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John Shea (3/13 St. Louis Comic Con)

Excerpt from Wizard World 3/11/13: John Shea | Video on YouTube 1 & 2

Q&A Panels With Stan Lee, Laurie Holden, Tom Felton, Spotlight On Neal Adams Highlight Programming @ St. Louis Comic Con

A robust selection of Q&A sessions with celebrities and superstar artists, comics industry and pop culture discussions, evening parties, costume contests and more highlight the panel room programming offerings at the inaugural Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, March 22-24 at America’s Center.
Saturday’s full day – and then some – kicks off with meet and greets with the original Green Power Ranger Jason David Frank (11 a.m.) and Lee (noon). The All-Star lineup continues with the “Lois & Clark” duo of Dean Cain and John Shea (1 p.m.), creators of St. Louis’ own “Voltron” comics and TV franchise, “Batman” guru Adams (2 p.m.), “Firefly” and “Homeland” star Morena Baccarin (2 p.m.), Lee’s general Q&A (3 p.m.), “The Fonz” Henry Winkler (4 p.m.) and Felton (5 p.m.).

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Excerpt from The Superman Supersite 3/19/2013: John Shea

March 19, 2013: Dean Cain & John Shea Attending St. Louis Comic Con
by Neil A. Cole

The 2013 St. Louis Comic Con has announced that "Lois & Clark - The New Adventures of Superman" stars, Dean Cain and John Shea, will be attending this year's event. The two actors starred as each others primary adversary during the series' four year run on ABC; Cain in the role of Superman/Clark Kent and Shea as the villainous corporate tycoon, Lex Luthor.
Shea has also been busy in the years since "Lois & Clark" ended with roles in "Mutant X", "Sex and the City", "Law & Order", and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." Shea currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, MA.

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Excerpt from The Telegraph 3/19/13: John Shea

Comic Con features heroes and villains alike
By VICKI BENNINGTON Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 9:15 am

Emmy Award-winner John Shea of “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” fame, where he played Lex Luthor, and who also starred as Adam Kane in “Mutant X,” will appear at the event with pictures from both series in tow, tell stories about the making of “Lois and Clark” and “Mutant X,” and generally mingle with the crowd. Shea has participated in a couple of previous Comic Con events, including one in London, and said people come to these events from all over the world. “I am so moved by the stories the fans have to tell. And I love their energy,” Shea said. “There are so many people to meet in the Comic Con world. The events have a real Mardi Gras feel.”

Which character does Shea identify with most closely?
Well, he said Lex Luthor is interesting. “We tried to create a real modern-day villain — who doesn’t look like a villain,” Shea said. “Lex preys on the weak, because that is his nature. He’s basically a predator.
“Lex is smart, he had plenty of money, but he grew bored, and Superman was a worthy rival,” he said.

Fans of Adam Kane, Shea’s “Mutant X” role, are separated from Lex Luthor fans by nearly 10 years. “Some are fans of both, but for the most part, they are clearly defined as loving Adam or Lex,” Shea said. “I’m looking forward to coming back to St. Louis for this event,” Shea said, having spent time in the city filming “A Will of Their Own.”

He’s also looking forward to meeting up with his friend, Dean Cain, who played his nemesis, Superman, in “Lois and Clark,” who also will participate in the St. Louis Comic Con. Shea also wrote and directed the drama, “Southie,” and “Grey Lady,” a romantic thriller, among others. He previously was a recurring character on TV’s “Gossip Girl” and has a recurring role on “The Good Wife.” He stars in the recently released, “The Trouble with The Truth,” a comedy with Lea Thompson. Shea won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the mini-series, “Baby M.” He played a Casanova who broke Samantha’s heart on an early “Sex and the City” episode. He also is a prolific stage actor.

Wizard World Inc. CEO John Macaluso said Comic Con is an incredible event. “And we have a lot of great celebrities for the fans — like John Shea. I’m thrilled he’s coming; he’s very personable and a great addition to the roster,” Macaluso said. “The one goal is for everyone who attends to have a fantastic time.”

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Wizard World 3/13: John Shea

(Actor - Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman [Lex Luthor]; Baby M; Mutant X)

John Victor Shea III is an American actor and director who has starred on stage, television and in film. He is best known for his role as Lex Luthor in the 1990s TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and also starred in the short-lived 1990s TV series WIOU as Hank Zaret. Later on in the 2000s he starred on the series Mutant X as Adam Kane.

