Robert Shaw (actor)

English actor and novelist (1927-1978)

Robert Archibald Shaw (9 August 1927 – 28 August 1978) was an English actor and writer, remembered for his roles in From Russia with Love (1963), A Man for All Seasons (1966), The Sting (1973), the original The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), Black Sunday (1977), The Deep (1977) and Jaws (1975), where he played the shark hunter Quint. Robert Shaw was born in Westhoughton, near Bolton, Lancashire.

Robert Shaw
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Robert Shaw as Dan Tempest on The Buccaneers
Robert Archibald Shaw

(1927-08-09)9 August 1927
Died28 August 1978(1978-08-28) (aged 51)
Cause of deathHeart attack
OccupationActor, novelist
Years active1951-1978
Jennifer Bourke (m. 1952–1963)
4 children
Mary Ure (m. 1963–1975)
her death; 4 children
Virginia Jansen (m. 1976–1978)
his death; 2 children

Shaw was married three times and had ten children, one of whom was adopted. His first wife was Jennifer Bourke (1952-63) with he had four daughters. His second wife was the actress Mary Ure (1963-75) with he had two sons and two daughters; this marriage ended with her death from an overdose. His third and last wife was Virginia Jansen (1976-78) with he had one son and adopted Jansen's son from a previous relationship. One of Shaw's sons by Mary Ure is the actor Ian Shaw.

Shaw died on August 28, 1978 from a heart attack while on the set of Avalanche Express in Tourmakeady, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland.[1]


  1. "Robert Shaw, British Actor, Dies In Ireland". The Post and Courier. 29 August 1978. Retrieved 6 December 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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