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Sebastian Shaw

Sebastian Lewis Shaw was an English actor, director, novelist, playwright and poet. During his 65-year career, he appeared in dozens of stage performances and more than 40 film and television productions. Shaw was born and brought up in Holt, Norfolk, and made his acting debut at age eight at a London theatre. He studied acting at Gresham's School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Although he worked primarily on the London stage, he made his Broadway debut in 1929, when he played one of the two murderers in Rope's End. He appeared in his first film, Caste, in 1930 and quickly began to create a name for himself in films. He described himself as a "rotten actor" as a youth and said his success was primarily due to his good looks. He claimed to mature as a performer only after returning from service in the Royal Air Force during World War II. Shaw was particularly known for his performances in productions of Shakespeare plays which were considered daring and ahead of their time. In 1966, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he remained for a decade and delivered some of his most acclaimed performances. He also wrote several poems and a novel, The Christening, in 1975.

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May 29, 1905 In Holt - Norfolk - England - UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Brewster's Millions 1935-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie The Story of Star Wars 2004-08-18
Known For
Poster of A Midsummer Night's Dream
Poster of Farewell Again
Poster of Tomorrow We Live
Movie The Story of Star Wars Anakin Skywalker (archive footage) 2004-08-18
Movie Chernobyl: The Final Warning Grandpa 1991-04-22
Movie The Master Builder Knut Brovik 1988-05-15
Movie High Season Sharp 1987-09-01
Movie Return of the Jedi Anakin Skywalker 1983-05-25
Movie Timon of Athens Old Athenian 1981-04-16
Series The Old Curiosity Shop Grandfather 1979-12-09
Movie A Choice of Evils Abbot General 1977-04-19
Series Rumpole of the Bailey Unknown 1975-12-17
Series Dead of Night Unknown 1972-11-05
Movie All's Well That Ends Well King of France 1968-03-06
Movie A Midsummer Night's Dream Quince 1968-09-30
Movie It Happened Here Doctor Richard 'Dick' Fletcher 1966-05-01
Series The Great War 1964-05-30
Movie Laxdale Hall Hugh Marvell, M.P. 1953-04-01
Movie The Glass Mountain Bruce McLeod 1949-03-09
Movie Landfall Wing Commander Dickens 1949-09-30
Movie Journey Together Squadron Leader Marshall 1945-10-01
Movie East of Piccadilly Tamsie Green 1941-06-23
Movie Now You're Talking Charles Hampton 1940-03-01
Movie Three Silent Men Sir James Quentin 1940-09-07
Movie The Flying Squad Inspector Bradley 1940-10-12
Movie Prison Without Bars 1939-07-29
Movie The Spy in Black Ashington 1939-08-03
Movie Farewell Again Capt. Gilbert Reed 1937-01-05
Movie The Squeaker Frank Sutton 1937-11-11
Movie Men Are Not Gods Edmund Davey 1936-11-26
Movie Birds of a Feather Jack Wortle 1936-04-12
Movie Tomorrow We Live Eric Morton 1936-10-06
Movie Brewster's Millions Frank 1935-01-01
Movie The Ace of Spades Trent 1935-02-09
Movie Department Store John Goodman Johnson 1935-10-06
Movie Adventure Ltd. Bruce Blandford 1935-03-31
Movie Three Witnesses Roger Truscott 1935-03-01