Shea was born in North Conway, New Hampshire, near where his father was teaching at Fryeburg Academy, Maine, and was raised in Springfield, Massachusetts in a family of five. His parents were Elizabeth Mary (née Fuller) and Dr. John Victor Shea, Jr., who served in the U.S. Army in World War II, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and was a teacher, coach and later assistant Superintendent of Schools. It was his mother who introduced him to literature, poetry, classical music, and art and urged him to study the piano; his father, a scholar-athlete at Bates College, taught him positive thinking and the values of the ancient Greek ideals of body, mind, and spirit. Shea attended Catholic schools, graduating from Cathedral High School where he captained the varsity debate team and played varsity football and track. Shea received his early theatre training at Bates College under Lavinia Schaffer and Bill Beard. He also performed on the varsity debating and football teams and co-edited the college literary magazine, Puffed Wheat, before graduating with a BA in 1970. He studied acting and directing at the Yale School of Drama under Dean Robert Brustein, gaining an MFA in Directing in 1973. During his time at the School of Drama, he also performed at the Yale Repertory Theatre, in the Yale cabaret with schoolmates Joe Grifasi and Meryl Streep, and studied film with Arthur Penn and Sidney Lumet at the Film School.

After a directing apprenticeship at both the Chelsea Theatre under Robert Kalfin) and the Public Theatre with Joseph Papp, he made his Broadway debut at the age of 26 in Kalfin’s production of Isaac B. Singer’s “Yentl” opposite Tovah Feldshuh, for which he received the Theatre World Award. After guest starring roles in such TV series as Eight Is Enough and Man from Atlantis, Shea made his television film debut playing Joseph in The Nativity (1978) opposite Madeleine Stowe as Mary, a biblical epic shot in Spain. His feature film debut came in Matthew Chapman’s English film noir Hussy (1980) alongside Helen Mirren. His American film debut was in Constantin Costa-Gavras’s Academy Award-winning Missing (1982) with Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. Based on a true story retold in the book The Execution Of Charles Horman, Shea impersonated Horman, an American journalist who was kidnapped, tortured, and executed by the Pinochet regime during the military coup that over threw the Allende government in Chile. The film, shot on locations in Mexico, also won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and helped launch Shea’s international acting career. Costa-Gavras cast Shea without an audition after seeing his performance in Steven Poliakoff’s play American Days at the Manhattan Theatre Club.

Since Missing, Shea has starred in many films, including Armyan Bernstein’s Windy City (opposite Kate Capshaw for which he won a “Best Actor” award at the Montreal Film Festival in 1984); Stealing Home with Mark Harmon, Jodie Foster and Blair Brown; the French thriller Lune de Miel with Nathalie Baye (also known as Honeymoon, shot in both French and English); Uri Barbash’s epic Unsettled Land (Israel, 1987) with Kelly McGillis; Alan Alda’s comedy A New Life with Alan Alda and Ann-Margret; Jim Goddard’s The Impossible Spy with Eli Wallach, also shot in Israel (“Best Actor” Golden Panda Award in China); the futuristic Freejack (1992) with Rene Russo; and the comedy Honey, I Blew Up the Kid with Rick Moranis. Shea made his debut into Indian cinema with the 2009 Tamil drama Achchamundu! Achchamundu!, directed by Indo-American film director Arun Vaidyanathan, becoming the first American actor to work in a Tamil film. Shea has also starred in a number of independent films, including The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998); Scott Dacko’s political thriller The Insurgents (2007) with Mary Stuart Masterson; “An Invisible Sign” (2011) with Jessica Alba, and Jim Hemphill’s romantic comedy “The Trouble With the Truth” with Lea Thompson. In addition, he co-wrote and directed the independent film Southie (1998) starring Amanda Peet, Donnie Wahlberg, Rose McGowan, Anne Meara, Will Arnet, Jimmy Cummings and Lawrence Tierney. Southie won the Seattle International Film Festival award for Best Film, represented the United States at the Montreal International Festival, and was distributed by Lions Gate Films. Southie was the first film shot entirely in South Boston, Massachusetts, once a power base for the Irish mob. He has also served on the Board of Advisors of the Nantucket Film Festival since its inception, a festival dedicated to the art of screenwriting.,

