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Jack MacGowran is a Actor Irlandais born on 13 october 1918 at Dublin (Irlande)

Jack MacGowran

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Birth name John Joseph MacGowran
Nationality Irlande
Birth 13 october 1918 at Dublin (Irlande)
Death 30 january 1973 (at 54 years) at New York City (USA)

John Joseph "Jack" MacGowran (13 October 1918 – 31 January 1973) was an Irish character actor, probably best known for his work with Samuel Beckett. His last film role was as the alcoholic director Burke Dennings in The Exorcist.

Best films

The Exorcist (1973)
The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

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Filmography of Jack MacGowran (35 films)

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The Exorcist, 2h2
Directed by William Friedkin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Themes Films about children, Films about religion, Films about television, Demons in film
Actors Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller
Roles Burke Dennings
Rating79% 3.9976453.9976453.9976453.9976453.997645
Lankester Merrin is a veteran Catholic priest who is on an archeological dig in Iraq. There he finds an amulet which resembles the statue of Pazuzu, a demon who Merrin defeated years ago. Merrin then realizes the demon has returned to seek revenge.
A Day at the Beach, 1h33
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about alcoholism, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Mark Burns, Beatie Edney, Peter Sellers, Maurice Roëves, Jack MacGowran, Eva Dahlbeck
Roles Collector
Rating62% 3.1440053.1440053.1440053.1440053.144005
Set in a rundown Danish seaside resort, it depicts a day in the life of Bernie, a self-destructive alcoholic (played by Mark Burns), as he takes Winnie (Beatie Edney), a young girl with a leg brace, to the resort despite constant rain. Though Winnie calls Bernie "uncle," it is very likely he is her biological father. Over the course of the day, they encounter various people whom Bernie alternately berates and scams for alcohol, while Winnie is often left alone to fend for herself. Peter Sellers makes a cameo appearance as a gay shopkeeper who flirts with Bernie.
Start the Revolution Without Me, 1h31
Directed by Bud Yorkin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Historical
Themes Political films, Histoire de France, French Revolution films
Actors Gene Wilder, Donald Sutherland, Hugh Griffith, Jack MacGowran, Billie Whitelaw, Orson Welles
Roles Jacques
Rating64% 3.2470553.2470553.2470553.2470553.247055
Two sets of identical twins, played by Wilder and Sutherland, are accidentally switched at birth. One set, Phillipe and Pierre DeSisi, is aristocratic and haughty, while the other set, Charles and Claude Coupé, is poor and dim-witted. On the eve of the French Revolution, both sets find themselves entangled in palace intrigues.
The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go, 1h29
Directed by Burgess Meredith
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller
Actors James Mason, Jack MacGowran, Irene Tsu, Jeff Bridges, Peter Lind Hayes, Clarissa Kaye
Roles Leo Zimmerman
Rating35% 1.786161.786161.786161.786161.78616
An American draft dodger and aspiring writer named Nero Finnigan (Jeff Bridges) becomes involved with the notorious Mr. Go (James Mason), an oriental organized crime mastermind. They conspire to blackmail an American weapons scientist into providing secrets to Mr. Go's organization for resale to the highest bidder. "The Dolphin" then arrives, who is an American CIA agent and James Joyce scholar, and is charged with recovering the scientist and his work by whatever means necessary.
Sinful Davey, 1h35
Directed by John Huston
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Crime
Actors John Hurt, Pamela Franklin, Nigel Davenport, Fionnula Flanagan, Anjelica Huston, Robert Morley
Roles père de Davey (non crédité)
Rating58% 2.905062.905062.905062.905062.90506
En Écosse, au début du XIX siècle, le jeune Davey Haggart est le fils d'un illustre brigand qui fut pendu. Davey est bien décidé à devenir lui aussi un bandit exceptionnel, cependant il échoue dans tout ce qu'il entreprend.
Age of Consent, 1h43
Directed by Michael Powell
Origin Australie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Peinture, Transport films
Actors James Mason, Helen Mirren, Jack MacGowran, Harold Douglas Hopkins, Frank Thring, Peggy Cass
Roles Nat Kelly
Rating63% 3.198153.198153.198153.198153.19815
Bradley Morahan (James Mason) is an Australian artist who feels he has become jaded by success and life in New York City. He decides that he needs to regain the edge he had as a young artist and returns to Australia.
Wonderwall (1968)
, 1h25
Directed by Joe Massot
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Jack MacGowran, Jane Birkin, Irene Handl, Richard Wattis, Iain Quarrier, Beatrix Lehmann
Roles Prof. Oscar Collins
Rating56% 2.8049252.8049252.8049252.8049252.804925
The reclusive, eccentric scientist Oscar Collins (Jack MacGowran) has for next-door neighbours a pop photographer (Iain Quarrier) and his girlfriend/model Penny Lane (Jane Birkin). Discovering a beam of light streaming through a hole in the wall between them, Collins follows the light and spots Penny modelling for a photo shoot. Intrigued, he begins to make more holes as days go by and they do more photo sessions. Oscar gradually becomes infatuated with the girl, and feels a part of the couple's lives, even forsaking work to observe them. When they quarrel and the couple splits, Penny takes an overdose of pills and passes out, but Oscar comes to her rescue.
The Fearless Vampire Killers, 1h48
Directed by Roman Polanski
