Who is Stan Shaw?

Stan Shaw was born on 14 July 1952 under the zodiac sign of Cancer, in Chicago, Illinois USA. He is a 69-year-old TV, film and stage actor, probably still best recognized for landing the role of Will Palmer in the ABC historical drama miniseries “Roots: The Next Generations” (1979), playing Lafayette ‘Lafe’ Tate in the CBS legal drama series “The Mississippi” (1983-1984), and featuring as George Tyrell in the action thriller disaster film “Daylight” (1996).

How rich is he, as of now? Stan Shaw Net Worth

As of early 2022, Stan Shaw’s net worth is estimated at over $1.5 million, earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry, having worked on more than 70 television and film titles since he launched his career back in the mid-1970s.

Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background

Stan Shaw spent his early years in his hometown of Chicago, where he was raised by his father, Eddie Shaw, who was a well-known Chicago blues tenor saxophonist, and his mother Bertha Shaw. He has a younger brother named Eddie ‘Vaan’ Shawn Jr., who was also a guitarist, and he’s also the cousin of the late soul singers Tyrone Davis and Sam Cooke. He holds American nationality, belongs to African American ethnic group, and is a Christian. Regarding his education, Stan Shaw attended Marshall Metro High School located in his hometown. Before he launched his acting career, he spent some time working as a karate, judo and jiu-jitsu instructor, and has a first-degree black belt in judo and jiu-jitsu, and a second-degree black belt in karate.

Career Beginnings

Stan Shaw started his acting career by performing on stage in the Chicago production of the rock musical “Hair”, and then in the Broadway production of “The Me Nobody Knows”. He also performed in the Broadway show “Via Galactica”, which was directed by Peter Hall, before then making his debut feature film appearance as Fontana in the 1974 blaxploitation film “Truck Turner”, starring Isaac Hayes in the lead role. He next featured as Raunchy in the cult musical comedy film “Darktown Strutters” (1975), directed by William Witney, and portrayed Esquire Joe Callaway in the sports comedy film “The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings” (1976), which was a box office success.

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Also in 1976, he played Dipper in the Academy Award-nominated blockbuster film “Rocky”, opposite Sylvester Stallone, and had the part of John Dinkerwell in the TV adaptation of Arthur Hailey’s novel “The Moneychangers”, broadcast on NBC.

Rise to Prominence

Stan Shaw landed his first lead role of Tyrone Washington in the 1978 war film “The Boys In Company C”, next to Andrew Stevens and James Canning. The following year, he starred as Will Palmer in the ABC historical drama miniseries “Roots: The Next Generations”, and took the part of Toomer Smalls in the drama film “The Great Santini”, along with Robert Duvall and Michael O’Keefe.

He gained enormous popularity when he joined the main cast of the CBS legal drama series “The Mississippi”, in which he starred as Lafayette ‘Lafe’ Tate from 1983 until it was canceled after two seasons in 1984. Stan then appeared as Sergeant Marvin James in the sci-fi action film “Runaway” (1984), along with Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons, and the following year he was cast as Harry Jenks in the made-for-TV thriller film “When Dreams Come True”, in which he shared the screen with Cindy Williams, David Morse and Jessica Harper.

Continued Success

In 1986, Stan Shaw landed the roles of Joe Barker in the ABC vigilante-action film “Gladiator”, Nick Tutman in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning thriller film “Under Siege”, and Angie in the action-drama film “Busted Up”.

His next prominent role came in 1987 when he played Detective Rich Sapir in Fred Dekker’s black comedy horror film “The Monster Squad”, which became a cult classic. During the same year, he had the part of Frank Booker in the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated NBC two-part film “Billionaire Boys Club”, opposite Judd Nelson. It was followed by his portrayals of Jack Byrd in the 1988 made-for-TV Western film “Red River”, alongside Bruce Boxleitner and James Arness, and Jack Jenkins in the 1989 cult crime comedy film “Harlem Nights”, written, co-produced and directed by Eddie Murphy. In 1990, he took the parts of Detective Webber in the thriller film “Fear”, and Joe Louis in the made-for-TV drama film “The Court-Martial Of Jackie Robinson”, released on TNT.

Further Work

Stan Shaw booked the role of Big George in the commercially successful Academy Award-nominated comedy-drama film “Fried Green Tomatoes” (1991), along with Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy. Afterwards, he played Charles Biggs in the 1992 erotic thriller film “Body Of Evidence”, next to Madonna and Willem Dafoe, and Phillips in the 1993 buddy cop crime thriller film “Rising Sun”, directed by Phillip Kaufman. The next year, he appeared as Isaac in the ABC historical fiction miniseries “North And South”, which is based on John Jakes’ trilogy of the same title. It was followed by his portrayals of Mr. Glasspoole next to Geena Davis in the adventure film “Cutthroat Island” (1995), and George Tyrell in the action thriller disaster film “Daylight” (1996), directed by Rob Cohen and starring Sylvester Stallone.

Two years later, he worked with Brian De Palma on his thriller film “Snake Eyes”, featuring as Lincoln Tyler alongside Nicolas Cage and Gary Sinise, and ended the decade with the role of Archie Mullen in the 2000 made-for-TV biopic “Freedom Song”, broadcast on TNT.

Roles in the 2000s and 2010s

Stan Shaw’s first significant role in the next decade came when he landed the role of Robert Brickland in the action thriller film “Detonator” (2003), directed by Jonathan Freedman. Then he became somewhat inactive in the search for new projects, so his next major appearance was as Mr. Kane in the 2016 thriller film “Cassidy Way”, for which he also served as a co-producer.  It was followed by his portrayal of Sheriff Dan Tashtego in the 2017 horror film “Jeepers Creepers 3”, the third installment of the film series of the same title, after which he appeared in the lead role of a cowboy in the comedy-drama film “Drive Me To Vegas And Mars” in 2018.

Most recently, he played Fred in the 2019 drama film “A Christmas Winter Song”, alongside Ashanti, and featured as Lester in the 2020 horror film “The Pale Door”.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Stan Shaw has short dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 11ins (1.80m), while his weight is around 143lbs (65kgs). Information about his vital statistics, biceps size, and shoe size isn’t available.

Personal Life

Stan Shaw was married to a woman named Serdina White, and they share a son whose name is unknown. In July 2000, the actor was sentenced to three years’ probation for failing to pay child support. He is now married to Dr. Zoe Shaw, known for being an author and psychotherapist. The couple tied the knot at a ceremony held on 30 June 1994, and are the parents of four children. The family currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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