Since his Broadway debut in “Yentl” Shea has continued to work in Off-Broadway and Broadway theatre productions, starring in Arthur Kopit’s End of the World with Linda Hunt, directed by Hal Prince, Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive with Molly Ringwold, Anne Meara’s Down the Garden Paths with Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Joseph Jefferson Award nom., Best Actor), the original production of A. R. Gurney’s The Dining Room, Peter Parnell’s The Sorrows of Stephen, Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, Poliakoff’s American Days, for which he received a “Best Actor” nomination from the Drama Desk Awards, Romeo and Juliet on Broadway at The Circle in the Square Theatre, Philip Barry’s The Animal Kingdom with Sigourney Weaver, Nancy Hasty’s The Director, directed by Evan Bergman, and Israel Horowitz’s The Secret of Madame Bonnard’s Bath in 2007. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket where he has helped produce over twenty five productions in the past four years and acted in David Harrower’s Blackbird, a revival of The Director, Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still, and Orson Welles’ Moby Dick Rehearsed; Shea served an apprenticeship at this same theatre while a college student under the direction of an early mentor, Joseph “Mac” Dixon. Shea made his Carnegie Hall debut playing “The Soldier” in Tom O’Horgan’s production of Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, with Pinchas Zukerman and Andre de Shields. In 1986, he made his London West End debut starring in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart at the Albery Theatre.

Shea is also a regular reader on Selected Shorts for Symphony Space, broadcast nationwide on Public Radio International. His reading of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory won AudioFile Magazine’s Earphones Award in 1999, as part of the anthology Selected Shorts: Classic Tales, Vol. XII. For his work reading Ted Bell’s international thriller “Assassin,” Shea received an Audie Award-nomination as “Best Male Narrator.” He has also performed Bell’s other novels: “Hawke,” “Spy,” “Pirate,” “Czar,” “Warlord,” Phantom, “Nick of Time,” and “The Time Pirate” among other audio books, including Jonathan Tropper’s One Last Thing Before I Go.

Besides his more high-profile starring roles in Lois & Clark and Mutant X, Shea’s diverse television work includes guest-appearances on TV series Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent as well as being a recurring character on Gossip Girl. Among other television films he was featured in Family Reunion (with Bette Davis), starred in Small Sacrifices (opposite Farrah Fawcett) which won a Peabody Award, in Kennedy (with Martin Sheen, in which he portrayed Robert F. Kennedy); Kennedy won the BAFTA Award. Other film work includes A Will of Their Own with Lea Thompson, Hitler’s S.S. (opposite Bill Nighy) shot in England and Germany, Do You Know the Muffin Man? with Pam Dawber, the BBC comedy Coast to Coast (with Lenny Henry and Pete Postlethwaite, and the film adaptation of A.R Gurney’s play The Dining Room for Great Performances. Shea received a Prime Time Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role in the mini-series Baby M opposite JoBeth Williams.

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Excerpt from Comicbook Movie 3/26/13: John Shea

Interview with former (possibly future) Lex Luthor John Shea!
By NextHero08 - 3/26/2013

At St. Louis' first Comic Con, actor, writer and director John Shea (famous for his role as Lex Luthor in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Kane in Mutant X) tells us about his time on the two shows, a possible return as Lex Luthor and his plans to see the Man of Steel film later this year. [John was a very nice man and more than willing to do the interview. I learned alot from talking to him and I hope you all enjoy seeing things from the unique perspective of Mr. Luthor himself.]

Me: “You and Dean had a very compelling and interesting chemistry as Superman and Lex Luthor, was there anything in particular that happened to make it work so well that got the audience so attracted?”
John:” Ok I’ll tell you that were both naturally competitive people, I mean we both did football in college for example. He played for Princeton and I played for Bates and so if you are an athlete, you are by nature, somebody has to win. And so for me, Lex Luthor was that kind of guy who wanted to win, he wanted to beat but he was bored out of his mind at the beginning of the series because he was the richest man in the world, he was on top of the universe, he controlled Metropolis and he didn’t have any challenges until one day a guy in a cape flies under his balcony and top of his building and Luthor looks at him and says “Well ok, let the games begin!” right because now, I got somebody to, uh, who’s cooler than I am right? That said, ok, you think your so great let’s level you off so I’m gonna through you a series of curve balls, and fast balls and knuckle balls and sliders and splitters and I’m gonna, I’m gonna try to strike you out man because I’m the boss right? And yet, he keeps hitting my balls right? (laugh)”

Me: “Right.” (laugh)
John: “Out of the park sometimes right? So that’s where the rivalry comes in. Now for a guy like Superman, he’s a guy, now from Lex Luthors point of view, Superman is a trust fund baby. He’s a guy who doesn’t deserve anything because he inherited everything. He like a rich boy’s son. Luthor is a kid who came up from the streets, who earned everything he’s got just because he’s hard working, super serious, extremely competitive and totally ruthless right? But Superman, is a guy who..”

