Shane West (birth name Shannon Bruce Snaith; born June 10, 1978) is an American actor, musician and songwriter. West has played Eli Sammler in Once and Again, Landon Carter with Mandy Moore in A Walk to Remember, and Dr. Ray Barnett in ER. He's currently starring as Michael in The CW's action drama Nikita.
Shane West was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the son of Leah Catherine (née Launey) and Don Snaith, both of whom were musicians. He has a younger sister Simone and a much younger half-sister Marli Ann. His parents divorced in 1982. At the age of 10, West moved to California temporarily with his mother and younger sister Simone. He is of Cajun French descent through his mother.
He has performed with The Germs and is the lead singer of the punk rock band "Jonny Was"