Award 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.