Younger audiences may know Mitch’s actor John Wesley Shipp as Dr. Henry Allen on The CW’s “The Flash.” You may have also seen him on “Teen Wolf” or “One Life to Live.” He still often acknowledges getting his start on “Dawson’s Creek.” He’s been in numerous movies, including “The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter,” as well as plenty of other TV shows and movies.
The CW show isn’t even the first time he played Barry Allen – he played the character, the original Flash, in “The Flash” television show from 1990 to 1991. He’s made plenty of other appearances in other DC projects.
Mary-Margaret Humes Playing Gail
After being the mother bee of the series with Dawson and the other kids, she became queen of Hallmark movies — she's starred in an astounding number, though she's only really had to learn one script.
Other than “Dawson's Creek,” she hasn't been in many huge productions, though she did have a part in “Mel Brook's History of the World Part I” as Miriam. She guest-starred in plenty of shows over the years. If you watch television, you've probably seen her. She's been married to her husband Raul Bruce since 1992. Fun fact: she got third place runner-up in the Miss USA title in 1975.
Dawson's Dad Mitch
A caring father. A loving husband. A good man. Mitch Leery was all of these and more, which made his death from a car accident in season five all the more heart-breaking. Not only for viewers, too — Dawson's big storyline in the season was dealing with the loss of his father.
In the very first episode, he gave Dawson some unforgettable advice: “Sex is a big part of who we are as human beings.” He encouraged Dawson to treat sexuality as a good thing but not to misuse or abuse it. He worked numerous jobs in Capeside, including as a camp counselor and owner of Leery's Fresh Fish.
Evelyn “Grams” Ryan
Nobody could deny Grams's coolness. Even Jen, a character that many saw as her polar opposite, ends up respecting her. Though strictly religious, it turns out she's very tolerant of others, and her stern demeanor is just an old-fashioned attitude.
She acts as a parental substitute to Jen and eventually Jack, keeping them on the straight and narrow despite their best efforts. Besides the four main kids, Grams was the only person who had a leading role in all six seasons since Bess and Gail were demoted to “recurring” in the final two seasons. She continually softens as the seasons roll on, becoming less strict.
Mary Beth Peil Playing Grams
If you're an old fan of “Dawson's Creek” and want a taste of that classic Grams charm, head to New York City and stop in at the Broadway production of “Anastasia.” Mary Beth Peil played the Dowager Empress and was so good in the role that she earned a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress.
Peil has been in plenty more. You can find on the screen, including “Mirrors” in 2008, “The Stepford Wives” in 2004, and “Flags of Our Fathers” in 2006. She was also in almost fifty episodes of “The Good Wife” as Jackie Florrick.