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Jamey Sheridan
Born (1951-07-12) July 12, 1951 (age 72)
Years active1981–present
Colette Kilroy
(m. 1993)

James Patrick Sheridan (born July 12, 1951) is an American actor known for playing a wide range of roles in theater, film, and television. He's best known for Randall Flagg in The Stand (1994), Captain James Deakins on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001-2006), and Robert Queen on Arrow (2012-2019).


Sheridan's acting career has encompassed theater, television, and feature film productions. Born in Pasadena, California, to a family of actors, he earned a Tony nomination in 1987 for his performance in the revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons. After several TV movie appearances, Sheridan landed a starring role as lawyer Jack Shannon on Shannon's Deal, which ran for one season in 1990. His later television roles include Dr. John Sutton on Chicago Hope (from 1995 to 1996).

An avid football player in his youth, Sheridan studied acting at UC Santa Barbara as sports injuries prevented him from taking dance classes. After a brief stint at the Old Globe in San Diego, Sheridan left California to travel the world. With stops in Hawaii and the Mediterranean, Sheridan settled for a period in Edinburgh. His experience there prompted him to head home to the U.S. and return to acting. He landed in New York and kept busy working in a number of productions by recognized playwrights as diverse as Bernard Shaw and Neil Simon.[1]

Sheridan started his film career in the late 1980s with small roles. His first on screen appearance was in the Whoopi Goldberg vehicle Jumpin Jack Flash.[2] By the 1990s, he was playing family man roles in both film and television, such as in the 1991 motion picture All I Want for Christmas. He also has played villains. In 1994 he played the character of Randall Flagg in the miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand. Other roles include Marty Stouffer in Wild America and the psychotic neighbor in Video Voyeur: The Susan Wilson Story. After a long history of performing Shakespeare on the stage, Sheridan appeared in Campbell Scott's production of Hamlet in 2000 as well as the Hamlet-inspired modern noir film Let the Devil Wear Black (1999). He co-starred in the improvisational film The Simian Line in 2001. He has also given supporting performances in The Ice Storm, Cradle Will Rock, Life as a House, and numerous TV movies.

More recently, Sheridan played Capt. James Deakins in the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Late in the 2004–2005 season, Sheridan began wearing an eyepatch as he began showing the symptoms of Bell's palsy. This was written into the show; however, Deakins was written out of the series at the end of the 2005–2006 season, at Sheridan's request.[3] His character was replaced by Capt. Danny Ross, played by Eric Bogosian.

Sheridan played alongside Jane Seymour in the Hallmark Channel movie Dear Prudence as Detective Eddie Duncan. On November 6, 2008, Sheridan guest starred as an evening news anchor on the ABC dramedy Eli Stone.[4]

From 2009 to 2010, Sheridan starred in NBC's Trauma as Dr. Joseph "Joe" Saviano. In 2010 Sheridan starred in the movie Handsome Harry, a drama. He played speechwriter Mark Salter in the political film Game Change.

In fall 2011, Sheridan played Vice President William Walden in the first season of Showtime's drama/thriller Homeland; the show was renewed for a second season consisting of 12 episodes, with Sheridan returning as a regular.

In the fall of 2012, Sheridan signed on to play a recurring role on CW's Arrow, playing Robert Queen, Oliver Queen's father. He appears in seasons one, three, five, and seven, mainly through flashbacks.

Sheridan played Jim Sullivan in the 2015 film Spotlight.

Personal life

Sheridan and his wife, actress Colette Kilroy, have three children. They live in Los Angeles.



