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John Wesley Shipp's role on CW's 'Flash' is uncovered

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Get double The Flash on the CW this fall, as TVGuide.com stated that John Wesley Shipp will play Henry Allen, the father of Central City crime scene investigator Barry Allen (Grant Gustin).

Also known for his roles on daytime (One Life to Live) and primetime (Dawson's Creek), Shipp originally played 'The Fastest Man Alive' on the CBS series from 1990 to 1991; his role on the CW's Flash will be recurring.

The Flash is a spin-off of the CW's Arrow, where Barry Allen came to Starling City last year to assist Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and his alter-ego's team on a case somewhat similar to one back in Central City, where Barry's father is in prison for murdering his wife. However, Barry believes his father is innocent and that something paranormal killed his mother. His growing interest in the paranormal led Barry to become a fan of the Arrow -- and a greater fan of Felicity Smoak, whom he developed a romantic interest in during his short time in Starling City.

Following a nine-month coma after being struck by lightning, Barry discovers that he has the ability to super-speed, and decides to use his newfound power to fight crime and injustice as a superhero.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8pm on the CW.

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