Resilience is not necessarily an attribute associated with youth; it is really not self-evident that a young person should persistently pursue his dreams regardless of obstacles. The story of Craig Sheffer, his life, and his career is marked by immense determination to succeed despite all adversities.
Craig Sheffer’s Bio
Sheffer was born in Pennsylvania on April 23, 1960, the son of a typical American working-class family. His mother, Anna, worked in a nursing home, while his father, Rock, worked as a prison guard and screenwriter. Craig attended high school at York’s Suburban High School. During his school years, it became clear to everyone around him that he was built for the silver screen, he was an early shining light at the school’s theater competitions and theater events.
Craig Sheffer enrolled at East Stroudsburg State University, an avid showman and sportsman. In the first year, he dropped out of his studies to pursue his dreams on the big screen.
At the insistence and urging of his girlfriend, Craig moved to New York in 1980 to improve his career. He thought that New York offered him more opportunities in show business. In the long run, this turned out to be a good move, but in the short term, it was a difficult adventure. Shortly after his arrival in New York he lost his job and had to wander homeless and sell newspapers to survive. During this period he said he had to sleep under the marble stairs in Grand Central Station.
Months later, the situation eased a bit when he found an agent who believed in his abilities and helped him find small acting jobs in commercials.
Craig Sheffer first came to national consciousness when he played the role of Ian Hayden in the ABC daytime series One Life to Live, and he followed up with an impressive performance in the 1983 primetime series The Hamptons.
His first foray into film was in 1985 as the best friend of troubled teenager Emilio Estevez in That Was Then. This Is Now. In Fire with Fire, he also played the lead role of a reform camp inmate, and in 1985 he played an antagonistic rich boy in Some Kind of Wonderful. Jobs kept pouring in, but his life took a turn when he was diagnosed with cancer in 1990. During this time, Craig took time off from his work commitments and traveled to India and parts of Europe. Since then, he has kept his fight against cancer very quiet. In fact, he has given little or no follow-up information. This has led to many people doubting whether he really had cancer. Most cancer survivors are vocal and open about their fight to overcome the disease, but Sheffer has said absolutely nothing.
One of his most popular works is the portrayal of Keith Scott in the CW Network series One Tree Hill. Sheffer was a regular for three seasons, but his character was killed in the middle of season three, but he had several guest appearances in season four. His most recent appearance is alongside Steven Seagal in the Code of Honor.
One of the lesser-known facts about him is that he was a film director in the dark comedy American Crude.
Craig Sheffer’s Wife, Divorce, Kids
For a celebrity with very impressive looks, it is not surprising that there is a great interest in his love life. In the early 90’s Craig Sheffer dated the beautiful Gabrielle Anwar, also known as an actress for the role of Margaret Tudor in The Tudors. They have a daughter, Willow Anwar, and she lives in Los Angeles, California.
Craig was with actress Leigh Taylor Young for a year between 2003 and 2004 until they inevitably decided to break up. Despite all the rumors that have been circulating, Craig has never been officially married. He is currently single.
From selling newspapers on the streets of New York to sleeping in the open, Craig has never had an easy life. There was no proverbial silver spoon. But through hard work and determination, he reportedly amassed an impressive fortune of $1 million.