Robert Shaw

Actor, Novelist, Playwright
A rough-hewn British character actor who played more leading roles later in his career, Robert Shaw went from being typecast as tough-guy villains to proving his versatility in a wide range of performances. Shaw had his ... Read more »
Born: 08/08/1927 in Lancashire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (32)

Rudolf Hess: The Man Who Died Twice 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Avalanche Express 1978 (Movie)

General Marenkov (Actor)

Force 10 From Navarone 1978 (Movie)

Major Mallory (Actor)

Black Sunday 1977 (Movie)

Major Kabakov (Actor)

The Deep 1977 (Movie)

Romer Treece (Actor)

Robin and Marian 1976 (Movie)

Sheriff of Nottingham (Actor)

Swashbuckler 1976 (Movie)

Ned Lynch (Actor)

The 48th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Diamonds 1975 (Movie)

Charles Hodgson/Earl Hodgson (Actor)

Jaws 1975 (Movie)

Quint (Actor)

Murder on the Bridge 1974 (Movie)

Richard Gastmann (Actor)

The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 1974 (Movie)

Blue (Actor)

A Reflection of Fear 1973 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

The Sting 1973 (Movie)

Doyle Lonnegan (Actor)

Young Winston 1972 (Movie)

Sir Randolph Churchill (Actor)

A Town Called Hell 1970 (Movie)

Town Priest (Actor)

Battle of Britain 1969 (Movie)

Squadron Leader Skipper (Actor)

Figures in a Landscape 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Royal Hunt of the Sun 1969 (Movie)

Fransisco Pizarro (Actor)

Custer of the West 1968 (Movie)

General George Custer (Actor)

The Birthday Party 1968 (Movie)

Stanley Webber (Actor)

A Man For All Seasons 1966 (Movie)

King Henry VIII (Actor)

Battle of the Bulge 1965 (Movie)

Colonel Hessler (Actor)

From Russia With Love 1964 (Movie)

Red Grant (Actor)

The Caretaker 1964 (Movie)

Aston (Actor)

The Luck of Ginger Coffey 1963 (Movie)

Ginger Coffey (Actor)

Libel 1958 (Movie)

Photographer (Actor)

The Buccaneers 1956 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Sea Fury 1957 (Movie)

Gorman (Actor)

Hell in Korea 1956 (Movie)

Lance-Corporal Hodge (Actor)

Double Cross (Movie)

(Actor)

Operation Secret (Movie)

Jacques (Actor)
Writer (2)

The Man in the Glass Booth 1973 (Movie)

("The Man in the Glass Booth") (Play as Source Material)

Figures in a Landscape 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A rough-hewn British character actor who played more leading roles later in his career, Robert Shaw went from being typecast as tough-guy villains to proving his versatility in a wide range of performances. Shaw had his start on the stage in the late 1940s and quickly segued to the screen where he broke through as an assassin for SPECTRE in "From Russia with Love" (1963). But it was his Oscar-nominated turn as King Henry VIII in "A Man for All Seasons" (1966) that helped shed new light on the actor, leading to a variety of characters in films like "Battle of Britain" (1969), "A Town Called Hell" (1971) and "Young Winston" (1972). Shaw then entered his most fruitful period to play ruthless mob boss Doyle Lonnegan in "The Sting" (1973) and criminal mastermind Mr. Blue in "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974), which paved the way for his most iconic performance as salty Quint in Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" (1975). From there, Shaw was a leading man in a number of major studio films like "Black Sunday" (1977), "Force 10 from Navarone" (1977) and "Avalanched Express" (1979). But at the height of his career, Shaw suffered a fatal heart attack. Whether on screen or as the author of award-winning novels, Shaw was a unique talent the likes of whom would not be seen again.

Relationships

Jennifer Bourke

Wife

Virginia Jansen

Wife
Married 1976 until his death 1978

Mary Ure Actor

Wife
Married 1963 until her death 1975

EDUCATION

Truro School

Cornwall

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England

Milestones

1978

Was about to start shooting film about spy Kim Philby at the time of his death

1970

Wrote play, "Cato Street"

1969

Wrote screenplay, "Figures in a Landscape"

1967

Play "The Man in the Glass Booth" opened in London; based on his book of the same title

1965

Scripted first screenplay, "Situation Hopeless, But Not Serious"

1956

Appeared in own play, "Off the Mainland," at Arts Theatre, London; his first play produced

1955

Film acting debut, "The Dambusters"

1951

London stage acting debut, "Caro William"

1949

Stage debut with Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon

1949

Toured Australia with the Old Vic

Bonus Trivia

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Shaw once told an interviewer: "When they write my obituary I would like them to say, 'He was an author who wrote one book that will last and he was also a remarkable actor.'"--quoted in the "New York Times" obituary, August 29, 1978

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He received the Hawthronden Prize for Fiction (1962) for "The Sun Doctor".

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