John Ashton (actor)

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John Ashton
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Ashton in 2006
Born
John David Ashton

(1948-02-22) February 22, 1948 (age 71)
OccupationActor
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)
Victoria Marie Runn
(m. 1968;div. 1970)

Bridget Alison Baker
(m. 1976;div. 2001)
Children2

John David Ashton (born February 22, 1948) is an American actor, known for his roles in the films Beverly Hills Cop , Beverly Hills Cop II , and Midnight Run .

<i>Beverly Hills Cop</i> 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest

Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest, written by Daniel Petrie Jr. and starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who visits Beverly Hills, California to solve the murder of his best friend. Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Ronny Cox, Lisa Eilbacher, Steven Berkoff and Jonathan Banks appear in supporting roles.

<i>Beverly Hills Cop II</i> 1987 American action comedy film directed by Tony Scott

Beverly Hills Cop II is a 1987 American action comedy film directed by Tony Scott, written by Larry Ferguson and Warren Skaaren and starring Eddie Murphy. It is the sequel to the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop and the second installment in the Beverly Hills Cop series. Murphy returns as Detroit police detective Axel Foley, who reunites with Beverly Hills detectives Billy Rosewood and John Taggart to stop a robbery/gun-running gang after Captain Andrew Bogomil is shot and seriously wounded.

<i>Midnight Run</i> 1988 film by Martin Brest

Midnight Run is a 1988 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano, and Philip Baker Hall play supporting roles.

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Life and career

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Ashton attended Defiance College in Ohio and is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Theatre. [1] He attended Enfield High School in Enfield, Connecticut.

Springfield, Massachusetts City in Massachusetts

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Defiance College is a private college in Defiance, Ohio. It is an independent, co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the United Church of Christ. The campus includes eighteen buildings and access to the 200-acre (80.9 ha) Thoreau Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Ashton has made numerous appearances in both television and feature films. He played Willie Joe Garr on several episodes of Dallas . He appeared in an episode of Columbo , "Negative Reaction", and in episode 5 of Police Squad! , "Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood)".

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His early film credits included roles in An Eye for an Eye (1973), Breaking Away (1979), Borderline (1980), Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), Last Resort (1986) and King Kong Lives (1986).

The Psychopath, also known as An Eye for an Eye, is a 1973 horror film written by Walter Dallenbach, produced and directed by Larry G. Brown and has Beverly Hills Cop star John Ashton as one of its co-stars.

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Borderline is a 1980 American drama film directed by Jerrold Freedman and starring Charles Bronson, Ed Harris and Bruno Kirby.

Ashton also starred as Detective Sergeant John Taggart in the first two installments of the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy, alongside Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold. He appeared as Eric Stoltz's character's father in the 1987 John Hughes-penned comedy-drama Some Kind of Wonderful , and worked with Hughes again in She's Having a Baby the following year. In 1988, he co-starred in the action-comedy Midnight Run as a rival bounty hunter to Robert De Niro's character. He also starred in Little Big League (1994) with Luke Edwards, Trapped in Paradise (1994), The Shooter (1995), Meet the Deedles (1998), Instinct (1999), and appeared in a supporting role in the 2007 drama Gone Baby Gone directed by Ben Affleck. He also played the role of Cactus Jack Slater in an episode of the 80s TV show The A-Team titled "Cup A Joe".

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Ashton has stated that, given the proper arrangements, he would like to reprise his roles in the rumored Beverly Hills Cop IV and Midnight Run II productions. [2] He guest-starred opposite Beverly Hills Cop co-star Ronny Cox in an episode of Matthew Perry's 2011 series, Mr Sunshine . [2]

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Personal life

Ashton married his first wife Victoria Marie Runn in 1968: they divorced in 1970. He married his second wife Bridget Baker-Ashton in 1976: they divorced in 2001. Ashton has two children, one by each of his ex-wives. He has a daughter from his first marriage. He currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado, and is co-host of the Ashton and Davis Show on 870 ESPN radio.

Selected filmography

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References

  1. Buchanan, Jason. "John Ashton film biography". AllRovi. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  2. 1 2 "The Official Website of the Actor". American Actor John Ashton. July 14, 2014. Archived from the original on 2011-03-06.