Andrew Shue

Active - 1992 - 2007  |   Born - Feb 20, 1967 in Wilmington, Delaware, United States  |   Genres - Drama

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Remembered by many as the loveable Billy Campbell from the nighttime soap Melrose Place, Andrew Shue began his acting career not long before the show's premiere in 1992. His sister, actress Elisabeth Shue, found success as the star of 1987's Adventures in Babysitting when he began making appearances in movies as an extra while attending Dartmouth College. He graduated in 1989, and after traveling to Zimbabwe to play soccer for the Bulawayo Highlanders, he returned home to return to acting. When his big break came in 1992, he devoted his acting energy to the series, though he also played a number of games for the Los Angeles Galaxy Major Soccer Team in 1996. He stayed with Melrose Place until 1998, and later collaborated with his sister to write, produce, and appear in 2007's Gracie.

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  • In 1985, as student council president, he founded his high school's Hall of Fame; he was inducted into it, along with his sister Elisabeth, in 1994.
  • While in high school, he started a student group to assist local elderly residents called Students Serving Seniors; this group received a service award from President Reagan in 1987.
  • After graduating from college, he taught math to 200 high-school students in Zimbabwe, where he lived for a year and also played professional soccer as the only white player in the African First Division for the Bulawayo Highlanders.
  • Several days after filming had already started, he replaced Stephen Fanning in the role of Billy Campbell on Melrose Place.
  • In 1993 he cofounded the Do Something foundation with childhood friend Michael Sanchez, with the goal of getting young people to become active in their communities.
  • Was named one of 10 Outstanding Young Americans by the Junior Chamber of Congress and was given an honorary degree from Drew University in 1995.
  • Played professional soccer with the Los Angeles Galaxy for two seasons.
  • In 1996, he became the first professional athlete to both play and act on a TV show at the same time.
  • In 1999, along with friend Michael Sanchez and former The View cohost Meredith Vieira, he cofounded ClubMom, an informational parenting website. In 2006, he and Sanchez started a sister site, the social network CafeMom.
  • Created the production company Ursa Major Films with his brother John, sister Elisabeth, and her husband, director Davis Guggenheim; their first film, Gracie, was inspired by their family story.