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John Thaw
Birthday: January 3, 1942

Birth Place: West Gorton, Manchester, England, UK
Height: 5' 9"

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An accomplished stage and film star, British actor John Thaw had even greater success on series television. Born on January 3, 1942 in West Gorton, Manchester, England, he is the son of a long-distance truck driver and a homemaker. When Thaw was only seven, his mother permanently left home leaving his father to care for him and his younger brother, Raymond. After graduating from Manchester's Ducie Technical High School, he worked briefly as a baker, a laborer, and an entertainer at a retirement home until his former drama teacher persuaded him to audition for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He won admission at the age of 17, and shortly afterward made his stage debut in A Shred of Evidence at the Liverpool Playhouse.Thaw appeared frequently on-stage throughout the '70s and '80s, most notably with the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He made his big-screen debut in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), and went on to star in Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972), Cry Freedom (1987), and Chaplin (1992). In 1964, Thaw joined Diana Rigg in the cast of the British police show Redcap. His performance earned him the title role in Regan, a television film about a hardened cop in Scotland Yard's Flying Squad. The drama's unprecedented success led to its development into a regular series entitled The Sweeney, after the British rhyming slang "Flying Squad/Sweeney Todd." The show lasted four years, and spawned two feature films in which Thaw starred: Sweeney! (1977) and Sweeney 2 (1978). Following its cancellation, Thaw found steady work in television, appearing in the comedy Dinner at the Sporty Club, the historical miniseries Drake's Venture (1980) and The Life and Death of King John (1984), the drama Mitch, and the sitcom Home to Roost. In 1985, producer Ted Childs offered him the role of Inspector Morse, the title character in a series based on Colin Dexter's detective novels. Morse made its debut in 1987 and ran for 13 years, during which Thaw earned two Academy Awards for his portrayal of the shrewd, cultured, and imperfect detective. While still appearing as Morse, Thaw began working on the series Kavanagh, Q.C. in 1995. The show, about a northern barrister, lasted five seasons during which Thaw also won a National Television Award for Goodnight Mister Tom (1998) and a nomination for Monsignor Renard (1999).In 2001, the same year that he would announce that he was diagnosed with lung cancer, Thaw earned a Lifetime Achievement Fellowship Award from the Royal Academy of Drama and Acting. The next winter, only a few months before he was slated to reprise his role as Kavanagh for two television specials, Thaw died at home in London. The 60-year-old actor left behind his wife, British actress Sheila Hancock, and three daughters, Melanie Jane, Abigail, and Joanne.

Movie Credits
Buried Treasure (2001)
The Waiting Time (1999)
[ Christien Anholt ]
Plastic Man (1999)
[ Eddie Marsan ]
The Wench Is Dead (1998)
Goodnight, Mister Tom (1998)
Death Is Now My Neighbour (1997)
[ Kevin Whately ]
Into the Blue (1997)
The Daughters of Cain (1996)
[ Kevin Whately ]
Masculine Mescaline (1996)
[ Ray Winstone ][ Ewen Bremner ]
The Way Through the Woods (1995)
[ Kevin Whately ]
The Absence of War (1995)
[ Martin Jarvis ]
Chaplin (1992)
[ Anthony Hopkins ][ Robert Downey Jr. ][ David Duchovny ][ Dan Aykroyd ][ Kevin Kline ]
Bomber Harris (1989)
[ Robert Hardy ]
Cry Freedom (1987)
[ Denzel Washington ][ Kevin Kline ][ Julian Glover ][ Kevin McNally ][ Ian Richardson ]
Business as Usual (1987)
[ Stephen Dillane ]
High Spirits (1987)
Success Story (1987)
The Life and Death of King John (1984)
Gräset sjunger (1981)
Drake's Venture (1980)
Victims (1978)
Latin Lady (1978)
Hearts and Minds (1978)
One of Your Own (1978)
Sweeney 2 (1978)
[ Denholm Elliott ][ Patrick Malahide ]
Sweeney! (1977)
Regan (1974)
Caucasian Chalk Circle (1973)
Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
[ Vincent Price ][ Peter Cushing ]
Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition (1970)
The Last Grenade (1970)
[ Richard Attenborough ][ Julian Glover ]
The Bofors Gun (1968)
[ Ian Holm ][ David Warner ]
The Making of Jericho (1966)
Dead Man's Chest (1965)
The Other Man (1964)
[ Michael Caine ]
Five to One (1964)
A Quiet Night (1963)
Light the Blue Paper (1963)
A La Carte (1963)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
[ James Fox ][ Tom Courtenay ]
Nil Carborundum (1962)
The Mating Age (1961)
The Suburb Cuckoo (1961)
Sergeant Musgrave's Dance (1961)
[ Patrick McGoohan ]
Somewhere to Begin (1961)
Run Away Home (1961)
Good Conduct (0)
[ Bob Hoskins ]
Happy Release (0)
[ Bob Hoskins ]
Two Men in My Life (0)
[ Bob Hoskins ]


  • BAFTA nominee for Best Film Supporting Actor 1987 in Cry Freedom (1987).
  • Winner of 2 BAFTA awards for Best TV Actor in "Inspector Morse" (1989 and 1992) and nominee for the same series in 1990 & 1991.
  • Awarded CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1994.
  • Treated for cancer of the oesophagus. His wife, Sheila Hancock, is a breast cancer survivor. [June 2001]
  • Broke his foot in his teens when he tripped while running for a school bus. This has left him with a slight limp which is noticeable in some scenes of the Inspector Morse series.
  • Married Sheila Hancock on 24 December 1973 in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.
  • When he married Hancock he decided to officially adopt her daughter Melanie, from her first marriage to Alec Ross, which is why she bears Thaw's surname.
  • He performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • His favourite episodes of "Inspector Morse" (1987) were "The Dead of Jericho", "Masonic Mysteries" and "Promised Land".
  • He performed with the National Theatre.
  • He lived quietly in an 18th-century manor house in Wiltshire, England.
  • His most famous roles on British TV were all as straight-talking, no-nonsense characters: Jack Regan, Inspector Morse and James Kavanagh.
  • Father of actress Abigail Thaw, born 1967, (with first wife Sally Alexander) and Joanna Thaw, born 1974, (with second wife Sheila Hancock), and stepfather of Melanie Thaw.
  • Thaw was a fan of classical music ever since he was a young man.
  • Younger brother, Ray, was born November 15, 1944.
  • 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.
  • Began at age 11 performing in school plays. In one of them he appeared as Mistress Quickly in "Henry V."
  • Was Laurence Olivier's understudy in the stage production of "Semi-Detached" and later stepped into the part for a week due to Olivier's problem with gout.

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