John Ashton

Biography

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.

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Birth Name

John David Ashton

Birth Place

Springfield

Birth Date

2/22/1948
Known For
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Beverly Hills Cop

Det. Sgt. John Taggart

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Little Big League

Mac Macnally

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The Tommyknockers

Trooper Butch Duggan 2 episodes, 1993

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I Know My First Name Is Steven

Del Stayner

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The Dresser

Gloucester

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Uncle John

John

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Last Resort

Phil Cocoran

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In the Living Years

Mike Donahue

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Gone Baby Gone

Nick Poole

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Some Kind Of Wonderful

Cliff Nelson

Starring In
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Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley

John Taggart

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Death in Texas

Asher

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Once Upon a River

Smoke

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The Joke Thief

Joseph Rogers

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The Dresser

Gloucester

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Uncle John

John

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Middle Men

Morgan

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Gone Baby Gone

Nick Poole

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Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part

Richie Parsons

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The Calcium Kid

Pressman

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Bill's Gun Shop

Bill Voight

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Avalanche (1999)

Kemp

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Instinct

Guard Dacks

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The Day Lincoln Was Shot

Gen. Ulysses Simpson Grant

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Asteroid

Hospital Patient (uncredited)

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The Shooter

Alex Reed

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Condition Red

Deputy Warden

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Band of Gold: The Complete First Series

Tim Graham (2 episodes, 1997)

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Fast Money

Lt. Diego

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Little Big League

Mac Macnally

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In the Living Years

Mike Donahue

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Trapped in Paradise

Ed Dawson

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The Tommyknockers

Trooper Butch Duggan 2 episodes, 1993

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Curly Sue

Frank Arnold (uncredited)

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I Want to Go Home

Harry Dempsey

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I Know My First Name Is Steven

Del Stayner

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Midnight Run

Marvin Dorfler

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She's Having a Baby

Ken

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Beverly Hills Cop II

Det. Sgt. John Taggart

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Some Kind Of Wonderful

Cliff Nelson

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King Kong Lives

Lt. Col. R.T. Nevitt

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The Deliberate Stranger

Det. Roger Dunn

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Last Resort

Phil Cocoran

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Beverly Hills Cop

Det. Sgt. John Taggart

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension

Highway Patrolman (as John David Ashton)

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Honky Tonk Freeway

Otto Kemper

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Borderline

Charlie Monroe

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Breaking Away

Mike's brother

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Weisser Hass

1st State Trooper

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Oh, God!

Police Officer (uncredited)

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Cat Murkil and the Silks

Coach Larkin

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