John Thaw

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John Thaw

Born

1/3/1942, West Gorton, Manchester, Lancashire, England

Died

2/21/2002

Birth Name

John Edward Thaw

Gender

Male
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Biography

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John was born to a working class family in Manchester. His mother left when he was seven, and he did not see her again for many years. He went to the RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). His biggest role in the 70s was as Regan in The…more

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    • (On Inspector Morse's famous Jaguar)
      John: I used to hate driving the thing because steering it was a nightmare!

    • (in his last interview, he commented on why he cut down on his workload)
      John: In the last few years I have made a conscious decision to slow down and I've not worked for a couple of months, quite deliberately. I've been called a workaholic in the past. But now I can think of many pleasant ways of spending retirement - lots of reading and walking, going to concerts, shows, and operas; sitting in the sun and long, leisurely lunches. I can think of lots of nice things to do.

    • (on the difficulty of audtioning for RADA)
      John: Even a few years before I tried to get in, I wouldn't have made it. Albert Finney and O'Toole were there before me, breaking the mould of the 'anyone for tennis?' actors, but I was still working- class and northern. I had the wrong clothes, I was dressed like a teddy boy and most of them were scared of me. I felt dreadfully out of place and have since never wholly mastered the inferiority complex. That insecurity stops you getting complacent, but it has also stopped me enjoying my success as much as I should have done.

    • (on his acting requirements for "Inspector Morse")
      John: That's my main task really-to make viewers believe that this is a real man with real problems. It's consciously done. I'm not an instinctive actor.

    • (on dressing as a priest for "Monsignor Renard")
      John: When you put the vestments on, it does affect your demeanour. You have the history that goes with the part and you're aware of the people in the past who have worn this 'uniform'. And it also makes you stand and walk in a certain way.

    • (on his £2m salary)
      John: If they think I am worth that to them, then great. I'm not embarrassed by the size of it, because I think I'm worth it, dare I say. I've been acting since 1960, so they're getting 40 years of experience, and they know I won't short-change them.

    • (on filming the final scenes of "Inspector Morse")
      John: I have mixed feelings about it. It's sad since I'm losing one of my favorite characters. I've enjoyed doing it very much, and I feel very proud to have created a character that is so respected. On the other hand, as an actor, I have more freedom now to do other things.

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