John David Ashton (born February 22, 1948) is an American actor born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and graduate of the University of Southern California School of Theatre. John Ashton attended Enfield High School in Enfield, Connecticut. Ashton has starred in several productions including M*A*S*H and Midnight Run. He played "Willie Joe Garr" on several episodes of Dallas, his character and that of "Jeb Ames" were charged with the crime of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Tina Louise's Dallas character "Julie Grey". Ashton also starred as Detective Sergeant John Taggart in the first two movies of the popular Beverly Hills Cop trilogy alongside Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold, and appeared as Eric Stoltz's father in the John Hughes comedy-drama Some Kind of Wonderful . He also starred in the 1994 film, Little Big League, with Luke Edwards, and appeared in a supporting role in the acclaimed 2007 drama, Gone Baby Gone, directed by Ben Affleck. Ashton has stated that he would be willing to reprise his roles in the rumored Beverly Hills Cop IV and Midnight Run II productions. He will guest star opposite Beverly Hills Cop co-star Ronny Cox in an upcoming episode of Matthew Perry's 2011 series, Mr Sunshine.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
Highway Patrolman (as John David Ashton)