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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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 1972 A Day at the Beach
The Collector
 1972 Banacek (TV Series)
Michele Lanier
- No Sign of the Cross (1972) ... Michele Lanier
 1971 King Lear
 1971 Sunrise on Beckett Mountain (TV Movie)
Unnamed Man
 1970 The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go
Leo Zimmerman (as Jack McGowran)
 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
 1969 Age of Consent
Nat Kelly
 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 Wonderwall
Prof. Oscar Collins
 1968 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
- The Tempest (1968) ... Trinculo
 1968 Half Hour Story (TV Series)
- 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 Cul-De-Sac
 1966 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Brother Michael
- Silent Song (1966) ... Brother Michael
 1966 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
- The Far-Way Incident (1966) ... Coastes
 1965 Doctor Zhivago
 1965 Armchair Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Albert Brady
 1965 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Jeremiah Hudson
- Esther's Altar (1965) ... Jeremiah Hudson
 1965 Young Cassidy
 1965 Lord Jim
 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)
- 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)
- The Case of the Fenian Men (1963) ... Drummer
 1963 The Ceremony
 1963 Espionage (TV Series)
Matt Youghal
- He Rises on Sunday and We on Monday (1963) ... Matt Youghal
 1963 First Night (TV Series)
- The Strain (1963) ... Kelly
 1963 Z Cars (TV Series)
- Lucky Accident (1963) ... Fenton
 1963 24-Hour Call (TV Series)
- Better Live Than Die (1963) ... Joey
 1962 Zero One (TV Series)
- Donovan's Disaster (1962) ... Lonnie (as Jack MacGowan)
 1962 The Brain
 1962 Mix Me a Person
 1962 Night Creatures
Frightened Man
 1962 Two and Two Make Six
Night Porter
 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 Probation Officer (TV Series)
- Episode #2.26 (1961) ... Long-Ears
 1960 Danger Man (TV Series)
Launcelot Prior
- The Nurse (1960) ... Launcelot Prior
 1959 A Christmas Journey (TV Movie)
 1959 The Rough and Ready Lot (TV Movie)
Captain Kelly
 1959 Chance Meeting
 1959 The Boy and the Bridge
Market Porter
 1959 The Giant Behemoth
Dr. Sampson, the Paleontologist
 1958 She Didn't Say No!
William Bates
 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)
 1958 Rooney
Joe O'Connor
 1957 Overseas Press Club - Exclusive! (TV Series)
Jimmy Walsh
- The Unknown Man (1957) ... Jimmy Walsh
 1957 Stowaway Girl
 1957 The Rising of the Moon
Mickey J. - the poitín maker (1st Episode)
 1956 Panic in the Parlor
Toddy (uncredited)
 1956 Jacqueline
 1956 Raiders of the River
Alf Barber (as Jack McGowran)
 1955 The Prince and the Pauper (TV Series)
Patch Eye
- The Beggars (1955) ... Patch Eye
 1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Eben, a pedlar
- Family Portrait (1955) ... Eben, a pedlar
 1953 The Titfield Thunderbolt
Vernon Crump (as Jack McGowran)
 1953 Terror on a Train
Bearded Man in Hostel (uncredited)
 1952 The Gentle Gunman
Patsy McGuire (as Jack McGowran)
 1952 The Quiet Man
Ignatius Feeney (as Jack McGowran)
 1951 No Resting Place
Billy Kyle
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He acted in Alun Owen's play, "The Rough and Ready Lot", at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, London, England with Patrick Allen, Ronald Harwood, June Brown, Alan Dobie and Rupert Davies in the cast. Caspar Wrede was the director. See more »

Alternate Names:

Jack MacGowan | Jack McGowran


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[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 »


Father of Tara MacGowran. See more »

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