Jamey Sheridan

James Patrick Sheridan (born July 12, 1951) is an American actor, best known for playing Vice President of the United States "William Walden" in Showtime's hit TV series Homeland.

Jamey Sheridan
James Patrick Sheridan

(1951-07-12) July 12, 1951
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Other namesJames Sheridan
Years active1981–present
Colette Kilroy (m. 1993)


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.[1]

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.[2] By the 1990s, he was playing family man roles in both film and television, such as in the 1991 motion picture 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 20042005 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.

Personal life

Sheridan and his wife, actress Colette Kilroy, have three children. They live in Los Angeles.



Year Title Role Notes
1986Jumpin' Jack FlashN.Y. Officer
1988Distant ThunderMoss
1988The House on Carroll StreetPorter
1990Stanley & IrisJoe
1990Quick ChangeMugger
1991Talent for the GameTim Weaver
1991All I Want for ChristmasMichael O'Fallon
1992Whispers in the DarkDoug McDowell
1992A Stranger Among UsNick
1994Sherwood's TravelsRobert Sherwood
1997Wild AmericaMarty Stouffer Sr.
1997The Ice StormJim Carver
1998Luminous MotionDad
1999Let the Devil Wear BlackCarl Lyne
1999Cradle Will RockJohn Adair
2000The Amati GirlsPaul
2000The Simian LinePaul
2001RainSheriff Tom Gibson
2001Life as a HousePeter Kimball
2002Desert SaintsAgent George Scanlon
2008Nothing But the TruthOscar Van Doren
2009Handsome HarryHarry Sweeney
2012Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of GodTerry (voice)Documentary
2013The EastRichard Cannon
2015SpotlightJim Sullivan
2016SullyBen Edwards
2017Battle of the SexesKen Rosewall
2018LizzieAndrew Borden


Year Title Role Notes
1981CBS Children's Mystery TheatreGeorgeEpisode: "Mystery at Fire Island"
1984St. ElsewhereWebb EtleeEpisode: "My Arm Is True"
1986As the World TurnsStu FergusonEpisode: "Chris Hughes Passes Away"
1986One Police PlazaDetective Bo DavisTV Movie
1987Spenser: For HireNick Cavanaugh2 episodes
1987The EqualizerWayneEpisode: "Encounter in a Closed Room"
1989Shannon's DealJack ShannonTV Movie
1989A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas StoryBrother TedTV Movie (credited as James Sheridan)
1990–1991Shannon's DealJack Shannon11 episodes
1991Murder in High PlacesHornTV Movie
1993Picket FencesDr. David WilliamsEpisode: "Fetal Attraction"
1994The StandRandall FlaggTV Miniseries
1993Killer RulesMarco Ponti/Mark BridgesTV Movie
1994Spring AwakeningMartinTV Movie
1994My BreastNick De StefanoTV Movie
1995–1996Chicago HopeDr. John Sutton18 episodes
1997All Lies End in MurderDanny ScialoTV Movie (credited as James Sheridan)
1997Veronica's ClosetBryce AndersonEpisode: "Unaired Pilot"
1998The Echo of ThunderLarry RitchieTV Movie
1998BeautyLee CromptonTV Movie
1999Ricky Nelson: Original Teen IdolOzzie NelsonTV Movie
2000Now and AgainBen2 episodes
2000HamletClaudiusTV Movie
2000The Lost ChildJackTV Movie
2001–2006Law & Order: Criminal IntentCaptain James Deakins111 episodes
2002Video Voyeur: The Susan Wilson StorySteve GloverTV Movie
2007Babylon FieldsErnie WunchTV Movie
2009Eli StoneSam RussellEpisode: "Mortal Combat"
2009Dear PrudenceEddie DuncanTV Movie
2009–2010TraumaDr. Joseph Saviano20 episodes
2010The LeagueTedEpisode: "The Anniversary Party"
2012Game ChangeMark SalterTV Movie
2011–2012HomelandVice President William Walden17 episodes
2013NCISAdmiral John McGeeEpisode: "Squall"
2013SmashRichard Francis5 episodes
2014SuitsCharles Van DykeEpisode: "Know When to Fold 'Em"
2012–2019ArrowRobert Queen8 episodes
2015Agent XStanton10 episodes
2015Tim and Eric's Bedtime StoriesDadEpisode: "Tornado"
2016American GothicMitchell Hawthorne3 episodes


  1. "Malibu actor Jamey Sheridan lets it roll". Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  2. TV.com. "Jamey Sheridan". Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  3. Ask Ausiello column at TV Guide
  4. Scoop: Criminal Intent Alum Needs Eli Stone 's Help" TV Guide. November 6, 2008. Retrieved on November 7, 2008.
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