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Robert Shaw (Actor) Height, Weight, Age, Facts, Biography

Robert Shaw Quick Info
Height 5 ft 10 in
Weight 73 kg
Date of Birth August 9, 1927
Zodiac Sign Leo
Date of Death August 28, 1978

Robert Shaw was an English actor, stage artist, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter who started his acting career in theatre and appeared in the productions of Macbeth, Henry VIII, Cymbeline, and many other Shakespearean plays. Moreover, he was cast in various films including Custer of the WestThe Birthday PartyThe Royal Hunt of the SunBattle of BritainFigures in a LandscapeLibel, From Russia with Love, Young WinstonA Reflection of FearThe Luck of Ginger Coffey, Tomorrow at Ten, The Golden Voyage of SinbadThe Valiant, The HirelingDouble Cross, Battle of the Bulge, The Taking of Pelham One Two ThreeCarol for Another Christmas, The Dam Busters, The Cracksman, The Man in the Glass BoothThe Lavender Hill Mob, JawsEnd of the GameRobin and MarianForce 10 from NavaroneA Man for All SeasonsThe CaretakerA Hill in Korea, and Sea Fury.

Born Name

Robert Archibald Shaw

Nick Name


Robert Shaw as seen in a 1958 advertisement for 'The Buccaneers'
Robert Shaw as seen in a 1958 advertisement for ‘The Buccaneers’ (Official Films / / CC BY-SA 4.0)


He was born on August 9, 1927.


On August 28, 1978, Robert Shaw died at 51 in Tourmakeady, County Mayo, Ireland, due to a heart attack. At that time, he was driving to his home in Tourmakeady from Castlebar, County Mayo. All of a sudden, he felt ill and stopped the car to step out of it. On the roadside, he took his last breath.

Sun Sign


Born Place

Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom


He resided at Drimbawn House in Tourmakeady, County Mayo, Ireland for the last 7 years of his life.





Robert Shaw studied at Truro School located in the city of Truro, Cornwall. He later joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and graduated in 1948.


Actor, Stage Artist, Novelist, Playwright, Screenwriter


  • Father – Thomas Archibald Shaw (Doctor)
  • Mother – Doreen Nora (née Avery) (Nurse)
  • Siblings – Elisabeth (Sister), Joanna (Sister), Wendy (Sister), Alexander (Brother)
  • OthersFerdia Shaw (Grandson) (Actor), Rob Kolar (Grandson) (Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Composer, Actor)




5 ft 10 in or 178 cm


73 kg or 161 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Robert Shaw had dated –

  1. Jennifer Bourke (1952-1963)​ – In 1952, he married his first wife Jennifer Bourke and they had 4 daughters. The couple divorced in 1963.
  2. Mary Ure (1963-1975)​ – Robert Shaw got married to Scottish stage and film actor Mary Ure in 1963 and he immediately adopted Colin (the son she gave birth to while she was married to John Osborne). Colin later said in an interview that he was Shaw’s son born during an affair while Ure was still married to Osborne. Robert Shaw and Mary Ure were blessed with 3 more children – daughters Elizabeth (b. 1963) and Hannah (b. 1965) and son Ian Shaw (b. 1969). The duo remained together until her death in 1975.
  3. Virginia Jansen (1976-1978) – Shaw married Virginia Jansen in 1976 and they were together until his demise in 1978. They had a son named Thomas and Shaw had also adopted her son named Charles from a previous relationship.

Race / Ethnicity


Robert Shaw was of Scottish descent on his father’s side.

Robert Shaw as 'Dan Tempest' in 'The Buccaneers' (1957)
Robert Shaw as ‘Dan Tempest’ in ‘The Buccaneers’ (1957) (Uncredited / / Public Domain)

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Deep, gruff voice and demeanor

Robert Shaw Facts

  1. He was 12 years old when his father committed suicide.
  2. He once served as a teacher at Glenhow Preparatory School in Saltburn-by-the-Sea in the North Riding of Yorkshire.
  3. Alongside Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Orson Welles, and Susannah York, Robert Shaw co-starred as King Henry VIII in the 1966 historical drama film A Man for All Seasons. For this performance, he was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor” and a Golden Globe Award for “Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture” while he won the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award and the National Board of Review Award in the “Best Supporting Actor” category.
  4. Robert Shaw was an alcoholic.
  5. He authored novels such as The Hiding PlaceThe Sun DoctorThe Flag, and A Card from Morocco.

Featured Image by Official Films / / CC BY-SA 4.0

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