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Vampires in film, Comedy horror films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Jack MacGowran, Sharon Tate, Roman Polanski, Ferdy Mayne, Sydney Bromley, Alfie Bass
Roles Professor Abronsius
Rating71% 3.59893.59893.59893.59893.5989
The film is set in the heart of Transylvania and the story appears to take place sometime during the mid-19th Century. Professor Abronsius, formerly of the University of Königsberg and his apprentice Alfred are on the hunt for vampires. Abronsius is old and withering and barely able to survive the cold ride through the wintry forests, while Alfred is bumbling and introverted. The two hunters come to a small Eastern European town seemingly at the end of a long search for signs of vampires. The two stay at a local inn full of angst-ridden townspeople who perform strange rituals to fend off an unseen evil.
How I Won the War, 1h49
Directed by Richard Lester
Origin United-kingdom
Genres War, Thriller, Comedy, Action
Themes Military humor in film, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Political films
Actors Michael Crawford, John Lennon, Roy Kinnear, Jack MacGowran, Michael Hordern, Lee Montague
Roles Juniper
Rating57% 2.851092.851092.851092.851092.85109
L'histoire, durant la seconde guerre mondiale, d'un commandant britannique qui emmènera ses troupes dans une série de mésaventures en Europe et dans le nord de l'Afrique.
Cul-de-sac (1966)
, 1h53
Directed by Roman Polanski
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about sexuality, Transgender in film, LGBT-related film, Cross-dressing in film
Actors Donald Pleasence, Françoise Dorléac, Lionel Stander, Jack MacGowran, Jacqueline Bisset, Iain Quarrier
Roles Albie
Rating70% 3.547983.547983.547983.547983.54798
The film begins with gruff American gangster Dickey pushing his broken-down car along a causeway through rising seawater while his eccentric companion Albie lies inside, bleeding from a gunshot wound after a bungled robbery. Cut off by the unexpected rising tide, they are on the only road to a bleak and remote tidal island (Lindisfarne in Northumberland), where, in a dark castle on a hilltop, a highly neurotic Englishman named George lives with his pretty and promiscuous young French wife Teresa. Dickey disconnects the phone lines and proceeds to hold the two hostage while awaiting further instructions from his underworld boss, the mysterious Katelbach.
Doctor Zhivago, 3h17
Directed by David Lean
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical, Melodrama, Romance
Themes Politique, Films about sexuality, Transport films, Rail transport films, Political films
Actors Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Tom Courtenay
Roles Petya
Rating79% 3.9976753.9976753.9976753.9976753.997675
The film takes place mostly against a backdrop of the pre-World War I years, World War I itself, the Russian Revolution of 1917, and the Russian Civil War. A narrative framing device, set in the late 1940s to early 1950s, involves KGB Lieutenant General Yevgraf Andreyevich Zhivago (Alec Guinness) searching for the daughter of his half brother, Doctor Yuri Andreyevich Zhivago (Omar Sharif), and Larissa ("Lara") Antipova (Julie Christie). Yevgraf believes a young woman, Tanya Komarova (Rita Tushingham), may be his niece and tells her the story of her father's life.
Lord Jim
Lord Jim (1965)
, 2h34
Directed by Richard Brooks
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Peter O'Toole, James Mason, Curd Jürgens, Eli Wallach, Jack Hawkins, Paul Lukas
Roles Robinson
Rating67% 3.39793.39793.39793.39793.3979
Jim (Peter O'Toole) is a promising young English merchant seaman who rises to first officer under Captain Marlow (Jack Hawkins). However, Jim is injured and left at Java. When he is fit again, he signs on with the first available ship, a dilapidated freighter called the S.S. Patna, crammed with hundreds of Muslims on pilgrimage to Mecca. When a storm threatens the leaking ship, the crew panics and takes to the lifeboats without a thought for their passengers; Jim in a moment of weakness joins them.
Young Cassidy, 1h50
Directed by John Ford, Jack Cardiff
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography
Actors Rod Taylor, Julie Christie, Maggie Smith, Michael Redgrave, Edith Evans, Jack MacGowran
Roles Archie
Rating64% 3.247453.247453.247453.247453.24745
Set in 1911 and the growing protest against British rule in Ireland, young John Cassidy (Sean O'Casey) is a labourer by day and a pamphleteer by night. When the pamphlets he has written incite riots, Cassidy realizes he can do more for his people with the pen than with the sword. He writes a new play, The Plough and the Stars, which he submits to the Abbey Theatre (which had already rejected another of his plays, The Shadow of a Gunman), and is surprised when W.B. Yeats, the founder of the Abbey, accepts and produces his new play. The opening of the play causes the audience to riot, and he loses many friends; but he is undeterred and is soon acclaimed as Ireland's outstanding young playwright.
Tom Jones
Tom Jones (1964)
, 2h8
Directed by Tony Richardson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Adventure, Historical, Romance
Themes Musical films, Films about capital punishment
Actors Albert Finney, Susannah York, Hugh Griffith, Edith Evans, Diane Cilento, Joyce Redman
Roles Partridge
Rating64% 3.247753.247753.247753.247753.24775
The story begins with a silent film sequence during which the good Squire Allworthy (George Devine) returns home after a lengthy stay in London and discovers a baby (played by a girl, Lynn Goldsworthy) in his bed. Thinking that his barber, Mr. Partridge (Jack MacGowran), and one of his servants, Jenny Jones (Joyce Redman), have "birthed" the infant out of lust, the squire banishes them and chooses to raise little Tom Jones as if he were his own son.