John Edward Thaw, CBE (3 January 1942- 21 February 2002) was an English actor, who appeared in a range of television, stage and cinema roles, his most popular being television series such as Redcap, The Sweeney, Home to Roost, Inspector Morse and Kavanagh QC. Thaw came from a working class background, having been born in Longsight, Manchester, Lancashire (then moved to nearby Gorton) to parents John and Dorothy. His father was a long distance lorry driver. He had a difficult childhood as his mother left when he was seven years old and he didn't see her again until 12 years later. His younger brother, Raymond Stuart 'Ray' emigrated to Australia in the mid-1960s. Thaw grew up in the Burnage area of the city, and attended Ducie Technical High School for Boys.
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