Robert Shaw

Birthday: Aug 9, 1927
Birthplace: Westhoughton, Lancashire, England
Raised in Scotland and then Cornwall, Robert Shaw was drawn to acting and writing from his youth. Shaw trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In 1949 he debuted onstage at the Shakespeare Memorial Theater at Stratford-on-Avon. From 1951 he appeared in British and (later) American films as a character actor, frequently playing heavies. He became better known internationally after appearing in the James Bond movie From Russia with Love (1963), and he received a "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons. (1966). In the mid '70s he suddenly became a highly paid star after his appearances in several blockbuster movies, including The Sting (1973), Jaws (1975), and The Deep (1977). He wrote a play and several novels, including The Man in the Glass Booth (1967), which he adapted into a play; it was successful in both London and New York, and in 1975 was made into a film. His novel The Hiding Place (1959) was the source material for the screen comedy Situation Hopeless -- But Not Serious (1965). He died of a heart attack at age 51. His second wife (of three) was actress Mary Ure.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Winter's Tale Actor 2012
14% Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th Executive Producer 2000
No Score Yet Avalanche Express Marenkov 1979
54% Force 10 From Navarone Mallory 1978
33% The Deep Romer Treece 1977
71% Black Sunday Maj. David Kabakov 1977
No Score Yet Swashbuckler Ned Lynch 1976
76% Robin and Marian Sheriff of Nottingham 1976
No Score Yet Diamonds Charles / Earl Hodgson 1975
98% Jaws Quint 1975
No Score Yet The Man in the Glass Booth Screenwriter 1975
60% End of the Game (Der Richter und sein Henker) (The Judge and His Hangman) Richard Gastmann 1975
100% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Blue 1974
93% The Sting Doyle Lonnegan 1973
No Score Yet The Hireling Ledbetter 1973
No Score Yet A Reflection of Fear Michael 1973
44% Young Winston Lord Randolph Churchill 1972
No Score Yet Figures in a Landscape MacConnachie 1971
No Score Yet A Town Called Hell The Priest 1971
63% Battle of Britain Squadron Leader Skipper 1969
No Score Yet Royal Hunt of the Sun Francisco Pizarro 1969
No Score Yet The Birthday Party Stanley Weber 1968
25% Custer of the West Gen. George Armstrong Custer 1967
82% A Man for All Seasons Henry VIII 1966
57% Battle of the Bulge Col. Hessler 1965
No Score Yet Tomorrow At Ten Marlow 1964
No Score Yet Carol for Another Christmas Ghost of Christmas Future 1964
No Score Yet The Luck of Ginger Coffey Ginger Coffey 1964
96% From Russia With Love Donald Grant 1964
No Score Yet The Caretaker (The Guest) Aston 1963
No Score Yet The Valiant Actor 1962
No Score Yet Sea Fury Gorman 1958
No Score Yet A Hill in Korea (Hell in Korea) Lance-Cpl. Hodge 1956
100% The Dam Busters Flight Sgt. Pulford 1954
No Score Yet Operation Secret Jacques 1952
100% The Lavender Hill Mob Chemist at Police Exhibition 1951