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Denis Shaw

Character actor

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Full Name
Denis Findlay Shaw

7 April 1921
Dulwich, London, England

February 28, 1971, London, United Kingdom

Movies and TV shows
The Great Van Robbery, The Viking Queen, The Curse of the Werewolf, Bright's Boffins, Beyond the Curtain

Similar People
Don Chaffey, Anthony Hinds, Terence Fisher, Michael Carreras, Hal E Chester

Denis Shaw (7 April 1921 – 28 February 1971) was a British character actor specialising in slimy villains. Born in Dulwich, he was a rotund man, with dark, wavy hair and slanty eyes. This appearance meant he would often be found troubling countless heroes of the 1950s and 1960s on film and television, most memorably as the German guard Priem in The Colditz Story (1955).

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Alternatively, he could also be found propping up the tavern bar in a number of British horror films. These include Jack the Ripper (1959), The Mummy (1959) and The Curse of the Werewolf (1961). He was cast in the leading role of The Great Van Robbery (1959) as the judo-throwing Interpol detective Caesar Smith. In the film he travels to Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Paris, tracking the robbers of a Royal Mint van.

Shaw's many television credits include, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Avengers, Danger Man, Dixon of Dock Green, The Prisoner, Sherlock Holmes and Z-Cars.

He died in London of a heart attack at the age of 49. A familiar face around the bars of Soho in London, he is mentioned in Keith Waterhouse's play Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell.

Selected filmography

  • The Long Memory (1952)
  • The Colditz Story (1955)
  • Who Done It? (1956)
  • Innocent Meeting (1958)
  • Passport to Shame (1958)
  • Blood of the Vampire (1958)
  • No Safety Ahead (1959)
  • Jack the Ripper (1959)
  • The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)
  • The Mummy (1959)
  • The Night We Dropped a Clanger (1959)
  • The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
  • Trouble with Eve (1960)
  • The Hellfire Club (1961)
  • A Weekend with Lulu (1961)
  • The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) - Gaoler
  • The Pirates of Blood River (1962) - Silver (uncredited)
  • The Runaway (1963) - Agent
  • The Deadly Affair (1966) - Landlord (uncredited)
  • The Viking Queen (1967) - Osiris
  • The Magnificent Six and 1/2 (1968) - Heavyset Workman
  • The File of the Golden Goose (1969) - Vance
  • References

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