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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 arts.

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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