A while back, John Wesley Shipp – who starred as Barry Allen in the 1990s The Flash television series – was cast in an unspecified role in The CW’s modern take on the Scarlet Speedster, which spins off from Arrow. The actor was more recently spotted in the new show’s trailer, leading to speculation that he’s the father of Grant Gustin’s Barry. Now, The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Shipp is indeed playing Henry Allen in CW’s The Flash. The character, who was wrongfully accused of murdering wife Nora Allen and is in prison, makes his debut in the series’ pilot, and will serve as a recurring role throughout the series.
Executive producer Greg Berlanti states, “Given his history with The Flash, Andrew [Kreisberg], Geoff [Johns] and I could only think of one person we wanted to play Barry’s father and that was John Wesley Shipp. Also, personally, it was just wonderful to work with him again since my days at Dawson’s Creek. He’s a great actor and a great guy.” Many fans would agree.
The Flash currently does not have a specific premiere date, but the series will air on The CW Tuesdays at 8 PM EST starting this fall.