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Craig Sheffer

Craig Sheffer
Born Craig Eric Sheffer
(1960-04-23) April 23, 1960
York, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1982-Present
Partner(s) Gabrielle Anwar (ended 1990s),
Children 1

Craig Eric Sheffer (born April 23, 1960) is an American film and television actor. He is known for his leading roles as Norman Maclean in the film A River Runs Through It and Aaron Boone/Cabal in the film Nightbreed, as well as his character Keith Scott on the television series One Tree Hill.


  • Early and personal life 1
  • Career 2
  • Filmography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early and personal life

Sheffer was born in York, Pennsylvania. His mother, Anna, worked in a nursing home and his father, Rock, worked as a prison guard and screenwriter. Craig Sheffer has a daughter named Willow (born November 8, 1993) by former partner, actress Gabrielle Anwar. Before becoming successful as an actor, Sheffer sold newspapers and "slept under the marble staircase" in Grand Central Terminal for weeks while living off Unification Church spaghetti dinners."[1]


Sheffer was first seen on a nationwide basis as Ian Hayden on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live, and on the 1983 prime time serial The Hamptons. His earliest starring assignment in films was as the best friend of troubled teenager Emilio Estevez in That Was Then... This Is Now (1985), a reformatory camp inmate in Fire with Fire (1986), an antagonistic rich kid in Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), and the romantic love interest of an overweight cosmetician in Baby Cakes (1989).[2]

Sheffer portrayed the lead role of Aaron Boone/Cabal in Nightbreed (1990), author Norman Maclean in A River Runs Through It in (1992), and played Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Joe Kane in The Program in 1993.[2]

Sheffer's other films include Fire in the Sky (1993), Head Above Water (1996), and Sleep With Me (1994) (top-billed, as the apex of a romantic triangle which included Eric Stoltz and Meg Tilly). Sheffer played the leading role in Clive Barker's brainchild franchise sequel, Hellraiser: Inferno.[2] He also played the main character in the Movie Bliss 1997 which starred Sheryl Lee, Terence Stamp, and Leigh Taylor-Young

Sheffer played Constant Bradley in the 1996 miniseries A Season in Purgatory and Keith Scott on the CW Network series One Tree Hill. Sheffer was a regular for 3 seasons and his character was killed half way through season 3. He had several guest appearances in season 4. He directed the feature film American Crude, a dark comedy starring Ron Livingston and Rob Schneider, it was released straight to DVD in June 2008. Sheffer had a cameo appearance in the movie Stand Up Guys.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1982 One Life to Live Ian Hayden
1983 The Hamptons Bruce Chadway "Pilot" (season 1: episode 1)
1984 Voyage of the Rock Aliens Frankie
1985 That Was Then... This Is Now Bryon Douglas
1986 Fire with Fire Joe Fisk
1986–1988 Teen Wolf Mick Voice role; 21 episodes
1987 Some Kind of Wonderful Hardy Jenns
1988 Split Decisions Eddie McGuinn
1989 Baby Cakes Rob
1990 Nightbreed Aaron Boone / Cabal
1990 Instant Karma Zane
1991 Blue Desert Randall Atkins
1991 Eye of the Storm Ray
1992 A River Runs Through It Norman Maclean
1993 Married... with Children Alternative Prize to Budd "You Can't Miss" (season 7: episode 17)
1993 Fire in the Sky Allan Dallis
1993 The Program Joe Kane
1993 Fire on the Amazon R.J.
1994 The Road Killers Cliff
1994 Sleep with Me Frank
1995 In Pursuit of Honor Lt. Marshall Buxton
1995 Wings of Courage Henri Guillaumet Short film
1995 The Desperate Trail Jack Cooper
1995 Bloodknot Mike
1996 The Grave King
1996 "A Season in Purgatory" Constant Bradley
1996 Head Above Water Lance
1997 Miss Evers' Boys Dr. Douglas
1997 Executive Power Nick Seger Video
1997 Bliss Joseph
1997 Flypaper
1997 Merry Christmas, George Bailey Ernie Bishop / Ed / Bridgekeeper
1998 Double Take Connor McEwen
1998 Rhapsody in Bloom Jack Safrenek
1999 The Fall Adam Ellis
1999 Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying Martin
2000 Without Malice Dr. Paul Venters
2000 Net Worth Woody Miller
2000 Deep Core Brian Goodman
2000 Hellraiser: Inferno Det. Joseph Thorne
2000 Maze Mike
2000 Merlin: The Return Mordred
2001 Ritual Paul Claybourne
2001 Family Law Martin Antenelli "Separation" (season 2: episode 13)
2001 Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal Nick Watts
2001 Flying Virus Martin Bauer
2002 Turnaround Det. Stratten
2002 Fastlane Andrew Kane "Pilot" (season 1: episode 1)
2002 Cabin Pressure Peter 'Bird Dog' Dewmont
2002 Deadly Little Secrets Dr. Gordon Childs
2003 Water Under the Bridge Marco
2003 Dracula II: Ascension Lowell
2003–2007, 2012 One Tree Hill Keith Scott 58 episodes
2004 Prodigal Son Alan Short film
2004 The Pavilion Frank Cassilis
2004 Berserker Boar
2005 Tom's Nu Heaven Tom Mitchell
2005 The Second Front Frank Hossom
2005 Into the West Older Robert Wheeler "Ghost Dance" (season 1: episode 6)
2006 Find Love Interviewer
2006 Long Lost Son Quinn Halloran / John Williams
2008 Love Lies Bleeding Morton
2008 While She Was Out Kenneth
2010 Ashley's Ashes Bill
2010 Psych Federal Marshal Daniel Wayne "A Very Juliet Episode" (season 4: episode 12)
2010 Lies Between Friends Sheriff Zach Watts
2010 Criminal Minds James Thomas "Compromising Positions" (season 6: episode 4)
2012 Bad Ass Attorney
2012 Stand Up Guys Jargoniew #1
2012 The Mark Chad Turner
2012 The Mentalist Gary Philo "Cheap Burgundy" (season 4: episode 17)
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jack Gilmore "Homecoming" (season 12: episode 22)

"Karma to Burn" (season 13: episode 1)


  1. ^ Brunette, Peter (1992-10-04). "UP AND COMING: Craig Sheffer; Off Streets, Into Movies". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d Craig Sheffer at the Internet Movie Database

External links

  • Craig Sheffer cast bio on The WB
  • Craig Sheffer at AllMovie
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