Born: 10 June 1978
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Best known as: Dr. Ray Barnett on TV's ER
Name at birth: Shannon Bruce Snaith
Actor Shane West got his big break on TV's critically-acclaimed family drama Once and Again (1999-2002) and went on to play Dr. Ray Barnett on the series ER from 2004 until the show ended in 2009. A native of Louisiana, West moved to Los Angeles as a boy and got into acting as a teenager. By the time he was 18 he had appeared as a guest star in a number of TV shows, and in 1999 he made his feature film debut in Liberty Heights. His role opposite Mandy Moore in A Walk to Remember (2002) put him squarely into heartthrob territory, and he has continued to make feature films while working in television. His other films include Dracula 2000 (2000, with Gerard Butler), Get Over It (2001, with Kirsten Dunst), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003, starring Sean Connery) and Red Sands (2009). West is also a musician; in 2005 he joined The Germs, a 1970s punk band that reformed with West replacing original front man Darby Crash. He also played Crash in a 2007 biopic of the band, What We Do Is Secret.
Extra credit: West also played guitar in the now-defunct band Jonny Was... He had an uncredited role as one of Topher Grace's poker pals in the movie Ocean's Eleven (2001, with George Clooney and Julia Roberts).
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