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John Thaw (1942–2002)


He was the working class boy from Manchester whose intensity and natural honesty made him British television's most bankable actor. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His first starring role on TV was as Sgt John Mann in Redcap (1964). His first great success, though, was as Detective Inspector Regan in The Sweeney (1975). Violent and... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 2001 Buried Treasure (TV Movie)
Harry Jenkins
 2001 The Glass (TV Mini-Series)
Jim Proctor
- Episode #1.6 (2001) ... Jim Proctor
- Episode #1.5 (2001) ... Jim Proctor
- Episode #1.4 (2001) ... Jim Proctor
- Episode #1.3 (2001) ... Jim Proctor
- Episode #1.2 (2001) ... Jim Proctor
 1999 The Waiting Time (TV Movie)
Joshua Mantle
 1999 Plastic Man (TV Movie)
Joe McConnell
 1998 Goodnight, Mister Tom (TV Movie)
Tom Oakley
 1997/I Into the Blue (TV Movie)
Harry Barnett
 1996 Masculine Mescaline (Short)
The Man
 1995 The Absence of War (TV Movie)
George Jones
 1991 Stanley and the Women (TV Mini-Series)
Stanley Duke
- Episode #1.4 (1991) ... Stanley Duke
- Episode #1.3 (1991) ... Stanley Duke
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Stanley Duke
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... Stanley Duke
 1988 Business as Usual
Kieran Flynn
 1987 The Sign of Four (TV Movie)
Jonathan Small
 1987 Cry Freedom
Kruger
 1985 We'll Support You Evermore (TV Movie)
Geoff Hollins
 1984 King John (TV Movie)
Hubert de Burgh
 1984 Mitch (TV Series)
Mitch
- Nature of the Beast (1984) ... Mitch
- A Family Matter (1984) ... Mitch
- Saturday Night (1984) ... Mitch
- Postman's Knock (1984) ... Mitch
- Squealer (1984) ... Mitch
 1984 Killer Waiting (TV Movie)
Major Peter Hastings
 1982 Saturday Night Thriller (TV Series)
Jack Buchus
- Where Is Betty Buchus? (1982) ... Jack Buchus
 1981 Killing Heat
Dick Turner
 1980 Drake's Venture (TV Movie)
Francis Drake
 1978 Play for Today (TV Series)
Dinny Mathews
- Dinner at the Sporting Club (1978) ... Dinny Mathews
 1974 The Capone Investment (TV Series)
Tom
- Final Innings (1974) ... Tom
- One Killer Makes Two (1974) ... Tom
- Money in the Bank (1974) ... Tom
- The Citizen from Chicago (1974) ... Tom
- The Grass Is Greener (1974) ... Tom
 1974 Thick as Thieves (TV Series)
Stan
- Holy Deadlock (1974) ... Stan
- Home & Away (1974) ... Stan
- Two Men in My Life (1974) ... Stan
 1973 The Protectors (TV Series)
Mario Carpiano
- Lena (1973) ... Mario Carpiano
 1969-1973 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Paul / Larry / Rolf
- Passengers (1973)
- In Another Country (1969) ... Paul
- The Talking Head (1969) ... Larry
- The Haunting (1969) ... Rolf
 1970-1973 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Banquo
- Macbeth (1970) ... Banquo
 1973 Menace (TV Series)
Don
- Tom (1973) ... Don
 1973 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
Lt. Holst
 1972 The Adventures of Black Beauty (TV Series)
Jack Desmond
- The Hostage (1972) ... Jack Desmond
 1972 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Williams
- Refuge for a Hero (1972) ... Williams
 1971-1972 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Peter / Tony
- What Became of Me? (1972) ... Peter
- Competition (1971) ... Tony
 1972 The Frighteners (TV Series)
Wood
- Old Comrades (1972) ... Wood
 1972 Dr. Phibes Rises Again
Shavers
 1972 Pretenders (TV Series)
Fast Jack
- The Paymaster (1972) ... Fast Jack
 1971 The Onedin Line (TV Series)
Carby
- Mutiny (1971) ... Carby
 1971 Suspicion (TV Series)
Richard Early
- I'll Go Along with That (1971) ... Richard Early
 1971 Budgie (TV Series)
Denzil Davies
