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Shane West was born in 1978 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He began to pursue an acting career at the age of fifteen, gaining bit parts on various television shows, but it was not until 1999 when West appeared in ABC's "Once and Again" (1999) that he got his major breakthrough. Aside from catapulting to teen heart-throb status with the success of the show, West has made his mark on the screen within such films as Liberty Heights (1999) and Whatever It Takes (2000). Aside from acting, West continues the musical traditions of his family (both parents were musicians when he was young) with his band, Average Jo, for which he writes and plays guitar.

Dated Rachael Leigh Cook

Is in a band called "Jonny Was", formerly known as "Average Jo".

Has a song on the soundtrack of A Walk to Remember (2002) with "Average Jo".

Shane's father's and mother are Don & Catherine West. He has two sisters, Simone is 19 and his half sister Marli Ann is less than a year old.

He was so in love with the 1967 Camaro he drove in A Walk to Remember, he bought it for $5000.

Got into acting when he was forced to take Drama class in high school because he needed one more credit to graduate.

He dedicated a song to the late actor Jonathan Brandis of "SeaQuest DSV" (1993) fame.

He was nearly cast as John Connor in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. The role went to Nick Stahl instead.

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