John Thaw

John Thaw

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1942-01-03 · Deathday: 2002-02-21 (60 years old) · Gender: Male

31 Movies · 26 TV shows

Also Known As: Джон Тоу

Biography

John Edward Thaw, (3 January 1942 – 21 February 2002) was an English actor who appeared in a range of television, stage, and cinema roles. He starred in the television series Inspector Morse as title character Detective Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse, Redcap as Sergeant John Mann, The Sweeney as Detective Inspector Jack Regan, Home to Roost as Henry Willows, and Kavanagh QC as title character James Kavanagh.

Personal Life

In the summer of 1964, Thaw married Sally Alexander, a feminist activist and theatre stage manager, and now professor of history at Goldsmiths, University of London. They divorced four years later. He met actress Sheila Hancock in 1969 on the set of a London comedy So What About Love? She was married to fellow actor Alexander "Alec" Ross, and after Thaw professed his love to Hancock, she told him that she would not have an affair. After the death of her husband (from oesophageal cancer) in 1971, Thaw and Hancock married on 24 December 1973 in Cirencester, and he remained with her until his death in 2002 (also from oesophageal cancer).He had three daughters (all of whom are actresses): Abigail from his first marriage to Sally Alexander, Joanna from his second marriage to Sheila Hancock, and he also adopted Sheila Hancock's daughter Melanie Jane, from Hancock's first marriage to Alec Ross. Melanie Jane legally changed her surname from Ross to Thaw.His granddaughter Molly Whitmey made a cameo in the Endeavour episode Oracle (series 7, episode 1, broadcast 1 February 2020) as the younger version of her grandmother Sally Alexander.Thaw was a committed socialist and lifelong supporter of the Labour Party. He was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in March 1993 by Queen Elizabeth II. In September 2006, Thaw was voted by the general public as number 3, after David Jason and Morecambe and Wise, in a poll of TV's 50 Greatest Stars for the past 50 years.

Early Life

Thaw was born in Gorton, Manchester, to working-class parents Dorothy (née Ablott) and John, a long-distance lorry driver. Thaw had a difficult childhood as his mother left when he was seven years old. His younger brother, Raymond Stuart "Ray" emigrated to Australia in the mid-1960s. Thaw grew up in Gorton and Burnage, attending the Ducie Technical High School for Boys. He entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) at the age of 16.

Movies & TV shows

2001.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Buried Treasure

Buried Treasure

2001
A self-made business man gets a message that his only daughter has died in a car crash. His daughter attended his wife's funeral. When he was trying to deal with his daughter's affairs, he discovered ...
TV
The Glass

The Glass

2001
Jim Proctor, a middle-aged tycoon, decides to hand over his glass-making company to his young nephew Paul Duggan.

2000.

2 TV shows
TV
Monsignor Renard

Monsignor Renard

2000
Monsignor Renard was a four-part ITV television drama set in occupied France during World War II. It starred John Thaw as Monsignor Augustine Renard, a French priest who is drawn into the Resistance m...

1999.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Second World War in Colour

The Second World War in Colour

1999
The Second World War In Colour [1999] is a three-part documentary which reveals hours of previously unseen colour film of World War II. As almost all newsreel film was shot in black and white, this DV...
The Waiting Time

The Waiting Time

1999
When British Intelligence Officer Tracy Barnes attacks a visiting German politician, the solicitor's clerk is called to help uncover the events which led to the assault.
Plastic Man

Plastic Man

1999
A successful plastic surgeon has an affair with a woman that has tragic consequences for his marriage and those close to him.

1998.

1 Movie
Goodnight, Mister Tom

Goodnight, Mister Tom

1998
We are in a village. Mr. Tom's grief over the death of his wife and son while he was in the navy made him a surly person. The children who were evacuated from London are being housed by volunteers. Pr...

1997.

1 Movie
Into the Blue

Into the Blue

1997
The island of Rhodes is the location of a contemporary thriller. A bankrupt former garage owner is hauled in by the police when a young English woman he has befriended goes missing. Under suspicion of...

1995.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Absence Of War

The Absence Of War

1995
The political drama was written by David Hare and starred John Thaw. George Jones is the leader of the Labour Party.
TV
Kavanagh QC

Kavanagh QC

1995
A British television series was made between 1995 and 2001 by Central Television. The series starred John Thaw as a barrister who comes from a working-class background. This was only discovered in lat...

