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Biography #2 (for The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen)

Shane West was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and began to realize his passion for acting at age fifteen.

West had a starring role as ‘Eli' on the ABC dramatic series Once and Again. The shows creators, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, are the same creative team behind My So Called Life and Thirty Something.

Most recently, West starred in the Warner Brothers feature A Walk to Remember opposite pop-singing sensation Mandy Moore. The film is based on the 1999 Nicholas Sparks (Message In A Bottle) novel of the same name. The story follows a jaded, aimless high school senior, Landon (West), who falls in love with guileless young women, Jamie (Moore), whom he and his friends once scorned before learning that she is dying. Adam Shankman (The Wedding Planner) directed.

West also recently completed filming an independent feature film titled A Time for Dancing, starring opposite Larisa Oleynik (10 Things I Hate About You) and Shiri Appleby, star of the hit television series Roswell. This is a coming of age story about two very close teenage friends, both classically trained dancers, whose relationship is tested when one of them is stricken with cancer.

West again teamed with his good friend, Ben Foster, whom he co-starred with in the Barry Levinson film, Liberty Heights, to star in Get Over It for Miramax. Set in high school, West plays Foster's nemesis, Stryker, a self-absorbed young man who has stolen his girlfriend away from him. The film also stars Kirsten Dunst (Bring It On) and is directed by Tommy O'Haver, who also helmed the independent film Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss.

West received excellent reviews for his work as Ryan in the Sony/Phoenix film Whatever It Takes, a modern day Cyrano de Bergerac tale. His career truly took off when he starred in the Mark Taper Forum's production of The Cider House Rules. He premiered in the role of Angel, garnering praise for his first stage role.

When not acting, West plays lead guitar in his band, Jonny Was, for which he writes most of the music and lyrics. The group's song can be heard on the A Walk to Remember soundtrack.

Bio courtesy Fox for "The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen" (20-Jul-2003)


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