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Andrew Shue

Andrew Shue has been fortunate to play out his life on many different fields. He has found success in such diverse roles as school teacher, professional athlete, actor, producer, community activist, and business entrepreneur.

Shue has had many life-changing experiences that have all shaped him in different ways. In high school his father-a former public defender-inspired him to become School President and start a student group to serve the elderly in his town called Students Serving Seniors. The group still exists today and received a Service award from President Reagan in 1987. At Dartmouth College, as he was in high school, Shue was a Regional All American soccer player and spent a winter studying and playing soccer in Glasgow, Scotland for Queens Park FC.

After graduating from Dartmouth with a degree in History, Shue traveled to Africa with his childhood friend Michael Sanchez and spent a year living in Zimbabwe, where he taught math to 200 African high school students and played soccer as the only white player in the African First Division for the Bulawayo Highlanders.

Once back in America in 1991, Andrew set his sights on following his sister Elisabeth's path when he ventured into acting. By the middle of 1992 he had landed a coveted role on the then hit Fox TV show Melrose Place, where he played the likable Billy Campbell for six years. Along the way he had his greatest acting experience playing a pivotal role opposite Matt Damon and Claire Danes in Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker.

While living in Los Angeles, Andrew never let go of his love for soccer. He fulfilled a dream when he interviewed Pelé for Good Morning America while serving as the National Spokesman for the 1994 World Cup. Then in 1996, he earned a spot on the Los Angeles Galaxy in the debut season of Major League Soccer (he became the first pro athlete to play and act on a TV show at the same time). His most memorable moment came back in New Jersey when he helped set up two goals in a 4-0 win over the MetroStars in front of 50,000 fans at Giants Stadium. He retired after two seasons in 1997.

Shue's social interests came full circle in 1993. Shue called upon his experiences in high school and Africa and teamed up with Sanchez to create a national non¬profit organization called Do Something. Started with the belief that young people must be the drivers of social change, Do Something has reached millions of kids in all 50 states through school and web-based programs that teach young people to take the lead and to learn life's most important values by doing.

In 1999 Shue and his family moved back to the east coast and created a more consistent family life by finding success in business. As an entrepreneur he and Sanchez have led several successful start¬up ventures-from International Sports Publishing-the creator of the '94 Cup Daily-to CMI Marketing-the owner of Clubmom and Cafemom the nation's leading information and community websites for moms.

Shue most recently joined forces with his brother John, sister Elisabeth, and her husband, director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) to create the production company Ursa Major Films. Their first project and Shue's debut venture as a producer is GRACIE. Inspired by their true family story, GRACIE was independently financed and controlled creatively by the Shues. Guggenheim directed the picture, while Elisabeth and Andrew have acting roles as well. GRACIE is the story of a sixteen-year-old girl who honors her brother's memory when she attempts to play on the boys' high school soccer team and in the process brings together her broken family. Shue's experience in fundraising and the formation of strategic marketing partnerships allowed the team to create a groundbreaking business model for the film.

Andrew lives in New Jersey with Jennifer, his wife of eleven years, and their three boys. Since moving back to his home state from Hollywood, he has enjoyed the consistency of family life in suburbia-coaching his kids' soccer teams and focusing on the little things that make life rich.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Andrew Shue Facts

BirthdayFebruary 20, 1967 (56)
BirthplaceSouth Orange, New Jersey, USA

Selected Filmography

John Grisham's The Rainmaker
Vision Quest
American Shaolin: King of Kickboxers 2
Melrose Place: Season 5, Vol. 2
Melrose Place: Season 2
Melrose Place: Season 4
Melrose Place: Season 5, Vol. 1
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