Today, August 9th is the Birth anniversary of one of the greatest actors and writers of all time, Robert Shaw.
Robert Shaw gave many memorable performances in many films and in my opinion, the film industry is not the same without the presence of Robert Shaw.
No actor can compare to Robert Shaw. He was one of a kind.
Robert Shaw was born on August 9th of 1927 in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, UK.
He was not only a great actor but he was also an accomplished writer and one of his best books is “The Man in the Glass Booth”.
His performance as Captain Quint in “Jaws” is ranked #28 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
He was nominated for an Oscar of Best Actor in a supporting Role as King Henry VIII of England in the Academy Award winning film “A Man for all seasons”.
He is one of the best Bond villains as the killer Donald Grantin in “From Russia with love”.
He was also a great sportsman, he played rugby for London Wasps. In 1957, his school quarter mile record still stood. He was an expert swordsman and a squash enthusiast.
Many of Captain Quint’s ramblings in Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” were actually Shaw’s improvisations, and he is considered one of many authors of the famous USS Indianapolis scene.
There are many films with Robert Shaw that I love like “The Sting”, “The Taking of Pelham One, two, three”, “A Man for all Seasons”, “From Russia with love”, “Black Sunday”, “The Deep”, “Force 10 from Navarone”, “Diamonds”, “Robin and Marian”, “Swashbuckler”, “The Hireling”, “Battle of the Bulge”, “Battle of Britain”, “Young Winston”, “The Birthday Party”, “The Luck of Ginger Coffey”, “Avalanche Express” (his final film) and of course, “Jaws”.
His writing credits include: “A Card from Morocco”, “The Man in the Glass Booth”, “The Hiding Place“, “The Sun Doctor” and “The Flag”, just to name a few.
In this month, we will pay tribute to Robert Shaw.
Celebrating the extraordinary actor and writer Robert Shaw!