Me: ”Just kinda rolls in…”
John: “He rode in in a limo and got out with a…ya know…leap taller than the tallest building and run faster than a speeding bullet and bah, bah, bah. You know what I’m saying? So how fair is that? So Luthor doesn’t have a lot of respect for him the way a kid who’s from the streets doesn’t have a lot of respect for like a rich kid from the suburbs, who just got handed everything.”

Me: “I don’t think a lot of people have ever really looked at it that way…and it makes a lot of sense that Superman kinda strolls in and takes away from those who work hard.”
John: “That’s right.”
Me: “…and despite Luthors methods, he has a reason.”
John: “That’s right”
Me: “And it’s a reason people in everyday life can relate to.”
John: “That’s right. So anyway, that’s the way I thought of it from the very beginning. and then I brought that to our sense of competition because I thought, ok, let the best man win but I…but Luthor seriously believes he is the best man ok, for those reasons.”
Me: “As far as both Mutant X and Lois & Clark…would you, either by yourself or with Dean come back for, say like a tv movie a where is Superman and Lex is now or with Mutant X for…where the team is now or would you consider doing a web show?...Would you be willing to do that, is that something you might do in the future?”
John: “I write and direct films as well and I’m about to direct my next film, I’m in pre-production for it right now, a film called Grey Lady ok. It’s a thriller and, but, let me just say because I’m writing and I already have my next film that I wanna direct…after that, so I don’t have time to write something like this. So I would need someone to write it and then bring it to me or to my agents, my managers, and figure out a way to do it but yes…I’m open to anything. I work anywhere, anytime, all over the world and I work in the theatre, I work in film, I work in television, I write, I direct and I act and so I feel like, um, if somebody came up to me with a good idea about doing a webisode, let’s say with Luthor, now here we are 25 years later, 20 years later ya know? And what Luthor’s like as an older guy and ya know, what’s happened to his life. It might be really interesting. Uh, I would be happy to do it, it just has to be well written, and then bring it to me…and I’d try to make it happen.”
Me: ” Last question, this year, their getting ready to release the new Man of Steel movie, new Superman movie, do you have any intentions on seeing it?”
John: “Yes man… you know, since I was a little kid, I was always in love with the whole Superman mythology and, ya know, later on as an adult I came to understand why we are so affected the Superman mythology and I started studying Psychology and Greek Theatre and when we studied Frederick Nietzsche, the great German philosopher, and he wrote about “Das Übermensch”, right?”

Me: “The Superman.”
John: “The Superman. The Overman. And he said that it is within the human nature always to look up to someone greater than you are, to aspire, to need to aspire and so the Greeks had this in Greek Mythology and the Romans had it with Roman Mythology and so many years later, they created the Superman mythology which is simply a modern incarnation. So, what Jerry Siegel did was that he tapped into that old concept, that old mythology, Greek and Roman and he made it a new American mythology. He made a modern mythology and instead of having Gods, like the Greeks and the Romans did like Zeus and Apollo…we called him Superman. We had him descend the way the Gods did in the old mythologies and, anyway, and so of course we aspire to be super, right? We aspire to be stronger than we are, we aspire to be a good guy the way he is…and so…when I was a little boy, I was the kid who was always hiding under the covers with a flashlight at night, my mom would say “it’s time to go to bed” and I would be under the covers reading Superman or some of the other superhero roles because I wanted to be great ya know, and so I feel really lucky to have been part of this whole mythology and certainly I’m happy, and Dean and I was talking about this today, we realize that it has been our responsibility in this lifetime to carry the torch for those years. For those during the 90’s. Now the torch is being passed to new guys and those guys will carry the torch and then those guys will get old and die and then the torch will keep on going and I’m going to predict that 100 years from now, it will be a Comic Con someplace and someone will be asking some other Lex Luther the same questions and that’s the way it goes. So it’s like you’re up. I’m it right now but the next guys are coming up fast.”

Me: “There’s always respect for the classics.”
John: “There’s always respect for the ideas, the writers, the superhero and it’ll still be here when you’re 90 years old. Respect to the master right and so, anyway, I’m so lucky to have been a part of this world and I try my best to live up to the responsibility.”

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