1993.

1 TV show
TV
A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence

1993
Annie and Peter Mayle decided to quit their jobs as a tax investigator and an advertising executive and move to Provence in the south of France. Their first month went from outstanding to downright pu...

1992.

1 Movie
Chaplin

Chaplin

8.5
1992
An elderly Charlie Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor, reminiscing about his amazing journey from his poverty- stricken childhood to world-wide success after the ingenious invention o...

1991.

1 TV show
TV
Stanley and the Women

Stanley and the Women

1991
Stanley Duke's life is thrown into turmoil when his son is diagnosed with a mental illness. Stanley's quiet home is suddenly besieged by a lot of women, including his past and current wives.

1989.

1 Movie
Bomber Harris

Bomber Harris

1989
The biography of Arthur Harris, also known as "Bomber Harris", is about his strategy of bombing German cities during WW2.

1987.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
Business as Usual

Business as Usual

1987
After seeing her husband fail in fighting a battle to keep his factory open, a manageress loses her job in a disagreement with the manager over sexual harassment of her staff. She accepts the advice o...
Cry Freedom

Cry Freedom

1987
The friendship between two men fighting against apartheid in South Africa is the subject of a dramatic story. Donald Woods is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who is following the activities...
TV
Inspector Morse

Inspector Morse

4.83
1987
Colin Dexter wrote a series of Chief Inspector Morse novels. A large cast of notable actors and actresses, as well as John Thaw and Kevin Whately, starred in the series.
The Sign of Four

The Sign of Four

1987
Mary Morstan has received a pearl in the post every year since her father's disappearance, and this leads to the truth about a secret pact between four convicts during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
The Dead of Jericho

The Dead of Jericho

1987
Anne Stavely, a friend of Morse's, ostensibly commits suicide at her home in Jericho, though Morse isn't convinced.

1985.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
We'll Support You Evermore

We'll Support You Evermore

1985
A father is looking for the truth about how his son died while serving in Northern Ireland.
TV
Home to Roost

Home to Roost

1985
Home to Roost is a British television sitcom produced by Yorkshire Television in the 1980s. Written by Eric Chappell, it starred John Thaw as Henry Willows and Reece Dinsdale as his 18-year-old son Ma...

1984.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Mitch

Mitch

1984
TV
Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

4.71
1984
Cases by private clients and those that the Scotland Yard are unable to solve, along with his friend Dr, are some of the cases taken on by the renowned detective. A person is called "Watson."
The Life and Death of King John

The Life and Death of King John

1984
Philip of France is threatening the reign of England's King John because he wants Arthur to be placed on the throne. King John moves to plactate the French but there are others who don't like him.

1983.

1 TV show

1981.

1 Movie
Killing Heat

Killing Heat

1981
A city-woman moves to a foreign country with her future husband, giving up all the comforts of cosmopolitan life. Life in the countryside finally takes its toll on her, and she finds herself involved ...

1980.

1 Movie
Drake's Venture

Drake's Venture

1980
Sir Francis Drake is on a quest for adventure and treasure.

1978.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Sweeney 2

Sweeney 2

1978
The plot is about a group of bank robbers who are both violent and successful, who are often getting away with a large amount of money, and often leaving behind cash in excess of the amount they have ...
Dinner at The Sporting Club

Dinner at The Sporting Club

1978
John Thaw plays a small time boxing promoter who struggles with his conscience as to whether or not to provide a fighter for a Sporting Club promotion, a fighter he knows is ineligible against an oppo...
TV
BBC Television Shakespeare

BBC Television Shakespeare

1978
The plays of William Shakespeare are the subject of a series of British television adaptations. It was transmitted in the UK from 1978 to 1985 and spanned seven series. The first episode of the series...

1977.

1 Movie
Sweeney!

Sweeney!

1977
The film follows DI Regan and DS Carter as they become involved in a political scandal. Ian Bannen, one of the leading members of the government, is about to secure a huge deal with the Organization o...

1975.

1 TV show
TV
The Sweeney

The Sweeney

1975
The Sweeney was a 1970s British television police drama that focused on two members of the Flying Squad, a branch of the Metropolitan Police dedicated to tackling armed robbery and violent crime in Lo...

