John Shea

John Shea


4/14/1949, North Conway, New Hampshire, USA

Birth Name

John Victor Shea



Also Known As

John B. Shea, John Victor Shea III, John V. Shea
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John Shea was born in New Hampshire and he grew up his parents, John Victor Shea Jr and Elizabeth Mary Shea along with three other siblings. John was raised in Massachusetts. He received his BA from Bates College where he attended on a debating and Football scholarship. He…more


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    • (On Adam Kane, the leader in Mutant X)
      John: It's fun for me because I am a father in real life, so I understand that parental thing.

    • (On his character, Adam Kane in Mutant X)
      John: I think of him more as a kind of leader or a coach or a big brother. Rather than think of myself as their father, I think more of myself as an older brother who is maybe a little bit wiser about the ways of the world. Who can inspire them and lead them. A leader, if you will. A director who is directing them into a path.

    • (On his role of Lex Luthor)
      John: I did every single episode the first season. I was living in New York when I shot Lois and Clark and I was commuting to Los Angeles every week to shoot. It was very difficult on me and my family. So I asked them if I could get out of my contract at the end of the first season, and they wouldn't let me out altogether, but they let me diminish my participation so that I only did certain episodes that were called Lex Luthor episodes.

    • (On his character, Adam Kane in Mutant X)
      John: I think Adam's story is one of betrayal, you know? He's somebody who believed he's an idealist. He's a wounded idealist. I think he's felt the sharp pain of a knife squarely placed between his shoulder blades. I think a lot of what he does is trying to recover from this betrayal.

    • (On his portrayal of Lex Luthor)
      John: I don't think there has been a character quite like this. This villain is written as a human being, and not just a one-dimensional comic villain or a two-dimensional comic villain, the way he might have been portrayed in the comic books or even other films. I thought Gene Hackman was brilliant, but it was a different kind of comic villain.

    • John: When I read a role, I try to find something that I can bring to the role and something that the role brings to me. Something that I don't know anything about and that the character can teach me.

  • I just know him as Lex Luthor...

    John Shea starred as Lex Luthor in the first season of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, which was 1993-1994. He also appeared later on in the show as a returning baddie, but was in a lot of the first season episodes, being the rival of Clark Kent, fighting for the attention of the gorgeous Lois Lane. Lex wins Lois' affection (well, Superman got there first!) and during a very short dating process, Lex proposes and Lois accepts! However, Lois is oblivious to Lex's nastiness but, as they are standing at the altar, the police storm in and try to arrest Lex, but Lex jumps from his penthouse and falls to his death.

    John Shea is the Lex I know from my childhood and I think his portrail of an evil Lex is captured prefectly. It's almost difficult to think that he's really not like that in real life! He was a true rival and enemy of Clark/Superman. I don't know him from any other shows apart from Lois & Clark, but I almost don't want to because he was so great as Lex. A truly talented and versatile actor who I admire. Also, he's handsome! Which always helps...moreless
  • Arrogant, full of himself

    One of the most arrogant people you'd ever want to meet -- or rather not meet. So full of himself and over what? A sporadic career of lightweight roles that will hardly go down in the annals of theatrical history. It's too bad, as I heard he was once a nice guy. But that's what "fame" will do I guess...I wonder what he'd be like if he were REALLY well-known...he acts like he's somehow better than everyone else, and this goes back years. Of all the actors I've met over the years, the nicest and most "real" were those who remembered what it was like when they WEREN'T well-known -- and never lost sight of who they really were. Mr. Shea and a few others like him would do well to find that part of themselves again.moreless