|Born||in Dublin, Ireland|
|Died||in New York City, New York, USA (influenza)|
|Birth Name||John Joseph MacGowran|
|Height||5' 7" (1.7 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
Jack MacGowran was an Irish actor, probably best known for his work with Samuel Beckett.
He established his professional reputation as a member of the Abbey Players in Dublin, while he achieved stage renown for his knowing interpretations of the works of Samuel Beckett. He appeared as Lucky in Waiting For Godot at the Royal Court Theatre, and with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Endgame at the Aldwych Theatre. He released an LP record, MacGowran Speaking Beckett, to coincide with Samuel Beckett's 60th birthday in 1966, and won the 1970-71 Obie for Best Performance By an Actor in the off-Broadway play MacGowran in the works of Beckett.
He also specialized in the work of Seán O'Casey, creating the role of Joxer in the Broadway musical Juno in 1959, based with O'Casey's 1924 play about the Troubles, Juno and the Paycock. He played O'Casey's brother Archie in Young Cassidy (1965), one of John Ford's last films.
In 1954 he moved to London, subsequently becoming a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. There he struck up a lasting friendship with Peter O'Toole, with whom he later appeared in Richard Brooks' Lord Jim (1965).
MacGowran played the title role of "Gandhi" in the Broadway play written by Gurney Campbell in 1971, directed by Jose Quintero.
MacGowran's film career started in Ireland with the film No Resting Place (1951), and many of his earlier films were set in Ireland. Notably The Quiet Man (1952), The Gentle Gunman (1952), Rooney (1958) and Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959). His last film was The Exorcist (1973), where he played Burke Dennings, an alcoholic director and Regan's first victim.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tango Papa
|Spouse||Aileen Gloria Nugent (21 March 1963 - 30 January 1973) (his death) (1 child)|