John Thaw

Actor
The actor John Thaw was born into modest working-class circumstances. His mother took off when he was seven; a dozen years passed before he saw her again. But he gained acceptance into one of the world's finest acting ... Read more »
Born: 01/02/1942 in Manchester, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (49)

The Remorseful Day 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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World War II in Color 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Goodnight Mister Tom 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Inspector Morse: The Wench Is Dead 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Death Is Now My Neighbor 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Into the Blue 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Daughters of Cain 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Deadly Slumber 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The Way Through the Woods 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The Day of the Devil 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Absolute Conviction 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Cherubim and Seraphim 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Death of the Self 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Inspector Morse, Series VII: Dead on Time 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Inspector Morse, Series VII: Happy Families 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Promised Land 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Second Time Around 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Chaplin 1992 (Movie)

Fred Karno (Actor)

Driven to Distraction 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Masonic Mysteries 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Sins of the Fathers 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Deceived By Flight 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Infernal Serpent 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Secret of Bay 5B 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Ghost in the Machine 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Last Enemy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Inspector Morse, Series II 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Series II 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Business As Usual 1988 (Movie)

Kieran Flynn (Actor)

Cry Freedom 1987 (Movie)

Kruger (Actor)

Inspector Morse, Series I 1987 (TV Show)

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The Grass Is Singing 1984 (Movie)

Dick Turner (Actor)

Sweeney 2 1978 (Movie)

Detective Inspector Jack Regan (Actor)

The Sweeney 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Sweeney 1975 (Movie)

Regan (Actor)

Doctor Phibes Rises Again 1971 (Movie)

Shavers (Actor)

The Last Grenade 1970 (Movie)

Terry Mitchell (Actor)

The Bofors Gun 1969 (Movie)

Featherstone (Actor)

Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition 1967 (Movie)

Dom (Actor)

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 1961 (Movie)

Bosworth (Actor)

A Year in Provence (TV Show)

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Fat Chance (TV Show)

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Monsignor Renard (TV Show)

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The Capone Investment (TV Show)

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The Last Morse (TV Show)

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The Settling of the Sun (TV Show)

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Twilight of the Gods (TV Show)

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Biography

The actor John Thaw was born into modest working-class circumstances. His mother took off when he was seven; a dozen years passed before he saw her again. But he gained acceptance into one of the world's finest acting programs, at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London; one of his classmates was Tom Courtenay, with whom Thaw worked in Tony Richardson's film adaptation of Allan Sillitoe's landmark angry-young-man drama, "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner". Thaw's more substantial roles were to come on TV, however, and he was working in the genre for which he is most often associated--the crime drama--as early as the mid 1960s. One of his breakout roles was as an alcoholic constable on "Z-Cars", but he navigated his first star turn on "Redcap", in which he transplanted the angry young man onto the military police force. That was still a decade shy of his role as shady Detective Inspector Jack Regan on "The Sweeney", a show that imported the ambiguous, street-wise ethic of "Dirty Harry" and "Get Carter" to British television. Thaw is most beloved, however, for his extended, if not nearly as biting, portrayal of a curmudgeonly Oxford detective-aesthete in "Inspector Morris"; his performance made him the toast of the BAFTA Awards for over a decade. In the meantime, he managed to get some roles on the big screen. His working relationship with the epic-spinner Richard Attenborough resulted in Thaw's being cast in the civil-rights drama "Cry Freedom" and the biopic "Chaplin".

Relationships

Sally Alexander

Wife
married in 1964 divorced in 1968

Sheila Hancock

Wife
met in 1969 married in 1973

Jack Thaw

Father

Abigail Thaw

Daughter
mother, Sally Alexander

Joanna Thaw

Daughter
mother, Sheila Hancock

Raymond Thaw

Brother
younger

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England

Ducie Technical High School

Milestones

1964

Breakthrough TV role in "Redcap"; co-starred with Diana Rigg

1962

Film acting debut in "The Lonliness of the Long Distance Runner"

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