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Birth information

3 January 1942 West Gorton, Manchester, England, UK

Death information

21 February 2002 Luckington, Wiltshire, England, UK

Given Name

John Edward Thaw

How tall is John Thaw?

1.71 m

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

Sheila Hancock
Sally Alexander

Life Story of John Thaw

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 (1974). 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...

Publications and Magazines about John Thaw

Sheila Hancock The Two of Us: My Life With John Thaw. 2004
Stafford Hildred and Tim Ewbank John Thaw: The Biography. 1998
Susan Elkin (ed.) John Thaw: 1942 to 2002 - An Apprecitation. 2002

What movies did John Thaw play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Inspector Morse (2000) ,
Actors Filmography
Buried Treasure (2001) Harry, The Glass (2001) Jim Proctor, Kavanagh QC (2001) James Kavanagh QC, Inspector Morse: Rest in Peace (2000) Inspector Morse, Inspector Morse (2000) Chief Inspector Morse, Monsignor Renard (2000) Monsignor Augustine Renard, The Waiting Time (1999) Joshua Mantle, Plastic Man (1999) Joe McConnell, Goodnight, Mister Tom (1998) Tom Oakley, Into the Blue (1997) Harry Barnett, Masculine Mescaline (1996) The Man, Screen Two (1995) George Jones, A Year in Provence (1993) Peter...

Birth information

3 January 1942 West Gorton, Manchester, England, UK

Death information

21 February 2002 Luckington, Wiltshire, England, UK

Given Name

John Edward Thaw

How tall is John Thaw?

1.71 m

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

Sheila Hancock
Sally Alexander

Life Story of John Thaw

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 (1974). 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...

Publications and Magazines about John Thaw

Sheila Hancock The Two of Us: My Life With John Thaw. 2004
Stafford Hildred and Tim Ewbank John Thaw: The Biography. 1998
Susan Elkin (ed.) John Thaw: 1942 to 2002 - An Apprecitation. 2002

What movies did John Thaw play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Inspector Morse (2000) ,
Actors Filmography
Buried Treasure (2001) Harry, The Glass (2001) Jim Proctor, Kavanagh QC (2001) James Kavanagh QC, Inspector Morse: Rest in Peace (2000) Inspector Morse, Inspector Morse (2000) Chief Inspector Morse, Monsignor Renard (2000) Monsignor Augustine Renard, The Waiting Time (1999) Joshua Mantle, Plastic Man (1999) Joe McConnell, Goodnight, Mister Tom (1998) Tom Oakley, Into the Blue (1997) Harry Barnett, Masculine Mescaline (1996) The Man, Screen Two (1995) George Jones, A Year in Provence (1993) Peter...

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Diane Keen and John Thaw in Deckname Sweeny (1977)

His favourite episodes of "Inspector Morse" (1987) were "The Dead of Jericho", "Masonic Mysteries" and "Promised Land".

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Diane Keen and John Thaw in Deckname Sweeny (1977)

He performed with the National Theatre.

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John Thaw and Dennis Waterman in Sweeney 2 (1978)

He lived quietly in an 18th century manor house in Wiltshire, England.

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John Thaw in Inspector Morse (1987)

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John Thaw and Kevin Whately in Inspector Morse (1987)

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Diana Rigg and John Thaw in Mit Schirm, Charme und Melone (1961)

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John Thaw in Redcap (1964)

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