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Original 'Flash' Star John Wesley Shipp to Play Barry Allen's Dad on New Series

May 28, 2014 (5:47 am) GMT
The Barry Allen depicter on the 1990s TV series lands a recurring role as Grant Gustin's on-screen father on the revamped version.
John Wesley Shipp

The secret character that the original Barry Allen, John Wesley Shipp, will play on "" is revealed. The actor who played the title hero on a 1990s short-lived TV series will play a father to Allen () on the upcoming revamped show airing on The CW this fall.

"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," executive producer Greg Berlanti said. "He gives a fantastic and emotional performance in the pilot and we are looking forward to his presence in many more episodes."

Berlanti also gushed about Shipp's performance on "Dawson's Creek" where he played Dawson's father. "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 producer explained.

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