Sebastian Shaw (actor)
Sebastian Lewis Shaw was an English actor, director, novelist, playwright and poet. During his 65-year career, he appeared in dozens of stage performances and more than 40 film and television productions. He appeared in the third installment of the original Star Wars Trilogy, Return of the Jedi, in a brief but significant role as the redeemed Anakin Skywalker. He also wrote several poems and a novel, The Christening, in 1975.
About Sebastian Shaw (actor) in brief
Sebastian Lewis Shaw was an English actor, director, novelist, playwright and poet. During his 65-year career, he appeared in dozens of stage performances and more than 40 film and television productions. He made his acting debut at age eight on the London stage as one of the juvenile band in The Cockyolly Bird at the Royal Court Theatre in Chelsea on New Year’s Day of 1914. Shaw was particularly known for his performances in productions of Shakespeare plays which were considered daring and ahead of their time. He appeared in the third installment of the original Star Wars Trilogy, Return of the Jedi, in a brief but significant role as the redeemed Anakin Skywalker, as well as Skywalker’s ghost in the original version of the film. He also wrote several poems and a novel, The Christening, in 1975. He died of a heart attack at the age of 89 in London on November 25, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Delamere, and a daughter, Drusilla, who he had with his first wife, the actress Sybil Thorndyke, until her death in 2011. He was also survived by a son and daughter-in-law, both of whom are still living in the UK. Shaw is buried in Holt, Norfolk, where he was born and brought up in Norfolk. He studied acting at Gresham’s School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Ferdinand in The Tempest and Prince Hal in Henry IV in 1926.
In 1966, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and delivered some of his most acclaimed performances. In 1929, he married MargaretDelamere and lived with her in an apartment complex off of Piccadilly in London. The two would eventually have a daughter together named Drusillas. In 1931, he returned to the stage playing Claudio in Measure for Measure at London’s Fortune Playhouse. In 1932, he once again played Romeo at the Embassy Theatre in Ivor Novello. He began to make a name for himself in 1930, when he played Caste in the film Caste. In 1933, he played the murderer Wyndham Brandon in Patrick Hamilton’s stage thriller, Rope’s End. In 1934, he made his Broadway debut in the play Double Door. In 1936, he starred in the stage version of A Kiss for Cinderella. In 1938, he was a lead in The Goodness of Sadness, Sadness and Sadness for Robert Morley’s Goodness, How Sadness. In 1939, he became a film star with the role of Caste, in which he starred alongside SybilThorndyce. He later went on to appear in the films Caste and Caste 2, Caste 3, and the film version of The Godfather. In 1941, he had a role in The Godmother, in the role which he described as ‘the most important role of my life’ He also appeared in a number of other films, including The Second World War, The Third World, and The Fourth World, The Fifth World and The Sixth World.