Jack MacGowran (1918–1973)


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Jack MacGowran was an Irish actor, probably best known for his work with Samuel Beckett. He established his professional reputation as a member of the Abbey Players in Dublin, while he achieved stage renown for his knowing interpretations of the works of Samuel Beckett. He appeared as Lucky in Waiting For Godot at the Royal Court Theatre, and with ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Quiet Man Ignatius Feeney
(1952)
The Fearless Vampire Killers Professor Abronsius
(1967)
The Exorcist Burke Dennings
(1973)

Filmography

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 1973 The Exorcist
Burke Dennings
 1972 The Shadow of a Gunman (TV Movie)
Seumas Shields
 1972 Banacek (TV Series)
Michele Lanier
- No Sign of the Cross (1972) ... Michele Lanier
 1970 King Lear
Fool
 1970 A Day at the Beach
Ticket Seller
 1970 My Partner the Ghost (TV Series)
Joe Hudson
- The Ghost Talks (1970) ... Joe Hudson
 1970 The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go
Leo Zimmerman (as Jack McGowran)
 1969 Parkin's Patch (TV Series)
Danny Shea
- The Birmingham Con (1969) ... Danny Shea
 1969 Age of Consent
Nat Kelly
 1968 Beginning to End (TV Movie)
Unnamed Man
 1968 The Champions (TV Series)
Banner B. Banner
- Happening (1968) ... Banner B. Banner
 1968 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Cheese & Egg [C.E.Petty]
- There's a Hole in Your Dustbin Delilah (1968) ... Cheese & Egg [C.E.Petty]
 1968 Wonderwall
Prof. Oscar Collins
 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 The Inn Way Out (Short)
Irish Poet
 1967 The Fearless Vampire Killers
Professor Abronsius
 1967 How I Won the War
Juniper
 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 Beginning to End (TV Movie)
 1966 The Stable Door (Short)
The Mob (as Jack Macgowran)
 1966 Eh, Joe? (TV Short)
Joe
 1966 Cul-de-sac
Albie
 1966 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Brother Michael
- Silent Song (1966) ... Brother Michael
 1966 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Coates
- Four-Way Incident (1966) ... Coates
 1965 Doctor Zhivago
Petya
 1965 Armchair Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Albert Brady
 1965 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Jeremiah Hudson
- Esther's Altar (1965) ... Jeremiah Hudson
 1965 Young Cassidy
Archie
 1965 Lord Jim
Robinson
 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 The Ceremony
O'Brian
 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 Tom Jones
Partridge
 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)
 1962 The Brain
Furber
 1962 Mix Me a Person
Terence
 1962 Night Creatures
Frightened Man
 1962 Two and Two Make Six
Night Porter
 1958-1961 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mike Duffy / Fluther Good / Huish / ...
- All My Own Work (1961) ... Mike Duffy
- The Plough and the Stars (1961) ... Fluther Good
- 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
 1959 Chance Meeting
Postman
 1959 The Boy and the Bridge
Market Porter
 1959 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Phadrig Oge
- I Captured the King of the Leprechauns (1959) ... Phadrig Oge
 1959 The Giant Behemoth
Dr. Sampson - the Paleontologist (as Jack McGowran)
 1958 She Didn't Say No
William Bates
 1955-1958 Sailor of Fortune (TV Series)
Sean, Irish Deck Hand / Sean - Irish Deck Hand / Sean
- It Started in Paris (1958) ... Sean, Irish Deck Hand
- 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
 1958 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
 1958 Murder Bag (TV Series)
- Case 27 (1958)
 1958 Rooney
Joe O'Connor
 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
 1957 Stowaway Girl
Tommy
 1957 The Rising of the Moon
Mickey J. - the poitín maker (1st Episode)
 1955-1957 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Michael Donovan / Crampsey / Eben, a pedlar
- The Last Troubadour (1957) ... Michael Donovan
- The Devil Came from Dublin (1955) ... Crampsey
- Family Portrait (1955) ... Eben, a pedlar
 1956 Panic in the Parlor
Toddy (uncredited)
 1956 Jacqueline
Campbell
 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
 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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Other Works:

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. Casper Wrede was the director. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Jack MacGowan | Jack Macgowran | Jack McGowran

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)

Spouse:

Aileen Gloria Nugent  (his death)  (1 child)

Children:

Tara MacGowran
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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:

Has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Quiet Man (1952), Tom Jones (1963), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and The Exorcist (1973). Of those, Tom Jones (1963) is a winner in the category. See more »

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