Jack MacGowran Overview:

Character actor, Jack MacGowran, was born John Joseph MacGowran on Oct 13, 1918 in Dublin, Ireland. MacGowran died at the age of 54 on Jan 30, 1973 in New York City, NY .

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Irish, dark-haired purveyor of memorable character studies in British films - usually providing a malicious element in one way or another. His leprechauns looked harmless, and were sometimes comic too, but occasionally insidiously deadly. He began in small roles and worked his way up in films, without ever really deserting the stage. Died from complications following influenza. Father of actress Tara MacGowran.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).

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Dr. Sampson, the Paleontologist: Oh, it's heading for the Thames. They always made for the freshwater rivers to die. That's where their skeletons have been found - some irrestible instinct to die in the shallows that gave them birth. You know, all my life I hoped this would happen. Ever since childhood I expected it. I knew these creatures were alive somewhere, but I had no proof, scientific proof, and I had to keep it to myself, or my colleagues would have all laughed at me. See, no form of life ceases abruptly, and all those reports of sea serpents - well, what can they be?... The tall, graceful neck of paleosaurus. He can stay underneath the surface for an age, and now he comes to the top.


Ignatius Feeney: [seeing mob approaching] I, I think your in-laws are commin' to pay you visit, Squire darlin'.


King Brian: [original soundtrack] A Phaidrig Óg!
Phadrig Oge: Sea, a thiarna!
King Brian: Faigh an Stradivarius.
Phadrig Oge: Seo chugainn, a thiarna!


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Jack MacGowran Facts
Father of Tara MacGowran.

Shortly after completing his role in The Exorcist (1973), he died in New York (He was appearing as Fluther in "The Plough and the Stars" with Siobhan McKenna at the time.

Born in Dublin, Jack MacGowran worked as an insurance assessor for eight years before becoming an actor with the Abbey Theatre. He made his film debut in John Ford's The Quiet Man (1952). He was also a noted stage actor specialising in works by Sean O'Casey and Samuel Beckett. He appeared in "Waiting For Godot" at the Royal Court Theatre London, and with the Royal Shakespeare Company in "Endgame" at the Aldwych Theatre. He released an LP record, "MacGowran Speaks Beckett", to coincide with Samuel Beckett's 60th birthday. While Jack MacGowran was making The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), it was suggested by Roman Polanski and Gérard Brach, who wrote the original story for Wonderwall (1968), that he play the part of Professor Collins.

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