John Ashton is an American actor best known for his work in film and television. He was born on February 22, 1948, in Springfield, Massachusetts, and began his career in the entertainment industry in the 1970s.
Ashton's breakthrough role came in 1984 when he was cast as Sergeant John Taggart in the popular action-comedy film "Beverly Hills Cop" alongside Eddie Murphy. The film was a massive commercial success and helped to launch Ashton's career as a character actor.
In addition to his work in "Beverly Hills Cop," Ashton has appeared in numerous other films, including "Midnight Run," "Little Big League," and "Gone Baby Gone." He has also made guest appearances on several popular television shows, including "ER," "Gilmore Girls," and "Monk."
Ashton is known for his ability to bring depth and nuance to his characters, as well as his talent for both comedy and drama. He continues to be a popular and in-demand actor, with a loyal following of fans who appreciate his talent and versatility.