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Birth information

9 August 1927 Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, UK

Death information

28 August 1978 Tourmakeady, County Mayo, Ireland

Given Name

Robert Archibald Shaw

How tall is Robert Shaw?

1.78 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Virginia Jansen
Mary Ure
Jennifer Bourke

Life Story of Robert Shaw

Robert Archibald Shaw was born on August 9, 1927, in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, the eldest son of Doreen Nora (Avery), a nurse, and Thomas Archibald Shaw, a doctor. His paternal grandfather was Scottish, from Argyll. Shaw's mother, who was born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, met his father while she was a nurse at a hospital in Truro, Cornwall. His father was an alcoholic and a manic depressive; he committed suicide when Robert was only 12. He had three sisters--Elisabeth, Joanna and Wendy--and one brother, Alexander.

As a boy, he attended school in Truro and was quite an athlete, competing in rugby, squash and track events but turned down an offer for a scholarship at 17 to go to London, with further education in Cambridge, as he did not want a career in medicine but, luckily for the rest of us, in acting. He was also inspired by one of the schoolmasters, Cyril Wilkes, who got him to read just about everything, including all of the classics. Wilkes would take three or four of the boys to London to see plays. The first play Robert would ever see was "Hamlet" in 1944 with Sir John Gielgud at the Haymarket. Robert went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts with a...

Significant features of Robert Shaw

Deep, gruff voice and demeanor

How much money has Robert Shaw earned?

Battle of the Bulge (1965) $350,000
Jaws (1975) $500,000
The Deep (1977) $750,000
Force 10 from Navarone (1978) $750,000

Publications and Magazines about Robert Shaw

Karen Carmean & Georg Gaston Robert Shaw: More Than a Life. 1994

What movies did Robert Shaw play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Jaws: Deleted Scenes (2000) Quint, Avalanche Express (1979) Gen. Marenkov, Force 10 from Navarone (1978) Mallory, The Deep (1977) Romer Treece, Black Sunday (1977) Kabakov, Swashbuckler (1976) Ned Lynch, Robin and Marian (1976) Sheriff of Nottingham, Der Diamanten-Clou (1975) Charles / Earl Hodgson, End of the Game (1975) Richard Gastmann, Jaws (1975) Quint, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Bernard Ryder aka Blue, The Wide World of Mystery (1974) Giles, ITV Play of the Week (1974) Giles / Wilson, The Sting (1973) Doyle Lonnegan, The Golden Voyage of...

Birth information

9 August 1927 Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, UK

Death information

28 August 1978 Tourmakeady, County Mayo, Ireland

Given Name

Robert Archibald Shaw

How tall is Robert Shaw?

1.78 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Virginia Jansen
Mary Ure
Jennifer Bourke

Life Story of Robert Shaw

Robert Archibald Shaw was born on August 9, 1927, in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, the eldest son of Doreen Nora (Avery), a nurse, and Thomas Archibald Shaw, a doctor. His paternal grandfather was Scottish, from Argyll. Shaw's mother, who was born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, met his father while she was a nurse at a hospital in Truro, Cornwall. His father was an alcoholic and a manic depressive; he committed suicide when Robert was only 12. He had three sisters--Elisabeth, Joanna and Wendy--and one brother, Alexander.

As a boy, he attended school in Truro and was quite an athlete, competing in rugby, squash and track events but turned down an offer for a scholarship at 17 to go to London, with further education in Cambridge, as he did not want a career in medicine but, luckily for the rest of us, in acting. He was also inspired by one of the schoolmasters, Cyril Wilkes, who got him to read just about everything, including all of the classics. Wilkes would take three or four of the boys to London to see plays. The first play Robert would ever see was "Hamlet" in 1944 with Sir John Gielgud at the Haymarket. Robert went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts with a...

Significant features of Robert Shaw

Deep, gruff voice and demeanor

How much money has Robert Shaw earned?

Battle of the Bulge (1965) $350,000
Jaws (1975) $500,000
The Deep (1977) $750,000
Force 10 from Navarone (1978) $750,000

Publications and Magazines about Robert Shaw

Karen Carmean & Georg Gaston Robert Shaw: More Than a Life. 1994

What movies did Robert Shaw play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Jaws: Deleted Scenes (2000) Quint, Avalanche Express (1979) Gen. Marenkov, Force 10 from Navarone (1978) Mallory, The Deep (1977) Romer Treece, Black Sunday (1977) Kabakov, Swashbuckler (1976) Ned Lynch, Robin and Marian (1976) Sheriff of Nottingham, Der Diamanten-Clou (1975) Charles / Earl Hodgson, End of the Game (1975) Richard Gastmann, Jaws (1975) Quint, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Bernard Ryder aka Blue, The Wide World of Mystery (1974) Giles, ITV Play of the Week (1974) Giles / Wilson, The Sting (1973) Doyle Lonnegan, The Golden Voyage of...

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Robert Shaw and Werner Peters in Panzerschlacht in den Ardennen (1965)

Father of Ian Shaw and Colin Shaw.

