John Thaw Biography

Birthday: 1942-01-03
Place of Birth: West Gorton, Manchester
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Wiki Biography: 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 uncompromising, the series changed the portrayal of police work on British television and was one of the defining dramas of the 1970s. For "Inspector Morse" (1987), Thaw was yet again cast as a policeman, but this time a more cultured character than Regan. The leisurely-paced series, set in beautiful Oxfordshire, was Thaw's most popular and long-running project. It established him as British television's most bankable actor, and during the 1990s he had many other starring vehicles. He was also a favourite of film director Richard Attenborough, who cast him in Cry Freedom (1987) and Chaplin (1992). John Thaw was a quiet, private man. His marriage to actress Sheila Hancock was generally regarded as one of the strongest in showbusiness. When he died at the age of 60, the BBC website was inundated with tributes from the viewing public. His "Inspector Morse" co-star Kevin Whately simply described him as the country's finest screen actor.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Redcap (1964) Sergeant John Mann / ... 1964 - 1966
Bat Out of Hell 1966
Inheritance Chuff Morcer / ... 1967 - 1967
Saturday Night Thriller 1982 Thriller
Mitch Mitch 1984 - 1984
Home to Roost Henry Willows 1985 Comedy
Inspector Morse Chief Inspector Morse 1987 - 2000 Crime
Kavanagh Q.C. James Kavanagh QC 1995 - 2001 Crime
Buried Treasure Harry Jenkins 2001
How To Rock George Jones 2012 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Dr. Phibes Rises Again 1972
Killing Heat Dick Turner 1982 Drama
Chaplin Fred Karno 1992 0