Jack MacGowran

Highest Rated: 100% Age of Consent (1969)
Lowest Rated: 20% The Giant Behemoth (1959)
Birthday: Oct 13, 1918
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
One of the shining lights of the Ireland's Abbey Players, Jack MacGowran achieved stage renown for his knowing interpretations of the works of fellow Irishman Samuel Beckett. Appropriately, many of MacGowran's films were set in the Auld Sod, notably The Quiet Man (1952), The Gentle Gunman (1953), Rooney (1958) and Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959). Able to convey authority, menace, and leprechaunish charm, MacGowran was much in demand in the 1960s. His better later roles included stake-wielding Professor Abronsius in Roman Polanski's The Fearless Vampire Killers and the Fool in the Paul Scofield version of King Lear (1971). On television, MacGowran co-starred with Lorne Greene on the Canadian adventure series Sailor of Fortune (1956). While in New York filming his scenes for The Exorcist (1973), MacGowran died of complications resulting from the recent London flu epidemic. Jack MacGowran was the father of actress Tara McGowran.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Young Cassidy Actor 2012
No Score Yet Dance of the Vampires Prof. Abronsius 2011
No Score Yet The Titfield Thunderbolt Vernon Crump 2005
No Score Yet Samuel Beckett: Silence To Silence Actor 1984
85% The Exorcist Burke Dennings 1973
No Score Yet The Shadow of a Gunman Seumas Shields 1972
No Score Yet King Lear Fool 1971
No Score Yet The Yin and Yang of Mr. Go Leo Zimmerman 1971
83% Start The Revolution Without Me Jacques Cabriolet 1970
100% Age of Consent Nat Kelly 1969
No Score Yet Wonderwall Oscar 1969
67% The Fearless Vampire Killers Prof. Abronsius 1967
50% How I Won the War Juniper 1967
83% Cul-de-Sac Albie 1966
57% Lord Jim Robinson 1965
No Score Yet The Ceremony O'Brien 1963
85% Tom Jones Partridge 1963
No Score Yet Captain Clegg (Night Creatures) Frightened Man 1962
No Score Yet Brain Furber 1962
No Score Yet The Girl Swappers Night Porter 1962
No Score Yet Blind Date Postman 1959
100% Darby O'Gill and the Little People Phadrig Oge 1959
20% The Giant Behemoth Dr. Sampson 1959
No Score Yet Rooney Joe O'Connor 1958
No Score Yet The Rising of the Moon Mickey J., the Poteen Maker 1957
No Score Yet Panic in the Parlor Toddy 1956
No Score Yet Jacqueline Campbell 1956
90% The Quiet Man Feeney 1952
No Score Yet No Resting Place Billy Kyle 1952


No Score Yet The Avengers
Prof. Poole
  • 1967