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Stan Shaw (born July 14, 1952) is an Americanmarker actor. He started acting in the Chicago production of the Broadway musical Hair as well as the Broadway production of The Me Nobody Knows. His last Broadway show, Via Galactica was directed by Sir Peter Hall. Before becoming an actor, Shaw was a karate, judo, and ju jitsu instructor in Chicago.

Shaw played a professional fighter in Snake Eyes (1998), Tough Enough (1983) and Harlem Nights (1989), and also appeared in Rocky (1976) as Dipper, another boxer. In a deleted scene, Dipper, infuriated by the attention Rocky has received, challenges him before a television reporter. One of his most notable roles was his appearance as Alex Haley's maternal grandfather Will Palmer in the 1979 miniseries Roots: The Next Generations. Shaw also played in The Great Santini as Toomer Smalls with Robert Duvall and David Kieth (1979)

Shaw was born in Chicagomarker, Illinoismarker, the son of Bertha Shaw and saxophonist Eddie Shaw and cousin of the late soul singer Sam Cooke.

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