Shane was born in Toronto, Canada. After a sucessful singing career in Canadian Radio and TV he was given his own show with CBC Come Fly With Me, as the host and singer. In 1959 he was brought to England by Director Dick Lester to appear as a singer in an ITV Special, After Hours with Cleo Lane. He returned to Canada to feature in a Canadian film Flaming Frontier, before marrying an English dancer and making London his home. In 1963 he played the Editor of a bi-weekly soap called Compact and the following year he was offered his first major film role in Syanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove, as Co-Pilot Ace.

He has appeared in more than 70 films in the UK and Europe, and numerous TV roles. Following Dr Strangelove he went on to roles in Star Wars and three James Bond productions - Diamonds Are Forever, You Only Live Twice and The Spy Who Loved Me. These were followed by Superman 2 and 3, The People That Time Forgot, Warlords Of Atlantis, The Holcroft Covenant, Alien Autopsy, S*P*Y*S*, Rollerball, Gandhi, Reds, Out Of Africa, The Bourne Identity, The Dogs Of War, White Knights, Hanover Street, Reunion At Fairborough, Whoops Apocalypse, Space Truckers, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and many more.

He has also featured in many notable TV productions - Dr Who, Dennis Potter's Lipstick On Your Collar, NBC's The Nightmare Years, Coronation Street, Tales Of The Unexpected, A Very British Coup, Brooklyn Bridge and Hiroshima.

Shane is a legend in the world of Gerry Anderson productions, providing one of the most recognizable voices in Supermarionation history for Thunderbirds' Scott Tracy. He is also the voice of Dick Spanner PI in the cartoon series of the same name. He has appeared in episodes of Space 1999 and UFO, written and appeared in The Protectors and The Persuaders and has written several episodes of Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons, Joe 90 and The Secret Service.

Theatre credits include National Theatre productions of True West, Guys And Dolls, Death Of A Salesman, a Chichester Theatre production of Arsenic And Old Lace, a Tricycle production of Called To Account, and an Opera North production Of Thee I Sing.

Shane's Autobiography From Thunderbirds To Pterodactyls was published in 2010 by Signum Books. Following this, Big Finish produced a 3 disc Audio CD of the Autobiography with Shane as the reader. The paperback version of the same title came out in 2014.

Shane is a familiar face on the Convention circuit and remains an active voice artist, currently recording The Amazing World Of Gumball for Cartoon Network. His first novel Long Shot became available as an ebook on Amazon in 2015.