Stan Shaw

StanShawPortAward winning actor & writer Stan Shaw was born in Chicago and is a relative of legendary singer Sam Cooke. When he was only 17, Stan went from martial arts instructor to starring in the local productions of “Hair.” From there he was chosen to star in the Broadway productions of “Hair,” “The Me Nobody Knows,” and “Via Galactica,” directed by Sir Peter Hall. Stan was the first person to win the NAACP Image Award in the category of “Best Actor in a Stage Play” for the Pulitzer-winning play “Home.”

Stan has also starred in over 87 different feature films and TV productions. Among his most memorable film roles were as “Washington” the platoon leader in The Boys Of Company C, “Toomer” in the Academy Award nominated film The Great Santini, “Big George” in the Academy Award nominated film Fried Green Tomatoes, “Glasspoole” in Cutthroat Island, “Jack Jenkins” in Harlem Nights, “George” in Daylight, “Esquire Joe” in The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, and “Lincoln Tyler” in Snake Eyes. It was on Fried Green Tomatoes and Cutthroat Island that Stan first worked with Ted Boonthanakit.

Stan’s work on television included “Sergeant,” a US service member that an orphan boy looks to as a father in Displaced Person. This American Playhouse production of a Kurt Vonnegut Jr. short story, won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program (Prime Time). He also portrayed “Will Palmer” (Alex Haley’s Grandfather) in the highly acclaimed Emmy Award winning Roots: The Next Generation.

Of all these roles, Gargoyle Bob is the character he most wants to bring alive on screen. Stan and Vincent Ho have already fleshed out the role on paper. They have completed the award-winning screenplay GARGOYLE BOB, a screenplay for the sequel GARGOYLE BOB & THE FOUR HORSEMEN, and a book version of Gargoyle Bob. Along with Ted Boonthanakit, they plan to also create a graphic novel of their story.

In 2007, Stan returned home to Chicago to be awarded the “African American History Makers Award” by the DuSable Museum, America’s foremost museum of African American history.

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14 Responses to Stan Shaw

  1. Mike Stewart says:

    Wow, Stan!!!!! This is incredible stuff!!!! Looking forward to seeing more of it. I remember the first time you mentioned it to me at the store!

  2. This is awesome Stan. All the best to you

  3. Cocoa Brown says:

    This is so awesome Stan! I cannot wait to see this vision become a reality!! I love horror movies!!

  4. Carol McNary says:

    Whatever role you play it will be an awesome endeavor! That’s how great you are! I am now a fan of Gargoyle Bob! Can’t wait for this to come to life! Best of luck!

  5. Colleen says:

    I’m so thrilled for you my friend. I wish you all the sucess in the world. Your always in my thoughts. Blessings to you always.

  6. Toccara says:

    This is so exciting!! Congrats! May great success continue with you.

  7. Reggie says:

    Mr. Shaw is an actor/humanitarian whole career I have followed since I was a child. I know he will ad much to this process and it is indeed a pleasure to know that people are out there like Mr. Shaw. May God continue to bell you and your career. Sincerely, @Awesome_reggie

  8. Marnita says:

    What an impressive venture! I am SO excited about this. Stan Shaw is a phenomenal actor with great insight and an admirable spirit. I am confident this will be a great success. Much love and blessings to you, Stan.

  9. MdKnightBabe says:

    Mr. Shaw has shown throughout the years of what a true example of an actor/humanitarian is. His words of encouragement even during the hardest times never cease to amaze me and lift my spirits! What an exciting venture this is, and I’m so forward to watching it blossom into amazing awesomeness!

  10. Joanne McCormick says:

    Wow what an amazing project ! I am excited for all involved and for their fans as well. Mr. Shaw I am certain Gargoyle Bob will save the day just as you do for so many with your kind words of wisdom and encouragement. You have amazing talent ! I wish you all many blessings as you journey forward :)

  11. Lamiese Chetty says:

    Amazing. You are such an inspiration. Loved you in Fried Green Tomatoes!!!:)

  12. Amazing Stan. Congratulations!!! Hugs from Athens.

  13. Linda Willis says:

    Amazing, I’m so excited to see the movie and read the book, and even more excited that we are friends. Wishing the best of luck from Myrtle Beach.

  14. Deena Rose says:

    2014 Stan — I’m a fan who lost track of your career. The only thing I could remember you were in was Hill Street Blues believe it or not! I actually went to the Hill Street Blues website and went through all the actors until I found you! I praise the Lord that your career has gone so well; my very best to you.

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