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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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A Man for All Seasons
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 1979 Avalanche Express
Gen. Marenkov
 1978 Force 10 from Navarone
 1977 The Deep
Romer Treece
 1977 Black Sunday
 1976 Swashbuckler
Ned Lynch
 1976 Robin and Marian
Sheriff of Nottingham
 1975 Diamonds
Charles / Earl Hodgson
 1975 End of the Game
Richard Gastmann
 1975 Jaws
 1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Bernard Ryder aka Blue
 1974 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
- The Break (1974) ... Giles
 1960-1974 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Giles / Wilson
- The Break (1974) ... Giles
- The Pets (1960) ... Wilson
 1973 The Sting
Doyle Lonnegan
 1973 The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
The Oracle of all knowledge (uncredited)
 1973 The Hireling
Steven Ledbetter
 1972 A Reflection of Fear
 1972 Young Winston
Lord Randolph Churchill
 1971 A Town Called Hell
The Priest
 1970 Figures in a Landscape
 1969 The Royal Hunt of the Sun
Francisco Pizarro
 1969 Battle of Britain
Squadron Leader Skipper
 1968 The Birthday Party
Stanley Webber
 1968 Luther (TV Movie)
Martin Luther
 1967 Custer of the West
Gen. George Armstrong Custer
 1966 A Man for All Seasons
Henry VIII
 1965 Battle of the Bulge
Col. Hessler
 1964 A Carol for Another Christmas (TV Movie)
Ghost of Christmas Future
 1964 The Luck of Ginger Coffey
Ginger Coffey
 1964 Hamlet at Elsinore (TV Movie)
Claudius, King of Denmark
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
- A Florentine Tragedy (1964) ... Simone
 1963 From Russia with Love
 1963 Temple Houston (TV Series)
- The Twisted Rope (1963)
 1963 The Cracksman
 1963 Tomorrow at Ten
George Marlow
 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
 1961 The Train Set (TV Movie)
 1960 The Dark Man (TV Movie)
Alan Regan
 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
 1959 Libel
First Photographer
 1959 Theatre Night (TV Series)
465 Sergeant Mitchem, R.
- The Long and the Short and the Tall (1959) ... 465 Sergeant Mitchem, R.
 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
 1957 Success (TV Movie)
Len Fox
 1956-1957 The Buccaneers (TV Series)
Capt. Dan Tempest
- Printer's Devil (1957) ... Capt. Dan Tempest
- Pirate Honour (1957) ... Capt. Dan Tempest
- The Instrument of War (1957) ... Capt. Dan Tempest
- The Decoy (1957) ... Capt. Dan Tempest
- To the Rescue (1957) ... Capt. Dan Tempest
 1957 Hindle Wakes (TV Movie)
Alan Jeffcote
 1956 Hell in Korea
The National Servicemen: L / Cpl. Hodge / L / ...
 1956 The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Series)
Lord Anthony Dewhurst
- The Hostage (1956) ... Lord Anthony Dewhurst
 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 Scenes from Twelfth Night and Macbeth (TV Movie)
 1947 The Cherry Orchard (TV Movie) (20th March 1947 version)
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Leading roles in THE WINTER'S TALE and Strindberg's THE FATHER for BBC TV in the early 1960s. See more »

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5' 10" (1.78 m)

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I'm the happiest I've been in a long time. I have my new marriage. I have my new baby, my tenth child. I don't have to work in third-rate movies anymore, and I'm in great physical shape. (1977) See more »


Marvel comics villain Sebastian Shaw was named and modeled after him. See more »


Deep, gruff voice and demeanor

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