John Ashton

Actor
A burly, mustachioed character actor frequently cast as law enforcement agents or villainous heavies, John Ashton began his acting career on the L. A. stage in the early 1970s after graduating from USC. The New ... Read more »
Born: 02/22/1948 in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (53)

Vicious 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Living Years 2014 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Breaking Bad 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gone Baby Gone 2007 (Movie)

Nick Poole (Actor)

Bill's Gun Shop 2005 (Movie)

Bill Voight (Actor)

Going to California 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

JAG 1991 - 1992, 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack's Place 1991 - 1992, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ultraviolet 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Instinct 1999 (Movie)

Guard Dacks (Actor)

King of the Hill 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Voice

Meet the Deedles 1998 (Movie)

Captain Douglas Pine (Actor)

Moosie 1998 (Movie)

Deputy Carson Baker (Actor)

Fast Money 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

For Which He Stands 1996 (Movie)

District Attorney (Actor)

Little Big League 1994 (Movie)

Mac MacNally (Actor)

The Shooter 1994 (Movie)

Alex Reed (Actor)

Trapped in Paradise 1994 (Movie)

Ed Dawson (Actor)

Stephen King's The Tommyknockers 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty Work 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hardball 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

I Want to Go Back Home 1989 (Movie)

Harry Dempsey (Actor)

Midnight Run 1988 (Movie)

Marvin Dorfler (Actor)

She's Having A Baby 1988 (Movie)

Ken (Actor)

Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 (Movie)

John Taggart (Actor)

Some Kind of Wonderful 1987 (Movie)

Cliff (Actor)

King Kong Lives 1986 (Movie)

Colonel Nevitt (Actor)

Last Resort 1986 (Movie)

Phil Corcoran (Actor)

Beverly Hills Cop 1984 (Movie)

Sergeant Taggart (Actor)

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension 1984 (Movie)

Highway Patrolman (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Honky Tonk Freeway 1981 (Movie)

Otto Kemper (Actor)

Borderline 1980 (Movie)

Charlie Monroe (Actor)

Breaking Away 1979 (Movie)

Mike's Brother (Actor)

The Wilds of Ten Thousand Islands 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rhinemann Exchange 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

My Father's House 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Psychopath 1972 (Movie)

Sergeant Matthews (Actor)

A Child's Cry For Help (TV Show)

Actor

A Death in California (TV Show)

Actor

Avalanche (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis and the Beauty Queen (TV Show)

Actor

Love, Lies and Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Reign of the Gargoyles (TV Show)

Actor

The Day Lincoln Was Shot (TV Show)

Actor

The Deliberate Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

This Man Stands Alone (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Pretty in Pink 1986 (Movie)

("Pretty in Pink") (Song)

Biography

A burly, mustachioed character actor frequently cast as law enforcement agents or villainous heavies, John Ashton began his acting career on the L. A. stage in the early 1970s after graduating from USC. The New Englander entered films as a police sergeant in "Psychopath" (1973) and went on to be cast as law enforcement agents in such efforts as "Breaking Away" (1979, as Dennis Quaid's older brother), "Borderline" (1980) and the cult favorite "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension" (1984). But it was his role as L.A. Police Sergeant John Taggart, opposite Eddie Murphy, in the action comedy "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984) and its 1987 sequel that made Ashton a recognizable face. He began landing better roles, like the bounty hunter chasing Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro in "Midnight Run" (1988) and as Eric Stoltz's college-obsessed father in "Some Kind of Wonderful" (1987). Among his more recent roles were the pitching coach in the children's baseball sleeper "Little Big League" and as part of the ensemble of fine actors peopling "the friendliest town in the world" in the uneven seasonal comedy "Trapped in Paradise" (both 1994).

Relationships

Bridget Baker-Ashton

Ex-Wife

Victoria Runn

Ex-Wife

EDUCATION

Defiance College

Defiance , Ohio

Enfield High School

Enfield , Connecticut
voted best actor

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
graduated; received an Irene Ryan Scholarship

Milestones

2007

Played a Boston detective in Ben Affleck's feature directing debut "Gone, Baby, Gone"

2001

Appeared in the indie film "Bill's Gun Shop"

1997

Played the father of a gymnast in the Lifetime TV-movie "Little Girls in Pretty Boxes"

1994

Co-starred in "Little Big League"

1993

Starred in ABC miniseries "Stephen King's The Tommyknockers"

1989

Played leading role in the NBC police drama TV series, "Hardball"

1988

Delivered a memorable turn as Robert De Niro's nemesis in "Midnight Run"

1987

Reprised role in "Beverly Hills Cop II"

1984

Breakthrough feature role, the police captain in "Beverly Hills Cop"

1980

Debut as regular on a TV series, reprising film role in "Breaking Away" (ABC)

1979

TV-movie debut, "This Man Stands Alone"

1979

Played Dennis Quaid's older brother in "Breaking Away"

1977

TV debut in a miniseries, "The Rhinemann Exchange"

1973

Feature film debut, "Psychopath"

1969

While appearing with a touring theater troupe from USC, won scholarship to travel abroad; appeared in 15 productions throughout Europe

1962

Professional stage debut at age 14 in small role in production of "Othello" at the Hartford Stage Company

1960

Began acting lessons at age 12

Played recurring roles on "Dallas" and "M*A*S*H*" (both CBS)

Born in Springfield, MA and raised in Connecticut

Joined the Company of Angels Theatre Group

Bonus Trivia

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An avid golfer, Ashton has hosted the Longs Peak Celebrity Golf Tournament in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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