Robert Shaw

The Dastardly Past:  Robert Shaw.

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On August 9 in 1927, actor and writer Robert Shaw was born in Lancashire, England.  Known for playing tough guys, Shaw was a Bond villain opposite Sean Connery in From Russia with Love (1963).  My favorite of his roles, however, is Doyle Lonnegan, the gangster who menaces Robert Redford and Paul Newman in The Sting (1973).  His character’s distinctive limp was an actual injury Shaw sustained a week before filming began.  He wore a leg brace throughout the movie’s production, which somehow made his character even more threatening.  Shaw went on to play several more distinctive parts until 1978 when his life was cut short by a heart attack at the age of 51.

 

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