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John Ashton

Biography

Assisting actor who became known for playing Det. John Taggart in 1984’s Beverly Hillsides Cop and its own 1987 sequel, Beverly Hillsides Cop 2. He also made an appearance in the 2007 Oscar-nominated theatre, Gone Baby Eliminated. He majored in theatre at the College or university of Southern California. In 1988, he made an appearance in Midnight Work. He was wedded to Bridget Ashton from 1976 to 2001. He distributed the display with Robert De Niro in the 1988 film, Midnight Operate.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth February 22, 1948
Place Of Birth Springfield, MA
Height 1.83 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Nationality American
Spouse Barbara Valentin, Bridget Ashton, Victoria Marie Runn
Music Groups The Psychedelic Furs
Nominations Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Movies Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop II, Midnight Run, Gone Baby Gone, Some Kind of Wonderful, Uncle John, King Kong Lives, Meet the Deedles, Little Big League, Trapped in Paradise, Breaking Away, Instinct, She's Having a Baby, The Shooter, Last Resort, Middle Men, The Deliberate Stranger, Reign of the Gargoyles, A Letter to Dad, Bill's Gun Shop, The Day Lincoln Was Shot, Little Girls in Pretty Boxes, For Which He Stands, I Want to Go Home, Borderline, A Child's Cry for Help, Avalanche, The Neighborhood, Fast Money, The Psychopath, Dirty Work
TV Shows The Take, Hardball, Breaking Away, I Know My First Name Is Steven, The Tommyknockers
Star Sign Pisces

