Jeff WardDeke Shaw
Jeff Ward has always known he wanted to be an actor. Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Philadelphia with his younger sister, Ward's journey to acting began in the first grade when he was cast in the lead role of Tom Thumb Sr. in Tom Thumb in the Toy Room, an original play written and directed by his teacher. At the tender age of 11, Ward enrolled in Stagedoor Manor, an immersive summer theater camp in the Catskill Mountains, where he would spend six summers honing his craft.
In an effort to further his education in the arts, Ward headed to New York City after high school to enroll in the prestigious drama program at NYU's Tisch School for the Arts. Following graduation in 2009, Ward began working in New York on various film, theater and television projects. He understudied for Ben Foster in the Broadway hit Orphans, which also starred Alec Baldwin; and further showcased his talent in productions at such performance halls, as The Public, Manhattan Theater Club, NYU's Skirball Center and The Working Theater. Continuing his success onstage, Ward ventured to Los Angeles where he joined the world premiere cast of Marjorie Prime, a production by Orange Is the New Black writer Jordan Harrison, which debuted at the Mark Taper Forum and was runner-up for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize.
Ward's big break came when he was cast as Charles Manson in the Lifetime movie Manson's Lost Girls, and his success on the small screen continued when he landed the role of the male lead, Seth Marlowe, in Syfy's hit series Channel Zero: No End House. Ward can currently be seen showcasing his dramatic chops as Fitz and Simmons' future grandchild, Deke Shaw, in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Other television credits include The Mentalist, Rosewood, Body of Proof and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. He also brought his talent to the world of film, starring opposite Zosia Mamet in The Boy Downstairs, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Ward is accomplished outside of acting as well. He enjoys writing and directing, having directed a play called Tape by Stephen Belber, for the Aquila Morong Studio; and he has also worked with College Humor. In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, playing video games and cheering on his beloved Philadelphia Eagles. Ward currently resides in Los Angeles.