Born: July 12, 1951
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, U.S.
James Patrick Sheridan (born July 12, 1951) is an American actor known for playing Vice President of the United States "William Walden" in Showtime's hit TV series Homeland.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 US 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.
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. By the 1990s, he was playing the token family man, a role he would continue in both film and television, such as 1991's 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. 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.
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 Oliver Queen's father who sacrificed himself so that his son could live on a deserted island due to their ship being destroyed in the middle of the ocean. He occasionally reappears, once as a ghost to his son while he's still on the island and also through a flashback centered around his character; the rest of his appearances so far have been through pictures.
Sheridan played Jim Sullivan in the 2015 film Spotlight.
Sheridan and his wife, actress Colette Kilroy, have three children. They live in Los Angeles.
|1986||Jumpin' Jack Flash||N.Y. Officer|
|1988||The House on Carroll Street||Porter|
|1990||Stanley & Iris||Joe|
|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|
|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|
|2008||Nothing But the Truth||Oscar Van Doren|
|2009||Handsome Harry||Harry Sweeney|
|2012||Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God||Terry (voice)||Documentary|
|2013||The East||Richard Cannon|
|2017||Battle of the Sexes||Ken Rosewall|
|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||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|
|2009||Eli Stone||Sam Russell||Episode: "Mortal Combat"|
|2009||Dear Prudence||Eddie Duncan||TV Movie|
|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"|
|2012-2017||Arrow||Robert Queen||6 episodes|
|2015||Agent X||Stanton||10 episodes|
|2015||Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories||Dad||Episode: "Tornado"|
|2016||American Gothic||Mitchell Hawthorne||3 episodes|