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John Cowley (1923–1998)

John Cowley was born on September 8, 1923 in Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland. He was an actor, known for The Avengers (1961), The Field (1990) and The Boxer (1997). He was married to Annie D'Alton. He died on February 13, 1998 in Navan. See full bio »

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Known For

The Avengers Big Sid
The Field Flanagan
The Boxer Old Man In Gym
The Riordans Tom Riordan


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 1997 The Boxer
Old Man In Gym
 1992 Glenroe (TV Series)
the Justice
- Episode #9.0 (1992) ... the Justice
 1990 The Field
 1990 Hard Shoulder (TV Movie)
Bikeshop Owner
 1988 Echoes (TV Mini-Series)
College Porter
- Episode #1.3 ... College Porter
 1985-1986 Inside (TV Series)
Officer Devlin
- Mrs. Collins' Proposal (1986) ... Officer Devlin
- Ripples (1986) ... Officer Devlin
- Face to Face (1986) ... Officer Devlin
- Too Many Chiefs (1986) ... Officer Devlin
- Lovers? (1986) ... Officer Devlin
 1985 Spring Cleaning
 1984 Anne Devlin
 1984 The Irish R.M. (TV Series)
- The Dispensary Doctor (1984) ... O'Malley
 1979 The Hard Way (TV Movie)
Graveyard Caretaker
 1972-1979 The Riordans (TV Series)
Tom Riordan
- On the Feast of Stephen (1979) ... Tom Riordan
- Journey's End (1979) ... Tom Riordan
- The Homesteaders (1979) ... Tom Riordan
- The Homing Instinct (1978) ... Tom Riordan
- Dirty Spit and Luck-Penny (1978) ... Tom Riordan
 1965 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Johnny McEvoy
- I Loved You Last Summer (1965) ... Johnny McEvoy
 1965 Young Cassidy
Barman at Cat & Cage
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
Martin Cunningham / Blindman
- Bloomsday (1964) ... Martin Cunningham
 1963-1964 Z Cars (TV Series)
Patsy Meegham / Patrick Finn
- First Class Citizen (1964) ... Patsy Meegham
- Scare (1963) ... Patrick Finn
 1964 First Night (TV Series)
Raymond Fletcher
- How Many Angels (1964) ... Raymond Fletcher
 1961-1964 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
Bob Harrison / O'Reilly
- Play on Letters (1964) ... Bob Harrison
- A Warrant for Joe Roberts (1961) ... O'Reilly
 1964 Espionage (TV Series)
- Once a Spy... (1964) ... Bartender
 1964 The Avengers (TV Series)
Big Sid
- The Little Wonders (1964) ... Big Sid
 1963 Underworld Informers
Jim Ruskin
 1963 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
- The Fly Sham (1963) ... Denny
 1962 The Quare Fellow
 1962 The Devil's Agent
Funnel-Shaped Man (uncredited)
 1961 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
George Mitchell / Barman
- Over the Bridge (1961) ... George Mitchell
- The Plough and the Stars (1961) ... Barman
 1960 Lies My Father Told Me
Old Gentleman
 1960 Suspense (TV Series)
- Eight Feet to Midnight (1960) ... Mike
 1959 Larry (TV Short)
John Joe
 1959 Idol on Parade (uncredited)
 1958 The Poacher's Daughter
Garage Dealer
 1957 The Rising of the Moon
Gombeen Man (1st Episode) (as Players from the Abbey Theatre Company)
 1951 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
2nd Irregular
- Juno and the Paycock (I) (1951) ... 2nd Irregular

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Players from the Abbey Theatre Company

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Balding Irish character actor, best remembered as farmer Tom Riordan in the drama series 'The Riordans' on television. He was also a noted animal rights campaigner, a founding of the Irish Council Against Blood Sports.

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