Shane Warren Kippel (born June 4, 1986) is a Canadian television actor. From 2001-2010, he appeared as a regular cast member in the role of Gavin "Spinner" Mason on Degrassi: The Next Generation, which is broadcast on CTV in Canada. In 2010, after 9 years on Degrassi, Kippel was written out of the program and did not return for season 10; though, he recently made an appearance in a season 14 episode.

Life and career

Kippel starred as Chad the Jock in the 2003 film Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, which was tagged as "A teenager's guide to heavy metal, cheerleaders, true love, and Satan". He also had a recurring role on Life with Derek as the I-Wanna-Rock drummer Ralph in the band "D-Rock". In 2010, he made an appearance on Pure Pwnage and played Davis in the film Dog Pound. Kippel also played Gavin "Spinner" Mason on Degrassi: The Next Generation, seasons 1-9 and reprises his role in the television film Degrassi Takes Manhattan. However, Kippel also recently reprised his role, during an episode of season 14.

Kippel played a soldier on Combat Hospital in the episode "Welcome To Kandahar". After an explosion, his character initially appeared uninjured. Later, while visiting the soldier who absorbed most of the impact, also a close friend, he collapses and is found to be bleeding internally. He dies in the operating room.

Kippel currently is a drummer for the alternative/rock group Dear Love

Kippel is Jewish[1] and has three brothers.[2]


  1. ^ Cohen, Mike (2006-12-28). "Jewish cast members play key roles in Degrassi: the Next Generation" (PDF). The Jewish Tribune. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  2. ^ Jones, Jen (12/06). "School's In for Degrassi". Jewish Family & Life. Archived from the original on 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2006-12-15.  Check date values in: |date= (help)