John Ashton

John Ashton

actor

Born February 22, 1948 in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

John has appeared in over 200 stage, film, and television productions throughout his more than 50 year illustrious career. His first professional acting role was in the premier production of "Othello" at the Hartford Stage Company at a young age. He then went on to perform in summer stock on Cape Cod, MA, starring in "Dark at the Top of the Stairs" and "The Gazebo". Within a few years he was touring Europe with the USA Festival Theater Tour performing in Germany, Cambridge, London, and the prestigious Edinburgh Arts Festival in Scotland, performing in 15 different productions in repertory. While a member of the Company of Angels in Los Angeles, CA, he received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for his performance as Camille in the production of "A Flea in Her Ear, and also for the ensemble of "The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia" at the Coronet Theater. He later won the award for his critically acclaimed performance as Lee in Sam Shepard's "True West", with Ed Harris at the South Coast Repertory Theater in Costa Mesa, CA. John branched out into television and motion pictures and performed guest starring roles in many hit television series such as "Kojak", "Columbo", "Police Story", "Police Squad", "Law and Order,SVU", and a recurring role as Willie Joe Garr in the hit series "Dallas". He also starred in the mini-series "A Death in California", "Love , Lies, and Murder", "The Tommy Knockers". and the critically acclaimed "I Know My First Name is Steven". He later starred in the series "Hardball", as Charlie Battles, for NBC. John's numerous film credits include the award winning "Breaking Away", "Some Kind of Wonderful", "She's Having a Baby", and "Little Big League", and "Instinct" with Sir Anthony Hopkins. His most well known, critically acclaimed, hit films are "Beverly Hills Cop", I and II, as Sgt. John Taggart, with Eddie Murphy, and "Midnight Run", as Marvin Dorfler, with Robert DeNiro. For his recent critically acclaimed film, "Once Upon a River", he received the LA Method Fest award for Best Supporting Actor. John received his BA degree in Theater Arts from the University of Southern California, and is proudly still working in the profession he loves. His motto, taken from his high school drama teacher, is "Think Big, Work Hard, Have a Dream, and Make a Difference" !!.

Filmography

Connections

  • Danny Aiello

    Danny Aiello

  • Martin Brest

    Martin Brest

  • Charles Grodin

    Charles Grodin

  • Armand Assante

    Armand Assante

  • George Gallo

    George Gallo

  • Robert De Niro

    Robert De Niro

  • Danny Elfman

    Danny Elfman

  • Yaphet Kotto

    Yaphet Kotto

Genres

  • Thriller
  • Action & Adventure
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Sports
  • Children & Family
  • Science Fiction