Robert Archibald Shaw (9 August 1927 – 28 August 1978) was an English actor, novelist and playwright. With his menacing mutter and intimidating demeanor, he was often cast as a villain. He is best remembered for his performances in Jaws (1975), in which he portrayed a shark hunter named Quint, and The Sting (1973), where he played the conned mobster, Doyle Lonnegan. Shaw also appeared in From Russia with Love (1963), Battle of the Bulge (1965), A Man for All Seasons (1966) (for which he was nominated for the 1967 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), Black Sunday (1977), Force 10 From Navarone (1978) and The Deep (1977).
Robert Shaw was born in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, in 1927. His mother, Doreen (née Avery), was a former nurse born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, and his father, Thomas Shaw, was a doctor. He had three sisters, Elisabeth, Joanna and Wendy, and one brother, Alexander. When he was 7, the family moved to Stromness, Orkney, Scotland. When he was 12, Thomas, an alcoholic, took his own life. The family then moved to Cornwall, where he went to the independent Truro School. He was a teacher in Saltburn-by-the-Sea in the North Riding of Yorkshire for a brief period, then attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He served in the Royal Air Force...
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