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Robert Shaw is a Actor and Scriptwriter British born on 9 august 1927 at Westhoughton (United-kingdom)

Robert Shaw

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Birth name Robert Archibald Shaw
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 9 august 1927 at Westhoughton (United-kingdom)
Death 28 august 1978 (at 51 years) at Toormakeady (Irlande)

Robert Archibald Shaw (9 August 1927 – 28 August 1978) was an English actor, novelist and playwright. With his menacing mutter and intimidating demeanor, he was often cast as a villain. He is best remembered for his performances in Jaws (1975), in which he portrayed a shark hunter named Quint, and The Sting (1973), where he played the conned mobster, Doyle Lonnegan. Shaw also appeared in From Russia with Love (1963), Battle of the Bulge (1965), A Man for All Seasons (1966) (for which he was nominated for the 1967 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), Black Sunday (1977), Force 10 From Navarone (1978) and The Deep (1977).


Shaw was married three times and had ten children, two of whom were adopted.

His first wife was Jennifer Bourke (1952–63) with whom he had four daughters.
His second wife was actress Mary Ure (1963–75) with whom he had four children. He adopted son Colin, born in 1961, born from his wife's previous marriage to John Osborne. His son Ian, born in 1969, also became an actor. He also had two daughters, Elizabeth and Hannah, born in 1963 and 1966, respectively. This marriage ended with her death from an overdose.
His third and last wife was Virginia Jansen (1976–78) with whom he had one son, Thomas and adopted Jansen's son, Charles, from a previous relationship.
For the last seven years of his life, Robert Shaw lived at Drimbawn House, in the village of Tourmakeady, County Mayo in Ireland.

Robert Shaw memorial in Tourmakeady, County Mayo, Ireland, near the location where he died

Closeup of the text

View of the pier at the site

Best films

Jaws (1975)
The Sting (1973)
From Russia with Love (1963)
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Battle of the Bulge (1965)
Battle of Britain (1969)

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Filmography of Robert Shaw (51 films)

