Robert Shaw

Robert Shaw

Highest Rated: 100% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

Lowest Rated: 25% Custer of the West (1968)

Birthday: Aug 9, 1927

Birthplace: Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, UK

A rough-hewn British character actor who played more leading roles later in his career, Robert Shaw went from being typecast as tough-guy villains to proving his versatility in a wide range of performances. Shaw had his start on the stage in the late 1940s and quickly segued to the screen where he broke through as an assassin for SPECTRE in "From Russia with Love" (1963). But it was his Oscar-nominated turn as King Henry VIII in "A Man for All Seasons" (1966) that helped shed new light on the actor, leading to a variety of characters in films like "Battle of Britain" (1969), "A Town Called Hell" (1971) and "Young Winston" (1972). Shaw then entered his most fruitful period to play ruthless mob boss Doyle Lonnegan in "The Sting" (1973) and criminal mastermind Mr. Blue in "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974), which paved the way for his most iconic performance as salty Quint in Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" (1975). From there, Shaw was a leading man in a number of major studio films like "Black Sunday" (1977), "Force 10 from Navarone" (1977) and "Avalanched Express" (1979). But at the height of his career, Shaw suffered a fatal heart attack. Whether on screen or as the author of award-winning novels, Shaw was a unique talent the likes of whom would not be seen again.

Highest rated movies

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Jaws
From Russia With Love
The Sting
The Caretaker
A Man for All Seasons
Robin and Marian
Black Sunday




No Score Yet 12% Avalanche Express Marenkov (Character) - 1979
61% 56% Force 10 From Navarone Mallory (Character) - 1978
70% 65% Black Sunday Ma. David Kabakov (Character) - 1977
48% 38% The Deep Romer Treece (Character) - 1977
44% 57% Swashbuckler Ned Lynch (Character) - 1976
74% 53% Robin and Marian Sheriff of Nottingham (Character) - 1976
50% 29% End of the Game Richard Gastmann (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 67% Diamonds Charles/Earl Hodgson (Character) - 1975
98% 90% Jaws Quint (Character),
$260.9M 1975
100% 88% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Blue (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Break Unknown (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 50% A Reflection of Fear Michael (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 50% The Hireling Steven Ledbetter (Character) - 1973
94% 95% The Sting Doyle Lonnegan (Character) - 1973
50% 53% Young Winston Lord Randolph Churchill (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 15% A Town Called Hell The Priest (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 42% Figures in a Landscape MacConnachie (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 53% The Royal Hunt of the Sun Francisco Pizarro (Character) - 1969
67% 79% Battle of Britain Squadron Leader Skipper (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 77% The Birthday Party Stanley Webber (Character) - 1968
25% 32% Custer of the West Gen. George Armstrong Custer (Character) - 1968
84% 87% A Man for All Seasons King Henry VIII (Character) - 1966
57% 67% Battle of the Bulge Col. Hessler (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cracksman Moke (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Luck of Ginger Coffey Ginger Coffey (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 56% Carol for Another Christmas Ghost of Christmas Future (Character) - 1964
86% 79% The Caretaker Aston (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tomorrow at Ten Marlowe (Character) - 1964
97% 84% From Russia With Love Donald 'Red' Grant (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Valiant Lieutenant Field (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Winter's Tale Leontes (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sea Fury Gorman (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man From Tangier Johnny (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 42% A Hill in Korea LCpl. Hodge (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 59% Adam Had Four Sons Chris Stoddard (Character) - 1941


No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Buccaneers Dan Tempest (Character) 1956-1957