John Thaw’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Jan 3, 1942

Death Date

February 21, 2002

Age of Death

60 years

Cause of Death

Esophageal Cancer


TV Actor

The tv actor John Thaw died at the age of 60. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Portrayed the role of Inspector John in the police procedural show, The Sweeney alongside Dennis Waterman. He can also be seen in Home to Roost, Inspector Morse, and Kavanagh QC.

He married twice; his second marriage was to actress, Sheila Hancock in 1973.



“Watch the mouth, it reveals what the eyes try to hide.” (John Thaw)


“I think Morse’s thing about being a poor policeman but a good detective is a very good description of him.” (John Thaw)


“I think sadly that Morse thinks that he can exist on his own and he only realises at the end that he can’t and never really has been able to. I feel sorry for him.” (John Thaw)


“I was involved in school plays, but when I left school I did a couple of odd jobs as a baker’s apprentice and then as a fruit market porter in Manchester.” (John Thaw)


“I’m not an instinctive actor.” (John Thaw)