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Avalanche Express, 1h28
Directed by Monte Hellman, Mark Robson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Spy
Themes Spy films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Rail transport films, Political films, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Lee Marvin, Robert Shaw, Linda Evans, Maximilian Schell, Horst Buchholz, Mike Connors
Roles Markenkov
Rating49% 2.453422.453422.453422.453422.45342
Russian general Marenkov (Robert Shaw) decides to defect to the West, and CIA agent Harry Wargrave (Lee Marvin) leads the team that is to get him out. Wargrave decides that Marenkov should travel across Europe by train, on the fictional "Avalanche Express". The idea is to lure the Russians into attacking the train, and thus discover who their secret agents in Europe are. Consequently, during the train journey they must survive both a terrorist attack and an avalanche, all planned by Russian spy-catcher Nikolai Bunin (Maximilian Schell).
Force 10 from Navarone, 1h58
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Political films
Actors Robert Shaw, Harrison Ford, Edward Fox, Barbara Bach, Carl Weathers, Franco Nero
Roles Mallory
Rating63% 3.1984553.1984553.1984553.1984553.198455
In 1943, after their successful mission on the Greek island of Navarone, Major Keith Mallory (Robert Shaw) and Sergeant Miller (Edward Fox) are sent to find and kill Nicolai. Originally thought to be a traitor who informed the Germans about Miller and Mallory during the Navarone mission, Nicolai is now known to be Colonel von Ingorslebon, a dedicated German spy believed to have infiltrated the Yugoslav Partisans as "Captain Lescovar" (Franco Nero).
Gray Lady Down, 1h51
Directed by David Greene
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Submarine films, Disaster films, American disaster films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Ned Beatty, Stephen McHattie, Ronny Cox
Roles Quint
Rating62% 3.101583.101583.101583.101583.10158
Aging, respected commander Paul Blanchard (Heston) is on his final submarine tour before promotion to command of a submarine squadron (COMSUBRON). Surfaced and returning to port, the submarine, USS Neptune, is struck by a Norweigian freighter in route to New York in heavy fog, and sinks to a depth of 1,450 feet (442 meters) on a canyon ledge above the ocean floor. A United States Navy rescue force, commanded by Captain Bennett (Keach), arrives on the scene, but Neptune is subsequently rolled by a gravity slide to a greater angle that does not allow the Navy's Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) rescue submarine to complete its work.
Black Sunday, 2h23
Directed by John Frankenheimer, Marc Monnet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Sports films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, American football films, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, Marthe Keller, Fritz Weaver, Bekim Fehmiu, Steven Keats
Roles Kabakov
Rating67% 3.3982653.3982653.3982653.3982653.398265
Michael Lander is a pilot who flies the Goodyear Blimp over National Football League games to film them for network television. Secretly deranged by years of torture as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, he had a bitter court martial on his return and a failed marriage. He longs to commit suicide and to take with him as many as possible of the cheerful, carefree American civilians he sees from his blimp each weekend.
The Deep
The Deep (1977)
, 2h4
Directed by Peter Yates
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Underwater action films
Actors Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Nolte, Louis Gossett Jr., Eli Wallach, Robert Tessier
Roles Romer Treece
Rating61% 3.0989553.0989553.0989553.0989553.098955
While scuba-diving near shipwrecks off Bermuda, vacationing couple David Sanders (Nick Nolte) and Gail Berke (Jacqueline Bisset) recover a number of artifacts, including an ampoule of amber-colored liquid and a medallion bearing the image of a woman and the letters "S.C.O.P.N." (meaning "Santa Clara, ora pro nobis" or "Saint Clara, pray for us") and a date, 1714. Sanders and Berke seek the advice of lighthouse-keeper and treasure-hunter Romer Treece (Robert Shaw) on the origin of the medallion, who identifies the item as Spanish and takes an interest in the young couple. The ampoule is noticed by the man who had rented diving equipment to Sanders and Berke, which in turn attracts the attention of Henri Cloche (Louis Gossett, Jr.), a local drug kingpin for whom the shop owner works, who unsuccessfully tries to buy the ampoule and then begins to terrorize the couple with Haitian black magic. The ampoule contains medicinal morphine from the Goliath, a ship that sank during World War II with a cargo of munitions and medical supplies. The wreck of the Goliath is considered dangerous and is posted as off-limits to divers due to the danger of explosions. Treece concludes that a recent storm has exposed her cargo of morphine and unearthed a much older wreck containing Spanish treasure.
Swashbuckler, 1h41
Directed by James Goldstone
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films, Children's films
Actors Robert Shaw, James Earl Jones, Peter Boyle, Geneviève Bujold, Beau Bridges, Geoffrey Holder
Roles Ned Lynch
Rating60% 3.000973.000973.000973.000973.00097
In Jamaica in 1718, a band of pirates led by Captain “Red” Ned Lynch oppose a greedy overlord, the evil Lord Durant. Durant has ruthlessly imprisoned his Lord High Justice and mercilessly evicted the judge's wife and daughter. The daughter, Jane Barnet, attempts a rescue with Lynch’s help.
Robin and Marian, 1h46
Directed by Richard Lester
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure, Romance
Actors Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw, Richard Harris, Nicol Williamson, Ronnie Barker
Roles Sheriff of Nottingham
Rating64% 3.2482153.2482153.2482153.2482153.248215
