MEET THE DEEDLES
JOHN ASHTON (Captain Pine) has captured the fierce determination
of the working man in his portrayal of key roles for both dramatic
and comedic feature films. As Sergeant Taggart in "Beverly
Hills Cop" and its sequel "Beverly Hills Cop II,"
Ashton portrayed a police professional whose dead serious approach
to his work made him the perfect foil for both of his rookie partners
played by Judge Reinhold and Eddie Murphy. In "Midnight
Run," Ashton played Marvin Dorfler, a foul-mouthed bounty
hunter who goes head-to-head with competitor Robert De Niro in
a madcap race against time and the mob in order to transport Charles
Grodin safely from New York to Los Angeles.
Ashton most recently starred in "Uncle Sidney and the Mexicans"
as well as in "Hidden Assassin" with Dolph Lundgren,
"For Which He Stands" and "Trapped in Paradise."
His other feature credits also include "Little Big League"
starring as Minnesota Twins' pitching coach Mac McNally, director
John Hughes' "She's Having a Baby" and a cameo in "Curly
Sue," as well as "I Want to Go Home" starring with
Gérard Depardieu, "Some Kind of Wonderful," "King
Kong Lives," and the acclaimed "Breaking Away,"
reprising his role as Roy in the latter as a series regular for
the television series.
His most recent work for television includes the telefilms "The
Day Lincoln Was Shot" starring as Ulysses Grant opposite
Lance Henriksen's Lincoln for TNT, and "Little Girls in Pretty
Boxes" for Lifetime. He has also starred in the miniseries
"The Tommyknockers" and "I Know My First Name is
Steven," and in the telefilms "Dirty Work" for
USA Network, and "Love, Lies & Murder." He has
also had a recurring role on "Dallas," and starred as
Charlie Battles on "Hardball" with Richard Tyson. Other
guest starring credits include the series "JAG," "Jack's
Place," "The Tracey Ullman Show," "Twilight
Zone" and "M*A*S*H."
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts and raised in Enfield, Connecticut
from the age of six months, Ashton started acting lessons at the
age of 12. Two years later he was playing a small role in the
Hartford Stage Company production of "Othello," and
also won accolades in baseball as the state's Little League championship
pitcher. He also played football in high school, and continued
to play in a position on the football team when he enrolled at
Defiance College in Ohio. Faced with the choice between sports
and drama, Ashton chose to focus on acting and a major in theater
After a season of summer stock in Cape Cod, Ashton decided to
take a year to work and make enough money to move to Hollywood.
He was accepted into the drama department of U.S.C. and soon
won the prestigious Irene Ryan Scholarship for acting. As part
of a U.S.C. touring theater troupe, he toured Europe, performing
in Germany, London, and at the Edinburgh Arts Festival.
Upon graduation, he became a member of the Company of Angels Theater
Group. For his starring performance as Camille in the Feydeau
farce "A Flea in Her Ear," Ashton received the Los Angeles
Drama Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also starred
in Sam Shepard's "True West" opposite Ed Harris, earning
Ashton a Drama-Logue Award for Best Actor.
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