Maybe this neglect is because he's often the co-star to the co-star. Maybe it's because he is so natural in secondary roles that one often doesn't realize that they are watching an actor. Or maybe, like so many wonderful talents before him, it just wasn't in the cards. Whatever the reason, it doesn't seem right.
His tragic performance as Toomer, the studdering poor kid from the 1979 overlooked Robert Duvall film, The Great Santini is still with me now some thirty years later. Other memorable work from Stan Shaw can be seen in the Viet Nam drama, The Boys in Company C and the television mini-series, Roots: The Next Generation.
Most of his latest work seems to be as a guest star on various television shows, but no matter what the medium or how far down in the movie credits his name may be, it's a guarantee that Stan Shaw will deliver. Keep an eye out for him. You won't be disappointed.