John Ashton

John Ashton

Highest Rated: 100% The Dresser (2015)

Lowest Rated: 0% King Kong Lives (1986)

Birthday: Feb 22, 1948

Birthplace: Not Available

Memorably portraying gruff authority figures in such features as Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and King Kong Lives (1986), longtime character actor John Ashton possesses just the sort of rough-around-the-edges, grating quality that viewers love to hate. A native of Springfield, MA, who graduated from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Ashton got his start onscreen with a supporting role in the 1973 thriller The Psychopath, a role that served to define his future career path in cinematic law enforcement. Small-screen roles in Kojak and Police Story only served to reinforce this path, and in 1978 Ashton became a familiar face to television viewers when he joined the cast of the prime-time hit Dallas. Continuing to alternate between television and film into the following decade, the 1980s proved a lucrative period for Ashton as roles in Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (1984), Beverly Hills Cop (as well as its sequel), and Midnight Run (1988) found him toying with his haggard image to the amusement of movie lovers worldwide. Though not as prominent onscreen in the 1990s, Ashton averaged about two films a year with roles in The Tommyknockers (1993), Trapped in Paradise (1994), and Meet the Deedles (1998), culminating with an impressive performance as the eponymous character in the 2001 thriller Bill's Gun Shop, which proved once and for all that his edge was still very much intact. His performance was so impressive, in fact, that he was subsequently cast in the lead of the 2002 drama Sweet Deadly Dreams.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Once Upon a River Smoke 2019
No Score Yet The Neighborhood Actor 2017
100% The Dresser Gloucester 2015
83% Uncle John John 2015
40% Middle Men Morgan $0.8M 2010
No Score Yet A Letter to Dad Mike 2009
No Score Yet Take Actor 2009
94% Gone Baby Gone Nick Poole $20.4M 2007
No Score Yet Reign of the Gargoyles Commander Latham 2007
No Score Yet Avalanche Kemp 2002
No Score Yet Bill's Gun Shop Bill Voight 2001
27% Instinct Guard Decks 1999
No Score Yet The Day Lincoln Was Shot U.S. Grant 1998
7% Meet the Deedles Capt. Douglas Pine 1998
No Score Yet Little Girls in Pretty Boxes Peter Bryant 1997
No Score Yet Hidden Assassin (The Shooter) Alex Reed 1996
No Score Yet For Which He Stands Actor 1996
No Score Yet Fast Money Lt. Diego 1995
31% Little Big League Mac Macnally 1994
10% Trapped in Paradise Ed 1994
No Score Yet In the Living Years Actor 1994
29% The Tommyknockers Butch 1993
No Score Yet Dirty Work Eddie 1992
13% Curly Sue Frank Arnold 1991
No Score Yet Love, Lies and Murder Carrothers 1991
No Score Yet I Know My First Name Is Steven Del Staynor 1989
No Score Yet I Want to Go Home Harry Dempsey 1989
94% Midnight Run Marvin Dorfler 1988
40% She's Having a Baby Ken 1988
43% Beverly Hills Cop II John Taggart 1987
81% Some Kind of Wonderful Cliff Nelson 1987
0% King Kong Lives Lt. Col. R.T. Nevitt 1986
No Score Yet The Deliberate Stranger Detective Roger Dunn 1986
No Score Yet Last Resort Phil Cocoran 1986
82% Beverly Hills Cop Sgt. Taggart 1984
69% The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Highway Patrolman 1984
No Score Yet Honky Tonk Freeway Otto Kemper 1981
No Score Yet Borderline Charlie Monroe 1980
94% Breaking Away Mike's Brother 1979
72% Oh, God! Actor 1977
No Score Yet The Psychopath Actor 1973


No Score Yet Great Performances
Sheriff 2013
89% Call the Midwife
Guest Ted Lawson 2012
57% The Finder
Franklin Sherman 2012
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Chief of Detectives Alan Fewkes 2009
No Score Yet Judging Amy
Dashielle Purdue 2001
No Score Yet King of the Hill
Voice 1998
No Score Yet JAG
Brian Turkey 1996
No Score Yet Hardball
Charles Battles Charlie 1990
No Score Yet The A-Team
Cactus Jack Slater 1985
No Score Yet Dallas
Willie Joe Garr Willy Willie Joe 1979
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
Sears 1978
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
MP 1977
No Score Yet Kojak
Cullen 1974


John says: Hey Danny. Sorry to hear about your brother.