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John Ashton

Highest Rated:   100% The Dresser (2015)
Lowest Rated:   0% King Kong Lives (1986)
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Memorably portraying gruff authority figures in such features as Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and King Kong Lives (1986), longtime character actor John Ashton possesses just the sort of rough-around-the-edges, grating quality that viewers love to hate. A native of Springfield, MA, who graduated from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Ashton got his start onscreen with a supporting role in the 1973 thriller The Psychopath, a role that served to define his future career path in cinematic law enforcement. Small-screen roles in Kojak and Police Story only served to reinforce this path, and in 1978 Ashton became a familiar face to television viewers when he joined the cast of the prime-time hit Dallas. Continuing to alternate between television and film into the following decade, the 1980s proved a lucrative period for Ashton as roles in Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (1984), Beverly Hills Cop (as well as its sequel), and Midnight Run (1988) found him toying with his haggard image to the amusement of movie lovers worldwide. Though not as prominent onscreen in the 1990s, Ashton averaged about two films a year with roles in The Tommyknockers (1993), Trapped in Paradise (1994), and Meet the Deedles (1998), culminating with an impressive performance as the eponymous character in the 2001 thriller Bill's Gun Shop, which proved once and for all that his edge was still very much intact. His performance was so impressive, in fact, that he was subsequently cast in the lead of the 2002 drama Sweet Deadly Dreams.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
22% Death in Texas
  • Actor
2021
69% Once Upon a River
  • Smoke
2020
No Score Yet The Neighborhood
  • Actor
2017
100% The Dresser
  • Gloucester
2015
85% Uncle John
  • John
2015
40% Middle Men
  • Morgan
$0.8M 2010
No Score Yet A Letter to Dad
  • Mike
2009
No Score Yet Take
  • Actor
2009
94% Gone Baby Gone
  • Nick Poole
$20.4M 2007
No Score Yet Reign of the Gargoyles
  • Commander Latham
2007
No Score Yet Avalanche
  • Kemp
2002
No Score Yet Bill's Gun Shop
  • Bill Voight
2001
27% Instinct
  • Guard Decks
1999
No Score Yet The Day Lincoln Was Shot
  • U.S. Grant
1998
7% Meet the Deedles
  • Capt. Douglas Pine
1998
No Score Yet Little Girls in Pretty Boxes
  • Peter Bryant
1997
No Score Yet Hidden Assassin (The Shooter)
  • Alex Reed
1996
No Score Yet For Which He Stands
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Fast Money
  • Lt. Diego
1995
35% Little Big League
  • Mac Macnally
1994
5% Trapped in Paradise
  • Ed
1994
No Score Yet In the Living Years
  • Actor
1994
30% The Tommyknockers
  • Butch
1993
No Score Yet Dirty Work
  • Eddie
1992
13% Curly Sue
  • Frank Arnold
1991
No Score Yet Love, Lies and Murder
  • Carrothers
1991
No Score Yet I Know My First Name Is Steven
  • Del Staynor
1989
No Score Yet I Want to Go Home
  • Harry Dempsey
1989
94% Midnight Run
  • Marvin Dorfler
1988
43% She's Having a Baby
  • Ken
1988
47% Beverly Hills Cop II
  • John Taggart
1987
75% Some Kind of Wonderful
  • Cliff Nelson
1987
0% King Kong Lives
  • Lt. Col. R.T. Nevitt
1986
No Score Yet The Deliberate Stranger
  • Detective Roger Dunn
1986
No Score Yet Last Resort
  • Phil Cocoran
1986
83% Beverly Hills Cop
  • Sgt. Taggart
1984
68% The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
  • Highway Patrolman
1984
No Score Yet Honky Tonk Freeway
  • Otto Kemper
1981
No Score Yet Borderline
  • Charlie Monroe
1980
95% Breaking Away
  • Mike's Brother
1979
74% Oh, God!
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet The Psychopath
  • Actor
1973

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
1972
  • Sheriff
  • 2013
No Score Yet Call the Midwife
2012
  • Guest
  • Ted Lawson
  • 2013
  • 2012
57% The Finder
2012
  • Franklin Sherman
  • 2012
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999-2021
  • Chief of Detectives Alan Fewkes
  • 2009
No Score Yet Judging Amy
1999-2005
  • Dashielle Purdue
  • 2001
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
  • Voice
  • 1998
No Score Yet JAG
1995-2005
  • Brian Turkey
  • 1996
No Score Yet Hardball
1989-1990
  • Charles Battles Charlie
  • 1990
  • 1989
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
  • Cactus Jack Slater
  • 1985
No Score Yet Dallas
1978-1991
  • Willie Joe Garr Willy Willie Joe
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
  • Sears
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
  • MP
  • 1977
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
  • Cullen
  • 1974

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