Saturday, April 4, 2009
Blast From the Past for April 4th Shea Farrell
Anyone watching tv in the 80's, caught some of Aaron Spellings 'Hotel' based on the novel by Arthur Hailey. 'Hotel' introduced me the talented Shea Farrell who was one of the most adorable guys on tv at the time. While most of the attention was going to more manly men like Tom Selleck and Lee Horsley, I loved me a little Shea. I did not really love 'Hotel' (Something about Connie Sellecca I could never get over...). But I did watch for Shea and his smile.
Shea started acting on tv professionally in 1982 when he was cast as Matt McCandless in the new soap 'Capital'. Shea left 'Captial' within it's first year and was quickly cast in 'Hotel'. Shea left 'Hotel' in 1986 and moved to the Jerry Orback series 'The Law and Harry McGraw'. Though Harry was critically well recieved it only stuck around for 16 episodes. Shea then went the route of guest starring on the shows of the time such as 'Murder She Wrote', 'Chicago Hope' and others.
Shea turned to production in 1997 and formed a relationship with David E. Kelley and served as production associate or producer on many of his shows including 'The Practice', Ally McBeal' and 'Boston Legal'. His relationship with these shows also provided Shea the opportunity to take on small roles on the shows. Shea also served as Second Unit Director or Assistant Director on such productions as 'Veronica Mars', 'Close to Home', 'In Treatment', 'The Closer' and many other shows and movies.
Shea as Mark Danning in 'Hotel' (1983-86).
A little of the 'Hotel' Opening and Pilot.
Above: Shea still looking adorable today.