David Sheridan has other uses. Please see David Sheridan (disambiguation) for other meanings.

"Never start a fight, but always finish it."

David Sheridan

David Sheridan was a human diplomat in the Earth Alliance. His wife was Miranda Sheridan and had children Elizabeth and John Sheridan.


David Sheridan served as a diplomat for EarthGov for many years, but his real passion seemed to be in farming. He owned an orange orchid when John was growing up.[4]

The day before his entrance exams for Earthforce Academy, John had trouble falling to sleep. Knowing his son had an easier time falling to sleep when it rained, David went outside and sprayed water from a garden hose on the roof until John fell asleep.[5]

Before Babylon 5 secedes from the Earth Alliance, David is contacted by his son and is reminded of a lesson taught to him: "Never start a fight, always finish it." John warns him that President Clark's forces may come for David and Miranda, and David explains he understands they will have to go into hiding, but John should not worry about them.[6]

During the rest of the Earth Alliance Civil War the Sheridans went into hiding so that they would not be targeted by Clark's forces. David is able to successfully evade Clark's forces for many months. Due to a rare blood disease, however, David requires the Centauri drug Tenasticin. When this information is leaked to Clark's men, David was tracked down and captured in a safe house just outside of Chicago, though Miranda was able to escape and hide with friends in Minneapolis. David was used to lure John Sheridan away from the battle long enough to be captured by Clark-loyalists.[7]

After the civil war, David was freed and was reunited with his son. He also met Delenn, who married John a few days later.[1]


  • Being John's father, David is also descended from Philip Henry Sheridan, a Union General of the US Army during the American Civil War.[2]
  • Before Kosh died in 2260, he appeared in a dream to John Sheridan, taking the form of David. An alien, native to the region of space where Babylon 4 disappeared, and who inhabited John Sheridan in 2259, also created in illusion of both David and his wife for John's benefit.
  • David was not mentioned or seen during his son's final days in 2281, suggesting he may have passed away by that point.
  • An uncredited performer who had no dialogue portrayed David in "Knives," while Rance Howard assumed the role in all subsequent appearances.

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