Shane West is an American actor best known for his roles on the television series ER and in the film A Walk to Remember; and for starring as Michael in the action thriller television series Nikita, from 2010-2013.
From his supporting roles in Liberty Heights and the critically acclaimed drama series Once and Again to his breakout role in A Walk To Remember, Shane West is quickly rising through the ranks as one of Hollywood's leading young actors.
West starred as Eli on the dramatic series Once and Again, which was created by thirtysomething phenoms Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz.
Starring in the Warner Brothers feature A Walk To Remember opposite pop-singing sensation Mandy Moore proved to be the breakout role for West. The feature 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 a guileless young woman, Jamie (Moore), whom he and his friends once scorned before learning that she is dying. Adam Shankman (The Wedding Planner) directed the picture.
West's first independent feature film, What We Do Is Secret, saw him star as the late Darby Crash – the gay, heroin-addicted lead vocalist of the influential late-'70s Los Angeles punk rock band The Germs. The movie tells the story of Crash's life and untimely death.
West has also starred opposite screen legend Sean Connery in the feature film The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, where he stars as the legendary Tom Sawyer, a courageous, clever young crime fighter who is determined to stop an infamous villain with the help of his fellow super heroes.
Among his other earlier television credits are guest-starring roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sliders and Boy Meets World.
West's other film starring roles include A Time for Dancing, Get Over It and Whatever It Takes. His had notable stage success when he starred in the Mark Taper Forum's production of The Cider House Rules. He debuted in the role of 'Angel' and garnered great praise for his first theatrical role.
When he has time off, he keeps himself busy by playing in his band, Jonny Was, for which he plays lead guitar, as well as writing most of the music and lyrics for the group. One of the group's songs can be heard on the A Walk To Remember soundtrack.