Shane West

Shane West


Background:

“I don’t know -- like I said before, it’s all kind of new to me. I’m just
starting to suddenly get noticed when I go out. As long as it stays on a calm
level, I’ll be fine, I won’t mind.” Shane West on being famous

Hollywood television and film actor Shane West, born Shannon Bruce Snaith,
became famous while portraying the teenaged son Ali in the surprise hit ABC
series “Once and Again” (1999-2002). The member of the rock band Jonny Was and
the punk group The Germs, West gained additional popularity for playing the
intern Dr. Ray Barnett in NBC’s medical drama “ER” (2004-?). On the silver
screen, the young sandy-haired actor is perhaps best-known for his starring role
of Mandy Moore’s boyfriend in the box office hit A Walk to Remember (2002),
where he took home a Teen Choice Award.

West’s fans should not miss his attractive performance in the forthcoming films
What We Do Is Secret (2006) and The Elder Son (2006).

Off camera, West is a video game junkie. He has a celtic emblem tattoo between
his shoulder blades, and his favorite food is pepperoni pizza. The star of the
2002 hit A Walk to Remember was so smitten with the 1968 Camaro drove in the
film that he purchased it for $5000. As for his love life, the 6’ 1” actor has
been involved with such celebrity beauties as Rachael Leigh Cook (together in
1998), Dina Meyer (dated in 2002) and Jenna Dewan (reportedly together since
2003).
“I’m attracted to petite girls.” Shane West


Hopeless Romantic

Childhood and Family:

Shane West was born Shannon Bruce Snaith on June 10, 1978 in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana. His father is Don Snaith, a drugstore owner who was born in Jamaica,
and his mother is Catherine, an attorney. Both of West’s parents were musicians
when he was young. He has a younger sister named Simone, and is a half brother
to Marli Ali. When West was four years old, his parents separated, and he moved
to Norwalk, California with his mother six years later. He built up a love for
acting after being forced to attend a drama class in high school as a
requirement to graduate.

“In high school, my nickname was Hopeless Romantic. If I was interested in a
girl, I did a lot of lovey-dovey things like writing poems. I’m still like that
deep down, but it’s hard to find somebody who I can be that way with.” Shane
West


Once and Again

Career:

Developing an interest in acting after being compelled to take a drama class in
high school, 15-year-old Shane West made a decision to become an actor and found
early work on several regional productions before heading to Hollywood in
pursuit of a career in film and television. Arriving in L.A in 1995, West got
his start on TV series with episodic roles in such shows as “Picket Fences,”
“California Dreams” (both 1995), “Boy Meets World” (1996) and “Mr. Rhodes”
(1997). In 1997, he debuted on TV film by having the small role of speech
spoiled computer whiz kid Christopher Theodorakis in the Showtime thriller The
Westing Game, based on a popular children’s mystery novel by Ellen Raskin. A
string of guest roles followed the next year, including in the CBS “The Closer,”
WB’s hit “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” and the Sci-fi Channel “Sliders.” However,
it was his role of Angel, the unlawful son of lead character Homer in the 1998
Mark Taper Forum production of John Irving’s The Cider House Rules (West’s Los
Angeles stage debut) that brought the young actor some recognition.

West gained even more attention when he was cast as a regular in the ABC drama
“Once and Again” (1999-2002). He portrayed Ali Sammler, the 16-year-old son of a
man (Billy Campbell) who is romantically involved with a divorced mother (Sela
Ward) after his own separation. As the Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick-created
show became an immediate hit, West was launched to teen heart-throb status.

Following his major TV role, West made his big screen debut with a supporting
role in the Barry Levinson-helmed Liberty Heights (1999), about a Jewish family
in Baltimore. He continued with performances in films like the drama A Time for
Dancing (2000, as DJ Paul), the teen comedy Whatever It Takes (2000, starred as
the intellectual unpopular high school student Ryan, who unites with a
tongue-tied jock in a strategy to win the respective girls of their dreams), the
Gerard Butler starring vehicle Dracula 2000 (2000) and the teen romance Get Over
It (2001, appeared as Bentley ‘Striker’ Scrumfeld/Demetrius).

The 2002 Young Hollywood Superstar of Tomorrow was put on the mainstreams of
Hollywood in the following year when director Adam Shankman had him play Mandy
Moore’s love interest in the teen drama A Walk to Remember. The film was a
blockbuster smash hit, grossing $41 million in the United States. As for West,
he got much attention following the enormous publicity surrounding the pop
superstar status of Mandy Moore and won a Teen Choice for Choice Chemistry
(shared with Moore).

In 2003, West found himself acting opposite Sean Connery in the promisingly but
ultimately inadequate comic book adventure The League of Extraordinary
Gentlemen, portraying an adult Tom Sawyer who is now a U.S. espionage agent. He
returned to series TV in the next year by joining the cast of the NBC
long-running medical drama “ER” (2004-?) in the regular role of intern Dr. Ray
Barnett.

The 28-year-old actor is scheduled to star in two films in 2006. He first will
portray Darby Crash, a member of the 1970s punk group The Germs, in the
independent biopic What We Do Is Secret, directed by Rodger Grossman and
co-stars Bijou Phillips. Next up, he is going to team up with Leelee Sobieski,
Rade Serbedzija and Eric Balfour for the upcoming comedy The Elder Son, for
director/writer Marius Balchunas.

In addition to acting, West also shows an interest on music. He writes and plays
the guitar for a band named Jonny Was, formerly known as Average Jo. The rock
band performs in clubs in Los Angeles and the OC. One of his songs, “So What
Does It All Mean?,” was featured in the soundtrack of his film, A Walk to
Remember (2002). He also becomes the member of the newly reunited punk band, The
Germs, replacing the late Darby Crash.


Awards:

Teen Choice: Film - Choice Chemistry (shared with Mandy Moore), A Walk
to Remember, 2002
Young Hollywood: Superstar of Tomorrow – Male, 2002
I didn't fill it up with movies every time because I was trying to just film one damn movie, but that's the heartache of independent films.More Shane West quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
To me, the 90's signaled the end of glam rock, the beginning of gangsta rap, and hopefully the beginning and end of boy bands.More Shane West quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Right now, my favorite game is Resident Evil 2.More Shane West quotes [07/19/2011 01:07:11]
We are meeting with Sony, and we have a couple of other labels that suddenly have interest and that's really great because none of them have actually heard our stuff.More Shane West quotes [07/19/2011 01:07:51]
Because A Walk To Remember had come out and it had made money and I got a lot of congratulations at that time as it happens out there.More Shane West quotes [07/19/2011 01:07:12]

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