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Craig Sheffer

Craig Sheffer

American film and television actor
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Intro American film and television actor
Countries United States of America
Occupations Actor Film producer Voice actor Film director Television actor
A.K.A. Craig Eric Sheffer
Gender male
Birth April 23, 1960 (York, York County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)
Spouse: Leigh Taylor-Young
Height: 1.8161 m
Education East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
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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, Aaron Boone in the film Nightbreed, and Keith Scott on the television series One Tree Hill.

Early and personal life

Sheffer was born in York, Pennsylvania. His father worked as a prison guard. 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."


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).

Sheffer played 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.

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 franchise sequel, Hellraiser: Inferno. He also played the main character in the Movie Bliss 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 three seasons; 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.

In 2016, Sheffer starred alongside Steven Seagal in Code of Honor.


Year Title Role Notes
1982 One Life to Live Ian Hayden
1983 The Hamptons Brian 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
Instant Karma Zane
1991 Blue Desert Randall Atkins
Eye of the Storm Ray
1992 A River Runs Through It Norman Maclean
1993 Fire in the Sky Allan Dallis
The Program Joe Kane
Fire on the Amazon R.J.
1994 The Road Killers Cliff
Sleep with Me Frank
1995 In Pursuit of Honor Lt. Marshall Buxton
Wings of Courage Henri Guillaumet Short film
The Desperate Trail Jack Cooper
Bloodknot Mike TV Movie
1996 The Grave King
A Season in Purgatory Constant Bradley
Head Above Water Lance
1997 Miss Evers' Boys Dr. Douglas
Executive Power Nick Seger Video
Bliss Joseph
Merry Christmas, George Bailey Ernie Bishop / Ed / Bridgekeeper
1998 Double Take Connor McEwen
Rhapsody in Bloom Jack Safrenek
1999 The Fall Adam Ellis
Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying Martin
2000 Without Malice Dr. Paul Venters
Net Worth Woody Miller
Deep Core Brian Goodman
Hellraiser: Inferno Det. Joseph Thorne
Maze Mike
Merlin: The Return Mordred
2001 Ritual Paul Claybourne
Family Law Martin Antenelli "Separation" (season 2: episode 13)
Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal Nick Watts
Flying Virus Martin Bauer
2002 Truth Be Told Det. Stratten
Fastlane Andrew Kane "Pilot" (season 1: episode 1)
Cabin Pressure Peter 'Bird Dog' Dewmont
Deadly Little Secrets Dr. Gordon Childs
2003 Water Under the Bridge Marco
Dracula II: Ascension Lowell
2003–2007, 2012 One Tree Hill Keith Scott 58 episodes
2004 Prodigal Son Alan Short film
The Pavilion Frank Cassilis
Berserker Boar
2005 Tom's Nu Heaven Tom Mitchell
The Second Front Frank Hossom
Into the West Older Robert Wheeler "Ghost Dance" (season 1: episode 6)
2006 Find Love Interviewer
Long Lost Son Quinn Halloran / John Williams
2008 Love Lies Bleeding Morton
While She Was Out Kenneth
2010 Ashley's Ashes Bill
Psych Federal Marshal Daniel Wayne "A Very Juliet Episode" (season 4: episode 12)
Lies Between Friends Sheriff Zach Watts
Criminal Minds James Thomas "Compromising Positions" (season 6: episode 4)
2012 Bad Ass Attorney
Stand Up Guys Jargoniew #1
The Mark Chad Turner
The Mentalist Gary Philo "Cheap Burgundy" (season 4: episode 17)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jack Gilmore "Homecoming" (season 12: episode 22)

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

2013 The Mark 2: Redemption Chad
2016 Code of Honor William Porter
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