Jack MacGowran

Biography

Date of Birth 13 October 1918, Dublin, Ireland Date of Death 30 January 1973, New York City, New York, USA (influenza) Birth Name John Joseph MacGowran Height 5' 7" (1.70 m) Jack MacGowran, the great Irish character actor known for his roles in the plays of Samuel Beckett, was born on October 13, 1918 in Ireland. He established his professional reputation as a member of the Abbey Players in Dublin, but he won his greatest fame for assaying Beckett's characters onstage. MacGowran's appearance as the Squire's right-hand man in John Ford's paean to Irealnd, The Quiet Man (1952) introduced him to world cinema. He moved to London in 1954, where he joined The Royal Shakespeare Company, becoming a friend of fellow Irishman-abroad Peter O'Toole, with whom he would co-star in Richard Brooks's Lord Jim (1965) (1965) a decade later. He appeared as Joxer, one of the great roles in modern Irish drama, in the Broadway musical "Juno", which was based on Sean O'Casey's 1924 masterpiece "Juno and the Paycock". Fittingly, he played O'Casey's brother Archie in Young Cassidy (1965), one of John Ford's last films (which the director had to abandon due to ill health). One of his only movie leads came with 1969's _Wonderwall (1969)_ , an exercise in "mod" that is remembered mostly for 'George Harrison' 's score. By that time, MacGowran had established himself as the actor to go to for roles calling for an impish, Puckish character. He was in great demand for comedies, such as the Oscar-winning 'Tom Jones (1963)_ (Best Picture of 1963) and Start the Revolution Without Me (1970). On the other hand, he memorably played The Fool to the 'Paul Scofield' 's watershed interpretation of King Lear (1971) in Peter Brook's 1971 film that captured Scofield's great performance, arguably the greatest interpretation of Lear in the 20th Century. MacGowran starred in the first London production of Beckett's "Endgame", then began a busy career as a character actor in motion pictures. Roman Polanski used him twice, as a gangster in his absurdist Cul-de-sac (1966) and as Professor Abronsius, the Vampire Hunter, in his horror film parody The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), a role that was written especially for him. His last film was a more straightforward horror picture, the 1973 blockbuster The Exorcist (1973), in which he played a doomed film director. MacGowran died on January 31, 1973, of complications from influenza, which he had caught in London during a flu epidemic. The cinema and the stage lost a unique talent that never has been replaced.

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Birth Name

John Joseph MacGowran

Birth Place

Dublin, Irlande

Birth Date

10/13/1918

Death Date

1/30/1973
Known For
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The Fearless Vampire Killers

Professor Abronsius

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Cul-de-sac

Albie

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Wonderwall

Prof. Oscar Collins

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The Giant Behemoth

Dr. Sampson, the Paleontologist

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Start the Revolution Without Me

Jacques

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The Rising of the Moon

Mickey J. - the poitín maker (1st Episode)

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How I Won The War

Juniper

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Rooney

Joe O'Connor

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She Didn't Say No

William Bates

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The Ceremony

O'Brian

Starring In
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The Exorcist

Burke Dennings

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A Day at the Beach

The Collector

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King Lear

Fool

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Start the Revolution Without Me

Jacques

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Age of Consent

Nat Kelly

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Wonderwall

Prof. Oscar Collins

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The Fearless Vampire Killers

Professor Abronsius

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How I Won The War

Juniper

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Cul-de-sac

Albie

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Doctor Zhivago

Petya

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2664 Young Cassidy

Archie

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Lord Jim

Robinson

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Tom Jones

Partridge

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The Ceremony

O'Brian

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Night Creatures

Frightened Man

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Captain Clegg

Frightened Man

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The Brain

Furber

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Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Phadrig Oge

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The Giant Behemoth

Dr. Sampson, the Paleontologist

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Die tödliche Falle

Postman

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She Didn't Say No

William Bates

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Rooney

Joe O'Connor

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Panic in the Parlor

Toddy (uncredited)

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Terror on a Train

Bearded Man in Hostel (uncredited)

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The Titfield Thunderbolt

Vernon Crump (as Jack McGowran)

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The Quiet Man

Ignatius Feeney (as Jack McGowran)

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Die Bombe im U-Bahn Schacht

Patsy McGuire

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The Rising of the Moon

Mickey J. - the poitín maker (1st Episode)

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