dear Prudence</i> (film) 2008 American mystery film

Dear Prudence is a Hallmark Channel original made-for-TV movie starring Jane Seymour. The movie premiered August 23, 2008, and was to be a pilot that would become a part of the Hallmark Channel Mystery Wheel. A sequel Perfectly Prudence aired on January 8, 2011.

From 2009 to 2010, Sheridan starred in NBC's Trauma as Dr. Joseph "Joe" Saviano. In 2010 Sheridan starred in the movie Handsome Harry , a drama. He played speechwriter Mark Salter in the political film Game Change .

In fall 2011, Sheridan played Vice President William Walden in the first season of Showtime's drama/thriller Homeland ; the show was renewed for a second season consisting of 12 episodes, with Sheridan returning as a regular.

In the fall of 2012, Sheridan signed on to play a recurring role on CW's Arrow , playing Oliver Queen's father who sacrificed himself so that his son could live on a deserted island due to their ship being destroyed in the middle of the ocean. He occasionally reappears, once as a ghost to his son while he's still on the island and also through a flashback centered around his character; the rest of his appearances so far have been through pictures.

Sheridan played Jim Sullivan in the 2015 film Spotlight .

Personal life

Sheridan and his wife, actress Colette Kilroy, have three children. They live in Los Angeles.



1986 Jumpin' Jack Flash N.Y. Officer
1988 Distant Thunder Moss
1988 The House on Carroll Street Porter
1990 Stanley & Iris Joe
1990 Quick Change Mugger
1991 Talent for the Game Tim Weaver
1991 All I Want for Christmas Michael O'Fallon
1992 Whispers in the Dark Doug McDowell
1992 A Stranger Among Us Nick
1994Sherwood's TravelsRobert Sherwood
1997 Wild America Marty Stouffer Sr.
1997 The Ice Storm Jim Carver
1998Luminous MotionDad
1999 Let the Devil Wear Black Carl Lyne
1999 Cradle Will Rock John Adair
2000 The Amati Girls Paul
2000 The Simian Line Paul
2001 Rain Sheriff Tom Gibson
2001 Life as a House Peter Kimball
2002 Desert Saints Agent George Scanlon
2005 Syriana Terry
2008 Nothing But the Truth Oscar Van Doren
2009 Handsome Harry Harry Sweeney
2012 Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God Terry (voice)Documentary
2013 The East Richard Cannon
2015 Spotlight Jim Sullivan
2016 Sully Ben Edwards
2017 Battle of the Sexes Ken Rosewall
2018 Lizzie Andrew Borden


1981 CBS Children's Mystery Theatre GeorgeEpisode: "Mystery at Fire Island"
1984 St. Elsewhere Webb EtleeEpisode: "My Arm Is True"
1986 As the World Turns Stu FergusonEpisode: "Chris Hughes Passes Away"
1986 One Police Plaza Detective Bo DavisTV Movie
1987 Spenser: For Hire Nick Cavanaugh2 episodes
1987 The Equalizer WayneEpisode: "Encounter in a Closed Room"
1989 Shannon's Deal Jack ShannonTV Movie
1989A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas StoryBrother TedTV Movie (credited as James Sheridan)
1990–1991 Shannon's Deal Jack Shannon11 episodes
1991Murder in High PlacesHornTV Movie
1993 Picket Fences Dr. David WilliamsEpisode: "Fetal Attraction"
1994 The Stand Randall Flagg TV Miniseries
1993Killer RulesMarco Ponti/Mark BridgesTV Movie
1994Spring AwakeningMartinTV Movie
1994My BreastNick De StefanoTV Movie
1995–1996 Chicago Hope Dr. John Sutton18 episodes
1997All Lies End in MurderDanny ScialoTV Movie (credited as James Sheridan)
1997 Veronica's Closet Bryce AndersonEpisode: "Unaired Pilot"
1998 The Echo of Thunder Larry RitchieTV Movie
1998BeautyLee CromptonTV Movie
1999Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol Ozzie Nelson TV Movie
2000 Now and Again Ben2 episodes
2000 Hamlet ClaudiusTV Movie
2000The Lost ChildJackTV Movie
2001–2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Captain James Deakins111 episodes
2002 Video Voyeur: The Susan Wilson Story Steve GloverTV Movie
2007 Babylon Fields Ernie WunchTV Movie
2009 Eli Stone Sam RussellEpisode: "Mortal Combat"
2009 Dear Prudence Eddie DuncanTV Movie
2009–2010 Trauma Dr. Joseph Saviano20 episodes
2010 The League TedEpisode: "The Anniversary Party"
2012 Game Change Mark SalterTV Movie
2011–2012 Homeland Vice President William Walden17 episodes
2013 NCIS Admiral John McGeeEpisode: "Squall"
2013 Smash Richard Francis5 episodes
2014 Suits Charles Van DykeEpisode: "Know When to Fold 'Em"
2012–2019 Arrow Robert Queen8 episodes
2015 Agent X Stanton10 episodes
2015 Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories DadEpisode: "Tornado"
2016 American Gothic Mitchell Hawthorne3 episodes

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