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Robert Shaw - Thanks for the memories. ⋆ Historian Alan Royle
ROBERT SHAW (1927 – 78) I suppose we all have our favourite character actors. I have several, but near the top of the list is Lancashire-born Robert Shaw. I wonder if he would appreciate being categorized as a ‘character actor’. Possibly not, for he seemed to have a sizeable ego on-screen. Was he the same off it? His on-screen persona reminded me of Lee Marvin (another of my favourites) – a no-nonsense professional who was as tough as he looked and who did not suffer fools gladly. When it came to convincingly playing a tough guy he had few equals. He was born in Westhoughton, Lancashire in 1927; the son of a nurse born in Swaziland and a British doctor. When Shaw was 12 his father, an alcoholic and manic depressive, took his own life. Attending school in Truro, Robert was good at rugby, squash and athletics, but he soon discovered he liked drama much more. Courtesy of an inheritance from his grandmother he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and, two years later, went [...]