An aging Robin Hood (Connery) is a trusted captain fighting for King Richard the Lionheart (Harris) in France, the Crusades long over. Richard orders him to take a castle that is rumored to hold a gold statue. Discovering that it is defended by a solitary, one-eyed old man (Esmond Knight) who is sheltering harmless women and children, and convinced that there is no statue, Robin and his right-hand man, Little John (Williamson), refuse to attack. King Richard, angry at their insubordination, orders the pair's execution, but before his orders can be carried out, he is mortally wounded by an arrow thrown by the old man. Richard has the helpless residents massacred, with the exception of the old man, because Richard likes his eye. The King asks Robin to pray for mercy for him. When Robin refuses, Richard draws his sword, but lacks the strength to strike him and falls to the floor. Robin helps him, and moved by his loyalty, with his last words, Richard frees Robin and Little John.
Jaws (1975)
, 2h4
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Seafaring films, Transport films, Films about sharks, Natural horror films, Mise en scène d'un poisson, Giant monster films
Actors Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Susan Backlinie
Roles Quint
Rating80% 4.046684.046684.046684.046684.04668
While a group of teenagers are having an evening beach party on Amity Island, Chrissie Watkins (Susan Backlinie) goes skinny dipping in the ocean. Something violently grabs and pulls her underwater. In the morning, Deputy Hendricks (Jeffrey Kramer) finds her remains on the beach. Upon hearing from the medical examiner that the cause of death was a possible shark attack, Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) proceeds to close the beaches, but Mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing news of a shark attack will ruin the summer tourist season, the town's primary revenue source. He rationalizes that there have been no prior shark problems in the area, and theorizes the girl was killed in a boating accident. The coroner concurs and Brody reluctantly accepts their conclusion.
The Man in the Glass Booth, 1h57
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism, Films based on plays
Actors Maximilian Schell, Lois Nettleton, Lawrence Pressman, Luther Adler, Robert H. Harris, Lloyd Bochner
Rating69% 3.490283.490283.490283.490283.49028
Arthur Goldman is Jewish and a Nazi death camp survivor. Now a rich industrialist, he lives in luxury in a Manhattan high-rise. He banters with his assistant Charlie, often shocking him with his outrageousness and irreverence about aspects of Jewish life. One day, Israeli secret agents kidnap Goldman and take him to Israel for trial on charges of being a Nazi war criminal. Goldman's trial forces his accusers to face not only his presumed guilt, but their own as well.
Diamonds (1975)
, 2h
Directed by Menahem Golan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Robert Shaw, Richard Roundtree, Barbara Hershey, Shelley Winters, Yosef Shiloach, Shaike Ophir
Roles Charles / Earl Hodgson
Rating51% 2.568152.568152.568152.568152.56815
Charles Hodgson is a British aristocrat who decides to become a thief as a way of getting at his twin brother, Earl, a security expert who has built a supposedly impregnable vault in Tel Aviv, which holds a cache of diamonds. For the caper, Charles enlists Archie, a heist expert, and Sally. He also becomes acquainted with an American woman, Zelda Shapiro, who is in Israel looking for a new husband.
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, 1h44
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Films about terrorism, Transport films, Rail transport films, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie, Films about hijackings
Actors Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Héctor Elizondo, Earl Hindman, Dick O'Neill
Roles Blue
Rating75% 3.7984553.7984553.7984553.7984553.798455
In New York City, four men armed with submachine guns and using code names (Mr. Blue, Mr. Green, Mr. Grey, and Mr. Brown), wearing similar trenchcoat, glasses and mustache disguises, board the Pelham 123 subway train at different station stops. The men take hostage seventeen passengers and the conductor, isolate them in the train's first car and then separate the car from the rest of the train.
The Sting
The Sting (1973)
, 2h4
Directed by George Roy Hill
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Transport films, Rail transport films, Buddy films, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan
Roles Doyle Lonnegan
Rating82% 4.14864.14864.14864.14864.1486
The film takes place in 1936, at the height of the Great Depression. Johnny Hooker, a grifter in Joliet, Illinois, cons $11,000 in cash from an unsuspecting victim with the aid of his partners Luther Coleman and Joe Erie. Buoyed by the windfall, Luther announces his retirement and advises Hooker to seek out an old friend, Henry Gondorff, in Chicago to teach him "the big con". Unfortunately, their victim was a numbers racket courier for vicious crime boss Doyle Lonnegan. Corrupt Joliet police Lieutenant William Snyder confronts Hooker, revealing Lonnegan's involvement and demanding part of Hooker’s cut. Having already spent his share, Hooker pays Snyder in counterfeit bills. Lonnegan's men murder Luther, and Hooker flees for his life to Chicago.
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, 1h45
Directed by Gordon Hessler
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, Transport films, Children's films
Actors John Phillip Law, Tom Baker, Caroline Munro, Douglas Wilmer, Martin Shaw, Grégoire Aslan
Roles The Oracle of all knowledge
Rating67% 3.398333.398333.398333.398333.39833
While sailing, Sinbad (John Phillip Law) comes across a golden tablet dropped by a mysterious flying creature. He wears the tablet as an amulet around his neck. That night, Sinbad has a strange dream in which he sees a man dressed in black, repeatedly calling Sinbad's name, and also about a mysterious girl with an eye tattooed on her right palm. During his sleep, a mysterious storm throws his ship off course, and the next day Sinbad and his men find themselves near a coastal town in the country of Marabia.
A Reflection of Fear, 1h29
Directed by William A. Fraker
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Robert Shaw, Mary Ure, Sally Kellerman, Signe Hasso, Sondra Locke, Mitch Ryan
Roles Michael
Rating58% 2.9064652.9064652.9064652.9064652.906465
The film is set in an alienated mansion in Eastern Canada that houses Marguerite, 15, the main protagonist, her mother Katherine and her maternal grandmother, Julia.