Shane West is a man of many talents, however, he is best recognized for his acting prowess. The American actor won our hearts in his portrayal of Landon Carter in A Walk to Remember, a film that would arguably go down as one of the most poignant romantic films of all time. His acting in the ABC family drama Once and Again as well as the NBC medical drama ER were both well received. We take you through his rapid journey to Hollywood fame as well as facts about his personal life including his wealth and the ladies he’s romanced over the years.
Who Is Shane West? – Bio (Age and Background details)
Shane West was born Shannon Bruce Snaith on June 10, 1978, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to parents Don Snaith and Leah Catherine (née Launey). His both parents despite being in varying professions shared a common passion for music and were in a punk rock band together. His mom was a lawyer and while his dad owned a drug store.
Shane is the first-born of his family and has two younger sisters. He is of Cajun French ancestry from his mother’s side and of Jamaican, British and Portuguese origin from his father’s side. His parents exposed him to the music of rock bands like Blondie, The Kinks, The Clash, Elvis Costello, and The Jam. As a result, Shane wanted from an early age to become a musician. However, things would later take a different turn as he drifted more towards acting after a friend encouraged him to take drama classes.
Shane then relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 15 to pursue an acting career. However, he didn’t immediately get his breakthrough until two years later. Like most burgeoning actors, West got his start in small roles in TV shows like Picket Fences, California Dreams, Boy Meets World, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and many others.
In 1999, West made his feature film debut in Liberty Heights. In the same year, West got the role of Eli Sammler in the ABC series Once and Again which would go on to become his breakout role. He established his presence with film appearances including A Walk To Remeber for which he won a Teen Choice Award and the box office hit The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003).
In the small screen, West has had notable roles in ER, Nikita, and Salem. In addition to acting, he occasionally plays with the punk rock band Twilight Creeps.
Music, films, TV shows, as well as writing, Shane West does have money flowing from different sources. He may not be one of those Marvel blockbuster staples but Shane does quite well for himself with his sources. One of his TV gigs saw him earn $50,000 for each episode. The actors net worth has been estimated at $3 million.
Does He Have A Wife or Girlfriend?
It has been quite quiet from Shane in the romantic department lately, however, interest in his romantic life was renewed in January 2017 following the EW interview he had alongside his A Walk To Remember co-star Mandy Moore about their on-screen match-up.
The pair revealed a lot about how they felt about each other doing that film, making the interview a very worthy read for fans. You should check it out after this piece if you haven’t done so already.
To get right into answering the question of whether or not Shane West is married or has a girlfriend… He is not married nor seems to be in any relationship as of the time of this writing. Well, except he’s keeping it away from the media and if that is the case then he’s doing quite a fine job.
Shane West has been linked with numerous women in the past. His first relationship to come to light was with Josie and the Pussycat actress Rachael Leigh Cook.
Their relationship was said to have begun in 1997 and lasted through till 1999. Two years later, Rachel began dating Vampire Diaries and The Originals actor Daniel Gillies (Elijah Mikaelson) whom she married in 2003.
After ending things with Cook, West moved on with Jenna Dewan. However, their relationship was only short-lived starting in 2003 and ending in 2005.
In the subsequent years, West was linked with a number of women including his What We Do In Secret co-star, Bijou Phillips, Sherrie Rose, Evan Rachel Wood, and Alicia Zacharkiewicz. As of this writing, the last woman to be linked with West was Jessica Ahlberg in 2014. It has since been quiet from West, fingers crossed some news come to light soon.