John Thaw (1942–2002)


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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... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Inspector Morse Chief Inspector Morse
(1987-2000)
Sweeney! D.I. Jack Regan
(1977)
Chaplin Fred Karno
(1992)
Sweeney 2 Det. Insp. Jack Regan
(1978)

Filmography

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 2001 Buried Treasure (TV Movie)
Harry
 2001 The Glass (TV Mini-Series)
Jim Proctor
- Episode #1.6 (2001) ... Jim Proctor
- Episode #1.5 (2001) ... Jim Proctor
- Episode #1.4 (2001) ... Jim Proctor
- Episode #1.3 (2001) ... Jim Proctor
- Episode #1.2 (2001) ... Jim Proctor
 1995-2001 Kavanagh QC (TV Series)
James Kavanagh QC
- The End of Law (2001) ... James Kavanagh QC
- End Game (1999) ... James Kavanagh QC
- Time of Need (1999) ... James Kavanagh QC
- The More Loving One (1999) ... James Kavanagh QC
- Previous Convictions (1999) ... James Kavanagh QC
 2000 Inspector Morse: Rest in Peace (Video)
Inspector Morse
 1987-2000 Inspector Morse (TV Series)
Chief Inspector Morse
- The Remorseful Day (2000) ... Chief Inspector Morse
- The Wench Is Dead (1998) ... Chief Inspector Morse
- Death Is Now My Neighbour (1997) ... Chief Inspector Morse
- The Daughters of Cain (1996) ... Chief Inspector Morse
- The Way Through the Woods (1995) ... Chief Inspector Morse
 2000 Monsignor Renard (TV Mini-Series)
Monsignor Augustine Renard
- Episode #1.4 (2000) ... Monsignor Augustine Renard
- Episode #1.3 (2000) ... Monsignor Augustine Renard
- Episode #1.2 (2000) ... Monsignor Augustine Renard
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Monsignor Augustine Renard
 1999 The Waiting Time (TV Movie)
Joshua Mantle
 1999 Plastic Man (TV Movie)
Joe McConnell
 1998 Goodnight, Mister Tom (TV Movie)
Tom Oakley
 1997/I Into the Blue (TV Movie)
Harry Barnett
 1996 Masculine Mescaline (Short)
The Man
 1995 Screen Two (TV Series)
George Jones
- The Absence of War (1995) ... George Jones
 1993 A Year in Provence (TV Mini-Series)
Peter Mayle
- A Year in Provence (1993) ... Peter Mayle
- Old Boys (1993) ... Peter Mayle
- War of the Worlds (1993) ... Peter Mayle
- Chateau Mayle (1993) ... Peter Mayle
- Frogbusters (1993) ... Peter Mayle
 1992 Chaplin
Fred Karno
 1991 Stanley and the Women (TV Mini-Series)
Stanley Duke
- Episode #1.4 (1991) ... Stanley Duke
- Episode #1.3 (1991) ... Stanley Duke
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Stanley Duke
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... Stanley Duke
 1985-1990 Home to Roost (TV Series)
Henry Willows
- Leaving (1990) ... Henry Willows
- High Noon (1990) ... Henry Willows
- Return to Clagthorpe (1990) ... Henry Willows
- Thought for the Day (1989) ... Henry Willows
- The Boyfriend (1989) ... Henry Willows
 1989 Bomber Harris (TV Movie)
Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris
 1988 Masterpiece Mystery (TV Series)
Jonathan Small / Endeavour Morse
- Inspector Morse I: The Dead of Jericho (1988) ... Endeavour Morse
 1988 Business as Usual
Kieran Flynn
 1987 The Sign of Four (TV Movie)
Jonathan Small
 1987 Cry Freedom
Kruger
 1985 We'll Support You Evermore (TV Movie)
Geoff Hollins
 1984 The Life and Death of King John (TV Movie)
Hubert de Burgh
 1984 Mitch (TV Series)
Mitch
- Nature of the Beast (1984) ... Mitch
- A Family Matter (1984) ... Mitch
- Saturday Night (1984) ... Mitch