 1971 ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series)
Him
- Turn of the Year: The Parcel (1971) ... Him
 1970 Happy Ever After (TV Series)
Frank Wilshaw
- Dont Walk Away (1970) ... Frank Wilshaw
 1970 Big Brother (TV Mini-Series)
Cordon
- Dying Gets You Nowhere (1970) ... Cordon
 1970 The Last Grenade
Terry Mitchell
 1969 Strange Report (TV Series)
Inspector Jenner
- Report 2475: Revenge - When a Man Hates (1969) ... Inspector Jenner
 1969 The Borderers (TV Series)
Sir Richard
- Dispossessed (1969) ... Sir Richard
 1968 The Bofors Gun
Featherstone
 1967 Inheritance (TV Series)
Will Oldroyd / Chuff Morcer / Young Brigg Oldroyd
- A Man of His Time (1967) ... Chuff Morcer
- Strike (1967) ... Young Brigg Oldroyd
- Reunion (1967) ... Will Oldroyd
- Murder (1967) ... Will Oldroyd
 1966 Bat Out of Hell (TV Series)
Mark Paxton
- Episode #1.5 (1966) ... Mark Paxton
- Episode #1.4 (1966) ... Mark Paxton
- Episode #1.3 (1966) ... Mark Paxton
- Episode #1.2 (1966) ... Mark Paxton
- Episode #1.1 (1966) ... Mark Paxton
 1966 The Making of Jericho (TV Movie)
 1966 Out of Town Theatre (TV Mini-Series)
Wally
- Seeing a Beauty Queen Home (1966) ... Wally
 1965 A Poor Gentleman (TV Series)
Yeletsky
- Part Two (1965) ... Yeletsky
- Part One (1965) ... Yeletsky
 1965 Dead Man's Chest
David Jones
 1963-1965 The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
David Jones / Alan Roper
- Dead Man's Chest (1965) ... David Jones
- Five to One (1963) ... Alan Roper
 1961-1964 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Henry Potter / Frank / Pte Hurst
- The Other Man (1964) ... Henry Potter
- Serjeant Musgrave's Dance (1961) ... Pte Hurst
 1964 The Avengers (TV Series)
Captain Trench
- Esprit De Corps (1964) ... Captain Trench
 1963 Z Cars (TV Series)
Det. Con. Elliot
- Hide - And Go Seek (1963) ... Det. Con. Elliot
- A Quiet Night (1963) ... Det. Con. Elliot
- Light the Blue Paper (1963) ... Det. Con. Elliot
- A La Carte (1963) ... Det. Con. Elliot
 1963 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Barritt
- The Lads (1963) ... Barritt
 1962 Nil Carborundum (TV Movie)
 1962 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
Bosworth (uncredited)
 1962 Smashing Day (TV Movie)
Stan
 1962 Probation Officer (TV Series)
Stan Liddell
- Episode #4.4 (1962) ... Stan Liddell
 1961 The Younger Generation (TV Series)
Customer / Max / Edward / ...
- Goodbye Charlie (1961) ... Customer
- Somewhere to Begin (1961) ... Max
- Run Away Home (1961) ... Edward
- The Mating Age (1961) ... Charlie
- The Suburb Cuckoo (1961) ... Peter
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Other Works:

He acted in Tom Stoppard's play, "Night and Day," at the Phoenix Theatre in London, England with Diana Rigg and Edward De Souza in the cast. Peter Wood was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 3 Interviews | 5 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Height:

5' 7½" (1.71 m)
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Personal Quote:

At my stage in the game, there are lots of pars you can't play because you're just too old, so you accept that. I'm getting to the point where I have done it now. I've earned my spurs. I'm not fighting anymore. I just enjoy what I have and what is around and whatever work I do and whoever I meet. I just enjoy the moment. (2001) See more »

Trivia:

His mother Dorothy (Dolly) walked out on the family when he was 7 years old. He did not see her again for 12 years when she showed up briefly back stage in a production of "The Fire Raisers." He never saw her again. She died of stomach cancer in 1974. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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