Stan Shaw

Stan Shaw (born July 14, 1952) is an American actor. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he is the son of Bertha Shaw and saxophonist Eddie Shaw, and cousin of the late soul singers Sam Cooke and Tyrone Davis. Shaw started his acting career in the Chicago production of the Broadway musical Hair as well as the Broadway production of The Me Nobody Knows. His last Broadway show, Via Galactica was directed by Sir Peter Hall. Before becoming an actor, Shaw was a karate, judo, and jujutsu instructor in Chicago. He holds first dan black belt in judo and jujutsu and a second dan in karate. Shaw appeared in Rocky (1976) as Dipper, another boxer. In a deleted scene, Dipper, infuriated by the attention Rocky has received, challenges him before a television reporter. He also played a professional fighter in Tough Enough (1983), Harlem Nights (1989), and Snake Eyes (1998). One of his most notable roles was his appearance as Alex Haley's maternal grandfather Will Palmer in the 1979 miniseries Roots: The Next Generations. Another highly notable role was Private Washington in The Boys in Company C (1978). Shaw also played in The Great Santini (1979) as Toomer Smalls with Robert Duvall and David Keith. After a part in the 1991 film Fried Green Tomatoes, he had a role in the 1995 comedy Houseguest alongside Sinbad and appeared as a pirate in Cutthroat Island with Geena Davis. His television credits include episodes of Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, The X-Files, and a 2009 episode of CSI ...

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Cutthroat Island (1995)

Morgan Adams and her slave, William Shaw, are on a quest to recover the three portions of a treasure map. Unfortunately, the final portion is held by her murderous uncle, Dawg. Her crew is skeptical of her leadership abilities, so she must complete her quest before ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Renny Harlin
CAST:  Geena Davis  •  Matthew Modine  •  Frank Langella  •  Maury Chaykin

Morgan Adams and her slave, William Shaw, are on a quest to recover the three portions of a treasure map. Unfortunately, the final portion is held by her murderous uncle, Dawg. Her crew is skeptical of her leadership abilities, so she must complete her quest before ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Renny Harlin
CAST:  Geena Davis  •  Matthew Modine  •  Frank Langella  •  Maury Chaykin

Daylight (1996)

A group of armed robbers fleeing the police head for the New Jersey Tunnel and run right into trucks transporting toxic waste. The spectacular explosion that follows results in both ends of the tunnel collapsing and the handful of people who survived the explosion ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Cohen
CAST:  Sylvester Stallone  •  Amy Brenneman  •  Viggo Mortensen  •  Dan Hedaya

A group of armed robbers fleeing the police head for the New Jersey Tunnel and run right into trucks transporting toxic waste. The spectacular explosion that follows results in both ends of the tunnel collapsing and the handful of people who survived the explosion ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Cohen
CAST:  Sylvester Stallone  •  Amy Brenneman  •  Viggo Mortensen  •  Dan Hedaya

Harlem Nights (1989)

'Sugar' Ray is the owner of an illegal casino and must contend with the pressure of vicious gangsters and corrupt police who want to see him go out of business. In the world of organised crime and police corruption in the 1920s, any dastardly trick is fair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eddie Murphy
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Richard Pryor  •  Redd Foxx  •  Danny Aiello

'Sugar' Ray is the owner of an illegal casino and must contend with the pressure of vicious gangsters and corrupt police who want to see him go out of business. In the world of organised crime and police corruption in the 1920s, any dastardly trick is fair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eddie Murphy
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Richard Pryor  •  Redd Foxx  •  Danny Aiello

Rising Sun (1993)

When a prostitute is found dead in a Los Angeles skyscraper occupied by a large Japanese corporation, detectives John Connor and Web Smith are called in to investigate. Although Connor has previous experience working in Japan, cultural differences make their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Kaufman
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Wesley Snipes  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

When a prostitute is found dead in a Los Angeles skyscraper occupied by a large Japanese corporation, detectives John Connor and Web Smith are called in to investigate. Although Connor has previous experience working in Japan, cultural differences make their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Kaufman
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Wesley Snipes  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Rocky (1976)