1974.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
Regan

Regan

1974
One of the major television successes of the last fifty years was the pilot film for The Sweeney, which was Rough, Tough and politically incorrect in the way that only the best 70's dramas can be. The...
The Capone Investment

The Capone Investment

1974
A 1974 British TV series about the location of Al Capone's illegal gains was made into a movie.
TV
Armchair Cinema

Armchair Cinema

1974
A bunch of plays.
TV
Thick As Thieves

Thick As Thieves

1974
Two friends are in a love triangle.

1972.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
TV
The Protectors

The Protectors

1972
The Protectors is a British television series, an action thriller created by Gerry Anderson. It was Anderson's second TV series using live actors as opposed to electronic marionettes, and also his sec...
TV
The Frighteners

The Frighteners

1972
There are different eerie tales in the horror anthology series.
TV
The Adventures of Black Beauty

The Adventures of Black Beauty

1972
James Gordon, a local doctor and widower, adopted Black Beauty, a pure black, thoroughbred horse in late 19th Century rural England, and befriended his daughter, son, and their friends Albert andRobbi...
Dr. Phibes Rises Again

Dr. Phibes Rises Again

1
1972
The Doctor tries to resurrect his dead wife by going to the Scrolls of Life.

1971.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
Competition

Competition

1971
An out of work man must take his son to a school poetry competition while accompanied by his friendly neighbours, but he's not having an affair with the wife.
TV
Budgie

Budgie

1971
Budgie was a British television series that was broadcast on the ITV network between 1971 and 1972 and starred former popstar Adam Faith. Rex Firkin was the Executive producer of the show.
TV
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes

The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes

1971
Mystery stories have been adapted.
Catch Me a Spy

Catch Me a Spy

1971
A man is taken by the Russian government while on vacation. She develops an attraction to the one she thinks is a good candidate after one attempt fails and she begins looking for a suitable spy to ca...

1970.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Play for Today

Play for Today

1970
Play for Today was a British anthology drama series that aired on the BBC from 1970 to 1984. More than three hundred programmes, featuring original television plays, and adaptations of stage plays and...
The Last Grenade

The Last Grenade

1970
British mercenaries finish their fight in Hong Kong with a woman in the middle.
Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition

Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition

1970
After the events of the 1968 May uprising in Paris, a Marxist-Leninist was expelled from the British Communist Party and joined the Revolutionary Party of the Third World.

1968.

1 Movie
The Bofors Gun

The Bofors Gun

1968
David Warner, a national service NCO, comes face to face with an embittered Irish Gunner who is determined to humiliate him.

1966.

1 TV show
TV
Bat Out of Hell

Bat Out of Hell

1966
The television serial Bat Out of Hell was created by Francis Durbridge and originally aired on the BBC. The series followed two lovers, Diana Stewart and Mark Paxton, who are haunted by the voice of D...

1965.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Dead Man's Chest

Dead Man's Chest

1965
When the mock victim disappears, the scheme fails.
TV
Play of the Month

Play of the Month

1965
Play of the Month is a series of plays which are usually broadcast on the same day on the same channel. Leading British stage actors were used in the leading roles in each production. The Play of the ...

1964.

1 TV show
TV
Redcap

Redcap

1964
Redcap is a British television series produced by ABC Weekend Television and broadcast on the ITV network. It starred John Thaw as Sergeant John Mann, a member of the Special Investigation Branch of ...

1963.

1 Movie
Five to One

Five to One

1963
Larry Hart was told by Alan Roper that he was going to steal a lot of money. Roper is going to steal Hart's money.

1962.

1 Movie
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

1962
A long distance runner who was sentenced to a reformatory for robbing a bakery rises through the ranks of the institution because of his talent as a long distance runner. During his solitary runs, his...

1961.

1 Movie
Serjeant Musgrave's Dance

Serjeant Musgrave's Dance

1961
Serjeant Musgrave and his small band of men arrive in an impoverished northern coal town, ostensibly on a recruiting drive, but their intentions are very different, and will have repercussions on the ...

1959.

1 TV show
TV
Edgar Wallace Mysteries

Edgar Wallace Mysteries

1959
The Edgar Wallace Mysteries was a British second-feature film series, produced at Merton Park Studios for Anglo-Amalgamated. There were 46 films in the series, made between 1960 and 1965. The films w...
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