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|Known for:||Chaplin, Goodnight, Mister Tom, Bomber Harris|
|Birth name:||John Edward Thaw|
|Birthday:||3 January 1942, West Gorton, Manchester, England, UK|
|Height:||5' 9" (1.75 m)|
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TriviaWinner of 2 BAFTA awards for Best TV Actor in "Inspector Morse" (1989 and 1992) and nominee for the same series in 1990 & 1991. Treated for cancer of the oesophagus. His wife, Sheila Hancock, is a breast cancer survivor. [June 2001] Married Sheila Hancock on 24 December 1973 in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. He performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He performed with the National Theatre. His most famous roles on British TV were all as straight-talking, no-nonsense characters: Jack Regan, Inspector Morse and James Kavanagh. Thaw was a fan of classical music ever since he was a young man. His mother Dorothy (Dolly) walked out on the family when he was 7 years old. He did not see her again for 12 years when she showed up briefly back stage in a production of "The Fire Raisers." He never saw her again. She died of stomach cancer in 1974. Was Laurence Olivier's understudy in the stage production of "Semi-Detached" and later stepped into the part for a week due to Olivier's problem with gout.