- Postman's Knock (1984) ... Mitch
- Squealer (1984) ... Mitch
 1984 Killer Waiting (TV Movie)
Major Peter Hastings
 1982 Saturday Night Thriller (TV Series)
Jack Buchus
- Where Is Betty Buchus? (1982) ... Jack Buchus
 1981 Killing Heat
Dick Turner
 1980 Drake's Venture (TV Movie)
Francis Drake
 1975-1978 The Sweeney (TV Series)
Det. Insp. Jack Regan
- Jack or Knave (1978) ... Det. Insp. Jack Regan
- Victims (1978) ... Det. Insp. Jack Regan
- Latin Lady (1978) ... Det. Insp. Jack Regan
- Hearts and Minds (1978) ... Det. Insp. Jack Regan
- One of Your Own (1978) ... Det. Insp. Jack Regan
 1978 Play for Today (TV Series)
Dinny Mathews
- Dinner at the Sporting Club (1978) ... Dinny Mathews
 1978 Sweeney 2
Det. Insp. Jack Regan
 1977 Sweeney!
D.I. Jack Regan
 1974 The Capone Investment (TV Series)
Tom
- Final Innings (1974) ... Tom
- One Killer Makes Two (1974) ... Tom
- Money in the Bank (1974) ... Tom
- The Citizen from Chicago (1974) ... Tom
- The Grass Is Greener (1974) ... Tom
 1974 Thick as Thieves (TV Series)
Stan
- Holy Deadlock (1974) ... Stan
- Home & Away (1974) ... Stan
- Three Into Two Won't Go (1974) ... Stan
- The Trouble with Tommy (1974) ... Stan
- Two Men in My Life (1974) ... Stan
 1974 Armchair Cinema (TV Series)
Det. Insp. Jack Regan
- Regan (1974) ... Det. Insp. Jack Regan
 1973 The Protectors (TV Series)
Mario Carpiano
- Lena (1973) ... Mario Carpiano
 1969-1973 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Paul / Larry Gains / Rolf
- Passengers (1973)
- In Another Country (1969) ... Paul
- The Talking Head (1969) ... Larry Gains
- The Haunting (1969) ... Rolf
 1966-1973 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Banquo / George J. Bundavin
- Macbeth (1970) ... Banquo
- The Making of Jericho (1966) ... George J. Bundavin
 1973 Menace (TV Series)
Don
- Tom (1973) ... Don
 1973 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
Lt. Holst
 1972 The Adventures of Black Beauty (TV Series)
Jack Desmond
- The Hostage (1972) ... Jack Desmond
 1972 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Williams
- Refuge for a Hero (1972) ... Williams
 1971-1972 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Peter / Tony
- What Became of Me? (1972) ... Peter
- Competition (1971) ... Tony
 1972 Dr. Phibes Rises Again
Shavers
 1972 The Frighteners (TV Series)
Wood
- Old Comrades (1972) ... Wood
 1972 Pretenders (TV Series)
Fast Jack
- The Paymaster (1972) ... Fast Jack
 1971 The Onedin Line (TV Series)
Carby
- Mutiny (1971) ... Carby
 1971 Suspicion (TV Series)
Richard Early
- I'll Go Along with That (1971) ... Richard Early
 1971 Budgie (TV Series)
Denzil Davies
 1971 Rules, Rules, Rules (TV Series)
Personnel officer
- The Interview (1971) ... Personnel officer
 1971 ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series)
Him
- Turn of the Year: The Parcel (1971) ... Him
 1970 Happy Ever After (TV Series)
Frank Wilshaw
- Dont Walk Away (1970) ... Frank Wilshaw
 1970 Big Brother (TV Mini-Series)
Cordon
- Dying Gets You Nowhere (1970) ... Cordon
 1970 The Last Grenade
Terry Mitchell
 1969 Strange Report (TV Series)
Inspector Jenner
- Report 2475: Revenge - When a Man Hates (1969) ... Inspector Jenner
 1969 The Borderers (TV Series)
Sir Richard
- Dispossessed (1969) ... Sir Richard
 1968 The Bofors Gun
Featherstone
 1967 Inheritance (TV Series)
Will Oldroyd / Chuff Morcer / Young Brigg Oldroyd
- A Man of His Time (1967) ... Chuff Morcer
