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Shane Harper
Birth name: Shane Harper
Character: Austin Welch
Sex: Male
Birthday: Febuary 14th 1993
Occupation: Singer/Songwriter/Actor
Years active: 2006 - now
Character Austin Welch

Shane Steven Harper (born February 14, 1993) is an American actor, singer-songwriter, and dancer. He is known for playing as Josh Wheaton in the movie box-office hit independent Christian film God's Not Dead. His self-titled debut album was released on February 14, 2012. He played Austin Welch on the show's third and fourth season.

Early life[]

Harper was born in La Jolla, California, the son of Tanya (née Michaelson) and Scott Harper.[2][3] He began learning dancing and acting at the age of 9 and was involved in community theater and competitive dance. He also started singing and playing guitar and piano at the same age. Harper is well-trained in ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, jazz and tap.[4] He also studied martial arts from the age of 4 until he was 12 and obtained a black belt in Karate. In the spring of 2006, a talent agent on the judging panel of a regional dance competition offered Harper an agency representation.


Harper had minor roles as a principal dancer in various shows and movies such as High School Musical 2,Re-Animated, and Dance Revolution before becoming one of the lead dancers and the youngest (the Nick 6) on Nickelodeon's Dance on Sunset.[5] He landed on dance roles in 2006, including lead dancer for the music video Step Up with Samantha Jade, and Cartoon Network's Reanimated and the Saturday morning kid's competition, Dance Revolution.[6] In 2010, Harper got his first two movie roles in the films My Name is Khan and Flipped, as a minor character in each. In 2010, Harper also began his recurring role as Spencer Walsh on Disney Channel's Good Luck Charlie, playing alongside Bridgit Mendler, and guest-starred on an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place. He also guest-starred as the musical guest on So Random!, singing his hit single, "One Step Closer".In 2011 Harper signed to AMi Records.[7] Harper's first single, "Dance with Me", was released on March 30, 2010. The music video was released a couple of weeks prior and features Harper dancing and playing guitar. In 2011 he released "One Step Closer", the second single from his debut album. The self-titled album was released on April 12, 2011. The third and final single released off of the album was "Rocketship". The lead girl was played by Harper's then-girlfriend, Good Luck Charlie star Bridgit Mendler. His song "Next Chapter of Our Lives" was featured on the series finale of The Suite Life on Deck. In 2011, Harper opened for Greyson Chance and Cody Simpson on their Waiting 4U Tour in addition to opening for Miranda Cosgrove on her Dancing Crazy Tour.

Personal life[]

Harper plays acoustic guitar. Harper's family relocated from San Diego County, California to Orange County, California in 1998. Harper has an older sister, Samantha, also a professional dancer, and a younger brother Sullivan, a model. Harper is a committed Christian. He had been in a relationship with his co-star from Good Luck Charlie Bridgit Mendler from 2011 to 2015. He is currently single.