John Wesley Shipp’s Secret Role Revealed!

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop. Since John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen in the 1990 Flash TV show, was cast in the Flash pilot in a recurring, but unnamed role, fans have gravitated toward two theories:

  • Henry Allen, Barry’s father
  • Jay Garrick

The secret is out, and we now know that he’ll be playing Henry Allen.

“Given his history with The Flash, Andrew [Kreisberg], Geoff [Johns] and I could only think of one person we wanted to play Barry’s father and that was John Wesley Shipp,” said executive producer Greg Berlanti. “He gives a fantastic and emotional performance in the pilot and we are looking forward to his presence in many more episodes.”

The Flash premieres in October on the CW in the US and on CTV in Canada.


9 thoughts on “John Wesley Shipp’s Secret Role Revealed!

  1. Mike C.

    He was in the family photo during the trailer (at the beginning), so Hollywood Reporter shouldn’t be too proud of themselves. They must have just gotten round to watching it over the holiday weekend.

  2. Woody

    JWS & I are the same age. I don’t feel like I’m old enough to be the parent of a super-hero, so it’s weird to me that he is.

    (in denial about my age 🙂 )


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