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Jack MacGowran (1918–1973)


Jack MacGowran, the great Irish character actor known for his roles in the plays of Samuel Beckett, was born on October 13, 1918 in Ireland. He established his professional reputation as a member of the Abbey Players in Dublin, but he won his greatest fame for assaying Beckett's characters onstage. (In 1971, MacGowran would win the Obie Award for ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Exorcist
The Exorcist Burke Dennings
(1973)
Dance of the Vampires
Dance of the Vampires Professor Abronsius
(1967)
Doctor Zhivago
(1965)
Tom Jones
Tom Jones Partridge
(1963)

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 1972 Banacek (TV Series)
Michele Lanier
- No Sign of the Cross (1972) ... Michele Lanier
 1970 My Partner the Ghost (TV Series)
Joe Hudson
- The Ghost Talks (1970) ... Joe Hudson
 1969 Parkin's Patch (TV Series)
Danny Shea
- The Birmingham Con (1969) ... Danny Shea
 1968 Beginning to End (TV Movie)
Unnamed Man
 1968 The Champions (TV Series)
Banner B. Banner
- Happening (1968) ... Banner B. Banner
 1968 The Dustbinmen (TV Series)
Cheese & Egg [C.E.Petty]
- There's a Hole in Your Bucket Delilah (1968) ... Cheese & Egg [C.E.Petty]
 1968 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Trinculo
- The Tempest (1968) ... Trinculo
 1968 Half Hour Story (TV Series)
Alec
- The Event (1968) ... Alec
 1967 Sanctuary (TV Series)
Kevin Moriarty
- The Voice of His Calling (1967) ... Kevin Moriarty
 1967 The Avengers (TV Series)
Professor Poole
- The Winged Avenger (1967) ... Professor Poole
 1966 Eh, Joe? (TV Movie)
 1966 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Brother Michael
- Silent Song (1966) ... Brother Michael
 1966 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Coastes
- The Far-Way Incident (1966) ... Coastes
 1966 Beginning to End (TV Movie)
 1965 Armchair Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Albert Brady
 1965 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Jeremiah Hudson
- Esther's Altar (1965) ... Jeremiah Hudson
 1965 Secret Agent (TV Series)
Shorty Pratt
- Such Men Are Dangerous (1965) ... Shorty Pratt
 1964 Gideon C.I.D. (TV Series)
'Happy' Roden
- Big Fish, Little Fish (1964) ... 'Happy' Roden
 1964 Thursday Theatre (TV Series)
Father
- Point of Departure (1964) ... Father
 1964 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
Herbert Reynolds
- Studio '64: The Happy Moorings (1964) ... Herbert Reynolds
 1963 Sergeant Cork (TV Series)
Drummer
- The Case of the Fenian Men (1963) ... Drummer
 1963 Espionage (TV Series)
Matt Youghal
- He Rises on Sunday and We on Monday (1963) ... Matt Youghal
 1963 First Night (TV Series)
Kelly
- The Strain (1963) ... Kelly
 1963 Z Cars (TV Series)
Fenton
- Lucky Accident (1963) ... Fenton
 1963 24-Hour Call (TV Series)
Joey
- Better Live Than Die (1963) ... Joey
 1962 Zero One (TV Series)
Lonnie
- Donovan's Disaster (1962) ... Lonnie (as Jack MacGowan)
 1958-1961 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mike Duffy / Huish / The Butler
- All My Own Work (1961) ... Mike Duffy
- Ebb Tide (1959) ... Huish
- Dinner with the Family (1958) ... The Butler
 1961/II Time Remembered (TV Movie)
The Taxl-Driver
 1961 Probation Officer (TV Series)
Long-Ears
- Episode #2.26 (1961) ... Long-Ears
 1960 Danger Man (TV Series)
Launcelot Prior
- The Nurse (1960) ... Launcelot Prior
 1959 A Christmas Journey (TV Movie)
Stranger
 1959 The Rough and Ready Lot (TV Movie)
Captain Kelly
 1955-1958 Sailor of Fortune (TV Series)
Sean, Irish Deck Hand / Sean - Irish Deck Hand / Sean
- The Desert Bus (1958) ... Sean, Irish Deck Hand
- The Final Bargain (1958) ... Sean - Irish Deck Hand
- The King's Four Wives (1958) ... Sean, Irish Deck Hand
- Hearse at High Noon (1958) ... Sean, Irish Deck Hand
- The Counterfeit Cigars (1958) ... Sean - Irish Deck Hand
 1958 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
 1957 Educated Evans (TV Series)
Tim Cooley
- The Particular Beauty (1957) ... Tim Cooley
 1957 Overseas Press Club - Exclusive! (TV Series)
Jimmy Walsh
- The Unknown Man (1957) ... Jimmy Walsh
 1955-1957 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Michael Donovan / Eben, a pedlar
- The Last Troubadour (1957) ... Michael Donovan
- Family Portrait (1955) ... Eben, a pedlar
 1955 The Prince and the Pauper (TV Series)
Patch Eye
- The Beggars (1955) ... Patch Eye
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Samuel Beckett's play, "Waiting for Godot", at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England in an English Stage Company production with Alfred Lynch, Nicol Williamson, Paul Curran and Kirk Martin in the cast. Anthony Page was the director. See more »

Alternate Names:

Jack MacGowan | Jack McGowran

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on working with Roman Polanski]: Both "Cul-de-Sac" and "Dance Of The Vampires" suffered from awkward translations of the original French scripts. After we had struggled on for a while, Roman said, "Throw away the script and say what you want to say." In my opening scene in "Cul-de-Sac", where I am marooned in the flooded car, I originally had a speech half-a-page long - completely unnecessary. I... See more »

Trivia:

He was awarded the 1972 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Performance for the play, "The Works of Beckett," at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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