John Ashton
John Ashton
John Ashton
General Information
Born: (1948-02-22) February 22, 1948 (age 70)
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Spouse(s): Bridget Ashton (1976-2001) (divorced) 1 child
Victoria Marie Runn (1968-1970) (divorced) 1 child
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1974–present
Appeared on/in
(or involved with):
Dallas (first series)
Appeared as: Willie Joe Garr
Episodes appeared in
/involved with:
6 episodes in Season 2

John David Ashton (born February 22, 1948) is perhaps best known for his roles in the popular Martin Brest films Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and Midnight Run (1988). He appeared in a total of six episodes in Season 2 of the original Dallas TV series, as J.R. Ewing cronie and businessman Willie Joe Garr beginning with the episode "Bypass".

Life and careerEdit

A native of Springfield, MA, John is a graduate of the Univ. Of Southern California School of Theatre.[1] He attended Enfield High School in Enfield, CT.

Ashton has starred in several productions including M*A*S*H and Midnight Run. He played "Willie Joe Garr" on several episodes of Dallas, his character and that of "Jeb Ames" were charged with the crime of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Tina Louise's Dallas character "Julie Grey". Ashton also appeared in an episode of Columbo: Negative Reaction and in episode 5 of Police Squad, Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood), as one of the henchmen who attack the locksmith shop.

Ashton also starred as Detective Sergeant John Taggart in the first two movies of the popular Beverly Hills Cop trilogy alongside Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold, and appeared as Eric Stoltz's father in the John Hughes comedy-drama Some Kind of Wonderful. In 1988 he co-starred in the action-comedy Midnight Run as a rival bounty hunter to Robert DeNiro's character. He also starred in the 1994 film Little Big League with Luke Edwards, and appeared in a supporting role in the acclaimed 2007 drama Gone Baby Gone directed by Ben Affleck.

Ashton has stated that he would be willing to reprise his roles in the rumored Beverly Hills Cop IV and Midnight Run II productions.1 He guest starred opposite Beverly Hills Cop co-star Ronny Cox in an episode of Matthew Perry's 2011 series, Mr Sunshine. [2]

Personal lifeEdit

Ashton currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado and is co-host of the Ashton and Davis show on 870 ESPN radio.


  1. Buchanan, Jason. "John Ashton film biography". AllRovi. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  2. 2 John Ashton: News & Events, at Official website

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