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Robert Shaw (I) (1927–1978)

Robert Archibald Shaw was born on August 9, 1927 in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, the eldest son of Doreen Nora (Avery), a nurse, and Thomas Archibald Shaw, a doctor. His paternal grandfather was Scottish, from Argyll. Shaw's mother, who was born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, met his father while she was a nurse at a hospital in Truro, Cornwall. ... See full bio »

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 1979 Avalanche Express
Gen. Marenkov
 1977 The Deep
Romer Treece
 1976 Swashbuckler
Ned Lynch
 1975 Diamonds
Charles / Earl Hodgson
 1975 End of the Game
Richard Gastmann
 1975 Jaws
 1974 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
- The Break (1974)
 1974 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
- The Break (1974) ... Giles
 1973 The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
The Oracle of all knowledge (uncredited)
 1973 The Hireling
Steven Ledbetter
 1972 A Reflection of Fear
 1971 A Town Called Hell
The Priest
 1970 Figures in a Landscape
 1968 Luther (TV Movie)
Martin Luther
 1965 Tomorrow at Ten
 1964 The Luck of Ginger Coffey
Ginger Coffey
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
- A Florentine Tragedy (1964) ... Simone
 1963 Temple Houston (TV Series)
- The Twisted Rope (1963)
 1963 The Cracksman
 1963 The Guest
 1962 The Father (TV Movie)
The Captain
 1962 Thirty Minute Theatre (TV Series)
 1962 The Winter's Tale (TV Movie)
 1962 The Valiant
Lieutenant Field
 1961 Danger Man (TV Series)
Tony Costello
- Bury the Dead (1961) ... Tony Costello
 1957-1960 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Charlie Williams / Ken Rudge / Reg Mathers
- Night Run to the West (1960) ... Charlie Williams
- Place of My Own (1960) ... Ken Rudge
- One of Us (1957) ... Reg Mathers
 1960 The Four Just Men (TV Series)
- Crack-Up (1960) ... Stuart
 1960 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Marl Renfrew
- Misfire (1960) ... Marl Renfrew
 1960 The Dark Man (TV Movie)
 1959 Libel
First Photographer
 1959 William Tell (TV Series)
Peter von Breck
- The Trap (1959) ... Peter von Breck
 1959 Dial 999 (TV Series)
- Extradition (1959) ... Willy
 1958 Sea Fury
 1958 White Hunter (TV Series)
Bob Gordon
- Voodoo Wedding (1958) ... Bob Gordon
 1957 Rupert of Hentzau (TV Movie)
Rupert of Hentzau
 1956 Hell in Korea
LCpl. Hodge
 1956 Doublecross
 1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
- The Scarlet Pimpernel (1955) ... Herbert
 1955 The Dam Busters
Flt / Sgt. J. Pulford, D.F.M.
 1952 A Time to Be Born (TV Movie)
 1951 The Lavender Hill Mob
Chemist at Police Exhibition (uncredited)
 1948 For the Children (TV Series)
 1947 The Cherry Orchard (TV Movie) (20th March 1947 version)
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Novel: The Man in the Glass Booth, 1967. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 2 Articles | See more »


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Acting is instant enjoyment and childlike. As an actor, Lord God, I can take an audience in a theatre and throw them in any direction. I can't do that as a writer. Writing is painful, it's lonely and you suffer and there's no immediate feedback. See more »


He is one of three actors to have been Oscar-nominated for playing King Henry VIII of England. The other two are Charles Laughton and Richard Burton, but Laughton is the only one of the three to have won (in 1933). See more »


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