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When world heavyweight boxing champion, Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers choose palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. Rocky teams up with trainer Mickey ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John G. Avildsen
CAST:  Sylvester Stallone  •  Talia Shire  •  Burt Young  •  Carl Weathers

When world heavyweight boxing champion, Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers choose palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. Rocky teams up with trainer Mickey ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John G. Avildsen
CAST:  Sylvester Stallone  •  Talia Shire  •  Burt Young  •  Carl Weathers

Snake Eyes (1998)

All bets are off when corrupt homicide cop Rick Santoro witnesses a murder during a boxing match. It's up to him and lifelong friend and naval intelligence agent Kevin Dunne to uncover the conspiracy behind the killing. At every turn, Santoro makes increasingly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Gary Sinise  •  John Heard  •  Carla Gugino

All bets are off when corrupt homicide cop Rick Santoro witnesses a murder during a boxing match. It's up to him and lifelong friend and naval intelligence agent Kevin Dunne to uncover the conspiracy behind the killing. At every turn, Santoro makes increasingly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Gary Sinise  •  John Heard  •  Carla Gugino

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Badham
CAST:  Billy Dee Williams  •  James Earl Jones  •  Richard Pryor  •  DeWayne Jessie

Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Badham
CAST:  Billy Dee Williams  •  James Earl Jones  •  Richard Pryor  •  DeWayne Jessie

The Great Santini (1979)

As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated marine pilot.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis John Carlino
CAST:  Robert Duvall  •  Blythe Danner  •  Michael O'Keefe  •  Lisa Jane Persky

As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated marine pilot.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis John Carlino
CAST:  Robert Duvall  •  Blythe Danner  •  Michael O'Keefe  •  Lisa Jane Persky

Truck Turner (1974)

Truck Turner and his partner Jerry, who make their living as bounty hunters in Los Angeles, are hired to hunt down Gator, a pimp who has skipped bail.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Kaplan
CAST:  Isaac Hayes  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Alan Weeks  •  Annazette Chase

Truck Turner and his partner Jerry, who make their living as bounty hunters in Los Angeles, are hired to hunt down Gator, a pimp who has skipped bail.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Kaplan
CAST:  Isaac Hayes  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Alan Weeks  •  Annazette Chase

Houseguest (1995)

In hot water with the mob over an unpaid debt, a con man poses as a family friend in an affluent Pennsylvania suburb.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randall Miller
CAST:  Phil Hartman  •  Sinbad  •  Chauncey Leopardi  •  Jeffrey Jones

In hot water with the mob over an unpaid debt, a con man poses as a family friend in an affluent Pennsylvania suburb.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randall Miller
CAST:  Phil Hartman  •  Sinbad  •  Chauncey Leopardi  •  Jeffrey Jones

The Monster Squad (1987)

Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes - the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Dekker
CAST:  André Gower  •  Robby Kiger  •  Stephen Macht  •  Duncan Regehr

Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes - the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Dekker
CAST:  André Gower  •  Robby Kiger  •  Stephen Macht  •  Duncan Regehr

Runaway (1984)

In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots... and his son becomes a target.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Tom Selleck  •  Cynthia Rhodes  •  Gene Simmons  •  Kirstie Alley

In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots... and his son becomes a target.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Tom Selleck  •  Cynthia Rhodes  •  Gene Simmons  •  Kirstie Alley

Freedom Song (2000)

Freedom Song (2000) is a made-for-TV film based on true stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. It tells the story of the struggle of African Americans to register to vote in the fictional town of Quinlan. In the midst of the Freedom ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Alden Robinson
CAST:  Danny Glover  •  Vondie Curtis-Hall  •  Loretta Devine  •  Vicellous Reon Shannon

Freedom Song (2000) is a made-for-TV film based on true stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. It tells the story of the struggle of African Americans to register to vote in the fictional town of Quinlan. In the midst of the Freedom ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Alden Robinson
CAST:  Danny Glover  •  Vondie Curtis-Hall  •  Loretta Devine  •  Vicellous Reon Shannon