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Jumpin' Jack Flash N.Y. Officer
1988 Distant Thunder Moss
1988 The House on Carroll Street Porter
1990 Stanley & Iris Joe
1990 Quick Change Mugger
1991 Talent for the Game Tim Weaver
1991 All I Want for Christmas Michael O'Fallon
1992 Whispers in the Dark Doug McDowell
1992 A Stranger Among Us Nick
1994 Sherwood's Travels Robert Sherwood
1997 Wild America Marty Stouffer Sr.
1997 The Ice Storm Jim Carver
1998 Luminous Motion Dad
1999 Let the Devil Wear Black Carl Lyne
1999 Cradle Will Rock John Adair
2000 The Amati Girls Paul
2000 The Simian Line Paul
2001 Rain Sheriff Tom Gibson
2001 Life as a House Peter Kimball
2002 Desert Saints Agent George Scanlon
2005 Syriana Terry
2008 Nothing But the Truth Oscar Van Doren
2009 Reunion Barnaby
2009 Handsome Harry Harry Sweeney
2012 Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God Terry (voice) Documentary
2013 The East Richard Cannon
2015 Spotlight Jim Sullivan
2016 Sully Ben Edwards
2017 Battle of the Sexes Ken Rosewall
2018 Lizzie Andrew Borden
2018 Driven Bill


Year Title Role Notes
1981 CBS Children's Mystery Theatre George Episode: "Mystery at Fire Island"
1984 St. Elsewhere Webb Etlee Episode: "My Arm Is True"
1986 As the World Turns Stu Ferguson Episode: "Chris Hughes Passes Away"
1986 One Police Plaza Detective Bo Davis TV movie
1987 Spenser: For Hire Nick Cavanaugh 2 episodes
1987 The Equalizer Wayne Episode: "Encounter in a Closed Room"
1989 Shannon's Deal Jack Shannon TV movie
1989 A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story Brother Ted TV movie (credited as James Sheridan)
1990–1991 Shannon's Deal Jack Shannon 11 episodes
1991 Murder in High Places Horn TV movie
1993 Picket Fences Dr. David Williams Episode: "Fetal Attraction"
1994 The Stand Randall Flagg TV Miniseries
1993 Killer Rules Marco Ponti/Mark Bridges TV movie
1994 Spring Awakening Martin TV movie
1994 My Breast Nick De Stefano TV movie
1995–1996 Chicago Hope Dr. John Sutton 18 episodes
1997 All Lies End in Murder Danny Scialo TV movie (credited as James Sheridan)
1997 Veronica's Closet Bryce Anderson Episode: "Unaired Pilot"
1998 The Echo of Thunder Larry Ritchie TV movie
1998 Beauty Lee Crompton TV movie
1999 Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol Ozzie Nelson TV movie
2000 Now and Again Ben 2 episodes
2000 Hamlet Claudius TV movie
2000 The Lost Child Jack TV movie
2001–2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Captain James Deakins 111 episodes
2002 Video Voyeur: The Susan Wilson Story Steve Glover TV movie
2007 Babylon Fields Ernie Wunch TV movie
2008 Dear Prudence Eddie Duncan TV movie
2009 Eli Stone Sam Russell Episode: "Mortal Combat"
2009–2010 Trauma Dr. Joseph Saviano 20 episodes
2010 The League Ted Episode: "The Anniversary Party"
2012 Game Change Mark Salter TV movie
2011–2012 Homeland Vice President William Walden 17 episodes
2013 NCIS Admiral John McGee Episode: "Squall"
2013 Smash Richard Francis 5 episodes
2014 Suits Charles Van Dyke Episode: "Know When to Fold 'Em"
2012–2019 Arrow Robert Queen 7 episodes
2015 Agent X Stanton 10 episodes
2015 Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories Dad Episode: "Tornado"
2016 American Gothic Mitchell Hawthorne 3 episodes
2018 Ballers 2 episodes
2020 68 Whiskey General Holloway Episode: "No Good Deed..."
2021 SEAL Team (TV series) Dave Hayes Episode: "Close to Home"
2022 Grace and Frankie Jeffrey Purcell


  1. ^ "Malibu actor Jamey Sheridan lets it roll". Archived from the original on October 3, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  2. ^ "Jamey Sheridan". Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  3. ^ Ask Ausiello column at TV Guide
  4. ^ Scoop: Criminal Intent Alum Needs Eli Stone's Help" TV Guide. November 6, 2008. Retrieved on November 7, 2008.