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Robert Shaw in Panzerschlacht in den Ardennen (1965)

Parents were Thomas and Doreen Shaw. He had three sisters and one brother.

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Robert Shaw in Big Horn - Ein Tag zum Kämpfen (1967)

Twice played a villain opposite a hero played by Sean Connery. The first was that of SPECTRE killer Donald Grant in From Russia with Love (1963) opposite Connery as secret agent James Bond 007. The second was the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin and Marian (1976) opposite Connery as aging forest archer Robin Hood.

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Robert Shaw and Mary Ure in Big Horn - Ein Tag zum Kämpfen (1967)

Many of Captain Quint's ramblings in Jaws (1975) were actually Shaw's improvisations, and he is considered one of many authors of the famous USS Indianapolis scene.

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Robert Shaw in Big Horn - Ein Tag zum Kämpfen (1967)

In the town of Westhoughton in England, there is a pub called The Robert Shaw.

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Robert Shaw in Big Horn - Ein Tag zum Kämpfen (1967)

Uncle of author, actor and filmmaker Scott Shaw.

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Robert Shaw in Big Horn - Ein Tag zum Kämpfen (1967)

His performance as Captain Quint in Jaws (1975) is ranked #28 on "Premiere" Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

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Robert Shaw in Big Horn - Ein Tag zum Kämpfen (1967)

One of three actors to have been Oscar-nominated for playing King Henry VIII of England. The other two are Charles Laughton and Richard Burton, but Laughton is the only one of the three to have won (in 1933).

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Robert Shaw in Big Horn - Ein Tag zum Kämpfen (1967)

A keen sportsman, he played rugby for London Wasps. In 1957 his school quarter-mile record still stood. He was an expert swordsman and a squash enthusiast.

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Robert Shaw in Big Horn - Ein Tag zum Kämpfen (1967)

After his TV role in The Buccaneers (1956), he changed track and joined the London Old Vic Company ,playing in many Shakespearean dramas which then took him to the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-on-Avon, England.

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Robert Shaw in Big Horn - Ein Tag zum Kämpfen (1967)

Appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: A Man for All Seasons (1966) and The Sting (1973), and one other Best Picture nominee: Jaws (1975).

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Robert Shaw and Lawrence Tierney in Big Horn - Ein Tag zum Kämpfen (1967)

Father of film editor, Penelope Shaw.

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Robert Shaw in Big Horn - Ein Tag zum Kämpfen (1967)

In the novel "The Taking of Pelham 123", one of the characters liked to walk off nervous energy, and Shaw played the villain in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974); he tried to walk off chest pains and wound up dying of a heart attack.

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Robert Shaw in Big Horn - Ein Tag zum Kämpfen (1967)

Was made to wear lifts when filming From Russia with Love (1963) to appear physically threatening to Sean Connery. Connery was about four inches taller than Shaw. He also dyed his hair blonde.

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Geneviève Bujold and Robert Shaw in Der scharlachrote Pirat (1976)

Wrote a draft of The Ipcress File (1965) that wasn't used.

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James Earl Jones, Beau Bridges, and Robert Shaw in Der scharlachrote Pirat (1976)

Marvel Comics villain Sebastian Shaw was named and modeled after him.

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James Earl Jones, Geneviève Bujold, Robert Shaw, etc.

Was considered for the role of Peter Janeway in Marathon Man (1976).

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Geneviève Bujold, Robert Shaw, Bernard Behrens, etc.

Although he had been paid $350,000 for his role in The Battle of the Bulge (1965)--in those days, roughly £125,000 and more than he had made in his entire career up to that point--he was prepared to reduce his fee to £12,000 for his next film, "A Man For All Seasons", which he regarded as a film of much higher quality.

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Robert Shaw and Sarah Miles in Botschaft für Lady Franklin (1973)

Was reportedly unhappy with the film adaptation of his play, "The Man in the Glass Booth." So much so, the actor refused to have his name included on the film's credits.

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Sally Kellerman, Robert Shaw, and Sondra Locke in Spiegelbild der Angst (1972)

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Sally Kellerman, Robert Shaw, and Sondra Locke in Spiegelbild der Angst (1972)

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Sally Kellerman and Robert Shaw in Spiegelbild der Angst (1972)

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Robert Shaw and Sondra Locke in Spiegelbild der Angst (1972)

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Robert Shaw and Sondra Locke in Spiegelbild der Angst (1972)

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Robert Shaw and Sondra Locke in Spiegelbild der Angst (1972)

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Sally Kellerman, Robert Shaw, and Sondra Locke in Spiegelbild der Angst (1972)

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Robert Shaw in Kein Requiem für San Bastardo (1971)

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Robert Shaw in Kein Requiem für San Bastardo (1971)

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Robert Shaw in Kein Requiem für San Bastardo (1971)

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Martin Landau and Robert Shaw in Kein Requiem für San Bastardo (1971)

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Martin Landau and Robert Shaw in Kein Requiem für San Bastardo (1971)

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Robert Shaw in Kein Requiem für San Bastardo (1971)

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Telly Savalas, Robert Shaw, and Al Lettieri in Kein Requiem für San Bastardo (1971)

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