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#Fact
1 Won Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award 1973 for Supporting Actor as "Camille" in The Company of Angels production of "A Flea in Her Ear".
2 Won Los Angeles Drama Logue Award 1981 for Outstanding Performance as "Lee" in The South Coast Repertory Theater production of "True West".
3 Classmates at University of Southern California included John Ritter, Jack Bender.
4 Although Mark Harmon became the focal point of NCIS (2003), Ashton was the first actor to play an NCIS agent on JAG (1995).
5 Taking acting lessons from age 12, he made his professional stage debut at age 14 in a small role in a production of "Othello" at the Hartford Stage Company.
6 Burly, balding character actor best known for his 80s detectives in Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and Midnight Run (1988).
7 While appearing with a touring theater troupe from USC, won scholarship to travel abroad in 1970 and appeared in 15 productions throughout Europe.
8 Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and raised in Connecticut.
9 Graduated University of Southern California School of Theatre. Among classmates were Bob Quinn.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hot Bath, Stiff Drink, an' a Close Shave 2016 post-production Judge Nathan Rivers
Hot Bath an' a Stiff Drink 2 2016 post-production Judge Nathan Rivers
Hey Marvin!: An Interview with Actor John Ashton 2016 Video short
Uncle John 2015 John
The Finder 2012 TV Series Franklin Sherman
Fairly Legal 2011 TV Series Lou Fisher
A Letter to Dad 2009 Mike
Middle Men 2009 Morgan
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 TV Series Chief of Detectives
Gone Baby Gone 2007 Nick Poole
Reign of the Gargoyles 2007 TV Movie Commander Latham
Sweet Deadly Dreams 2006 Harry
Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part 2005 TV Movie Richie Parsons
Body & Soul 2002 TV Series Jordan Meadows
Bill's Gun Shop 2001 Bill Voight
Going to California 2001 TV Series Victor
Judging Amy 2001 TV Series Dashiel Purdue
Avalanche 1999 Kemp
Instinct 1999 Guard Dacks
Fantasy Island 1999 TV Series Bobby
My Uncle Sidney 1998 Short Uncle Sidney
King of the Hill 1998 TV Series Instructor
The Day Lincoln Was Shot 1998 TV Movie Gen. Ulysses Simpson Grant
Meet the Deedles 1998 Capt. Douglas Pine
Little Girls in Pretty Boxes 1997 TV Movie Peter Bryant
JAG 1996 TV Series Agent Brian Turque
Fast Money 1996 Lt. Diego
For Which He Stands 1996 District Attorney
Hidden Assassin 1995 Alex Reed
In the Living Years 1994 Mike Donahue
Trapped in Paradise 1994 Ed Dawson
Little Big League 1994 Mac Macnally
The Tommyknockers 1993 TV Series Trooper Butch Duggan
Dirty Work 1992 TV Movie Eddie
Saturday's 1991 TV Movie George
Curly Sue 1991 Frank Arnold (uncredited)
Love, Lies and Murder 1991 TV Mini-Series Carrothers
Hardball 1989-1990 TV Series Charlie Battles
The Tracey Ullman Show 1990 TV Series Jimmy, neighborly doorman
I Want to Go Home 1989 Harry Dempsey
I Know My First Name Is Steven 1989 TV Mini-Series Del Stayner
Midnight Run 1988 Marvin Dorfler
She's Having a Baby 1988 Ken
Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 John Taggart
Some Kind of Wonderful 1987 Cliff Nelson
King Kong Lives 1986 Lt. Col. R.T. Nevitt
Brothers 1986 TV Series Agent Harris
Hardcastle and McCormick 1986 TV Series Leonard Porter
The Deliberate Stranger 1986 TV Movie Det. Roger Dunn
Last Resort 1986 Phil Cocoran
The Twilight Zone 1985 TV Series Crew Chief Brady Simmons (segment "Chameleon")
A Death in California 1985 TV Mini-Series Det. Bob Swalwell
The A-Team 1985 TV Series Cactus Jack Slater
Money Hunt: The Mystery of the Missing Link 1984 Video short Cash Hunt
Beverly Hills Cop 1984 Sgt. Taggart
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension 1984 Highway Patrolman (as John David Ashton)
Police Squad! 1982 TV Series Rocky
Honky Tonk Freeway 1981 Otto Kemper
Elvis and the Beauty Queen 1981 TV Movie Jake
Breaking Away 1980-1981 TV Series Roy
Borderline 1980 Charlie Monroe
Dallas 1978-1979 TV Series Willie Joe Garr
Breaking Away 1979 Mike's Brother
Carter Country 1978 TV Series Guardsman #1
Lawman Without a Gun 1978 TV Movie 1st State Trooper
Starsky and Hutch 1977-1978 TV Series Roy Sears / Paul H. Willits
The Wilds of Ten Thousand Islands 1978 TV Movie Orville
Oh, God! 1977 Police Officer (uncredited)
M*A*S*H 1977 TV Series The M.P.
The Rhinemann Exchange 1977 TV Mini-Series
Code R 1977 TV Series Karl
Wonder Woman 1977 TV Series Nazi Henchman
Police Woman 1977 TV Series Curt Thomas
Barnaby Jones 1976 TV Series Lester Shiller
Police Story 1976 TV Series Sgt. Paulson
Phyllis 1976 TV Series Taxpayer
Cat Murkil and the Silks 1976 Coach Larkin
My Father's House 1975 TV Movie Sergeant
Columbo 1974 TV Series Calvin MacGruder
Kojak 1974 TV Series Cullen
So Evil, My Sister 1974 Brock
An Eye for an Eye 1973 Sgt. Matthews (as John D. Ashton)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beverly Hills Cop II: The Phenomenon Continues 2002 Video documentary short "Spanish Flea", uncredited
Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 "Spanish Flea"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Capturing Authenticity: Casting 'Gone Baby Gone' 2008 Video short Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2002 TV Series Himself
Beverly Hills Cop: A Glimpse Into the Casting Process 2002 Video short Himself
Beverly Hills Cop: The Phenomenon Begins 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Beverly Hills Cop II: The Phenomenon Continues 2002 Video documentary short Himself / John Taggart
The Making of 'Beverly Hills Cop II' 1987 Video short Himself
The Making of 'Midnight Run' 1987 TV Short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Music of Beverly Hills Cop 2002 Video short Sgt. Taggart
JAG 1998 TV Series NCIS Agent Brian Turque

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Jury Award Hell's Half Mile Film and Music Festival Best Actor Uncle John (2015)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Gone Baby Gone (2007) · Amy Ryan
· Casey Affleck
· Morgan Freeman
· Ed Harris
· Michelle Monaghan


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