- The Men Who Marched Away (1967) ... Will Oldroyd
- Misalliance (1967) ... Will Oldroyd
- Strike (1967) ... Young Brigg Oldroyd
- Reunion (1967) ... Will Oldroyd
 1966 Bat Out of Hell (TV Mini-Series)
Mark Paxton
- Episode #1.5 (1966) ... Mark Paxton
- Episode #1.4 (1966) ... Mark Paxton
- Episode #1.3 (1966) ... Mark Paxton
- Episode #1.2 (1966) ... Mark Paxton
- Episode #1.1 (1966) ... Mark Paxton
 1966 Out of Town Theatre (TV Mini-Series)
Wally
- Seeing a Beauty Queen Home (1966) ... Wally
 1964-1966 Redcap (TV Series)
Sergeant John Mann / Sgt John Mann
- Information Received (1966) ... Sergeant John Mann
- The Proper Charlie (1966) ... Sergeant John Mann
- The Alibi (1966) ... Sergeant John Mann
- An Ambush Among Friends (1966) ... Sergeant John Mann
- Stag Party (1966) ... Sergeant John Mann
 1965 A Poor Gentleman (TV Series)
Yeletsky
- Part Two (1965) ... Yeletsky
- Part One (1965) ... Yeletsky
 1965 Dead Man's Chest
David Jones
 1963-1965 The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
David Jones / Alan Roper
- Dead Man's Chest (1965) ... David Jones
- Five to One (1963) ... Alan Roper
 1961-1964 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Henry Potter / Frank / Pte Hurst
- The Other Man (1964) ... Henry Potter
- Serjeant Musgrave's Dance (1961) ... Pte Hurst
 1964 The Avengers (TV Series)
Captain Trench
- Esprit De Corps (1964) ... Captain Trench
 1963 Five to One
Alan Roper
 1963 Z Cars (TV Series)
Det. Con. Elliot
- Hide - And Go Seek (1963) ... Det. Con. Elliot
- A Quiet Night (1963) ... Det. Con. Elliot
- Light the Blue Paper (1963) ... Det. Con. Elliot
- A La Carte (1963) ... Det. Con. Elliot
 1963 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Barritt
- The Lads (1963) ... Barritt
 1963 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
Charlie
- So Long Charlie (1963) ... Charlie
 1962 Nil Carborundum (TV Movie)
ACI Neville Harrison
 1962 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
Bosworth (uncredited)
 1962 Smashing Day (TV Movie)
Stan
 1962 Probation Officer (TV Series)
Stan Liddell
- Episode #4.4 (1962) ... Stan Liddell
 1961 The Younger Generation (TV Series)
Customer / Max / Edward / ...
- Goodbye Charlie (1961) ... Customer
- Somewhere to Begin (1961) ... Max
- Run Away Home (1961) ... Edward
- The Mating Age (1961) ... Charlie
- The Suburb Cuckoo (1961) ... Peter
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Other Works:

He acted in Tom Stoppard's play, "Night and Day," at the Phoenix Theatre in London, England with Diana Rigg and Edward De Souza in the cast. Peter Wood was director. See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 4 Interviews | 5 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

5' 7½" (1.71 m)
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Personal Quote:

When I first met her, I had no idea I was looking for a wife. I was just extremely attracted to her. Now, all these years later, I see how lucky I was to have found her because it's difficult to imagine life with anyone else. Maybe it's the years of rubbing together, we do have the same outlook on life - on politics, ideals, morals. We're very similar people in all sorts of ways and we're very ... See more »

Trivia:

Married Sheila Hancock on 24 December 1973 in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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