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SpouseBarbara Valentin, Bridget Ashton, Victoria Marie Runn
FactGraduated University of Southern California School of Theatre. Among classmates were Bob Quinn.

John Ashton is an English actor, best known for his roles in the Beverly Hills Cop and Midnight Run films. He was born on February 22, 1948 in London, England, to a working-class family. His father was a truck driver and his mother was a homemaker. He has two older sisters. Ashton was educated at a local comprehensive school. He began his career as a stage actor, appearing in various repertory productions.

He made his film debut in the 1981 film, The First Great Train Robbery. He has since appeared in over 50 films and television shows. Some of his notable roles include Detective Sergeant Taggart in the Beverly Hills Cop films, Jonathan Mardukas in Midnight Run, and Harry Doyle in the Major League films. He has also appeared in such films as The Italian Job, The Terminator, Wall Street, and True Romance. In recent years, he has appeared in the television series, Ray Donovan and The Last Ship.

Ashton is divorced from his first wife, actress Leslie Stefanson. He has two daughters from his second marriage, to actress Kym Malin.

General Info

Full NameJohn Ashton
Height1.83 m
ProfessionActor, Radio personality
EducationLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


SpouseBarbara Valentin, Bridget Ashton, Victoria Marie Runn


Music GroupsThe Psychedelic Furs
NominationsCritics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
MoviesBeverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop II, Midnight Run, Gone Baby Gone, Some Kind of Wonderful, Uncle John, King Kong Lives, Little Big League, Meet the Deedles, Trapped in Paradise, Breaking Away, She's Having a Baby, Middle Men, The Deliberate Stranger, The Shooter, Instinct, Reign of the Gargoyles...
TV ShowsThe Take, Reign of the Gargoyles, The Tommyknockers, Hardball, I Know My First Name Is Steven, Breaking Away

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1Think big, work hard, and have a dream


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




Hot Bath, Stiff Drink, an' a Close Shave2016post-productionJudge Nathan Rivers
Hot Bath an' a Stiff Drink 22016post-productionJudge Nathan Rivers
Hey Marvin!: An Interview with Actor John Ashton2016Video short
Uncle John2015John
The Finder2012TV SeriesFranklin Sherman
Fairly Legal2011TV SeriesLou Fisher
A Letter to Dad2009Mike
Middle Men2009Morgan
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2009TV SeriesChief of Detectives
Gone Baby Gone2007Nick Poole
Reign of the Gargoyles2007TV MovieCommander Latham
Sweet Deadly Dreams2006Harry
Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part2005TV MovieRichie Parsons
Body & Soul2002TV SeriesJordan Meadows
Bill's Gun Shop2001Bill Voight
Going to California2001TV SeriesVictor
Judging Amy2001TV SeriesDashiel Purdue
Instinct1999Guard Dacks
Fantasy Island1999TV SeriesBobby
My Uncle Sidney1998ShortUncle Sidney
King of the Hill1998TV SeriesInstructor
The Day Lincoln Was Shot1998TV MovieGen. Ulysses Simpson Grant
Meet the Deedles1998Capt. Douglas Pine
Little Girls in Pretty Boxes1997TV MoviePeter Bryant
JAG1996TV SeriesAgent Brian Turque
Fast Money1996Lt. Diego
For Which He Stands1996District Attorney
Hidden Assassin1995Alex Reed
In the Living Years1994Mike Donahue
Trapped in Paradise1994Ed Dawson
Little Big League1994Mac Macnally
The Tommyknockers1993TV SeriesTrooper Butch Duggan
Dirty Work1992TV MovieEddie
Saturday's1991TV MovieGeorge
Curly Sue1991Frank Arnold (uncredited)
Love, Lies and Murder1991TV Mini-SeriesCarrothers
Hardball1989-1990TV SeriesCharlie Battles
The Tracey Ullman Show1990TV SeriesJimmy, neighborly doorman
I Want to Go Home1989Harry Dempsey
I Know My First Name Is Steven1989TV Mini-SeriesDel Stayner
Midnight Run1988Marvin Dorfler
She's Having a Baby1988Ken
Beverly Hills Cop II1987John Taggart
Some Kind of Wonderful1987Cliff Nelson
King Kong Lives1986Lt. Col. R.T. Nevitt
Brothers1986TV SeriesAgent Harris
Hardcastle and McCormick1986TV SeriesLeonard Porter
The Deliberate Stranger1986TV MovieDet. Roger Dunn
Last Resort1986Phil Cocoran
The Twilight Zone1985TV SeriesCrew Chief Brady Simmons (segment "Chameleon")
A Death in California1985TV Mini-SeriesDet. Bob Swalwell
The A-Team1985TV SeriesCactus Jack Slater
Money Hunt: The Mystery of the Missing Link1984Video shortCash Hunt
Beverly Hills Cop1984Sgt. Taggart
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension1984Highway Patrolman (as John David Ashton)
Police Squad!1982TV SeriesRocky
Honky Tonk Freeway1981Otto Kemper
Elvis and the Beauty Queen1981TV MovieJake
Breaking Away1980-1981TV SeriesRoy
Borderline1980Charlie Monroe
Dallas1978-1979TV SeriesWillie Joe Garr
Breaking Away1979Mike's Brother
Carter Country1978TV SeriesGuardsman #1
Lawman Without a Gun1978TV Movie1st State Trooper
Starsky and Hutch1977-1978TV SeriesRoy Sears / Paul H. Willits
The Wilds of Ten Thousand Islands1978TV MovieOrville
Oh, God!1977Police Officer (uncredited)
M*A*S*H1977TV SeriesThe M.P.
The Rhinemann Exchange1977TV Mini-Series
Code R1977TV SeriesKarl
Wonder Woman1977TV SeriesNazi Henchman
Police Woman1977TV SeriesCurt Thomas
Barnaby Jones1976TV SeriesLester Shiller
Police Story1976TV SeriesSgt. Paulson
Phyllis1976TV SeriesTaxpayer
Cat Murkil and the Silks1976Coach Larkin
My Father's House1975TV MovieSergeant
Columbo1974TV SeriesCalvin MacGruder
Kojak1974TV SeriesCullen
So Evil, My Sister1974Brock
An Eye for an Eye1973Sgt. Matthews (as John D. Ashton)


Beverly Hills Cop II: The Phenomenon Continues2002Video documentary short "Spanish Flea", uncredited
Beverly Hills Cop II1987"Spanish Flea"


Capturing Authenticity: Casting 'Gone Baby Gone'2008Video shortHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2002TV SeriesHimself
Beverly Hills Cop: A Glimpse Into the Casting Process2002Video shortHimself
Beverly Hills Cop: The Phenomenon Begins2002Video documentary shortHimself
Beverly Hills Cop II: The Phenomenon Continues2002Video documentary shortHimself / John Taggart
The Making of 'Beverly Hills Cop II'1987Video shortHimself
The Making of 'Midnight Run'1987TV ShortHimself

Archive Footage

The Music of Beverly Hills Cop2002Video shortSgt. Taggart
JAG1998TV SeriesNCIS Agent Brian Turque


Won Awards

2015Jury AwardHell's Half Mile Film and Music FestivalBest ActorUncle John (2015)

Nominated Awards

2008Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleGone Baby Gone (2007)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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