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Encyclopedia > John Thaw
John Thaw (left) as Inspector Morse
John Thaw (left) as Inspector Morse

John Edward Thaw CBE (3 January 194221 February 2002) was an English actor who achieved his first starring role in the military police television drama Redcap (19641966), and subsequently appeared in a range of television, stage and cinema roles. Image File history File links Inspector_Morse. ... Image File history File links Inspector_Morse. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire (Military division) The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority... January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... February 21 is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... Redcap is the name that has been given to two separate TV series on British television. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ...


Thaw came from a working class background, having been born in Longsight, Manchester to parents John and Dorothy. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he was a contemporary of Tom Courtenay. Longsight is an area in Manchester, England, around 3 miles south of the city centre. ... Manchester is a major city and metropolitan borough within Greater Manchester in North West England. ... RADAs theatre in London The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in Bloomsbury, London, is generally regarded as the most prestigious drama school in the world. ... Tom Courtenay (pronounced Courtney) (born February 25, 1937) is a British actor who came to prominence in the early 1960s with a succession of critically-acclaimed films including The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), Billy Liar (1963) and Dr. Zhivago (1965). ...


On leaving RADA, Thaw was awarded a contract with the Liverpool Playhouse. His first film role was a bit part in the 1962 adaptation of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner starring Tom Courtenay; and he also guested in an early episode of The Avengers. In 1967 he appeared in the Granada TV serial, Inheritance, alongside James Bolam and Michael Goodliffe. The Playhouse theatre is on Williamson Square, in Liverpool. ... The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is a short story by Alan Sillitoe, as well as the name of the collection in which the story has been published. ... The Avengers is a British 1960s television series featuring secret agents in a fantasy 1960s Britain. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Inheritance was a 1967 Granada produced ITV drama based on a 1932 novel by Phyllis Bentley. ... James Bolam (born June 16, 1938 in Sunderland, England) is a British actor, perhaps most associated with his portrayal of the layabout Terry Collier in the hit BBC sitcoms The Likely Lads and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?. Much like his fellow Likely Lad Rodney Bewes, Bolam was formally... Michael Goodliffe (1914-1976), British actor. ...

John Thaw as DI Jack Regan in episode one, series one of The Sweeney.
John Thaw as DI Jack Regan in episode one, series one of The Sweeney.

Thaw will perhaps be best remembered for two roles: the hard-bitten Flying Squad detective Jack Regan in the television series (and two films) The Sweeney (1975 – 1978), which established him as a major star in the United Kingdom, and as the quietly-spoken, introspective and bitter detective Inspector Morse (1987 – 2000), with specials in 1995 – 1998 and 2000. Image File history File linksMetadata John_Thaw_as_Jack_Regan. ... Image File history File linksMetadata John_Thaw_as_Jack_Regan. ... (Other meanings: a union flying squad is a subset of a labor union) The Flying Squad is a branch of Londons Metropolitan Police force. ... The Sweeney is a British television police drama focusing on two crime-fighting members of the Flying Squad, an elite branch of the British police force specialising in armed robbery and violent crime. ... Detective Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse is a fictional character, who features in a series of thirteen detective novels by British author Colin Dexter, though he is better known for the 33 episode TV series produced by Central Independent Television from 1987–2000, in which he was portrayed by John Thaw. ...


He won two BAFTA awards for Inspector Morse. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


He subsequently played liberal barrister James Kavanagh in Kavanagh QC (1995 – 1999), with a special in 2001. Thaw also tried his hand at comedy with two sitcoms - Thick as Thieves (1974) and Home to Roost (1985 – 1988). Kavanagh QC is a British television series made by Carlton Television for ITV between 1995 and 2001. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Home to Roost was a British sitcom, made by Yorkshire Television and first broadcast on 19 April 1985. ...


His only screen projects not considered a popular success were the BBC series A Year in Provence and the LWT series Mitch, in which he played a journalist.. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... London Weekend Television (LWT) was (and for legal formalities still is; see below) the ITV contractor for London and the South East, Friday 7:00pm (1968-1982)/5:15pm (1982-2002) to Monday, 5:59am. ...


Thaw appeared in a number of films, including Cry Freedom, for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and Chaplin for director Richard Attenborough. Cry Freedom is a feature film directed by Richard Attenborough, set in the 1970s, during the apartheid era of South Africa. ... Chaplin is a 1992 semi-biographical film about the life of Charles Chaplin. ... Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, CBE (born August 29, 1923) is a prolific English film and stage actor, and Academy Award, BAFTA and three-time Golden Globe winning director and producer. ...


In 1964 Thaw married Sally Alexander, but they divorced four years later. He married actress Sheila Hancock in 1973 and remained with her until his death from cancer in 2002, aged 60. Sheila Hancock OBE (born 22 February 1933) is an English actress and comedienne. ...


Thaw had two daughters: Abigail Thaw from his first marriage, and Joanna Thaw from his second.


In her 2004 autobiography, The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw, Sheila Hancock revealed the extent of Thaw's alcoholism that had started in the late 1970s and caused problems in their marriage and the gaps in Thaw's career in the early 1980s and later 1990s. Thaw was eventually able to get his alcoholism under control a year before his death. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ...


Thaw was awarded the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1994. Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand Cross... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ...


In September 2006, he was voted by the general public as number 3 in a poll of TV's Greatest Stars.


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