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      John Ashton

      John Ashton

      Highest Rated: 95% Breaking Away (1979)

      Lowest Rated: 8% King Kong Lives (1986)

      Birthday: Feb 22, 1948

      Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

      A burly, mustachioed character actor frequently cast as law enforcement agents or villainous heavies, John Ashton began his acting career on the L.A. stage in the early 1970s after graduating from USC. The New Englander entered films as a police sergeant in "Psychopath" (1973) and went on to be cast as law enforcement agents in such efforts as "Breaking Away" (1979, as Dennis Quaid's older brother), "Borderline" (1980) and the cult favorite "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension" (1984). But it was his role as L.A. Police Sergeant John Taggart, opposite Eddie Murphy, in the action comedy "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984) and its 1987 sequel that made Ashton a recognizable face. He began landing better roles, like the bounty hunter chasing Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro in "Midnight Run" (1988) and as Eric Stoltz's college-obsessed father in "Some Kind of Wonderful" (1987). Among his more recent roles were the pitching coach in the children's baseball sleeper "Little Big League" and as part of the ensemble of fine actors peopling "the friendliest town in the world" in the uneven seasonal comedy "Trapped in Paradise" (both 1994).

      Highest rated movies

      Midnight Run
      Breaking Away
      Gone Baby Gone
      Uncle John
      Beverly Hills Cop Some Kind of Wonderful Once Upon a River Beverly Hills Cop II

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      John Ashton SHE'S HAVING A BABY, Larry Hankin, Kevin Bacon, John Ashton, 1988 BEVERLY HILLS COP, from left: Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Eddie Murphy, 1984. ©Paramount GONE BABY GONE, Casey Affleck, Ed Harris, Michelle Monaghan, John Ashton, 2007. ©Miramax BEVERLY HILLS COP, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Eddie Murphy, 1984. ©Paramount BORDERLINE, John Ashton, Charles Bronson, 1980, (c) Associated Film distribution BEVERLY HILLS COP II, Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, 1987, ©Paramount LITTLE BIG LEAGUE, John Ashton, Luke Edwards, 1994, (c)Columbia Pictures MIDNIGHT RUN, John Ashton, 1988, (c)Universal KING KONG LIVES, from top: King Kong, John Ashton, 1986. ©DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group MIDNIGHT RUN, John Ashton, Charles Grodin, Robert De Niro, 1988, (c)Universal BEVERLY HILLS COP, Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, 1984 GONE BABY GONE, John Ashton, 2007. ©Miramax BORDERLINE, Charles Bronson (left), John Ashton (second right), 1980, (c) Associated Film Distribution BEVERLY HILLS COP II, Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, 1987, ©Paramount BORDERLINE, from left: Charles Bronson, John Ashton, 1980. ©Associated Film Distribution THE NEIGHBORHOOD, RIGHT: JOHN ASHTON, 2017. TM AND COPYRIGHT ©20TH CENTURY FOX FILM CORP. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F John Taggart (Character) - 2024
      No Score Yet 97% Lonesome Soldier Macroberts (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All Happy Families Roy Landry (Character) - 2023
      22% 74% Death in Texas Asher (Character) - 2020
      69% No Score Yet Once Upon a River Smoke (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Big Save Unknown (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Making a Deal with the Devil Unknown (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet 20% American Christmas Rob (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Bath an' a Stiff Drink 2 Judge Nathan Rivers (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Joke Thief Joseph Rogers (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 57% The Neighborhood Matt Krivinsky (Character) - 2017
      85% 67% Uncle John John (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 20% Reign of the Gargoyles Commander Latham (Character) - 2007
      94% 86% Gone Baby Gone Nick Poole (Character) $20.3M 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jane Doe: 'Til Death Do Us Part Richie Parsons (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bill's Gun Shop Bill Voight (Character) - 2001
      26% 67% Instinct Guard Decks (Character) $34.1M 1999
      No Score Yet 7% Avalanche Kemp (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 50% The Day Lincoln Was Shot Gen. Ulysses Simpson Grant (Character) - 1998
      10% 38% Meet the Deedles Captain Douglas (Character) $4.4M 1998
      No Score Yet 27% Little Girls in Pretty Boxes Peter Bryant (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For Which He Stands District Attorney (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fast Money Lt. Diego (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 60% Condition Red Deputy Warden (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 22% Hidden Assassin Alex Reed (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Living Years Mike Donahue (Character) - 1994
      10% 42% Trapped in Paradise Ed Dawson (Character) $5.8M 1994
      37% 54% Little Big League Mac Macnally (Character) $12.1M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Child's Cry for Help Cal Warner (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dirty Work Eddie (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 39% I Want to Go Home Harry Dempsey (Character) - 1989
      95% 87% Midnight Run Marvin Dorfler (Character) $36.3M 1988
      76% 80% Some Kind of Wonderful Cliff Nelson (Character) $17.1M 1987
      46% 58% Beverly Hills Cop II Det. Sgt. John Taggart (Character) $151.7M 1987
      No Score Yet 15% Last Resort Phil Cocoran (Character) - 1986
      8% 17% King Kong Lives Lt. Col. R.T. Nevitt (Character) $4.3M 1986
      83% 82% Beverly Hills Cop Det. Sgt. John Taggart (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 37% Borderline Charlie Monroe (Character) - 1980
      95% 88% Breaking Away Mike's Brother (Character) - 1979

      TV

      Credit
      57% 80% The Finder Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Chief of Detectives (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet 71% King of the Hill Instructor (Guest Voice) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 1996 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tracey Ullman Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet 64% The A-Team Cactus Jack Slater (Guest Star) 1985
      90% 92% Police Squad! Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dallas Unknown (Guest Star) 1978-1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1977-1978
      No Score Yet 87% M*A*S*H The M.P. (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Curt Thomas (Guest Star) 1977