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The Flash Scoop: Look Who's Playing Barry's Father!

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Past will meet present on The Flash.

The CW has confirmed that John Wesley Shipp - who portrayed Barry Allen/The Flash in the early 1990s series - has been cast in a recurring capacity on this network's version of that speedy superhero.

He will portray Barry's father, Henry Allen.

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"Given his history with The Flash, Andrew, Geoff and I could only think of one person we wanted to play Barry's father and that was John Wesley Shipp," producer Greg Berlanti said via statement, adding: ]

"He gives a fantastic and emotional performance in the pilot and we are looking forward to his presence in many more episodes. Also, personally, it was just wonderful to work with him again since my days at Dawson's Creek. He's a great actor and a great guy."

Grant Gustin, of course, is on board as The Flash for this wildly anticipated new drama, which will air on Tuesday nights prior to Supernatural Season 10 this fall.

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The Flash stars Grant Gustin and centers on the speediest man in the world, scientist Barry Allen after he undergoes some major changes.

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Yay! This is exciting news. I can't wait to see The Flash!

The Flash Quotes

Cisco: That's pretty ironic. The guy specialized in cloning and now he can make Xeroxes of himself.
Harrison: If he was experimenting on himself when he was exposed to the dark matter wave released by the particle accelerator explosion...
Cisco: Meet Captain Clone! Don't worry, I'll come up with something cooler.

Joe: You were wrong.
Barry: I have been wrong a lot this week. You're gonna have to be more specific.
Joe: You said that one of the things driving you to run around out there was that you couldn't help your dad. You can help him. We can. We're gonna figure out who or what killed your mother that night and then we're gonna get your father out of prison. Together.
Barry: Joe, what I said about you not being my father...
Joe: Barry, I know. I know I'm not your father.
Barry: You're right. You're not. You're just the man who kept me fed and in clothes, who sat on my bed at night until I fell asleep because I was afraid of the dark. You helped me with my homework, you taught me how to drive and shave and you dropped me off at college. It sounds a lot like a dad to me.

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