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    John Thaw - Kavanaugh and Morse star - leg problem?




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    When I watch episodes of Inspector Morse or Kavanaugh, QC, John Thaw appears to have a peculiar gait, as though his right leg is artificial. Has anyone information on any leg problem this man had?
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    Wikipedia thinks so too...

    "Thaw had a noticeable peculiarity of gait, his right leg showing evidence of "dorsiflexor paralysis" or foot drop, for which there have been several explanations. Some even speculated that he had a wooden leg below the knee, or that he had contracted polio as a child. Several sources state that it resulted from an accident at the age of 15 when he tripped over a curb and broke his foot rushing to catch a bus to school.[1] However, in her autobiography, Hancock says that Thaw's grandfather had a withered leg and walked with a limp; Thaw apparently copied him and also walked with a limp all his life. A car accident in his early twenties exacerbated the problem."


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