Craig Sheffer

Actor, Producer, Writer
Strikingly if unconventionally handsome, Sheffer has had a spotty film career but tends to shine in TV-movies and miniseries. While appealing as affable "himbos" ("Babycakes" CBS, 1989) and cut-rate Cassanovas ("Sleep ... Read more »
Born: 04/23/1960 in York, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (60)

Mob Dot Com 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Battledogs 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Ass 2012 (Movie)

Attorney (Actor)

Stand Up Guys 2012 (Movie)

Jargoniew #1 (Actor)

Lies Between Friends 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Psych 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

One Tree Hill 2003 - 2005, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

While She Was Out 2008 (Movie)

Kenneth (Actor)

Love Lies Bleeding 2007 (Movie)

Morton Truly (Actor)

Family Law 2000 - 2001, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ritual 2005 (Movie)

Wesley Clayborne (Actor)

Cabin Pressure 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Final Breakdown 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Net Worth 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dracula II: Ascension 2002 (Movie)

Lowell (Actor)

Berserker 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Maze 2001 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Flying Virus 2000 (Movie)

Marty Bauer (Actor)

Merlin: The Return 2000 (Movie)

Mordred (Actor)

Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Deep Core 1999 (Movie)

Brian Goodman (Actor)

Hellraiser 5: Inferno 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Merry Christmas, George Bailey 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pavilion 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bliss 1997 (Movie)

Joseph (Actor)

Double Take 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Executive Power 1997 (Movie)

Nick Seger (Actor)

Flypaper 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Head Above Water 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fall 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Grave 1996 (Movie)

King (Actor)

500 Nations 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Fire on the Amazon 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Roadflower 1995 (Movie)

Cliff (Actor)

The Desperate Trail 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Wings of Courage 1995 (Movie)

Henri Guillaumet (Actor)

Sleep With Me 1994 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Fire in the Sky 1993 (Movie)

Allan Dallis (Actor)

The Program 1993 (Movie)

Joe Kane (Actor)

A River Runs Through It 1992 (Movie)

Norman Maclean (Actor)

Blue Desert 1991 (Movie)

Randall Atkins (Actor)

Eye of the Storm 1991 (Movie)

Rau (Actor)

Instant Karma 1990 (Movie)

Zane (Actor)

Night Breed 1990 (Movie)

Boone (Actor)

Split Decisions 1988 (Movie)

Eddie McGuinn (Actor)

Some Kind of Wonderful 1987 (Movie)

Hardy Jenns (Actor)

Fire With Fire 1986 (Movie)

Joe Fisk (Actor)

That Was Then...This Is Now 1985 (Movie)

Bryon Douglas (Actor)

Voyage of the Rock Aliens 1985 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

The Hamptons 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

A Season in Purgatory (TV Show)

Actor

Babycakes (TV Show)

Actor

Bloodknot (TV Show)

Actor

Cabin Pressure (Movie)

(Actor)

In Pursuit of Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Evers' Boys (TV Show)

Actor

Rhapsody in Bloom (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow of Doubt (TV Show)

Actor

Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

American Crude 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Instant Karma 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (1)

American Crude 2006 (Movie)

("Mano A Mano") (Song)
Writer (1)

American Crude 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

American Crude 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Strikingly if unconventionally handsome, Sheffer has had a spotty film career but tends to shine in TV-movies and miniseries. While appealing as affable "himbos" ("Babycakes" CBS, 1989) and cut-rate Cassanovas ("Sleep With Me" 1994; "Bloodknot" Showtime, 1995), Sheffer may be best served by playing reckless charmers abetted by an unselfconscious sense of entitlement ("Some Kind of Wonderful" 1987; "A Season in Purgatory" CBS, 1996). With his straightforward naturalistic performance style, he veers toward the competent and amiable rather than the charismatic and compelling. This quality was well showcased in his most high-profile project, Robert Redford's "A River Runs Through It" (1992). Against an exquisitely photographed natural backdrop, the film depicted the relationship between two very different sons of a stern but loving minister father (Tom Skerritt). Sheffer brought well-tempered nuances to the role of the stable and responsible older brother of the golden but doomed Brad Pitt. Sheffer had the less showy role but held his own.

Relationships

Gabrielle Anwar Actor

Companion
met in London in 1989 no longer together

EDUCATION

East Stroudsburg State College

East Stroudsburg , Pennsylvania
played football until injured; did not graduate

Milestones

1992

Co-starred in Robert Redford's acclaimed "A River Runs Through It"

1991

Feature producing debut, "Instant Karma"

1990

Has retroactively claimed that he was diagnosed with cancer which subsequently went into remission after filming "A River Runs Through It" (date approximate)

1985

Feature debut, "That Was Then...This Is Now" opposite Emilio Estevez

1985

Suffered what he described as "a nervous breakdown" during which he was unable to leave his home for several months (date approximate)

1983

Broadway debut, assumed the role of Alan in Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy"

1983

TV series debut with "The Hamptons"

1980

Moved to NYC at the urging of his girlfriend

1980

Found an agent; began getting acting jobs in commercials

1975

At age 15, began competing in regional and state high school drama competitions

With his partner Bratter (and two others), received executive producer credits on the feature "Demolition Man", a Sylvester Stallone sci-fi satire, as part of a settlement with Warner Brothers over who conceived the story

Played college football at East Stroudsbourg State College; athletics derailed by knee injury

Hitchhiked around the US

At the urging of Fierstein, returned to the role of Alan in "Torch Song Trilogy" until a fall reinjured his knee; left the show; underwent reconstructive surgery

Formed Desert Winds Films with partner Stephen J Bratter

Progressed to amateur filmmaking when his family purchased a Super-8mm camera

Broke up with girlfriend, lost his job and spent several weeks homeless; slept under the marble staircase in Grand Central Station; occasionally was able to afford a bed at the YMCA

Began performing with his brother as a child, putting on shows for their parents

Claims to have performed a matinee of "Torch Song Trilogy" under the influence of psychoactive mushrooms

Grew up in York, a Pennsylvania steeltown

Appeared on the ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live"

Worked in a steel mill

Bonus Trivia

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During an interview in MOVIELINE (September 1996), Sheffer was asked if the sexually explicit "Bliss" was a risky career move:"I don't really have that kind of career. I'm not a blockbuster movie star. I look at myself as a blue-collar actor. I get up and go to work. Plus I like a lot of emotional duress in my parts. That's fun to me. I'm sure they offered this film to bigger actors first. I know they were offering it to name girls, and nobody wanted to touch it."

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