Biography

Sebastian Lewis Shaw was an English actor, director, novelist, playwright and poet. During his 65-year career, he appeared in dozens of stage performances and more than 40 film and television productions. Shaw was born and brought up in Holt, Norfolk, and made his acting debut at age eight at a London theatre. He studied acting at Gresham's School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Although he worked primarily on the London stage, he made his Broadway debut in 1929, when he played one of the two murderers in Rope's End. He appeared in his first film, Caste, in 1930 and quickly began to create a name for himself in films. He described himself as a "rotten actor" as a youth and said his success was primarily due to his good looks. He claimed to mature as a performer only after returning from service in the Royal Air Force during World War II. Shaw was particularly known for his performances in productions of Shakespeare plays which were considered daring and ahead of their time. In 1966, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he remained for a decade and delivered some of his most acclaimed performances. He also wrote several poems and a novel, The Christening, in 1975.

Sebastian Lewis Shaw was an English actor, director, novelist, playwright and poet. During his 65-year career, he appeared in dozens of stage performances and more than 40 film and television productions. Shaw was born and brought up in Holt, Norfolk, and made his acting debut at age eight at a London theatre. He studied acting at Gresham's School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Although he worked primarily on the London stage, he made his Broadway debut in 1929, when he played one of the two murderers in Rope's End. He appeared in his first film, Caste, in 1930 and quickly began to create a name for himself in films. He described himself as a "rotten actor" as a youth and said his success was primarily due to his good looks. He claimed to mature as a performer only after returning from service in the Royal Air Force during World War II. Shaw was particularly known for his performances in productions of Shakespeare plays which were considered daring and ahead of their time. In 1966, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he remained for a decade and delivered some of his most acclaimed performances. He also wrote several poems and a novel, The Christening, in 1975.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender -

Known Credits 32

Birthday 1905-05-29

Day of Death 1994-12-23

Place of Birth Holt - Norfolk - England - UK

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2004 The Story of Star Wars as Anakin Skywalker
1988 The Master Builder as Knut Brovik
1987 High Season as Sharp
1986 Casualty (1 episode) as Charles Howlett
1983 The Weather in the Streets as Mr. Curtis
1983 Return of the Jedi as Anakin Skywalker
1981 Timon of Athens as Old Athenian
1979 The Old Curiosity Shop (9 episodes) as Grandfather
1977 A Choice of Evils as Abbot General
1975 Rumpole of the Bailey (1 episode)
1972 Dead of Night (1 episode)
1968 A Midsummer Night's Dream as Quince
1968 All's Well That Ends Well as King of France
1966 It Happened Here as Doctor Richard 'Dick' Fletcher
1949 Landfall as Wing Commander Dickens
1949 The Glass Mountain as Bruce McLeod
1941 East of Piccadilly as Tamsie Green
1940 The Flying Squad as Inspector Bradley
1940 Three Silent Men as Sir James Quentin
1939 The Spy in Black as Ashington
1939 Prison Without Bars
1937 The Squeaker as Frank Sutton
1937 Farewell Again as Capt. Gilbert Reed
1936 Men Are Not Gods as Edmund Davey
1936 Tomorrow We Live as Eric Morton
1936 Birds of a Feather as Jack Wortle
1935 Department Store as John Goodman Johnson
1935 Adventure Ltd. as Bruce Blandford
1935 Three Witnesses as Roger Truscott
1935 The Ace of Spades as Trent
1935 Brewster's Millions as Frank
1930 Caste as Hon. George d'Alroy

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