Robert Archibald Shaw (9 August 1927 – 28 August 1978) was an English stage and film actor and writer, remembered for his performances in The Sting, From Russia with Love, A Man for All Seasons and as Quint in Jaws.
Robert Shaw was born on King Street, in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, in 1927. His mother, Doreen (née Avery), was a former nurse, and his father, Thomas Shaw, was a physician. He had three sisters and one brother. When he was seven, the family moved to Stromness, Orkney, Scotland and when he was 12 his father committed suicide by swallowing a lethal dose of opium. He apparently had been struggling with alcohol for a number of years. The family then moved to Cornwall, where he went to Truro School. Shaw was a teacher in Saltburn, Yorkshire for a brief period, then attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
Shaw began his acting career in theatre, appearing in regional theatre throughout England. In 1952 he made his London debut on the West End at the Embassy Theatre in Caro William.
During the 1950s, Shaw starred in a British TV series which also appeared on American television as The Buccaneers. Shaw's best-known film performances include a turn as the