Notorious british gangster, Godfather of the Birkbino movement started in L.P, Birkby in the early 1950's.
A ruthless villain, with a passion for liquor and fine women, 'the reverend JT' is known to have survived at least 7 attepts on his life, incluing a gunfight in fartown with the notorious Beppy da barcode. Now the stuff of legend, and serving 9 life sentances for murder, exstortion and armed robbery.
It is also widely knwon that he first coined the phrase 'mo-fo', when he famously bitch slapped pappy chiz in 62'.
Taken from 'John Thaw', the criminal underworld and gnagsters with style (2002, chemistry publications)
John Edward Thaw CBE (3 January 1942 – 21 February 2002) was a British actor who achieved his first starring role in the military police television drama Redcap (1964 – 1966), and subsequently appeared in a range of television, stage and cinema roles.
Thaw came from a working class background, having been born in Longsight, Manchester to parents John and Dorothy. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he was a contemporary of Tom Courtenay.
On leaving RADA, Thaw was awarded a contract with the Liverpool Playhouse. His first film role was a bit part in the 1962 adaptation of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner starring Tom Courtenay; and he also guested in an early episode of The Avengers.
Thaw will perhaps be best remembered for two roles: the hard-bitten Flying Squad detective Jack Regan in the television series (and two films) The Sweeney (1975 – 1978), which established him as a major star in the United Kingdom, and as the quietly-spoken, introspective and bitter detective Inspector Morse (1987 – 2001), with specials in 1995 – 1998 and 2000.
He won two BAFTA awards for Inspector Morse.
He subsequently played liberal barrister James Kavanagh in Kavanagh QC (1995 – 1999), with a special in 2001. Thaw also tried his hand at comedy with his own sitcom called Home to Roost (1985 – 1988).
His only screen projects not considered a popular success were the BBC series A Year in Provence and the LWT series Mitch, in which he played a journa...