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Soap Alum John Wesley Shipp Shares a Health Update

Please join us in sending healing thoughts to daytime alum John Wesley Shipp, who recently revealed on social media that he is recovering from surgery.

“Hello out there!” he shared. “Friends and contacts have written recently like, ‘Where are you? Are you OK?’ Well, here’s the deal: I had surgery early this month for a health issue that had to be dealt with immediately. All went well, but I’ve had to postpone a theatre production and personal appearances as the recoup will take some weeks.

“I do read and appreciate what you share with me, that you entrust me with your thoughts and feelings,” he continued. “You are ever on my mind and in my heart, and I look forward to getting active and out there again as soon as possible. Until then, remember to play nice, be kind, and stay engaged! Our futures depend on it!”

Shipp made his daytime debut playing Dr. Kelly Nelson on CBS sudser GUIDING LIGHT from 1980-84. From 1985-86, he moved over to sister soap AS THE WORLD TURNS to portray Douglas Cummings, a role which earned him the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 1986. In 1987, he won his second Daytime Emmy, this time for Outstanding Guest Star for his stint as Martin Ellis on NBC’s SANTA BARBARA.

The actor also had small roles on ONE LIFE TO LIVE and ALL MY CHILDREN in 1989 and 1992, respectively. Shipp then found primetime fame beginning with his starring role in THE FLASH, then appearing on shows like SISTERS and DAWSON’S CREEK. He returned to daytime in 2010 playing the villainous Eddie Ford on OLTL, and most recently enjoyed multiple roles on THE FLASH and other superhero series in The CW’s “Arrowverse.”

It sounds like Shipp is already on the mend following his surgery, so we’re hoping he’ll be back to full power very soon!

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