Rag and Bone (1998)

The life of a priest seconded to a New Orleans police department begins to fall apart when he is wrongly implicated in the shooting of a suspect. However, it comes to light that the precinct is haunted by the spirit of a deceased policeman, who helps the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James D. Parriott
CAST:  Dean Cain  •  Robert Patrick  •  Stan Shaw  •  Alexondra Lee

The life of a priest seconded to a New Orleans police department begins to fall apart when he is wrongly implicated in the shooting of a suspect. However, it comes to light that the precinct is haunted by the spirit of a deceased policeman, who helps the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James D. Parriott
CAST:  Dean Cain  •  Robert Patrick  •  Stan Shaw  •  Alexondra Lee

Body of Evidence (1993)

When an elderly millionaire is found dead with cocaine in his system, his will leaves $8 million to Rebecca Carlson, who was having an affair with him. District attorney Robert Garrett decides to prosecute Rebecca, arguing that she deliberately engaged in wild sex ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Uli Edel
CAST:  Madonna  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Julianne Moore  •  Anne Archer

When an elderly millionaire is found dead with cocaine in his system, his will leaves $8 million to Rebecca Carlson, who was having an affair with him. District attorney Robert Garrett decides to prosecute Rebecca, arguing that she deliberately engaged in wild sex ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Uli Edel
CAST:  Madonna  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Julianne Moore  •  Anne Archer

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013)

Mike Epps, Richard Pryor Jr. and others recount the culture-defining influence of Richard Pryor - one of America's most brilliant, iconic comic minds.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marina Zenovich
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Richard Pryor  •  Robin Williams  •  Dave Chappelle

Mike Epps, Richard Pryor Jr. and others recount the culture-defining influence of Richard Pryor - one of America's most brilliant, iconic comic minds.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marina Zenovich
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Richard Pryor  •  Robin Williams  •  Dave Chappelle

Under Siege (1986)

Terrorists launch an attack against the USA. Their first strike is by a suicide squad that detonates a truckload of explosives at an army base in Washington DC. FBI probes indicate that the attack is by Arab terrorists led by Iranians. Subsequent attacks are via ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Young
CAST:  Peter Strauss  •  Mason Adams  •  Lew Ayres  •  George Grizzard

Terrorists launch an attack against the USA. Their first strike is by a suicide squad that detonates a truckload of explosives at an army base in Washington DC. FBI probes indicate that the attack is by Arab terrorists led by Iranians. Subsequent attacks are via ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Young
CAST:  Peter Strauss  •  Mason Adams  •  Lew Ayres  •  George Grizzard

Lifepod (1993)

Lifepod cronicles the trip of eight passengers after the ship they were traveling on blew up on Christmas Eve. Immediately people start dying. The passengers begin to investigate why the ship blew up and how it relates to them  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Silver
CAST:  Robert Loggia  •  Jessica Tuck  •  Ron Silver  •  Ed Gale

Lifepod cronicles the trip of eight passengers after the ship they were traveling on blew up on Christmas Eve. Immediately people start dying. The passengers begin to investigate why the ship blew up and how it relates to them  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Silver
CAST:  Robert Loggia  •  Jessica Tuck  •  Ron Silver  •  Ed Gale

The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson (1990)

A film about the early life of the baseball star in the army, particulary his court-martial for insubordination regarding segragation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Peerce
CAST:  Andre Braugher  •  Daniel Stern  •  Ruby Dee  •  Stan Shaw

A film about the early life of the baseball star in the army, particulary his court-martial for insubordination regarding segragation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Peerce
CAST:  Andre Braugher  •  Daniel Stern  •  Ruby Dee  •  Stan Shaw

When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn (1993)

A woman places an ad in the "Soldier of Fortune" magazine to hire a contract killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Elikann
CAST:  Gary Cole  •  Marg Helgenberger  •  Gregg Henry  •  Michael Jeter

A woman places an ad in the "Soldier of Fortune" magazine to hire a contract killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Elikann
CAST:  Gary Cole  •  Marg Helgenberger  •  Gregg Henry  •  Michael Jeter
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